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How long to stay?

We are thinking of visiting lyon for a few days at the end of September. Originally had planned 5 nights but due to available flights with avios points we would only be able to stay for 4 nights. Would 4 nights be long enough to see all the sights in lyon? We tend to spend our city breaks wandering around exploring the city especially the old parts. We like to do a bit of shopping, nice meals out, maybe the odd museum if we have time and weather is bad.

Also any suggestions on good places to stay. Thanks.

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1. Re: How long to stay?

Minimum amount of time for Lyon is roughly 2 days. That will be enough to see the essential, but if you are a kind of person that likes to feel the city, to discover it at a slower pace than you'll need 3 to 5 days. So yes you'll perfectly fit in with 4 days. And September is one of the best time to visit although by the end of the month some rains are a possibility.

You should start your stay with the visit of the tourist office at the Bellecour square, but I will give you a general idea. You should definitely visit the Vieux Lyon area with its Renaissance architecture and famous Lyon traboules (ask the map at the tourist office or even better go with a tour, some are difficult to find), Fourviere area with panoramic views on the city (better go there in the afternoon for best pictures) and the remains from the Roman times. Presqu'Ile area between the two rivers from the square Carnot in the South to the square Terreaux in the North. It's the geographic centre of the city and the most animated part of it with interesting examples of architecture from the 12th century up to the imperial 19th century.

You should make a stroll by the animated bank of the Rhone river with good views on the city and tons of little outdoor bars, cafes and restaurants. You can go as far as the Parc de la Tete d'Or, the biggest urban park in France with its nice lake, a small zoo and botanic garde (btw, the bank of the Saone river is being worked on at the moment and will be very pleasant as well when its' done).

For museums you'll have Musée Gadagne, museum of the history of Lyon in the Old City area, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon in a historic building with its tiny yet beautiful courtyard and Museum of the Gallo-Roman civilisation. For markets the two best, in a different way, are Les Halles of Paul Bocuse and the Quai Saint-Antoine market.

You can use Lyon hop on hop off bus - www.lyonlegrandtour.com/lyon-accueil.php

River tours - www.lyoncityboat.com/sightseeing-cruises

Timetables for the river shuttle - …citycrunch.fr/les-horaires-du-vaporetto-a-l…

Lancs, England
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2. Re: How long to stay?

Thanks for that. Just checked avios flights again and we would have to go early December instead (just before the Festival of Lights).

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3. Re: How long to stay?

Thanks Darth Feanor. I will be in Lyon for 4 days in the first part of Sept,, so your post was very helpful to me as well as the OP..

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Thanks for suggestions very helpful for me

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5. Re: How long to stay?

Thank you for thank you. Hope you'll have a nice stay. BTW, an interesting way to have a dinner or an early evening apero might be to take a special Bus de Lumiere. Never tried it myself, but it does look attractive.

http://en.trolleydeslumieres.com/

Edited: 3:30 am, March 31, 2014
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