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 modern day temples of gastronmy 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.