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Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon) Tours

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon)
The oldest Roman theater in France, Lyon’s Ancient Theatre of Fourvière (Théâtre Antique de Lyon) was built under the orders of Augustus and expanded in Hadrian’s time. Completed in 17 B.C. with space for 10,000 people, today the Grand Theatre is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lyon. 

Restored in the 20th century, the ancient theater is now used to stage popular cultural events such as the summertime Nuits de Fourvière festival, where dance, opera and circus performers play alongside international music acts like Franz Ferdinand.

Situated on Fourvière Hill near the Notre Dame Basilica, from the theater you can also see the grand remains of the Odeon of Lyon, with its beautiful inlaid floor of marble and porphyry. Forming a pair with the main theater, the Odeon was built early in the second century with space for 3,000 people. Behind the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, you can also visit the remains of an ancient Roman temple, dedicated in 160 A.D. to goddess Cybele.

Practical Info

To get to the ancient ruins on Street rue Cléberg, take the Fourvière funicular or the metro to Vieux Lyons on line D, from where it’s about a 15-minute walk to the theater. Entrance is free and the site is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Address: Lyon, France
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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$17.75
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Discover Lyon through its hills

Discover Lyon through its hills

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I propose to discover the hills of Lyon, known as Fourviere and Croix-Rousse. Both are located near the center of the city and occupy a very important place in the history, culture and identity of the Rhone city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$44.96
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Fourvière, an unusual hill

Fourvière, an unusual hill

This is a new guided tour through the famous and unknown monuments of Lyon: from the basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, we go to the roman theaters, but also other roman remains, concealed churches and the oldest cemetery of Lyon… discover the hidden treasures of Lyon off the beaten track!
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  • 2 hours
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Lyon Panoramic City Tour with Funicular Ride

Lyon Panoramic City Tour with Funicular Ride

Amazing Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière and panorama over the city, the Old Lyon with Saint-Jean cathedral and the famous passageaways (traboules) used by resistants, the peninsula and its emblematic squares and landmarks, le « Lyon Mural » : an overall insight into the city of Lyon and its 2,000 year history in 4 hours with a private professional guide
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$163.73
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Lyon Old Town Exploration Guided Tour with Basilica & Roman Theater

Lyon Old Town Exploration Guided Tour with Basilica & Roman Theater

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Visit the Central Points of Lyon. Explore inside the Great Hotel Dieu and Dome. Learn about the Place des Jacobins. Visit Inside the last Working SilkWorkshop in Lyon's Old Town. See an Archeological Garden. Explore Secret Passages and Courtyards. Take a funicular train ride. See a Roman Theatre Enjoy panoramic views. See the Basilica.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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US$71.60
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Guided tour of the Basilica of Fourvière and Gallo-Roman site of Lyon

Guided tour of the Basilica of Fourvière and Gallo-Roman site of Lyon

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Visit Lyon with a guide-lecturer. In a green setting, the preserved site of Fourvière overhangs the city to almost 120 meters and thus offers superb panoramas. The whole is registered in the UNESCO perimeter since 1998. This tour proposes to discover three emblematic places of the hill. The belvedere for a general presentation of the current city of Lyon The basilica ND de Fourvière and its singular history (with comments inside the building) Finally, the ancient theaters to evoke these places of entertainment still used today but also an ideal place to tell the story of the founding of the city 2000 years ago and its development. The visit will then propose to walk down to Vieux Lyon via a stop on the oldest medieval houses of Lyon.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$265.73
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Lyon New & Old Town E-Bike Small Group Adventure Guided Tour

Lyon New & Old Town E-Bike Small Group Adventure Guided Tour

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Lyon ranks among France’s most beautiful cities, with impressive architecture and quintessentially French culture—but hitting the main sites of interest on foot in a day is a challenge. On this tour, spin through the city by electric bike with your guide, and reach top attractions such as Bellecour Square, the UNESCO–listed Old Town, and the Tête d'Or botanical gardens with ease—with free time to explore on foot at your own pace.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lyon Highlights Day Tour with Local Silk Shop & Paul Bocuse Market

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$117.12
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Lugdunum

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The gallo-roman Museum is situated on the hill Fourviere close to the antic theaters. It was built in the 1970's. In its collection, there are the antiquities which have been excavated in Lyon. The guided tour explains the foundation and the fast development of the city until the end of the Roman time. You will understand the complexity of the city during the Roman occupation.
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  • 2 hours
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Along Lyon, guided tour

Along Lyon, guided tour

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Come and discover the history of Lyon from its birth to the first workers' revolts of the 19th century. 20 centuries of a rich and fascinating history, punctuated with anecdotes and little surprises from Lyon!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$22.48
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Au fil de Lyon, private day tour

Au fil de Lyon, private day tour

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In complete privacy, come and discover Lyon with a private guide, art historian and heritage restorer. Learn about Lyon from its birth to the first workers' revolts in XIXth century. 20 centuries of a rich and fascinating history, punctuated by anecdotes and small very Lyon surprises!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.47
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Lyon Panoramic City Tour in Minivan - Private Tour - Half Day

Lyon Panoramic City Tour in Minivan - Private Tour - Half Day

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There is so much to see and do in the city of Lyon that your only problem will be finding enough time to see it all! Choose to discover Lyon's quintessence with our private Panoramic Sightseeing Tour. With a local guide, visit Lyon's best monuments in minivan and learn everything about its fascinating history.
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  • 3 hours
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US$147.88
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