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Lyon, a meeting place of men and ideas, is a truly exceptional town which has been shaped by history over the last 2000 years.

From the top of the hill looking down, one can admire a wonderful view over Lyon and even, if the weather is clear enough, Mont Blanc. Traditionally, on Fourvière hill, there were several monasteries hence the name, “the praying hill”. The basilica was built at the end of 19th century by a lyonnais architect Pierre Bossan. The south-east of the hill contains the Gallo-Roman sites. Walking down the hill towards the old town by attractive streets, before lunch which will be enjoyed in a traditional restaurant.

The splendour of the 15th and 16th centuries still lingers on in Lyon. A wonderful ensemble spreads out along the right bank of the Saône, through the districts of Saint-Georges, Saint-Jean and Saint-Paul. It is one of the largest (8 acres) and finest Renaissance districts of France – in fact it is the largest after Venice. In the heart of the old town is the Saint-Jean Cathedral. It was started in 1180 and took 300 years to build. Stained windows, a profusion of sculptures, pinnacles, triple arches and spiral stairways, hanging gardens and stone banisters greet the tourist’s eye at every turn.

Minimum 25 – maximum 35 persons
Per person: 480 FF (including bus transfer to and from the congress site, a professional guide, lunch, drinks and coffee)

   Choice 2: THE OLD DISTRICTS              

Saturday 2h30 pm – 5h30 pm

A wonderful ensemble spreads out along the right bank of the Saône, through the districts of Saint-Georges, Saint-Jean and Saint-Paul. It is one of the largest (8 acres) and finest Renaissance districts of France – in fact, it is the largest after Venice.

In the heart of the old town is the Saint Jean-Cathedral. It was started in 1180 and took 300 years to build.
A stroll through this wonderful old part of the city where the architectural and decorative elements are a mixture of the Middle Age and Renaissance.

Minimum 20 – maximum 35 persons
Per person: 150 FF (including a professional bilingual guide)

   Choice 3: BEAUJOLAIS WINE COUNTRY                   

Sunday 9h00 am – 6h00 pm

Discover the south of beaujolais country. Contrary to the northerm vineyards of the Beaujolais region, this area has ochre coloured stones that give it its name “Golden Stones”.Visit of a fortified village and wine tasting in a vineyard.

Lunch in a typical traditional inn.

Visit of the “Hameau du vin”: a trip into the heart of vineyards. Truly a cultural center of the winegrowers world. Unique in France the wine hamlet is proud the renown it has for its land, its men and their traditions.

Welcomed in a station dating from the beginning of the century, this visit will take you through two hours of wonderment in the world of the vine and wine.
After a last “tasting”, return to Lyon.

Minimum 35 – maximum 45 persons
Per person: 620 FF (including bus transfer to and from the congress site, a professional guide, lunch, drinks and coffee)

   Choice 4: JUJURIEUX & PEROUGES                   

Monday 9h30 am – 5h30 pm

After the silk workers’ uprising, they set up their workshops just outside Lyon in Jujurieux. Today, there is still a silk factory that supplies top fashion houses and interior decorators. We will visit this factory, a museum and a shop.

The Medieval City of Pérouges perched on its hill has remained a typical Middle Age city. The picturesque atmosphere of winding roads with cobblestones is unbeatable.

Lunch will be taken in an old inn “L’Ostellerie du Vieux Pérouges” where the salons have been scrupulously kept as they where centuries ago with an enormous fireplace, pewter and porcelain collections. A really historical moment in a classified monument.

After a walk through the city’s streets, with stone facades and iron doorways, the visit ends in the museum sheltering some relics of the old way of life in Pérouges; weaving looms, parchments, arms, old statues and furniture etc.

Minimum 35 – maximum 45 persons
Per person: 650 FF (including bus transfer to and from the congress site, a professional guide, lunch, drinks and coffee)

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