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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. 

Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. 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 Justice • Vieux Lyon • Perrache • Musée des Confluences • Berges du Rhône • Théâtres Gallo-Romains • Fourvière • Parc des Hauteurs Blue Line: • Place Bellecour • Halles Paul Bocuse • Parc Tête d’Or - Jardin Botanique • Parc Tête d’Or - Porte des Enfants • Hôtel de Ville • Hard Rock Café • Hôtel-Dieu

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 : • 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 Gallo Roman Civilization • 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 • Museum of Cinema and Miniature • Tony Garnier Urban Museum • Museum of Henri Malartre’s Automobile • Gallo Roman Museum of St Roman en Gal • Ampère Museum • Electricity Museum • 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 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 • Lyon City tram reduction Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Guignol theater Grand Hotel Dieu • 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, Fourvière France Aventures, Aquarium du Grand Lyon, Segway Tours, Léo & Go cars location service, Lyon Tuk Tour, Lyon City Tram, babysitting Marypop, Coddy Games urban escape game, Restaurant boat Hermès • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike ). • Shopping • Galeries Lafayette Part Dieu: Services privileges: shopping bag and accompaniment by a personal shopper on appointment, 3 macaroons offered with purchase of 40 euros or more. • Printemps: Welcome champagne in the private area and privileged support by a personal shopper • Confluence Leisure Center: Special offers at 32 stores and round trip with the cruise ship • Hard Rock Coffee shop: -10% purchase of 40 euros or more and Onlylyon Hard Rock pin offered • The Village: One-day VIP pass offering VIP lounge reception, photo shooting, skip-the-line and welcome gift with preferential rate on private transport

Vieux Lyon 4-Hour Food Tasting Tour

4. 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 5 different tasting stops and hear all about their produce. Sample about 14 different dishes and ingredients to tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses. The samples you'll taste will be equivalent to a typical lunch. As you taste your way through the town, explore the medieval streets and see the Cathedral of St. Jean and the famous passageways. Your local guide will show you the highlights of the city and the most authentic spots to grab a bite to eat.

Lyon: Guided E-Bike Tour with Saône River & Vieux Lyon

5. Lyon: Guided E-Bike Tour with Saône River & Vieux Lyon

Before starting the tour, come meet your local guide for the next couple of hour. With this ride, you will discover Lyon from North to South. Starting from the Old Town, you will cross the river Saône to go see the beautiful Terreaux Square and its fountain. Then, after crossing the Peninsula, let's take the Rhône's banks to go to the south of Lyon. During the ride, enjoy the view over Fourvière Hill, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu and many more monuments. You are now in the South of Lyon, near the Confluences Museum. Stay in the Peninsula, close to the Saône and discover the modern district of Confluence. This is a completely different side of the city and very beautiful to see. Finally, finish your adventure along side the Old Town (Vieux-Lyon). You will be charmed by its Renaissance style, its colorful facades and its cobblestone streets.

Lyon: 3.5-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

6. Lyon: 3.5-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage district from a gourmet's perspective, combining cultural discovery and local flavors. Wander the traditional Lyonnaise passageways with a guide and meet local food producers. This food tour includes four tasting breaks (and a few surprises...), showcasing culinary classics of Lyon. Taste the local's emblematic produtcs, artisanal regional ice cream, regional cheeses with white wine and lyonnais beer with grand cru chocolate or praline pie with hot or fresh drinks depending the day of your visit. The perfect way to combine guided cultural tour and tasting of emblematic products of Lyon, to meet passionate craftmens, unusuals places. A genuine experience lead by a local guide.

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

7. 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: 2-Hour Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

8. 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 Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

9. Lyon Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

Experience Lyon, France’s famous gastronomy capital! Perfect for the first time visitor to Lyon, this private guided tour of Lyon's old district gives you a wonderful overview of one of France’s most beautiful and historic cities. Your private tour will see you wander through the enchanting neighborhood of Saint-Jean, including a stop at the magnificent Saint-Jean Cathedral. Your tour continues along Lyon's famous Juiverie Street and would not be complete without a visit to the renowned Hotel Gadagne. As part of the tour you'll be taken through Lyon’s famous ‘Traboules.’ Here your expert guide will explain the fascinating history behind these ancient underground passageways - a true highlight for many visitors to Lyon. The advantage of booking a private walking tour is that the tour runs at your own rhythm. This tour offers a high degree of flexibility, whether you’re looking for a tour that takes in all the famous landmarks or something more off the beaten track. Your private guide will have the knowledge and expertise to create the perfect Lyon walking tour, based in your wishes!

Lyon City Card with Airport Transfer

10. 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

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What people are saying about Vieux Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,058 reviews

Very interesting and entertaining. We tasted and visited incredible places with our guide Megan, a charming, funny young woman with a great ability to tell stories about the city, its past and its food. An unmissable tour

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.

Megan was fantastic. Highlight of our quick stay in Lyon by far. Learned a lot of history and experienced great food/wine. 4 hours goes by extremely quickly.

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.