Learn French and Culture in Lyon

From £352 pp

France, Lyon

5 days

Small Group up to 12 People

Learn French and Culture in Lyon

From £352 pp

What You'll Do

Combine learning the beautiful French language on this popular 1 week French and culture course; perfect for passionate Francophiles, you’ll be practising the language and discovering French culture and history as well as its gastronomy in gorgeous Lyon.

Whatever your level from elementary to advanced; learning French in Lyon is the best way to accelerate your language learning experience. Immerse yourself in the local French culture and progress rapidly practising your new found skills in your free time.

Combine your French course with learning about Lyon’s rich culture on this course in the UNESCO city of Lyon.

In the mornings, you’ll be taught to speak French by highly qualified native French speakers who have a passion for teaching and use proven language teaching techniques.

In the afternoons, you will take part in many cultural activities centred around the history of cuisine and culture in Lyon. Activities include guided tours of fascinating museums and areas of Lyon and one evening you will enjoy an intimate cooking demonstration chez Janine followed by a tasting of the delicious food. Immerse yourself in the delicious art, sites and  cuisine while practicing and perfecting your French language skills.


Learn French in Lyon, a recognised UNESCO city.

Daily activities to immerse yourself in French culture.

Get the opportunity to taste Lyon!

Your Local Host:

French Language School in Lyon

Dedicated to teaching French since 1999, this friendly French language school is located on the 1st and 4th floors of a beautiful art deco building in the historical city of Lyon. It's run by the director, Frédérique and her team of teachers, who are all highly qualified native French speakers with a passion for teaching. The school is also fully accredited.

Experience Itinerary

A typical day

A typical day
– French language lessons start at 9am
– Please note that classes start at 9.45am on Monday
– Classes run daily Monday through to Friday each week
– You will have 3 group classes per day lasting 45 minutes each
– There will be a short coffee break between lessons
– Gastronomy activities take place at various time throughout the week in the afternoon or evening and you will be given a full timetable on arrival

What are some of the cultural aspects I’ll be exploring?

You’ll have several activities (1 or 2) per day of variable duration: guided walks in the historic districts of Lyon, wine and food tastings, museums, cruise on a bateau-mouche, cooking workshops, visit of the Halles Paul Bocuse, discovery of the painted walls ofLyon, and more!

The program varies according to the season and the cultural events happening in Lyon. All activities are in French.

– On Monday you will have a guided orientation tour of Lyon where your guide will point out and tell you about the history of the city’s bistrots, chocolatiers, patissiers and many more
– On Tuesday there is a tasting session at a local cooking school or producer (this depends on the season and the exact activity will be confirmed on arrival)
– On Wednesday you will join sommelier, Laurent, for a wine tasting where you will sample some delicious French wines
– On Thursday there is a guided tour of one of Lyon’s famous ‘quartiers’ so you can get to know the city from the eyes of a local
– The week finishes with a cooking demonstration held chez Janine who will show you how to prepare typical Lyonnais dishes followed by a tasting of the delicious food in good company
– Learn lots of new French vocabulary related to food and cooking
– All the extra activities will be in French so this is a perfect way to practise and development your French language skills

What can I do after the language lessons?
– Many people on language holidays travel solo so the language school organises a host of social and cultural activities each week to help you to get to know your fellow classmates and to integrate you into the French way of life, some activities are free and others have a small charge and may include:
– Guided tours of the historical town centre of Lyon and its museums and galleries
– Tastings of local products, such as, wine, cheese, chocolate and much more
– Excursions to the Alps to ski in the winter months
– Parties and picnics
– Afternoon trips on the Rhône
– Cinema visits
– Theatre workshops
– You will have plenty of free time to explore the local area and practice your new found language skills or just kick back and relax on this language learning holiday

Where can I stay?
You’re welcome to make your own arrangements so you can pick accommodation to suit your needs, however, optional accommodation can be booked in addition to your language course with a local host family. You can simply add this option to your booking (for an additional charge) and more information can be found in the FAQs section at the bottom of the page.

Location Information

Lyon is perfectly located for those looking to learn French in France in a dynamic cultural city.

– Stunning art deco building
– Centrally located in the heart of historical Lyon
– UNESCO site
– 9 well equipped classrooms
– Internet access in the student room
– WiFi access
– Coffee machine and water fountain
– Library with French DVDs and books
– Many facilities nearby including cinema, ice rink, swimming pool, Opera house, museums, parks, bars and restaurants
– Offers a host of optional social & cultural activities

Nearest airport: Lyon – 45 minutes away from the city centre.



  • 15 French language lessons suitable for elementary to advanced levels
  • Please note this course is NOT suitable for beginners
  • 3, 45 Minute French lessons per day, Monday to Friday starting at 9am or 1.30pm depending on your language level
  • Cultural excursions in the afternoons
  • A French language level test (please arrive at 8am on your first day for a short oral test)
  • Enrolment fee
  • Internet / WiFi Access
  • Optional social and cultural activities (some with small charge)
  • Text books and class materials


- Suitable for all levels from elementary to advanced French learners
- This course is NOT suitable for beginner French learners
- Minimum age 18

- The school is open year round with a break for Christmas
- French and gastronomy courses start on selected Mondays throughout the year
- If you choose to book the optional accommodation, you will arrive on the Sunday before the course and depart on the Saturday after the course