Frequently Asked Questions
To make the most out of everything that Lyon has to offer, we would recommend spending around 5 days in Lyon on your school trip, especially if your students will be having French lessons at our partner language school in the city.
Lyon is a fantastic destination to visit at any time of the year. It looks beautiful in the autumn and the spring, it's not too hot during the summer and, in the winter, the city celebrates the incredible Fete des Lumieres, when many of the city's buildings are lit up with amazing illuminations.
Lyon is quite a big city, so the best way to get around quickly and easily is the city's excellent metro system.
For a real taste of the history of Lyon, we would highly recommend a visit to the Maison des Canuts, where you'll learn about the city's famous silkworkers. You can then enjoy a guided tour of the traboules, Lyon's hidden gems! We would also recommend a visit to Les Halles Paul Bocuse, to find out why Lyon is considered the gastronomic capital of France. And for spectacular views across the city, the chance to explore a magnificent cathedral and the opportunity to sit in a Roman amphitheatre, don't miss the chance to take the funicular up the hill of Fourviere.
There are lots of free things to do in Lyon. Explore the atmospheric old town, relax in the spectacular Parc de la Tete d'Or and enjoy a self-guided street art tour. You can also visit Montluc Prison, and the Basilica de Notre Dame and the Roman amphitheatre at Fourviere. And don't miss out on a stroll along the banks of the Rhone or Saone. All of free activities will give you a better idea of Lyonnais life and the diversity of the city.
Most groups do travel to Lyon for French, but there are also opportunities for history groups studying WW2 here, especially for those interested in the French Resistance.
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