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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 ticket for this Lyon hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and discover the city’s landmarks and monuments. With 12 stops on the Green Line, 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 offers a 1-day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus. Green line stops: • Place Bellecour • Terreaux • Mur Peint • Palais de Justice • Vieux Lyon • Perrache • Musée des Confluences • Berges du Rhône • Théâtres Gallo-Romains • Fourvière • Parc des Hauteurs

Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

2. 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: City Segway Tour with a Local Guide

3. Lyon: City Segway Tour with a Local Guide

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 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 the Place Bellecour – the largest pedestrianized square in Europe!

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

4. 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 group near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin the 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 famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path spots only locals know.  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: 3-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour with a Tasting Break

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

Enjoy a culinary tasting break in at the bottom of the Croix Rousse hill and discover Lyon on this unique e-biking adventure. Follow your guide to uncover hidden gems, learn about the city, and try some local delicacies. Meet your guide near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin your morning or afternoon tour. Be outfitted with an electric bike that’s equipped for comfortable and effortless riding. The exact route may vary depending on the day, but your guide will introduce you to the city's nooks and crannies where you’ll find Lyon's true magic. Ride through Terreaux square, see beautiful view points, and pass through Croix Rousse square. Catch a glimpse of famous traboules paintings. Listen as your guide shares stories of Lyon’s rich history and points out both famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path spots that only locals know about. Stop for a rest along the way where you can enjoy local products like a slice of rosette, Lyon sausage, and local cheese with a glass of wine. t's served on sharing platters for you and your fellow food lovers to enjoy together. Cycle back to the starting point to conclude your tour.

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

6. Lyon: 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.

Lyon: Parc Tête d'Or Bike Tour

7. Lyon: Parc Tête d'Or Bike Tour

See the highlights of Lyon on a guided bike tour. Discover the charms of its historic center and its natural gems as you cycle. First, take part in a 15-minute city bike briefing to ensure you are safe and comfortable during the tour and fill in a rental form. Then it's 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 de la 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 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 at the Place Bellecour, one of the largest squares in Europe. 

Lyon: Discovery Tour by Segway

8. Lyon: Discovery Tour by Segway

Discover the beautiful city center of Lyon on a guided Segway tour. Admire the sights of the city in a convenient way. Start with a training session on your Segway. Once you are comfortable, set off on your exploration of the city. Begin by riding along the Rhône River embankment, a beautiful area for pedestrians and bike riders, with gardens along its 4km stretch. Enjoy the beautiful view of Hôtel Dieu and the Fourvière hill. Cross the Rhone to head towards the Presqu'Île. Pass by three historic squares in the heart of the city: Jacobins, Celestins, and the biggest one, Bellecour Square, before heading back to the starting point.

Lyon: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone City Exploration Game

9. Lyon: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone City Exploration Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Lyon, including the Clocktower of the Hospital of Charity of Lyon. After downloading the app and entering the code, embark on a unique adventure full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as the Place des Celestins, Place Bellecour, and Clocktower of the Hospital of Charity of Lyon. Whilst this game does not focus on interacting with your surroundings nor informing you about it, it is the perfect activity to explore this amazing city in a fun and interactive way. Get ready for a walk through the most beautiful places in the city.

Lyon: City Highlights Segway Tour

10. Lyon: City Highlights Segway Tour

Discover the streets of Lyon in a fun way on this guided Segway tour. Feel confident while you drive with the included safety briefing and tutorial session before the tour. Uncover the charm of the Old Town and be refreshed on a ride through Tête d'Or Park. Meet your guide at a centrally-located point in the Old Town (Vieux-Lyon) and learn how to drive a Segway before heading off on your riding adventure. Cross thorugh the red Bellecour Square, the city's main square. Zip along at high speeds on the banks of the slow-flowing Rhône river. Take in sweeping views of Lyon as your hair blows in the wind. Admire views of the old Hospital (Grand Hôtel-Dieu), the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière, and Croix-Rousse. After a few moments arrive in Tête d'Or Park's verdant oasis. Visit the botanical garden, see a part of the zoo, and go for a stroll along the lake before ending the tour with a stop in Terreaux Square to see its 19th century Fontaine Bartholdi fountain.

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What people are saying about Place Bellecour

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Well worth the cost. We experienced areas of the city we’d have never visited on foot. The recorded narration was educational.

This was fun and we were able to go at our own pace and enjoy the town. We saw lots of Lyon we would potentially have missed

Nice trip. Impressive experience to enjoy this afternoon. Thank you for your nice travel guide.

it was a great experience to be seated and audioguided through out the city

Such a great overview of the city and what it has to offer