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Lyon & The Mediterranean Coast of France

10 Days / 9 Nights

Lyon, Marseille, Nice

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This 10-day itinerary of Lyon, Marseille, and Nice introduces you to the finest France has to offer beyond its, undoubtedly, mesmerizing capital. Stroll around the UNESCO-listed jewel that is Lyon, before you delve into the secrets of the oldest city in France, sun-drenched Marseille. End your trip in style in Nice, the cosmopolitan queen of the French Riviera.

One of our France team members will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, which includes all the necessary information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a wide selection of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Lyon, Marseille, Nice tour

3 Nights in Lyon

3 Nights in Lyon

4 days in Lyon
4 days in Lyon

3 Nights in Lyon

The third-largest city and second-largest urban area in France, Lyon is situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. Traveling to Lyon feels like entering a triple-faced city. One has grown along the banks of the Saône and onto the Presqu'île (peninsula) since the time of the Roman Empire, leading to the creation of the largest Renaissance district in France. The second one goes beyond the Rhône to the East and dates from the eighteenth century onwards. The third one, to the South, coincides with modern Lyon's beating heart in the contemporary Confluence district.

The third-largest city and second-largest urban area in France, Lyon is situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. Traveling to Lyon feels like entering a triple-faced city. One has grown along the banks of the Saône and onto the Presqu'île (peninsula) since the time of the Roman Empire, leading to the creation of the largest Renaissance district in France. The second one goes beyond the Rhône to the East and dates from the eighteenth century onwards. The third one, to the South, coincides with modern Lyon's beating heart in the contemporary Confluence district.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Lyon

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Lyon Airport and drive you to your centrally located accommodation in about 30 minutes.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Lyon

Lyon Private Walking Tour

A Stroll Through Lyon's Secrets

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be enjoying a 3-hour private walking tour of Lyon to immerse yourself in the exciting secrets that this city hides. Stories, anecdotes, and legends will inevitably turn into unforgettable memories. With its outstanding museums, beautiful medieval and renaissance architecture, and vibrant cultural life, Lyon is a fascinating city, while it's often considered France's gastronomical capital. Let your private and knowledgeable guide take you on a journey into Lyon's most impressive hidden gems.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Lyon

Exploring Lyon's Surroundings

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Lyon may be a striking place to explore in its own right, but the city's surroundings are also worth a visit. One of the best day trips from Lyon is a tour across the stunning Beaujolais region for an unforgettable day filled with exquisite wine, impressive castles, and quaint medieval villages. Other places not to miss near Lyon are Perouges, which is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, and Annecy, the so-called Venice of the Alps.

Beaujolais Private Day Trip

Beaujolais Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover the golden stone region by passing through small quaint villages and visiting Oingt, the most beautiful of all. Explore the land where three rivers meet, the Rhône, the Saône, and the Beaujolais, and be amazed by the Château de Grandmont in Blacé.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Perouges & Annecy Private Tour

Perouges & Annecy Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Let's get out of Lyon and visit some surrounding towns. First this tour will take you to visit Perouges, a stunning medieval village. This is the ideal place to take a few pictures, stretch your legs, and enjoy a slice of the local galette, which is a type of sweet pizza. The trip continues to Annecy, the little Venice of the Alps. Your guide will take you on a stroll around the Old Town and show you the stunning flowery bridges before you enjoy the view of the Alps surrounding the area. You can then take a lunch break if you want (lunch is not included in the price). If the weather permits, you can join a one-hour cruise to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view from the lake. The itinerary can be flexible, and your guide can help you decide what to include for an unforgettable day trip.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Marseille by Train

You're leaving Lyon behind today and heading to Marseille . We will arrange a transfer to the train station and second class tickets. There are a few train departures to Marseille daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the roughly 2 hours journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

We also offer the following excursions in Lyon

Cotes du Rhone Private Wine Tour
Light8 hours
Lyon Small Group Bike Tour
Moderate2 hours
Lyon Small Group Food Tour
Light4 hours
Lyon Small Group Walking Tour
Light3 hours

3 Nights in Marseille

3 Nights in Marseille

4 days in Marseille
4 days in Marseille

3 Nights in Marseille

Part of the historical Provence region, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. Defined by immigration, Marseille is a fascinating ensemble of different cultures that create a unique atmosphere. The city's rich cultural heritage fuses with the modernity of the second-biggest commercial port in the Mediterranean, while beautiful natural spaces, such as the amazingly preserved Calanques Natural Park and its stunning creeks, are easily accessible by boat or inland public transport. The sloping alleys, the spice-filled open-air markets, a blend of local and world cuisine, the sunny beaches, and the stunning architecture of the Old Port render Marseille a city like no other.

Part of the historical Provence region, Marseille is the second-largest city in France. Defined by immigration, Marseille is a fascinating ensemble of different cultures that create a unique atmosphere. The city's rich cultural heritage fuses with the modernity of the second-biggest commercial port in the Mediterranean, while beautiful natural spaces, such as the amazingly preserved Calanques Natural Park and its stunning creeks, are easily accessible by boat or inland public transport. The sloping alleys, the spice-filled open-air markets, a blend of local and world cuisine, the sunny beaches, and the stunning architecture of the Old Port render Marseille a city like no other.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Marseille

When you arrive at the train station in Marseille, a driver will meet you to take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Marseille

Must See Marseille Private Half Day Tour

A Stroll Around Marseille

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

The oldest city in France, Marseille is an underrated gem waiting to be discovered. To make the most of your time in Marseille, we recommend a private walking tour that will introduce you to all of this coastal city's wonders. From sampling local delicacies and iconic drinks to feeling mesmerised by the dreamy scents of handmade soap to admiring the impressive Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde and the splendid views it offers from its terraces, you will have a lot of fantastic moments to remember your dream to Marseille by.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Marseille

Uncovering The Beauty of Provence

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Marseille is the ideal base from where to explore the charms of Provence, one of the prettiest regions in France's South. Aix-en-Provence is a dreamy town north of Marseille where history and architecture will fascinate you. We recommend a comfortable private tour of Aix-en-Provence and Cassis, a postcard-perfect seaside town you should definitely add to your itinerary. Alternatively, you can opt for a private trip to the iconic lavender fields of Provence for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to remember.

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis & Marseille Private Day Trip

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis & Marseille Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This full-day trip combines a visit to the university city of Aix-en-Provence, the seaside village of Cassis, and vibrant Marseilles. Each place boasts a different character and reflects a specific historical heritage. Your guide will ensure you have enough time to enjoy all three at a relaxed pace.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Lavender Fields in Valensole Private Experience

Lavender Fields in Valensole Private Experience

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a day trip to the dreamy lavender fields of Provence, a sight to remember for life. Walk among the brightly colored lavender fields, discover the charming village of Valensole, and visit a local distillery. During this tour, you will definitely shoot the best photos of your entire trip to France!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Nice by Train

You're leaving Marseille behind today and heading to Nice. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and second class tickets. There are a few train departures to Nice daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the roughly 2 hours and 40 minutes journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

Nice by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Nice by Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Cannes

Nice by Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Cannes

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Marseille

Aix-en-Provence & Wine Tasting in a Château Private Experience
Light8 hours

3 Nights in Nice

3 Nights in Nice

4 days in Nice
4 days in Nice

3 Nights in Nice

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Nice

When you arrive at the train station in Nice, a driver will be there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Nice

Old Town Nice Private Walking Tour

Experiencing The Charms of Nice

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you will delve into the unique charm of Nice, during a 3-hour private tour across the maze of quaint alleys that compose its Old Town. You will try local specialties while marveling at the city's splendid Italianate squares, visit the colorful flower market, and end the tour atop the dramatic Castle Hill for the most breathtaking views of Nice and beyond.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Nice

Panorama Private Tour

Discovering The French Riviera

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For your second day in Nice, we recommend taking a private tour of some of the prettiest towns along the French Riviera. You can choose your favorite three destinations among Monaco, Cannes, Nice, Eze, Antibes, and Saint Paul de Vence and your local driver will take you to each in the most comfortable way. Your sun-drenched adventure along the French Riviera will be a trip to remember for life.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

It's time to bid a fond adieu to France. On your day of departure, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations and bring you to the airport in plenty of time for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Nice

Beaulieu From the Sea Private Boat Tour
Light2 hours
Food and Wine Group Tour
Light4 hours
Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze Full Day Group Tour
Light8 hours
Nissa La Bella Private Tour in a Vintage Car
Light1 hour

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Lyon

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Lyon Airport Transfer
Lyon Private Walking Tour
Lyon Train Station Transfer
Lyon - Marseille Train

Marseille

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Marseille Train Station Arrival Transfer
Marseille Train Station Arrival Transfer
Marseille - Nice Train

Nice

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Nice Train Station Transfer
Old Town Nice Private Walking Tour
Nice Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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