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Lyon

Founded by the Romans, this French city combines UNESCO-listed districts, gourmet food, and lively nightlife.

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Lyon City Pass: Public Transport & More Than 40 Attractions

1. 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 : • 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 • Lumière Museum • Fourvière Museum of Religious Art • Printing Museum • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation • Little Guignol Museum • Museum of Automation • 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 • Priority access to Musée des Confluences 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 • Lyon City tram reduction Shows (limited number of spots, reservation advised): • Guignol Theater in Lyon • Compagnie des Zonzons (Guignol) • House of Guignol • Un Gone de Lyon (Guignol) • Planetarium • Improvidence • Comédie Odeon 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 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. • 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, Lyon Hockey Club Les Lions - Ice Hockey, Lyon Tuk Tour, Lyon City Tram. • Option: Vélo’v (rent a bike offered by public transportation company). • Restaurant boat Hermès 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

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Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

2. Lyon 2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu: Choice of Starters • Thin burgundy poultry tart, mustard and parmesan cream, lettuce, capers and croutons • Grilled stuffed squid, olives, minuza salad and red chard, vegetable pickles, and lemon dressing Choice of Main Courses • Duck from the Dombes area, morel sauce, and vegetables of the season • Rolled dab fillet, Nantua sauce, stuffed conchiglioni with ricotta and tetragon Choice of Desserts • Praline tart, Valrhona’s chocolate soufflé, and tonka bean ice cream • Exotic fruits tiramisu • Pistachio and passion fruit dessert, fruits of the season • Chef's special dessert Children's Menu • Drink included • Mixed charcuterie • Chicken with cream, potatoes and seasonal vegetables • Cottage cheese • Chocolate tartelette

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Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

3. Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

Discover the spectacular architecture and fascinating exhibits this cutting-edge museum. Experience the world of the natural and the human at Lyon's showpiece waterfront attraction. Delve into a museum which situates itself at the confluence of knowledge, science and culture. Admire the striking design resembling a floating crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass, and step inside the iconic building. Explore science and anthropology through fascinating exhibits on origins, species, societies and eternities. Learn the story of human life and civilizations in the permanent collection. Enjoy inclusive entry also into the temporary exhibits. Feast your eyes on treasures like the massive dinosaur skeleton, as well as Egyptian mummies and fossils. Examine ethnographic artifacts and cutting edge exhibits alike in this Lyon essential.

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Lyon: 2-Hour Day or Night Pedicab Tour

4. Lyon: 2-Hour 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.

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Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

5. Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

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.

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Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

6. Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Lyon with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Lyon through the eyes of a local guide on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour there will be the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city. Please inform the tour operator if you’d like a private car included in the tour.

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Lyon: Old Lyon Smartphone Audio-Guided Walking Tour

7. Lyon: Old Lyon Smartphone Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the incredible story behind the scenes of the Vieux Lyon. An innovative guided tour experience that starts whenever you want, alone or with others. Rewind to the times of the great fairs that helped create the reputation of the city and relive the history of the influential Lyonnaise and Italian families. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the visit when you want, right where you paused. Impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates clear directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time. Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of Vieux Lyon, at your own pace. The tour starts and ends in the Saint Paul neighborhood.

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Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

8. Lyon 2.5-Hour Lunch Cruise

Take a break from the city streets and board the Hermès restaurant boat for a 2.5-hour cruise. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet meal as you discover Lyon's majestic landscapes and listen to the informative commentary. You'll be served a 3-course meal with several choices from the menu: Choice of Starters • Thin burgundy poultry tart, mustard and parmesan cream, lettuce, capers and croutons • Grilled stuffed squid, olives, minuza salad and red chard, vegetable pickles, and lemon dressing Choice of Main Courses • Duck from the Dombes area, morel sauce, and vegetables of the season • Rolled dab fillet, Nantua sauce, stuffed conchiglioni with ricotta and tetragon Choice of Desserts • Praline tart, Valrhona’s chocolate soufflé, and tonka bean ice cream • Exotic fruits tiramisu • Pistachio and passion fruit dessert, fruits of the season • Chef's special dessert

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

9. 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.

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Lyon Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

10. 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!

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Frequently asked questions about Lyon

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there

    Lyon is well serviced by train from across Europe, and also benefits from many budget airlines operating out of Saint Exupéry.

  • What to eat

    It's easy to see why Lyon is known as the food capital of France. The city earned the moniker in 1935 but it's arguably still relevant, with world-class restaurants, cafes and food markets throughout the city. It's a jewel in France's gastronomical crown, where lunch - cheap, simple, well-executed and indulgent - is possibly the daily highlight. Eat anywhere, as much as possible, then walk it off in the winding streets.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    June and September tend to be the best months to visit Lyon, because the temperatures are comfortably warm, the days are longer, and there are fewer tourists also visiting.

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,874 reviews

This tour was exceptional. Didac was the most enthusiastic, energetic and very well informed guide I’ve ever met. He added a whole immersive experience to the tour with touches of music, Unknown information and facts about Lyon. He took me to hidden gems and areas I’ve not seen before. Definitely unique and fascinating.

Had a wonderful tour with Vincent. He gave us enough time to savour the food at each stop and even added an extra stop or two (i think). Was lovely walking around Lyon as well

Joseph was great. We did 3 hours tour and enjoy very much. Joseph his knowledgeable and explain about the city very well.

Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed the tour very much

Great tour! If you are into music culture it is an absolute must