Lyon, France – Private tour operators say they offer private tours to the capital and beyond for just $1,800.
Tour operators, which range from private bus companies to bus companies owned by multinationals and others, cater to travellers from around the world.
The list of destinations include major cities like Paris, Cannes, Rome, Brussels, Milan, Athens, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, and Rome.
They range from the touristy, such as Cannes or Cannes-Saint-Denis, to the less glamorous, like Nice or Paris.
Some operators offer a few days off to make up for the cost.
Lyon-based tour operator Mavro offers a five-day private tour from Paris to Lyon for $1.50.
The price includes a day in the city for two, two days in the countryside for three and a half, three days in Lyon itself for four days, and three days on a guided tour for six.
The company, which has its headquarters in Loyola University’s campus, has been around since 2002.
Mavros private tour operator is now based in New York.
Mavro has also expanded into other markets.
The company now has a branch in Mumbai and a Paris office.
The Lyon branch offers private tours from Paris and Lyon.
It has an online service, Lyon Tour Guide, which offers private, guided tours.
The Mavrota bus company operates the Lyon and Cannes-St-Denises routes, which cost between $1 to $4.50 a person.
A guidebook can be bought at the Loyolas main bus terminal, with a price of between $25 and $80.
A bus from Paris is also available for around $7 a day.
The Paris-Lyon bus, the L’Express bus, and the Lyo tour buses also offer guided tours, the cheapest of which is the Paris-Nice route for $20 a day or a $40 daily round-trip for four.
Lyon is home to the prestigious French Institute of Modern Art (CIMA).
The museum houses some of the most influential works of art of the 20th century.
The L’Art Institute of Lyon is the only institution to host the prestigious Tate Modern in L’Aquila.
The museum is also a major tourist attraction, and there are some spectacularly preserved works of fine art at the museum, including Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and Sistine Chapel.