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  • Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    1. Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    Choose a 1-day or 2-days ticket for this Lyon hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and discover the city’s landmarks and monuments. With 12 stops for the Green Line and 7 stops for the Blue Line to choose from, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the sights of Lyon from an open-top double-decker bus. Hop on and hop off as many times as you like as you see the main attractions of the city, such as the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, the district of Vieux Lyon, the Halles Paul Bocuse with local products or the Parc Tête d’Or to admire the most beautiful roses. Organize your itinerary any way you like at your own pace. The Green Line and the Blue Line are a 1-day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus. If you want to access both lines, choose the Green Line + Blue Line pass to enjoy Lyon from a double-decker bus for 2 days. Green line: • Place Bellecour • Terreaux • Mur Peint • Palais de Jus...

    This tour covered a great deal of the city - we saw many different sites and the audio description was very good too - superb value all round

  • Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

    2. 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 City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

    3. 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...

    very useful. we where able to visit a lot of places and travel around easily with the public transportations with the Lyon City Card. If you wanna see a lot and walk less without paying to much this is definitly a go!

  • 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: 1.5-Hour E-Bike Tour

    5. Lyon: 1.5-Hour E-Bike Tour

    At the meeting point first take part in a 15 minute e-bike training session and briefing to ensure you are safe and comfortable during the tour. Then its 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 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 electric 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...

    Excellent tour,excellent way to explore the city The tour guide was very informative and friendly

  • Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

    6. 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 tak...

    Loved this! Tatiana was amazing and very informative with her knowledge of local landmarks.

  • Lyon: 2-Hour Day or Night Pedicab Tour

    7. 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.

    Absolutely fantastic experience with Dedac as the guide/peddler. Very knowledgeable and numerous, we had fun the entire 2-1/2 hour tour. Not to be missed.

  • 2-Hour Highlights of Lyon Segway Tour

    8. 2-Hour Highlights of Lyon Segway Tour

    Meet your guide in La Presqu'île, Lyon's famous central district. After a 15-minute briefing and a training session you’ll head off to experience Lyon by Segway. See the sights of one of France’s most beautiful cities on this 2-hour tour. Begin by riding along the Rhône River embankment, a wonderful area for bikers and pedestrians. From here you will see beautiful panoramas of the Peninsula. Your guide will tell you about Lyon's history, take photos of you on your Segway and suggest things to see and do later in the day. Ride into the amazing Tête d'Or Park and its 114 hectares by the Cité Internationale, built by Renzo Piano. Enjoy this beautiful park, the biggest in the city, where you will see gardens and the zoo. Next, glide into the downtown area. See the Place des Terreaux, one of the main squares in Lyon, with the City Hall and the Museum of Arts. Finish off with a ride through ...

    awesome tour, park was beautiful and Sissy was delightful! must do but go early because it gets super warm

  • Vieux Lyon 4-Hour Food Tasting Tour

    9. 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: 2-Hour Highlights E-Bike Tour

    10. 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...

    We took the two hour tour and saw just about all we needed to see of Lyon. There were only four of us on the tour as we took it on an overcast day. This was good as it meant it remained cool. I was not sure about the lectric bikes at first as I had never ridden one, but by the end of the tour we were all converts. The make the ride so much easier. We covered all the banks of the rivers. Started around the pool area of the Rhone, down to "The Conjucture", the meeting of the rivers. Then up and over the Saome, past the original town area for Lyon until we crossed it again up near the tunnel that takes you under the hill on the middle peninsular to the Rhone again. We crossed back to the side we started riding down to the pool area again then back to the office on the other side. All up around 2.5 hours. We saw a lot and it would have been nice to do it a little slower so photos could be taken. But it was well worth it. I would recommend it as a tour most could do.

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What people are saying about Vieux Lyon

Overall rating

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based on 1,704 reviews

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!

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!

very useful. we where able to visit a lot of places and travel around easily with the public transportations with the Lyon City Card. If you wanna see a lot and walk less without paying to much this is definitly a go!

Easy Booking.com, very good Description for directions. Lots of informations, best to start a city tour, food at the end of the trip was fantastic, thumbs up!

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