Lyon city tour
Following a delightful breakfast on board ship we disembark to join our private coaches for a morning city tour of Lyon. The third largest city in France, Lyon was historically known as an important centre for silk weaving and in modern times has developed a reputation as the gastronomic capital of France. From the quayside we cross the river and drive up the hill to Fourviere to visit the 19th century basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere. From the terraces we enjoy a great view over the city. Next stop is the St Jean district of old Lyon. Our local guides escort a walk through the narrow cobbled streets and we stop to see what is for sale in the many specialist shops, food stores and cafes. The area is also known for the narrow passageways called traboules that pass through buildings and link streets on either side. On route back to our ship we stop by the famous painted walls of Lyon. These are frescoes painted on the walls of buildings depicting characters and scenes from Lyon history. One covers over 8,500 square feet and features 30 characters including the Roman emperor Claudius, who was born in Lyon, the pioneer film-making Lumiere brothers and the famous Lyon chef, Paul Bocuse.
We are back on board for lunch before enjoying a free afternoon. Some guests take a walk along the promenade, others visit the fine art museum, some go cycling and others sit and read a book on the top deck and simply enjoy the sunny weather.
We set sail around 6pm and head south to the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Here we swing a tight right and sail northbound up the Saone to our overnight dock at Belleville.
Yet another wonderful dinner this evening and some entertainment in the lounge follows. Adele Bracco from Lyon sings some typical French songs including some from the Edith Piaf repertoire and some light jazz too!