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Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

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Activity provider: REWIND

Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: REWIND
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From US$ 10.08 US$ 9.07 per person

Discover the former silk workers district through secret passages on an audio-guided walking tour that starts whenever you want. Your guide? Your smartphone! The stories, all told by professional guides and actors, automatically trigger when you walk.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included
English, French


  • Discover the fascinating history of the canuts: the former silk weavers of Lyon
  • Stroll through the beautiful little cobbled streets on Croix-Rousse and the famous traboules
  • Experience a 1h world exclusive audio guided tour
  • Start the tour whenever you want and visit at your own pace: stop for a café or lunch and resume the tour when you're ready
Full description
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.
  • 1.5 hour audio-guided walking tour of Lyon on your smartphone
  • Transportation & personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

Close to Hénon metro station

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Internet access
  • Downloaded app

Know before you go

  • Activating your self-guided tour is very simple! Just scan the QR code you received in your confirmation email after your purchase.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 19 reviews

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This is our first experience with the audio guide and we were delighted. We benefited from a very good quality guided tour which allowed us to discover Lyon and its history at a very competitive price. My 12 year old daughter found this experience very enriching. Many thanks to everyone who made this project possible.

February 17, 2022

Excellent tour; we had a lovely time discovering the Croix-Rousse area and its history!

June 23, 2022

Surely very pleasant when the weather is nice and the phones pick up well. Which was not our case! A golden palm for the person who helped us prepare our visit and guided us over the phone with great patience and pedagogy. Thank you. A little extra to add if possible to your presentation: a more complete map with the names of the streets and the route to avoid hesitations and "you have left the course"! Despite the cold and the fog we had a nice walk in La Croix Rousse, even without all the explanations! With a few adjustments, this principle of discovery is great, go at your own pace, be able to stop and start again when you want, just with a very clear virtual guide in his explanations (when it picks up), all for a very attractive price. Cheer.

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January 22, 2022

Product ID: 401610