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Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

1. 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.

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

2. 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 Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

3. Lyon Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

Experience Lyon, France’s famous gastronomy capital! Perfect for the first time visitor to Lyon, this private guided tour of Lyon's old district gives you a wonderful overview of one of France’s most beautiful and historic cities. Your private tour will see you wander through the enchanting neighborhood of Saint-Jean, including a stop at the magnificent Saint-Jean Cathedral. Your tour continues along Lyon's famous Juiverie Street and would not be complete without a visit to the renowned Hotel Gadagne. As part of the tour you'll be taken through Lyon’s famous ‘Traboules.’ Here your expert guide will explain the fascinating history behind these ancient underground passageways - a true highlight for many visitors to Lyon. The advantage of booking a private walking tour is that the tour runs at your own rhythm. This tour offers a high degree of flexibility, whether you’re looking for a tour that takes in all the famous landmarks or something more off the beaten track. Your private guide will have the knowledge and expertise to create the perfect Lyon walking tour, based in your wishes!

Lyon: Old Lyon Smartphone Audio-Guided Walking Tour

4. 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.

Lyon: 1 or 2-Hour Pedicab Tour

5. 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: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

6. 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 the capital of the Gauls, you can see the ruins of the 1st century amphitheater which could accommodate 20,000 people on the itinerary. At the bottom of Croix Rousse, walk through the historical and more elegant streets where the rich silk workers used to live. Silk manufacturing continues here with the Atelier de Moirage and other scientific labs to save silkworms from diseases. The tour ends at the Maison Tolozan, a trading house, with warehouses and workshops from where the rolls of silk woven by the canuts arrived for shipping on the nearby river.

Lyon: 'Parc de la Tête d'Or' Urban Park Walking Tour

7. Lyon: 'Parc de la Tête d'Or' Urban Park Walking Tour

Explore the mysteries of 'Parc de la Tête d'Or' park on this guided walking tour in Lyon. Keep warm with a hot drink as you view some of the park's botanical wonders like the tropical greenhouses and rose bushes. Hear about the park's history which dates back to 1857. Meet your guide at the golden door of the 'Porte des Enfants du Rhône' park entrance and begin your walking tour. Pass by a 17-hectare lake was created from a branch of the Rhône. See some of the park's 8,800 trees, 30,000 rose bushes, and 6,500 square meters of greenhouses. Stop at a monument where the names of 10,600 soldiers who died for France are engraved. Visit the  African savanna in the zoological park where zebras, giraffes, antelopes, lions and other rare species roam free over 3 hectares of land. As you stroll learn the origins and history of the park. Finish your tour at the place where you met your guide.

Lyon: Private Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

8. Lyon: Private Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

Explore the heart of the city of Lyon with a private walking tour through its most renowned neighborhood, Old Lyon. Find out fascinating facts about the city from a local professional guide. During your tour, discover a maze of surprising courtyards and passageways with Gothic staircases and Italian galleries. Walk along cobblestone alleys, and admire the district's Renaissance facades. Learn about the significance of Lyon Cathedral and get taken to the city's most interesting landmarks. When you finish, you'll have received an introduction to the city that's great for first-time visitors.

Lyon: Romantic Private Tour

9. Lyon: Romantic Private Tour

Visit the most romantic places in the city. Did you know that Lyon’s old town is involved in UNESCO? Feel spellbound in a charming atmosphere, find one of the best places to have a date in the city, and make memorable photos with your loved one. Be surprised by how many historical love stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city. From heartbreaking and tragic, to the hilarious or spicy ones. What stories are hidden in Parc de la Tête d'Or? What happened to Simone De Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre?

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Our guide, Bruno was fantastic. He quickly worked out what we were interested in and tailored our experience accordingly. He gave us exactly what we wanted: the history from the Romans, through the silk trade to exciting newer experiences we should look at while we were in Lyon such as Musee Confluence, Musee de Beaux-Arts and my wife’s favourite; Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and it has made our trip to Lyon so much better.

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. He chose a very nice course and answered our questions. Wonderful way to discover this pretty city without fatigue, especially for old Lyon for seniors who are not very mobile.

Bruno was extraordinarily kind. He showed us the main tourist spots in Lyon, we were delighted with his explanations. He also helped us with the paperwork to solve a problem of theft of our personal documents.

I highly recommend this tour! The tour guide really knows the city and shows the soul of the city. Would recommend to do this in the morning before 12h, because more things are available for tourist.

Excellent tour of orientation to Lyon in a comfortable predicab. The guides were very knowledgeable. Highly recommend the tour.