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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. 

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

2. Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Discover the city of Geneva from a new perspective with a scenic cruise. Drift across Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in this world of Swiss beauty with breathtaking views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Make your way to the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva and meet your friendly crew and group for the day just outside. Climb on board your boat and get settled in as you push off from the shore onto Lake Geneva. Relax with a glass of wine in hand as you take in the picturesque scenery. Pass by the United Nations Office and the Bain des Paquis before staring up in awe at the mighty outline of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

Lyon: Musée de l’illusion Entrance Ticket

3. Lyon: Musée de l’illusion Entrance Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Lyon with an entrance ticket. Immerse yourself into the fascinating world of illusions while engaging with the exhibits. Enjoy a visual treat of sensory illusions, holograms, puzzles, and more. You will discover the science behind illusions through various visual information. Click photographs in the rooms as you appear to be floating in mid-air, standing upside down, or shrinking in size. Take a tour of this Instagram-worthy place with your friends and family at your own pace. 

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

4. From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix, experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. Spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

Lyon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Cruise

5. Lyon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Cruise

The Vaporetto is the Lyon bus boat that allows you to get around while discovering Lyon over the water! This soft, ecological and unusual means of transport will take you to the city center, to the Old Town or to Vaise or Confluence! Opt for the boat to stroll through the alleys of Old Lyon, admire the basilica of Fourvière, contemplate the slopes of the Croix-Rousse. You will be amazed by the colorful facades and you will appreciate the new district of Confluence, also ideal for shopping! 4 stations: Confluence station: opposite the Confluence shopping center Bellecour station: 11 quai des celestins 69002 lyon Station St. Paul: 16 Quai de Bondy Lyon 05 Station Vaise: 9 Quai Arloing Lyon 09 One-way ticket: €5 1-way child ticket from 5 to 12 years old: 3€ Free: - 5 years Terms and conditions : Arrive 15 minutes before boarding time Obligatory presentation of the pass No refund if the client has not used all of his trips or has missed the boat Reimbursement only in case of navigation stoppage Cancellation free of charge 24 hours before Indoor & outdoor seating Boat heated in winter Annual closing in January and February

From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix with Cable Car and Train

6. From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix with Cable Car and Train

Board a bus from Geneva to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and in 90 minutes, arrive at this Alpine village to discover the beauty of the mountains. In the morning, ride up the cable car to the summit. At more than 3842 meters, be impressed by the Majestic Mont-Blanc and all the peaks around you. If you are feeling adventurous, take a breathtaking step into the void. Three glass walls, the glass floor, and glass ceiling panels give you a unique experience enhanced by 1000 meters of free air directly under your feet, in total safety! Look around and admire the highest peaks in Western Europe, and view the Bossons Glacier, with the greatest descent in Europe, from a dramatic perspective.  Snap some incredible landscapes from one of the numerous panoramic terraces, or warm your hands around a coffee from the shop. Head back to the village, and take a freetime to put your sensations back together before you take the Mountain train Montenvers to discover the Ice Sea. This is the largest glacier of France, featured in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. If it's open ( not garanteed) Take the steps down to visit the Ice Caves. Enjoy the museum and the view from the panoramic terrace, before you head back.

From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

7. From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

Annecy, located just 45-minutes from Geneva, is a town that has been awarded France’s prestigious Art and History designation. When you arrive in Annecy you’ll have a guided orientation walk and then plenty of free time to explore Annecy on your own. Please note that if you select the afternoon tour, then this will be self-guided.  As you walk through the streets of this charming town on the River Thiou you’ll come across numerous food and flea markets and historic monuments and landmarks. Browse the shops and stop to try a traditional dish at one of the many restaurants or cafés.

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

8. From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

How does it feel to be at the foot of the highest mountain in Europe? Find out, with reliable transport from Geneva to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Board a bus and enjoy the 75-minute drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley to the typical Alpine village at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc. Enjoy your day as you stroll in the little streets full of charms of Chamonix. Enter in a local shop to discover the local flavors as Mountain Honey, cheese or charcuterie. Try a fondue or a raclette in once of the numerous restaurants of this well-known ski resort. Discover where the first Olympic Games of winter started in 1924. Situated at the border between France and Italy, this town is famous for its tunnel under the mountain, which joins the 2 countries. Enjoy the activities available in this little town before you head back to Geneva. If you choose the cable car option you can enjoy the ride up to the Aiguille du Midi and be amazed by the view. In the afternoon, take advantage of the mountain train and discover the Ice Sea.

Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

9. 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 25 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 : • Priority access to Musée des Confluences • 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 Lugdunum • Museum of Textile ( renovation till 2026) • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum Electricity • La Sucrière at pôle Confluence (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Doctor Mérieux Museum Marcy l’Étoile • Eccly - Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon • Cultural Judaïsme Institute • Museum of firefighters of Lyon Rhône •Aircraft Museum Clément Ader 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 priority access Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway, and tramway networks. Valid for24h, 48h, 72h or 96 hours, 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, Comedie Odeon, Improvidence theatre. • Visits – tours: Cyclopolitains (tours by bike), guided bus tours, biked guided tours by Lyon City Bike, Lyon le Grand Tour, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Coddy Games urban escape game, Restaurant boat Hermès • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike ). • Shopping

Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

10. 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.

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Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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. 

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Discover the city of Geneva from a new perspective with a scenic cruise. Drift across Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in this world of Swiss beauty with breathtaking views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Make your way to the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva and meet your friendly crew and group for the day just outside. Climb on board your boat and get settled in as you push off from the shore onto Lake Geneva. Relax with a glass of wine in hand as you take in the picturesque scenery. Pass by the United Nations Office and the Bain des Paquis before staring up in awe at the mighty outline of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

Lyon: Musée de l’illusion Entrance Ticket

Lyon: Musée de l’illusion Entrance Ticket

Explore the Museum of Illusions in Lyon with an entrance ticket. Immerse yourself into the fascinating world of illusions while engaging with the exhibits. Enjoy a visual treat of sensory illusions, holograms, puzzles, and more. You will discover the science behind illusions through various visual information. Click photographs in the rooms as you appear to be floating in mid-air, standing upside down, or shrinking in size. Take a tour of this Instagram-worthy place with your friends and family at your own pace. 

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix, experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. Spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

Lyon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Cruise

Lyon: Hop-On Hop-Off City Cruise

The Vaporetto is the Lyon bus boat that allows you to get around while discovering Lyon over the water! This soft, ecological and unusual means of transport will take you to the city center, to the Old Town or to Vaise or Confluence! Opt for the boat to stroll through the alleys of Old Lyon, admire the basilica of Fourvière, contemplate the slopes of the Croix-Rousse. You will be amazed by the colorful facades and you will appreciate the new district of Confluence, also ideal for shopping! 4 stations: Confluence station: opposite the Confluence shopping center Bellecour station: 11 quai des celestins 69002 lyon Station St. Paul: 16 Quai de Bondy Lyon 05 Station Vaise: 9 Quai Arloing Lyon 09 One-way ticket: €5 1-way child ticket from 5 to 12 years old: 3€ Free: - 5 years Terms and conditions : Arrive 15 minutes before boarding time Obligatory presentation of the pass No refund if the client has not used all of his trips or has missed the boat Reimbursement only in case of navigation stoppage Cancellation free of charge 24 hours before Indoor & outdoor seating Boat heated in winter Annual closing in January and February

From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix with Cable Car and Train

From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix with Cable Car and Train

Board a bus from Geneva to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and in 90 minutes, arrive at this Alpine village to discover the beauty of the mountains. In the morning, ride up the cable car to the summit. At more than 3842 meters, be impressed by the Majestic Mont-Blanc and all the peaks around you. If you are feeling adventurous, take a breathtaking step into the void. Three glass walls, the glass floor, and glass ceiling panels give you a unique experience enhanced by 1000 meters of free air directly under your feet, in total safety! Look around and admire the highest peaks in Western Europe, and view the Bossons Glacier, with the greatest descent in Europe, from a dramatic perspective.  Snap some incredible landscapes from one of the numerous panoramic terraces, or warm your hands around a coffee from the shop. Head back to the village, and take a freetime to put your sensations back together before you take the Mountain train Montenvers to discover the Ice Sea. This is the largest glacier of France, featured in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. If it's open ( not garanteed) Take the steps down to visit the Ice Caves. Enjoy the museum and the view from the panoramic terrace, before you head back.

From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

Annecy, located just 45-minutes from Geneva, is a town that has been awarded France’s prestigious Art and History designation. When you arrive in Annecy you’ll have a guided orientation walk and then plenty of free time to explore Annecy on your own. Please note that if you select the afternoon tour, then this will be self-guided.  As you walk through the streets of this charming town on the River Thiou you’ll come across numerous food and flea markets and historic monuments and landmarks. Browse the shops and stop to try a traditional dish at one of the many restaurants or cafés.

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

From Geneva: Full-Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

How does it feel to be at the foot of the highest mountain in Europe? Find out, with reliable transport from Geneva to Chamonix Mont Blanc. Board a bus and enjoy the 75-minute drive by motor-coach through the picturesque Arve Valley to the typical Alpine village at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc. Enjoy your day as you stroll in the little streets full of charms of Chamonix. Enter in a local shop to discover the local flavors as Mountain Honey, cheese or charcuterie. Try a fondue or a raclette in once of the numerous restaurants of this well-known ski resort. Discover where the first Olympic Games of winter started in 1924. Situated at the border between France and Italy, this town is famous for its tunnel under the mountain, which joins the 2 countries. Enjoy the activities available in this little town before you head back to Geneva. If you choose the cable car option you can enjoy the ride up to the Aiguille du Midi and be amazed by the view. In the afternoon, take advantage of the mountain train and discover the Ice Sea.

Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

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 25 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 : • Priority access to Musée des Confluences • 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 Lugdunum • Museum of Textile ( renovation till 2026) • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum Electricity • La Sucrière at pôle Confluence (open only for temporary exhibitions) • Doctor Mérieux Museum Marcy l’Étoile • Eccly - Espace Culturel du Christianisme à Lyon • Cultural Judaïsme Institute • Museum of firefighters of Lyon Rhône •Aircraft Museum Clément Ader 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 priority access Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium Public transportation included: The liberty offer gives you access to Lyon’s bus, metro, funicular railway, and tramway networks. Valid for24h, 48h, 72h or 96 hours, 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, Comedie Odeon, Improvidence theatre. • Visits – tours: Cyclopolitains (tours by bike), guided bus tours, biked guided tours by Lyon City Bike, Lyon le Grand Tour, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Coddy Games urban escape game, Restaurant boat Hermès • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike ). • Shopping

Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

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.

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The tour was great. The only thing I would improve upon is the meeting place. I got there with google maps but the address wasn’t clear on the building. I was right by the bus station so I felt I was in the right place but I needed to go into a place of business to meet up. I went into a tour guide place and felt lucky to find where to meet people. I think the meeting place needs to be better explained in the itinerary.

Very interesting and with lots of fun facts about the history of traboules. Nice, kind guide! He took us to places where you normally can't go, highly recommended.

Super the guide was really good, nice , good English, and really kind to everyone. Highly recommend!

Excellent suggestions for other places to explore from our guide!

The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Annecy was beautiful.