Founded in 43 B.C. by a lieutenant in Julius Caesar’s army, historic Lyon has become the second largest metropolitan area in France. During the 15th century, Lyon flourished in silk weaving and printing to become today’s leader in textile design. There are great bargains in the Croix-Rousse section of Lyon for silk clothing, scarves and ties.
Evenings, step onto your ship’s deck to view 150 buildings Lyon illuminates at night for a stunning spectacle.