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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lyon: 2-Hour Panoramic E-Bike Tour

1. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Fourvière Self-Guided Tour

2. Lyon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Fourvière Self-Guided Tour

Explore all of Lyon's major landmarks in just one day with two fascinating activities. Ride aboard a hop-on hop-off bus with 12 stops all around the old historic district. Make the most of your stop at Fourvière Sacred Hill with a smartphone app tour of the area and its ruins. Board the green line city bus for a customizable experience. Marvel at the sights of Old Lyon with stops at Place Bellecour, Terreaux, the murs peints, Palais de Justice, Vieux-Lyon, Perrache, Musée des Confluences, Berges du Rhône, Théâtres Gallo-Romains, Fourvière, and Parc des Hauteurs. Listen along to the onboard audio guide for unique insights into the buildings you pass and hop off wherever you wish to. Don't forget to get off the bus at Fourvière for a magical stroll through history with your included self-paced tour. Download the app and begin your journey on the Esplanade de Fourvières. Gaze at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, majestically placed on top of the hill. Visit the Gallo-Roman Museum for a look at ancient objects from Lyon's Roman times and walk around the open-air theater. Take in all the staples of the Sacred Hill, such as the ruins, viaduct, park, and even a 19th-century cloister. End your audio tour at Place des Minimes, a historic square where Christian martyrs were beheaded during Roman times.

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

3. 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: Audio Guide Walking Tour of Fourvière District

4. Lyon: Audio Guide Walking Tour of Fourvière District

Explore a district known as the cradle of Lyon with its incredible ruins still standing. Let the district come to life with stories of its history automatically triggered by your location as you walk. Begin your tour on the Esplanade de Fourvière and its mini replica of the Eiffel Tower. Discover the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the symbol of the city, majestically placed on the hill. Stroll through sights like the Amphitheater and the Sanctuary of Cybèle. Use the app to go at your own pace, and take breaks whenever you wish. Hear fascinating facts about the district as your discover its heritage in this relaxed and informative way.

Lyon: Guided Segway Tour of Fourviere Hill

5. Lyon: Guided Segway Tour of Fourviere Hill

Before starting your visit, meet your local guide in the Old Town (Vieux-Lyon). After a short training session (around 10-15 min) on how to drive a Segway, your adventure can officially begin ! Then, after a few minutes of driving, you will be more comfortable on your Segway. So, let’s climb effortlessly to the top of the most famous hill in Lyon: Fourviere. Stop at the Basilica of our Lady of Fourviere. Take in gorgeous panoramic views over the city and its surroundings. And if the weather is clement, you might even see the Mont Blanc. Before going back to the Old Town, stop by the Roman Theaters, where the city of Lyon was built and called Lugdunum. Finally, reach the starting point in the heart of the old city. You will be charmed by its Renaissance style, its colorful facades and its cobblestone streets.

Lyon: Fourvière Hill Exploration Game

6. Lyon: Fourvière Hill Exploration Game

The city game starts at Fourvière Basilica’s Forecourt. It will take you between 1 to 1,5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Maison de Guignol Theater. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 79 reviews

Cool bike ride through Lyon along all the sights, monumental buildings in the different districts, the amphitheatre, Olympic Swimming Pool, park along rivers and the two lookout hills. There will be time to visit the basilica inside and the amphitheater. There is a tap halfway through to fill your water bottle. The electric bikes are wonderful and have a basket in front for your stuff. The staff is nice and lives in Lyon. They know the road and city very well and are nice.

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. He chose a very nice course and answered our questions. Wonderful way to discover this pretty city without fatigue, especially for old Lyon for seniors who are not very mobile.

I highly recommend this tour! The tour guide really knows the city and shows the soul of the city. Would recommend to do this in the morning before 12h, because more things are available for tourist.

Easy booking, friendly guide who speaks our language and tells many interesting stories. Gladly again if it is offered.

Vincent was a wonderful tour guide. Very knowledge and fluent in English. We had a great tour.