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This region - the gastronomic heartland of France - is synonymous with good living and boasts beautiful rolling countryside and the much underrated city of Lyon. France's second city has France's first food, with fantastic markets and restaurants ranging from Michelin-starred establishments to cosy 'bouchons'. Outside the city, cycle through the vineyards of Beaujolais and discover for yourself that while these wines are dismissed by many, the ten Beaujolais Cru Domaines are a serious step up from the Beaujolais nouveau in your local supermarket.

Vieux Lyon - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is home to well preserved Renaissance districts intersected by traboules or covered alleyways denoted by subtle plaques on discreet doorways dotted around town. The atmospheric Croix-Rousse area of the city is particularly delightful.

Away from the city itself, you can explore charming medieval villages such as Pérouges, Oingt or Vienne with its Roman remains, or visit the world-renowned vineyards of the Burgundy region.

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Lyon, Burgundy & the Rhone Valley
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A Note on Price

A no-expense spared weekend on the Côte d'Azur can cost upwards of £2,500pp. Or, take a self-catered villa in Provence, arriving in comfort via the train to Aix en Provence and your luxury holiday over the May half-term week can be taken care of for less than £10,000. Based on 8 people self-catering.

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A Long Weekend in Lyon

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