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Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

1. Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Journey through more than 2,000 years of history on a river cruise of Lyon, and discover the rich heritage of the multifaceted city where ancient and contemporary treasures combine. Board the pleasure boat for an in-depth tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire symbolic monuments from another perspective as you are carried along the Saone River for 1 hour. See the Renaissance buildings of Vieux Lyon, the focus of political and religious power in the Middle Ages. Admire the bold architecture and learn about exceptional moments that have shaped the city's destiny. Listen to an informative commentary of Lyon through the centuries from your guide. 

Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

2. Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu. Because the local partner cooks with exclusively fresh, local, and seasonal products, the menu is constantly evolving.

Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

3. Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu: Choice of Starters • Thin burgundy poultry tart, mustard and parmesan cream, lettuce, capers and croutons • Grilled stuffed squid, olives, minuza salad and red chard, vegetable pickles, and lemon dressing Choice of Main Courses • Duck from the Dombes area, morel sauce, and vegetables of the season • Rolled dab fillet, Nantua sauce, stuffed conchiglioni with ricotta and tetragon Choice of Desserts • Praline tart, Valrhona’s chocolate soufflé, and tonka bean ice cream • Exotic fruits tiramisu • Pistachio and passion fruit dessert, fruits of the season • Chef's special dessert

Lyon: 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour

4. Lyon: 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour

Once you are comfortably seated in the electric pedicab, begin a tour of Lyon with a local guide who is passionate about their city. Learn about the history of Lyon from Roman times to the Renaissance and discover Lyon from another angle, in the heart of the historic district. Discover Vieux Lyon, which is the largest Renaissance district of the city. Explore mysterious alleyways used to transport silk and see the former homes of wealthy Italian traders. See the beautiful Saint-Jean Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon. On an extended 2-hour tour, visit the area of Presqu'île, which is at the heart of the city. See the town hall, the Lyon fresco, Lyon National Opera, Celestine Theater, Place des Terreaux, and Bellecour. Continue along the banks of the Rhône, with a panoramic view of the hills of Fourviere and Croix-Rousse.

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

5. Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

Lyon is a particularly historically rich city and you will discover the magnificent district of Old Lyon through its streets, churches, and traboules (passageways). Your guide will tell you curiosities and about secrets places.  Begin your journey in Bellecour Square. You will see Old Lyon's most famous monuments of Fourvière, Saint-Jean Cathedral, and Pink Tower. Visit the most beautiful spots on the peninsula including Bellecour, Terreaux, Jacobins, and Célestins. Explore the famous painted walls.  Your guide will also reveal some secret locations. Head to a Renaissance district, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover Guignol House and the best panoramic views in the city in Saint Georges District. Journey through some of the 500 traboules in Lyon to the best traditional bouchon cuisine restaurants.

Lyon: Haunted City Exploration Game

6. Lyon: Haunted City Exploration Game

You are invited to discover the haunted places and stories of Lyon with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Lyon, all with the help of your smartphone. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

7. Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

Meet your guide in Lyon's central Presqu’île district (French for "Peninsula") and get a 15-minute briefing and training session on your Segway. Once you feel comfortable and confident on the 2-wheel personal transporter, head off to explore the streets with ease. See the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in France, starting with a ride along the banks of the Rhône River. Experience a beautiful area for pedestrians and bike riders, with gardens stretching for 5 kilometers. Then, go downtown to visit the Opera House and the famous Bartholdi Fountain. Cross to the Saône River to reach Lyon's downtown area, where landmarks include the medieval and Renaissance district of Vieux-Lyon. End with a ride through the large Place Bellecour, and admire the grandiose monuments such as the equestrian statue of Louis XIV. Along the way, your guide will talk about the history of Lyon and take photos of you on your Segway to keep as a souvenir. Benefit from the expertise and local knowledge of a guide who will tell you what to see and what to do later in the day before saying goodbye.

Lyon: Parc Tête d'Or Bike Tour

8. Lyon: Parc Tête d'Or Bike Tour

See the highlights of Lyon on a guided bike tour. Discover the charms of its historic center and its natural gems as you cycle. First, take part in a 15-minute city bike briefing to ensure you are safe and comfortable during the tour and fill in a rental form. Then it's time to head out into Lyon alongside your guide who will begin to tell you about the history and culture of the city. Enjoy the ride along the Rhône river bank until the Parc de la Tête d'Or. Your guide will tell you the story of this beautiful park, known as the green lung of this district. Experience what nature has to offer such as the greenhouse full of exotic plants, some animals inside the zoo (including giraffes), and the lake, all of which you can view from your bike.  On the tour, you will next pass through the Presqu'île to see the Opera and the City Hall as well as the Place des Terreaux. On the way back, continue your discoveries with the charming Old City of Lyon, classified as world heritage by UNESCO. The tour will end at the Place Bellecour, one of the largest squares in Europe. 

Lyon Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

9. Lyon Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Lyon with an interactive self-guided scavenger hunt walking tour. Unlock the city with location-based riddles and spot sights along the way. See Textile Arts Museum, Saint-Nizier Church, and more. To get started, simply login to your app and start your tour (instructions received via email after booking). Your self-guided tour will include 10 of the most important attractions of the city. As you explore on foot, find clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to uncover a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and finish the game. Choose to start or pause the tour whenever you want and enjoy seeing the city at your own pace. Learn city information and facts and snap pictures as you go. The entire tour route includes stops at Musée des Tissus et des Arts, Place Bellecour, Pont Bonaparte, Saint George Church, Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Temple du Change, Fresque des Lyonnais, Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and Église Saint-Nizier de Lyon.

Lyon: Fourvière Hill Exploration Game

10. Lyon: Fourvière Hill Exploration Game

The city game starts at Fourvière Basilica’s Forecourt. It will take you between 1 to 1,5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Maison de Guignol Theater. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 553 reviews

Dinner was delicious, with several options for all tastes. Tables already distributed according to requests. Very friendly staff. The boat goes up the Saône to areas that you rarely get to walking around Lyon, so a very interesting perspective of the city

our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us en excellent tour. Even though it was starting to get warm, he would find cool places to stop. He even found is a great bouchon for lunch which was. air conditioned.

Balade courte mais très agréable avec de belles vues sur la ville et une visite guidée permettant de comprendre le développement de Lyon

Excellent way to see Lyon. Probably best to do it when you first arrive to help orient yourself.

The views were fantastic. It was hard to hear the guide but that didn’t matter