Since 1935, France’s second city, Lyon, has proudly boasted the unofficial title of ‘world capital of gastronomy’. A rustic approach to cooking started in the city in the 19th century, when middle-class women left their homes to work as cooks and help to craft new culinary traditions and world-renowned dishes.
These culinary traditions can be sampled today in the charming bouchons of Lyon, small, traditional restaurants serving old-fashioned dishes and local wines. The dishes found in the city’s 20 remaining bouchons are rich and warming; the atmosphere found in each is both friendly and personable.
Our Sensations of Southern France river cruise itinerary starts with an overnight on-board stay in Lyon, and then a full day in the city to enjoy the rich culinary heritage and explore all the stunning sights.