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Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

1. Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

With the Lyon City Card, the gates to France's second-biggest city are open! Save time and money while discovering its secret alleyways and magnificent museums. Visit 23 museums for free with your Lyon City Card, and make the most of 48 things to do and 25 discounts which cover the whole of Lyon's cultural offerings. You'll also get complimentary access to Lyon's public transport, as well as access to bike tours, visits to the Fine Art Museum, river cruises, and much more. Have fun! Museums and temporary exhibitions : • Fine Arts Museum of Lyon • OL Museum (football team) • Gadagne Museums: history of Lyon and puppets of the world • Modern Art Museum (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Contemporary Art Institute (only open for exhibitions) • Museum of Gallo Roman Civilization • Museum of Textile • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Museum of Automation • Museum of Cinema and Miniature • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum • Electricity Museum • La Sucrière at pôle Confluence (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Doctor Mérieux Museum • Marcy l’Étoile • Eccly - Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon • Priority access to Musée des Confluences Visits and activities (depending on availabilities – check for times): • Guided walking tours by the Greater Tourism Office (reservation necessary) • A visit to the roof of the basilica of Fourvière (April-November) • Cruises on the Rhône and Saône Riviers with Lyon City Boat (April-October) • House of Canuts • Silk Museum (Soierie vivante) • Mini World • Lyon City tram reduction Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium • Improvidence • Comédie Odeon Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway, and tramway networks. Valid for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days, depending on the validity of your card. Discounts with Lyon City Card: • Shows: National Opera of Lyon (except end of year shows), Célestins’theatre, Lyon’s theatre, theatre of Nouvelle Génération, Théâtre National Populaire, Maison de la danse. • Visits – tours: Cyclopolitains (tours by bike), guided bus tours, biked guided tours by Lyon City Bike, Lyon le Grand Tour, Fourvière France Aventures, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Lyon Hockey Club Les Lions - Ice Hockey, Lyon Tuk Tour, Lyon City Tram. • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike offered by public transportation company). • Restaurant boat Hermès Shopping • Galeries Lafayette Part Dieu: Services privileges: shopping bag and accompaniment by a personal shopper on appointment, 3 macaroons offered with purchase of 40 euros or more. • Printemps: Welcome champagne in the private area and privileged support by a personal shopper • Confluence Leisure Center: Special offers at 32 stores and round trip with the cruise ship • Hard Rock Coffee shop: -10% purchase of 40 euros or more and Onlylyon Hard Rock pin offered • The Village: One-day VIP pass offering VIP lounge reception, photo shooting, skip-the-line and welcome gift with preferential rate on private transport

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Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

2. Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

Discover the spectacular architecture and fascinating exhibits this cutting-edge museum. Experience the world of the natural and the human at Lyon's showpiece waterfront attraction. Delve into a museum which situates itself at the confluence of knowledge, science and culture. Admire the striking design resembling a floating crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass, and step inside the iconic building. Explore science and anthropology through fascinating exhibits on origins, species, societies and eternities. Learn the story of human life and civilizations in the permanent collection. Enjoy inclusive entry also into the temporary exhibits. Feast your eyes on treasures like the massive dinosaur skeleton, as well as Egyptian mummies and fossils. Examine ethnographic artifacts and cutting edge exhibits alike in this Lyon essential.

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Lyon: 2-Hour Day or Night Pedicab Tour

3. Lyon: 2-Hour 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.

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Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

4. Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

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.

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Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5. 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.

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Lyon Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

6. 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!

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Lyon: Group Music of Lyon Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Lyon: Group Music of Lyon Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience Lyon through its music heritage as you journey through the town’s musical scenes and history through interacting with the historical, social and architectural influences. Walk along an itinerary developed in Presqu’ile and slopes of Croix-Rousse hill to learn about different stories and musical scenes from the past and the present. Hear musical playlists as you go to enhance the experience. Understand Lyon through its urban, geological, and social morphology through different musical periods of the town that has had. Have and authentic moment as you go to a wine cellar to taste wine paired with delectable music.

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Lyon: 2-Hour Highlights E-Bike Tour

8. Lyon: 2-Hour Highlights E-Bike Tour

Discover Lyon, a city known for its variety of landscapes, in particular the confluence between the Saône and the Rhône. The tour will begin by the South of the city, in the district of La Confluence. After a 15 minute training session you will ride from the extension of the Presqu'île to its modern district, passing by buildings from the city's industrial history. You will learn all about this neighborhood. Then following the Saône river bank you will see the Old City classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After a few minutes, you will be in front of the Croix-Rousse hill, famous for the silk industry and its beautifully colored architecture. Your local guide will tell you more about that time when the Canuts, or silk workers, lived and worked there. You will go back towards the agency along the Rhône river bank. Effortlessly cross Lyon with your electronic bike. This means of transport allows you to see, in a couple of hours, most of the main attractions offered by the city. You will go back home with a lot of memories: the confluence between the two rivers, the Old City of Lyon, the Saône river and its Italian style, Croix-Rousse hill and its silk history, the banks of the Rhône and more.

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Lyon City Card with Airport Transfer

9. Lyon City Card with Airport Transfer

Get a transfer from the airport into Lyon and enjoy unlimited access to Lyon's public transport. Visit 23 museums for free and discover more than 38 activities, like a river cruise or guided tours in the old town or Croix Rousse districts. You can also enjoy VIP shopping and more than 13 discounts on activities and shows. Transfer Rhonexpress Airport > Lyon Included :  A return ticket Aiport-Lyon-Airport  Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway and tramway networks. Valid for 1, 2, 3, or 4 days, depending of the validity of your card. 23 free museums and temporary exhibitions, free visits and activities, including:   Guided walking toursCruises Silk Museum (Soierie vivante)Park Miniature Mini WorldLyon City Tram (Reduced rate)House of Guignol Guignol Un Gone de LyonPlanetariumDiscounts including: Tours by bikeFourvière France AdventuresLyon aquariumSegway toursVélo’v 

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Lyon: 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 257 reviews

This tour was exceptional. Didac was the most enthusiastic, energetic and very well informed guide I’ve ever met. He added a whole immersive experience to the tour with touches of music, Unknown information and facts about Lyon. He took me to hidden gems and areas I’ve not seen before. Definitely unique and fascinating.

Had a wonderful tour with Vincent. He gave us enough time to savour the food at each stop and even added an extra stop or two (i think). Was lovely walking around Lyon as well

Joseph was great. We did 3 hours tour and enjoy very much. Joseph his knowledgeable and explain about the city very well.

Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed the tour very much

Great tour! If you are into music culture it is an absolute must