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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 Electric Bike Tour with Food Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Visit top Lyon attractions and get a taste of France’s culinary capital on this electric bike tour, a nearly effortless way to sightsee. Exploring Lyon’s ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $56.56

Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

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 $21.49

Storytelling Walking Tour of Old Lyon

This tour is a storytelling visit of Old Lyon (Vieux-Lyon) and its passageways or "traboules". Follow the adventures of a young teenager in the ...  Read more

Location: Lyon, France
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.57

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