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Limited time in Lyon - what to see/do?

I'm planning a business trip in late October that will include limited time to explore Lyon. Any suggestions on how to make the most of my time? I should have morning through late afternoon open on two separate days. I’m not really interested in “night life,” per se. I’m more interested in history, architecture, museums, and natural beauty. Thanks in advance for any suggestions/recommendations you can provide!

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Are you going to all 3 countries you have posted your business trip query?

I would ask your clients/associates or whomever your trip is for, about things to do in their 'home towns' on your limited time.

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Yes - I am visiting all three areas (and several others) during this trip. I am also asking local friends - and looking for any input experienced travelers in this forum might have to offer. Thank you

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When we had a short stay there we visited the Basilica the first afternoon and the Odeon and amphitheater. The second day we focused on the Traboules. With limited time I would book a private guide for the Traboules who might have access to some that are not open to the public -- COVID was used by many residents to close up what hd in the past been available for tourists to explore. But the Traboules and interesting courtyards are the main thing I'd want to see in Lyon.

We really like Bouchon food too and enjoyed Les Lyonnaise bouchon.

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The Museum of Fine Arts next to The Opera is a decent museum and worth some time . The cathedral ( Notre Dame de Fourviere ) is very interesting , replete with a surfeit of mosaic tiled murals that are stunning . The building dates , however , from the late nineteenth century , and is reminiscent of Sacre Coeur in Paris . We also spent some time in Croix Rousse , wandering about . There is some interesting architecture there , dating to the heyday of the silk industry and the Jacquard Looms which originated there

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The textile museum is very nice--if you happen to have an interest in that topic.

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Unfortunately The Textil Museum is currently closed for renovation , much to my chagrin .