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Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) Tours

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Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
At the foot of Fourviére Hill, the historical streets of Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) offer a welcome change of pace from the modern city across the river. With elegant medieval churches, Renaissance-era monuments, and pastel-painted facades, this is Lyon’s most atmospheric district.

The Basics
There are many options for exploring Old Lyon, from walking tours and standard or electric bike tours to Segway jaunts and hop-on hop-off bus excursions. In addition to Old Lyon, city tours often visit neighborhoods such as La Croix-Rousse and the Presqu’île and ride the funicular up to the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière for impressive city views. Food tours explore Lyon’s gastronomic heritage at the famous Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market and restaurants around Old Lyon.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Old Lyon is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.
  • The narrow lanes of Vieux Lyon are mostly pedestrianized and best explored on foot—wear comfortable shoes.
  • The majority of cafés and restaurants can be found along Rue Tramassac, but the quayside bars and restaurants offer the best views at night.  

How to Get There
Old Lyon stretches along the left bank of the Saône River, with Fourviére Hill rising to the west. It’s a short stroll across the bridge from Place Bellecour or Place des Jacobins, and the closest metro station is Vieux Lyon (line D). Funiculars for Fourvière Hill also run from this station. 

When to Get There
Explore the streets of Old Lyon in the morning to avoid the crowds and take photos of the beautiful historical buildings, or visit in the evening to dine along the riverfront. The most spectacular time to visit Old Lyon is during the annual Festival of Lights in December, when dazzling light projections brighten up landmarks such as Saint John the Baptist Cathedral (Cathédrale-Saint-Jean-Baptiste, or Lyon Cathedral).

Architecture of Vieux Lyon
With buildings dating from as early as the 11th century, the streets of Vieux Lyon are bursting with architectural treasures. The star attraction is Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, with its stunning stained glass windows and striking mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Nearby are the Maison du Crible mansion, with its much-photographed pink tower, and a number of historical traboules (narrow alleyways). In the northern Saint Paul quarter, the Gothic Maison du Consul and the grand Hotel Gadagne (now part of the Musées Gadagne) are notable highlights, while the Saint Georges quarter was Lyon’s original silk-weaving area and is home to the riverfront Church of Saint George (Église Saint-Georges).
Address: Rue Saint-Jean, Lyon, France
Admission: Free
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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio CommentaryBus Tours

Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

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The perfect introduction to France’s history-filled city, this hop-on hop-off tour of Lyon makes stops at several attractions. Enrich your visit with audio commentary in multiple languages as you listen to anecdotes about the city, its people, and its heritage. Your pass is valid for the whole day, so you can get down—and back on—as many times as you’d like.
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Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including FunicularHalf-day Tours

Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular

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Discover Lyon’s highlights, and wend your way past major landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites alike, on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide in the afternoon at the Bartholdi Fountain, and set off on foot. Over the course of several hours, you’ll learn all about the city’s history and gourmet traditions, will stroll through Vieux Lyon (its Old Town), will travel by funicular up Fourvière Hill, and more.
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Lyon Old Town Food Tour with Tasting in a Bouchon Lyonnais Half-day Tours

Lyon Old Town Food Tour with Tasting in a Bouchon Lyonnais

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With its hidden “traboules” passageways, Old Lyon is a joy to wander on foot. Uncover its culinary secrets and access places only locals know on this small-group tour with a foodie guide. Dine at a typical “bouchon Lyonnais” restaurant, taste foods from brioche to pralines, and (naturally) sample plenty of local wine. Choose between morning and afternoon departures to suit your schedule.
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Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & LunchHalf-day Tours

Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch

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Tour and taste your way around Lyon on this half-day Old Town food tour. Save hours researching where to find the best local food, and instead, have insider knowledge from your guide. Meet local producers, and learn about Lyon’s wonderful gastronomy scene. You won’t have to worry about translation problems—your guide translates for you, as you enjoy several tastings throughout the day.
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Lyon Big Traboules in Little City Stories from the Past Private Guided TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Lyon Big Traboules in Little City Stories from the Past Private Guided Tour

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Were there any lions in Lyon? Why did they build so many secret passages and what kind of troubles happened in the "traboules"? Where did the kings keep their mistresses? Why is the city center sliding down the hill throughout centuries? Join me to walk the streets that are as busy today as they were 500 years ago, see Lyon as it was at the era of Roman Empire, and hear more cool stories about this amazing city, its history, architecture and culture. The departure time and place is flexible depending on your preferences.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking TourCultural Tours

Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

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10:00 am/English | On this guided walking tour of the historic neighborhoods of Croix-Rousse and Vieux Lyon, you will learn a lot about the culture and history of Lyon. We start on Place des Terreauxwhere you'll see the impressive the Hôtel de Ville and Museum. The Bartholdi Fountain is another highlight. Then we walk through Croix-Rousse, where the silk workers used to work. It is filled with hidden passageways, the Traboules. We will talk about silk enjoy amazing views over the city. From the Roman Amphitheatre, we descend down towards Vieux Lyon, the most famous neighborhood of the city. We will see the Fresque des Lyonnais, an impressive wall painting and Rue Juiverie, with the amazing Gallerie Philibert Delorme. We'll finish in the busy part of Vieux Lyon, right in time for lunch! Tips are greatly appreciated. Our guides spend many hours of personal time increasing their knowledge to provide you with the best experience possible. Typical tip range has been e5-10 per person.
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Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local GuideMountain Bike Tours

Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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Glide around Lyon’s UNESCO-listed historic center on an easy-to-use electric bike with this 2-hour guided bike tour. Cruise along the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers, pedal around the lush Tête D’Or Park and zip through the dazzling Croix Rousse tunnel, with its unique sound and light show. Stop along the way to admire landmarks like Lyon Cathedral, stroll around bustling Bellecour square and discover little known monuments and local haunts.
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Lyon Highlights Walking Guided Tour with a Local GuideHalf-day Tours

Lyon Highlights Walking Guided Tour with a Local Guide

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Ready to experience the best of Lyon along with a few, unique hidden gems? Join us for a historical walk around the city where you’ll see and learn about Renaissance architecture, taste a local treat, discover the narrow traboules of Lyon (secret passages), and hear some surprising facts and stories from your local guide.
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1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of LyonPrivate Sightseeing Tours

1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of Lyon

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Health and safety commitments: The tours have been suited to meet all of your requirements and provide you with a safe tour experience. Once you are comfortably seated in the electric pedicab, begin a tour of Lyon with a local guide who is passionate about the city. Learn about the history of Lyon from Roman times to the Renaissance and discover the city from another angle, in the heart of the historic districts. Discover the old town of Lyon, "Vieux Lyon", part of the city’s historic region that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage, where you will be introduced to the city’s unique covered walkways, known as “traboules.” On an extended 2-hour tour, visit the area of "Presqu'île", which is at the heart of the city and continue along the banks of the Rhone to enjoy a panoramic view of the hills of Fourviere and Croix-Rousse. Hear stories, historical facts, and anecdotes, as you explore some of the highlights of the city. Up to 2 adults and one child under 6 years old. 1 or 2-hour guided tour.
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Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local GuideMountain Bike Tours

Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide

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Take in the sights of Lyon with an electric bike tour, an easy way to get around, while you sample some of what makes this the culinary capital of France. After stops in Lyon's UNESCO-listed Old Town, the Place des Terreaux and La Croix-Rousse, riding along the picturesque Rhône River, pause at a restaurant to taste regional specialties like locally-made cheeses and cured meats. Upgrade to the 4-hour tour to include a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière where you'll get wonderful views over Lyon. Tour group size is limited to 10 for more personalized attention from your guide.
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Secret Food Tours Lyon w/ Private Tour OptionHalf-day Tours

Secret Food Tours Lyon w/ Private Tour Option

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Food is undoubtedly one of Lyon's most beloved traditions. Since 1935, the city has been considered the world capital of gastronomy. When Lyon's culinary traditions were being forged, the famous "Mères Lyonnaises" (Lyonnaise Mothers) managed to turn Lyon cuisine into an institution. Today, male chefs dominate the scene, like the famous Paul Bocuse, however it is the women who evolved the renowned cuisine. Many of the recipes around the city are unchanged from their humble beginnings, meaning you'll have the opportunity to taste the culture and history that has turned Lyon into the culinary hub it is today. We'll guide you through this gastronomic journey infused with passion, history, and exquisite French food and wine. Find out why eating and drinking are not just a pastime in Lyon, but a way of life.
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Lyon Old Town Private Food Tour with a Local ExpertHalf-day Tours

Lyon Old Town Private Food Tour with a Local Expert

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Explore the photogenic scenery of Lyon’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, and discover some of this famously gastronomic city’s most delicious bites, during a private walking tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and be sure to come hungry: your guide will lead you down traboules (narrow passageways) and to bouchons Lyonnais (traditional local bistros), and you’ll sample everything from brioche to pralines and beyond.
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Lyon Highlights Day Tour with Local Silk Shop & Paul Bocuse MarketCity Tours

Lyon Highlights Day Tour with Local Silk Shop & Paul Bocuse Market

Day Tour of Lyon. See both Lyons famous hills in a day. English Guide.See the most interesting sights of Lyon's Old Town plus Croix Rousse.See the last Lyon Silk Shop producing in Lyon.
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The Instagrammable Places of Lyon with a LocalPhotography Tours

The Instagrammable Places of Lyon with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. If you want to spice up your instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, then you are at the right place! Let me show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Lyon and guide you with some useful tips to take good pictures from your phone or camera! Of course while strolling through the city and taking photos of the most unique places like the Bartholdi Fountain and the Passage Thiaffait you will also get to know more about Lyon and learn about its secrets from a local’s perspective. Join me on this adventure to give you insta feed an upgrade. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as we don’t want to miss the golden hour!
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Vacation Photographer in LyonPhotography Tours

Vacation Photographer in Lyon

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Lyon to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Lyon vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Lyon has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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Photogenic Lyon with a LocalPhotography Tours

Photogenic Lyon with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Lyon through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and to take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the Vieux Lyon to Cours des Voraces. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Lyon you will also get discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Let us discover an alternative side of Lyon, full of history and unique beauty! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! You cannot leave the city without having captured the beauty of the Rhône river when standing on the Pont!
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Excursion to the discovery of the wonders of LyonBus Tours

Excursion to the discovery of the wonders of Lyon

With friends, colleagues or family, the City of Lights will reveal all its secrets. Enjoy a unique experience with a Driver AND a Private Guide present only for you. This circuit is fully adaptable according to your desires.
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Best of Lyon Private TourHalf-day Tours

Best of Lyon Private Tour

Travelers with limited time in Lyon often face a tough decision—go sightseeing, experience the famous cuisine, or learn about the city's silk production. With this guided, private half-day tour, you can do all this and more. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Old Lyon, see the city's historic passageways—known as traboules—savor the local cuisine, and wrap up your tour with a stop to learn about traditional silk making. All in just a few hours.
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 Small Group Gourmet tour of Old Lyon and Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered marketHalf-day Tours

Small Group Gourmet tour of Old Lyon and Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered market

Enjoy a gourmet tour of Lyon combining cultural and gourmet stops from the Old-Town to iconic Halles Paul Bocuse passing through the Peninsula. Accompanied by your friendly and passionate guide, you will learn all about the legendary lyonnaise gastronomy and the history of the city. Explore the different districts of Lyon and learn all about the little anecdotes around them while tasting all the amazing produces that made Lyon the Capital of Gastronomy. Your guide will take you to the iconic places of the city such as the Old Town, the Penin-sula and of course the famous Paul Bocuse covered market, in a fun and convivial atmosphere. Discover the gourmet who lives in you!
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Best Intro Tour of Lyon with a LocalCultural Tours

Best Intro Tour of Lyon with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Enjoy this enchanting and colourful city, that used to be the centre for textile in France, with a local who will show you all of their favourite spots. Discover the best of "Lugdunum", be venturing to off-the-beaten-path tracks to see Lyon and experience it with a local! You will feel as if you've stumbled into a city from another era and getting to know more about the local culture, the local spots where people like to go for a coffee or for having dinner! You will get introduced to the city as if you just met your best friend from overseas and he would be showing you his city!
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in LyonPhotography Tours

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Lyon

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Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Lyon, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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Lyon WWII & Resistance Private TourHalf-day Tours

Lyon WWII & Resistance Private Tour

Delve deep into the history of Lyon and discover the Capital of the Resistance - from the Presqu'île to the Vieux Lyon. Alongside an expert guide, explore the places where the clandestine fight for the Liberation were played out, including the secret passageways known as traboules, used by the Resistance. During the Second World War, the city of Lyon played a key role in the liberation of France from the Nazis and thereafter became known as the Capital of the Resistance. This tour takes its participants back in time to when Lyon became a hotbed of Resistance against the enemy, almost entirely behind closed doors.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours LyonHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Lyon

Food is undoubtedly one of Lyon's most beloved traditions. Since 1935, the city has been considered the world capital of gastronomy. When Lyon's culinary traditions were being forged, the famous "Mères Lyonnaises" (Lyonnaise Mothers) managed to turn Lyon cuisine into an institution. Today, male chefs dominate the scene, like the famous Paul Bocuse, however it is the women who evolved the renowned cuisine. We'll guide you through this gastronomic journey infused with passion, history, and exquisite French food and wine. Find out why eating and drinking are not just a pastime in Lyon, but a way of life. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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Guided Running Tour through Secret Staircases of Lyon with Top Equinox CoachArchitecture Tours

Guided Running Tour through Secret Staircases of Lyon with Top Equinox Coach

Running is one of the best ways to see a city! Not only will you see some of the most exciting places in Lyon in around 90 minutes, but you'll also discover the secret paths that wind through the city. These stunning trails bridge Roman architecture with modern street art (and they will keep your heart rate up!) Meet me at the Tête d'Or for dynamic stretching & core before crossing the Rhône River into the Croix Rousse, through Vieux Lyon, and up a lesser-known path to the Fourvière. We will finish at the top of the city for stretching, energy bars, and unbelievable views! In total we will run appx 5k (3.1miles) with a 200m elevation change (appx 670ft). This will be an average pace (14km/minute), with some room for faster or slower runners! I'm a fitness & running coach with 10-years of experience in the USA, most recently as a leading instructor at San Francisco's Equinox Sports Club- a leading institution for results-based fitness. I can't wait to share my passion with you!
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