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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. 

    Toni is an excellent guide. He emailed us once we signed up for the tour, then he sent us an whatsapp message on the morning of the tour to remind us of the meeting location. Toni gave us a lot of background information of the various points of interest, now we really LOVE Lyon and are looking forward to visit this city again. He also provided restaurants recommendations.

  • Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

    2. Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

    Explore Lyon with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Lyon through the eyes of a local guide on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour there will be the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please inform the tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

    This was a very interesting guided tour. Sylvie was very helpful, told us about the history of Lyon and we walked together mainly to vieux Lyon which was for us the place to be . Thank you Sylvie you one more time..

  • Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

    3. 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: 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 • Che...

    It was a very nice tour. Food was good. Service was good. The tour was in French and English.

  • Lyon: 3-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour with a Tasting Break

    4. Lyon: 3-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour with a Tasting Break

    Enjoy a culinary tasting break in the heart of the Old Town! On this 3-hour program you’ll take in the highlights of Lyon by e-bike. See the Saône River, ride along the Banks of Rhône and to Bellecour Square, and continue through the Old Town (Vieux Lyon) to the park of the Golden Head and to many other surprising places! Join the small group and your guide near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin your morning or afternoon tour. You’ll be outfitted with an electric bike that’s equipped for comfortable, effortless riding, letting you pedal, cruise, or a combination of both. Set off through the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city. Steeped in centuries of history and considered the culinary capital of France, Lyon's vibrant mix of monuments, museums, squares, restaurants, bars, shops, and markets are a delight to explore. The exact route may vary depending on the day, but your e...

    An amazing way to see Lyon, our guide explained the history, significant events and stories, and took us through a beautiful garden park outside the main city area. The tasting at the end was the icing on the cake where we got to try some special flavored wine, and various cuts of meat and bread. A great way to start the day, and definitely inspiring to return for a longer stay one day!

  • Lyon: Old Lyon Smartphone Audio-Guided Walking Tour

    5. Lyon: Old Lyon Smartphone Audio-Guided Walking Tour

    Discover the incredible story behind the scenes of the Vieux Lyon. An innovative guided tour experience that starts whenever you want, alone or with others. Rewind to the times of the great fairs that helped create the reputation of the city and relive the history of the influential Lyonnaise and Italian families. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the visit when you want, right where you paused. Impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates clear directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time. Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of Vieux Lyon, at your own pace. The tour starts and ends in the Saint Paul neighborhood.

  • Vieux Lyon 4-Hour Food Tasting Tour

    6. Vieux Lyon 4-Hour Food Tasting Tour

    Sample delicious food on a 4-hour tour of Vieux Lyon with a local guide, and discover some of the highlights of the city's oldest district along the way. Learn more about the secret traboules (passageways) used by the silk merchants and weavers in former times.   Meet local food heroes at 6 different tasting stops and hear all about their produce. Sample about 17 different dishes and ingredients to tantalize your taste buds and awaken you senses. Explore the medieval streets, where highlights include the he Cathedral of St. Jean and the Romanesque dining hall and choir school of the Manécanterie.

    Nathalie was amazing, she was knowledgeable and kind, and gave us a wonderful introduction to the city. Food was amazing as well, we got to try all kinds of local treats, from cheese to deserts, with lots of wine in between. This was a great great tour to take!

  • Lyon: 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

    7. Lyon: 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage district from a gourmet's perspective, combining cultural discovery and local flavors. Wander the traditional Lyonnaise passageways with a guide and meet local food producers. This 3-hour tour includes four tasting breaks (and a few surprises...), showcasing culinary classics of Lyon. Taste the famous praline brioche, artisanal beer, lyonnais chocolate, regional cheeses, and local cold cuts at an original and traditional restaurant, as well as local wine.

    I loved the historical and food information given by the tour guide. The food that was given was very good and the tour knew a lot of Lyon. She was very friendly.

  • Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

    8. Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

    Discover the incredible story behind the scenes of the former City of Silk and the difficult lives of the silk workers. Admire one of the most beautiful painted walls in Lyon: the "canuts" fresco. The largest trompe l'oeil work in Europe, it is representative of life in the Canuts district, a silk workers' district in the 19th century. As you experience Croix-Rousse and its special atmosphere, your guide unfolds the history and anecdotes of the silk workers, the canuts and their difficult living conditions. You'll cross gardens with planted mulberry trees, the favorite food of silkworms! You'll learn how silk thread is made and discover typical popular architecture of the 1850's. It was here in the traboules that the Canuts revolts of the 19th century started, inspiring great trends of social movements in France. Lyon was actually once a Roman city, and not just any city. Since it was ...

    Wifi was slow and unavailable during some parts of the walk. Customer serviice for both get your guide and rewind was great, allowed us ultimately to access the walk. Information given on the walk was very intwrestiny

  • Lyon: Self-Guided WWII Escape Game in the Old Town via App

    9. Lyon: Self-Guided WWII Escape Game in the Old Town via App

    Discover Lyon’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the old town. Explore this charming city in France by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue leads you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Receive all instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

  • Lyon: Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    10. Lyon: Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee

    Start the tour at the charming Place de la Comédie, in the heart of Lyon. See the City Hall and the Opera House situated on either side of you as you meet your guide. First, stop outside the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Learn about one of the most important museums in France, which rivals its more famous contemporaries in the capital. The next stop is the magnificent Church of Saint Nizier with its imposing Gothic exterior. Pass Place de Bellecour, one of the largest rectangular squares in Europe and continue towards the famous Jacobins Square. Note the famous fountain of the square, one of the most photographed locations in the city.  Continue along the Saône River through streets which gradually become narrower. Enter the Old Town of Lyon and discover its beautiful medieval architecture. See many Traboules (hidden passageways) that are unique to the city of Lyon and the surr...

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 257 reviews

We had a very interesting walk with Johanna. She was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke good English. She walked at a comfortable pace and chose an inetresting route through Vieux Lyon. She showed us places we would not have discovered on our own. All in all an enjoyable couple of hours!

Brilliant experience and a great way to see Lyon and get your bearings. Our guide was fantastic and gave us lots of local info and recommendations. She tailored the tour to suit our interests and we enjoyed two hours seeing various sites. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Lyon.

Nathalie was amazing, she was knowledgeable and kind, and gave us a wonderful introduction to the city. Food was amazing as well, we got to try all kinds of local treats, from cheese to deserts, with lots of wine in between. This was a great great tour to take!

Amazing architectural museum with very interesting and curious exhibitions about us humans and our dear planet Earth.

A must for anyone visiting Lyon. A great companion trip to the bus tours.