431km (267 miles) SE of Paris; 311km (193 miles) N of Marseille

France’s third-largest city is the French gastronomic capital with a culinary spirit that pervades from Michelin-starred restaurants to modest bouchons. The forks of the River Sâone and River Rhône converge in this elegant city where Roman ruins meet UNESCO-classified medieval lanes, baroque squares, and contemporary icons such as the new Musée de la Confluence ethnology museum. Lyon is the perfect city break as it’s only 2 hr. by train from Paris.