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Croix-Rousse Tours

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Croix-Rousse
Centered around the 254-meter hill of the same name, the Croix-Rousse district was the heart of Lyon’s 18th-century silk industry, with the influx of workers earning it the nickname ‘the hill that works’, while neighboring Fourvière was dubbed ‘the hill that prays’. The historic district makes a fascinating addition to a walking tour, with its unique traboules - narrow, tunnel-like passageways that served as the setting to the 19th-century silk-workers revolt - snaking between the historic workshops and running down to the riverside. Today, some of the traboules have been restored, most notably the Passage Thiaffait, which is now home to the ‘Village of Creators’ and lined with artist’s galleries, crafts workshops and fashion boutiques.

The lively district retains its village-like atmosphere and is now crammed with bars, restaurants and cafes, many of which offer impressive views along the riverside. Additional highlights include the daily Croix-Rousse Market, the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, the landmark Gros Caillou (literally, a ‘Big Rock’) and the Croix-Rousse tunnel, a bus, bike and pedestrian route that burrows through the hill and is now the backdrop for a dazzling light and sound show.

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The Croix-Rousse quarter is located in 1st and 4th arrondissements of Lyon.
Address: Lyon, France
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Lyon Croix-Rousse City Tram Tour with Audio GuideAudio Guides

Lyon Croix-Rousse City Tram Tour with Audio Guide

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Explore Lyon’s hillside Croix-Rousse quarter by mini-train rather than foot on this city tram tour. Board the train with its panoramic windows and roof, and trundle through the village-like streets of this one-time silk workers’ district, famous for its boho atmosphere, markets, and wall murals. Admire the traditional townhouses and best-known murals depicting historical local scenes and figures, including the ‘Murs des Canuts,’ and ‘Fresque des Lyonnais.’ Multi-lingual audio guide included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Gourmet tour of Croix-Rousse : Lyon's silk districtHalf-day Tours

Small Group Gourmet tour of Croix-Rousse : Lyon's silk district

Discover the best of the lyonnaise gastronomy while visiting the charming Croix-Rousse district, famous for silk Weaving. Accompanied by your guide, learn all about the unusual history of this authentic district, with its unique atmosphere, like a village in the city. Taste the iconic regional specialties and learn about their secrets. In a fun and convivial atmosphere, this tour off the beaten tracks, is perfect to learn about the history and little anecdotes around the city. Charcuterie, cheese, wine and even chocolate, this tour will delight the gourmet who lives in you.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Private gourmet tour of Croix-Rousse : Lyon's silk districtHalf-day Tours

Private gourmet tour of Croix-Rousse : Lyon's silk district

Discover the best of the lyonnaise gastronomy while visiting the charming Croix-Rousse district, famous for silk Weaving. Accompanied by your guide, learn all about the unusual history of this authentic district, with its unique atmosphere, like a village in the city. Taste the iconic regional specialties and learn about their secrets. In a fun and convivial atmosphere, this tour off the beaten tracks, is perfect to learn about the history and little anecdotes around the city. Charcuterie, cheese, wine and even chocolate, this tour will delight the gourmet who lives in you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Discover Lyon through its hillsHalf-day Tours

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Silk Tour in LyonHalf-day Tours

Silk Tour in Lyon

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Luxury tour abour silk, major industry in Lyon history. From the Croix-Rousse with its traboules till wokrshops in Vieux-Lyon, you will meet passionate artisans who will show you the Jacquard loom, the bombyx moths, the softness of velvet scarfs ... Many surpriiiiises between chemistry, techniques, history, fashion, zoology, with one of the last Made in France firms.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lyon City Private Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk TukPrivate and Luxury

Lyon City Private Sightseeing Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

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Ride en plein aire past top Lyon attractions on a private tour via electric tuk tuk. Choose between a 1- or 2-hour circuit that takes you past essential Lyon sights such as Place Bellecour and Parc de la Tête d'or while your guide provides insight into the attractions’ history. Tour includes heated seats and covers for cool weather.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Art and Culture in Lyon with a LocalCultural Tours

Art and Culture in Lyon with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. You always wanted to discover another facette of the old capital of Gaule? Thousands of art lovers from all over the globe visit Lyon each year, either participating in one or more of the numerous cultural events or simply enjoying the buzzing community and the city ambience. Whether you are visiting Lyon as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better or it is your first time, this Experience is for you! While walking the streets of Lyon and looking at amazing street art or getting to know more about the city’s galleries and museums, you will hear about artists and street-art artists and their connection to Lyon. I will share with you the most significant cultural and historical insights and details of the colourful and multi-faced Lyon while we deep dive into the world of art and culture of my city and country.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lyon City Private Guided TourDay Trips

Lyon City Private Guided Tour

I offer you to be your guide for a tour in Lyon. During all day long i make you discover Lyon throught different points of interest (cultural, historical, architectural).
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Historical Guided Tour in LyonHalf-day Tours

Private Historical Guided Tour in Lyon

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Guided Historical Tour of the City of LyonPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Guided Historical Tour of the City of Lyon

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Lyon Panoramic City Tour in Minivan - Private Tour - Half DayHalf-day Tours

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Lyon Two Hills Sightseeing Discovery Tour by Electrical BikeMountain Bike Tours

Lyon Two Hills Sightseeing Discovery Tour by Electrical Bike

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Explore Lyon with ease on an electric bike. After a brief safety training, hop on your bike and begin your 2-hill circuit. Visit the Old Town, banks of the Saône River, Roman theater, Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica, Terreaux Square, Croix-Russe district, and more. Take in stunning hilltop views and discover Lyon’s distinctive “traboules,” the passageways connecting historic buildings.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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