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  • Address: Rue Saint-Jean
  • Admission: Free


Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Draped around the ancient Roman edifices atop Fourviére Hill, this enchanting Rennaissance-era neighborhood of beautifully preserved buildings is without a doubt Lyon's most charming attraction. It was the first protected historic distric in France, with good reason, an remains one of its most beautiful.

The oldest major buildings of Vieux Lyon date to the 11th and 12th centuries, but almost certainly many of the more modest homes, today filled with colorful cafes and appealing shops, are much older. Many have been restored since the 1960s.

The most famous sites are a trio of churches around which "Old Lyon" was constructed: famed St Jean Baptiste Cathedral; graceful St Paul, known for its bell tower and traboules (passageways between regular streets); and Gothic St Georges, overlooking the Saône. But the real pleasure here is simply meandering through the well-worn streets, enjoying every detail. 

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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lyon on a hop-on hop-off tour! Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You can hop on and ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.50

Private Tour: Theatrical Visit of Old Lyon With Wine and Cheese Tasting

On this private tour with just you and your group, a professional actor-guide will take you for a lively tour of the Old Lyon and the traboules (hidden ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.97

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