Paris may be the de facto capital of the country, but Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France. And if France is known internationally as the home of great food, then it’s no mean feat for Lyon to be regarded as the country’s gastronomic centre. Both cities offer a thriving cultural scene with exclusive access upon which to embark on a French culinary voyage and embrace the true art of living, or ‘art de vivre‘. Begin your experience in beautiful Paris, taking in local fresh food markets, authentic bistrots, heavenly boulangeries, luxury chocolate tasting and wine tastings. From here, travel to the charming city of Lyon, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, about 470 km from Paris. The city, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site is blessed with gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks. The city was historically an important area for the production and weaving of silk and played a significant role in the history of cinema: Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematographe in Lyon. Highlights will include the finest Cotes du Rhone wine tastings, dining in the city’s greatest Michelin starred restaurants, enjoying an intimate cooking class with a renowned chef and private after hours visits of historical landmarks.