This two-week route through some of Frances most beautiful landscapes takes in gorgeous farmhouse stays, camping and kayaking, lavender fields and finally the Med
The capital of French gastronomy and birthplace of cinema, Bateaux Mouches and Jean-Michel Jarre, plus the confluence of two rivers, Lyon is a great starting point to discover the Rhne, the Alps and Provence.
Start with the Lumire villa museum and the Museum of Miniatures and Cinema, before building up to futuristic Lyon in the docks redevelopment, with its vivid orange-and-green cubes, and the starship architecture of the Muse des Confluences.
Spend a day exploring the old towns traboules (passageways) and stock up for the road trip at Les Halles Paul Bocuse food emporium , or with cakes from Le Kitchen Caf ; try the panoramic terrace of the newly opened la Piscine for a meal inside Lyons riverfront swimming pool complex. Stay two nights at Nos Chambres en Ville, a converted silk factory on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse district (doubles from 77 B&B).