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Lyon: 1-Hour City Tram Audio-Guided Tour

1. Lyon: 1-Hour City Tram Audio-Guided Tour

Ride a unique and stylish Croix-Rousse city tram that runs through this less-than-typical district of Lyon. Discover the district in a different way on this 1-hour tour. You’ll pass by the Opera House, the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, Gros Caillou, the Croix Rousse Aera, Canuts House and Wall, Croix Rousse Market and last but not least, the famous Green Wall of Lyon. Tours last for about an hour and are audio-guided in: French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Lyon: 2-Hour Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

2. Lyon: 2-Hour Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

This tour will allow you to discover the city in just 2-hours. See the highlights of Lyon, such as the Saône River, the Banks of Rhône, Bellecour Square, the Park of the Golden Head (Parc de la tête d'or) and many other surprising places. Join your small group and guide near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin your morning or afternoon tour. Get outfitted with an electric bike — equipped for comfortable, effortless riding, letting you pedal, cruise or a combination of both — and 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 — especially by bike. Your exact route may vary depending on the day, but your experienced guide will know all the nooks and crannies where Lyon's true magic lies. Ride through the Croix Rousse tunnel, lined with colored lights and music, and keep your eye out for Lyon Cathedral. Listen as your guide shares stories of Lyon’s rich history and points out both famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path spots only locals know about. Continue along the banks of the Rhône River, recently renovated for cyclists. Spill out onto Place Bellecour, a famous plaza crowned by a statue of notorious King Louis XIV, and spin past the picturesque boating lake in Tête d'Or Park. Arrive back at the start point to conclude your tour.

Lyon: Group Music of Lyon Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

3. 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.

Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

4. 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 City Card with Airport Transfer

5. 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 tours

Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

6. Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

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.

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

7. 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 experienced guide knows all the nooks and crannies, where you’ll find Lyon's true magic. Ride through the Croix Rousse tunnel, lined with colored lights and music, and be on the lookout for Lyon Cathedral. Listen as your guide shares stories of Lyon’s rich history and points out both famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path spots only locals know about. Continue along the banks of the Rhône River, recently renovated for cyclists. Cycle onto Place Bellecour, a famous plaza crowned by a statue of King Louis XIV, and ride past the picturesque boating lake in Tête d'Or Park. Cycle back to the starting point to conclude your tour. During your tour, hop-off your bike and head to a local eatery to sample some of Lyon’s regional specialties (depends of the days, the hour and the partners) : - Regional cold cuts, local cheeses and other tasty bites with local wine or soft drinks - Home made sweet cake or praline pie with home made refreshments, hot drinks or local wine It's served on sharing platters for you and your fellow food lovers to enjoy together.

Lyon: The Grand Tour by Bike

8. Lyon: The Grand Tour by Bike

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. Then following the Saône riverbank 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 an easy city 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.

Lyon: 2-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

9. Lyon: 2-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

Begin your tour with a 15 minute training session on how to safely use your e-bike. Then head out on a fantastic trip discovering the two must-see hills of Lyon: Fourvière and Croix-Rousse.  During the tour, you will stop at various points to admire views over Lyon. You will be impressed by the beautiful panorama visible from the hill of Fourvière, famous for its wonderful basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. You will also see a Gallo-Roman theater and your guide will describe to you the foundation of Lyon, called at that time Lugdunum.  Next head to the Croix-Rousse, well known for the silk industry, where the Canuts or silk workers once lived and worked. Admire the beautifully painted buildings which now make up one of the city's most unique and vibrant districts.

Lyon: 4-Hour Electric Bike Tour with Tasting Break

10. Lyon: 4-Hour Electric Bike Tour with Tasting Break

Explore Lyon by the latest generation electric bike on a 4-hour tour with food tastings. See the city’s main attractions and enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Fourvière. Meet your guide opposite the Lyon Courthouse (Palais de Justice Historique de Lyon). Collect your electric bike and set off with a passionate guide on a route that allows you to discover the whole city in just a few hours. Go to Fourvière Hill, enjoy the views from the summit of the Croix Rousse. Cycle through the Tête d'Or Park and along the banks of the Rhône. You can't talk about Lyon without mentioning food. During your tour, hop-off your bike and head to a local eatery to sample some of Lyon’s regional specialties (depends of the days, the hour and the partners) : - Regional cold cuts, local cheeses and other tasty bites with local wine - Home made sweet cake or praline pie with home made refresments, hot drinks or local wine It's served on sharing platters for you and your fellow food lovers to enjoy together.  

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What people are saying about Croix-Rousse

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 574 reviews

This tour is so much fun! Our guide, Vincent, was so knowledgeable and patient with everyone. You could really feel his pride in his city of Lyon. You will see things on this tour that you won’t see by taking the bus tour. We biked into secret alleyways and observation points with magnificent views. I can’t say enough good things. Definitely recommend this tour, definitely recommend Vincent as your guide, definitely recommend the tasting of charcuterie and wine! It’s very fun and even the uphill part of the trip is not so bad with the electric bike! Our bikes were all brand new which I thought was such an added bonus. When I get home I think I’m going to buy an E bike!

Metros funicular and trams easy to use. You get the tickets off the stewards using your qrs code at the Rhine express train. Doesn’t appear to be an office at airport or terminus. Be careful to ensure you get enough tickets for your trip, we paid for 4 days worth, and steward only had 2 day ones, and these stewards English was as poor as my French! As for the entry to listed sites it saved a packet, and the film museum and muse de confluence were highlights! Defo worth getting

Loved the 2-hour tour in English. I had never ridden an e bike before. Vincent provided good instruction and did a great job coaching us throughout the ride and explaining Lyon.

Pierre was great and very informative, bikes were fun and easy to ride and tasting was very good, overall great to experience the city

Vincent was really friendly and told us a lot about the history of Lyon.