Vieux Lyon
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Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

1. 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 Old District: Private Customizable Walking Tour

2. 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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Lyon: 2-Hour Highlights E-Bike Tour

3. Lyon: 2-Hour Highlights E-Bike Tour

Discover Lyon, a city known for its variety of landscapes, in particular the confluence between the Saône and the Rhône. The tour will begin by the South of the city, in the district of La Confluence. After a 15 minute training session you will ride from the extension of the Presqu'île to its modern district, passing by buildings from the city's industrial history. You will learn all about this neighborhood. Then following the Saône river bank you will see the Old City classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After a few minutes, you will be in front of the Croix-Rousse hill, famous for the silk industry and its beautifully colored architecture. Your local guide will tell you more about that time when the Canuts, or silk workers, lived and worked there. You will go back towards the agency along the Rhône river bank. Effortlessly cross Lyon with your electronic bike. This means of transport allows you to see, in a couple of hours, most of the main attractions offered by the city. You will go back home with a lot of memories: the confluence between the two rivers, the Old City of Lyon, the Saône river and its Italian style, Croix-Rousse hill and its silk history, the banks of the Rhône and more.

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Lyon: 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local Guide

4. Lyon: 3-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 3-hour tour includes four tasting breaks (and a few surprises...), showcasing culinary classics of Lyon. Taste the famous praline brioche, artisanal beer, lyonnais chocolate, regional cheeses, and local cold cuts at an original and traditional restaurant, as well as local wine.

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Lyon: Parc de la Tête d'Or Bike Tour

5. Lyon: Parc de la 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. 

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Lyon: Private Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

6. Lyon: Private Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

Explore the heart of the city of Lyon with a private walking tour through its most renowned neighborhood, Old Lyon. Find out fascinating facts about the city from a local professional guide. During your tour, discover a maze of surprising courtyards and passageways with Gothic staircases and Italian galleries. Walk along cobblestone alleys, and admire the district's Renaissance facades. Learn about the significance of Lyon Cathedral and get taken to the city's most interesting landmarks. When you finish, you'll have received an introduction to the city that's great for first-time visitors.

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What people are saying about Vieux Lyon

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Vincent told enthusiastically, with a great sense of humor, about the treasures of Lyon, in the field of gastronomy, drink and historical anecdotes. The secret passages, the delicious Jesus sausage, always adapted to the questions of the participants, who came from America, Germany/Switzerland and (we) from the Netherlands. Very varied, a lot of information. It was a party in the old town of Lyon. Thank you Vincent! Regards, Ruud and Maaike

A view from above changes everything; the comments were excellent. I admired the mastery of the drivers to weave their way through the narrow or crowded streets. Too bad the storm spoiled the end of the visit, but there is nothing we can do

I was charmed by the monuments, the gigantic rural frescoes are impressive and magnificent. Fascinated by its history and for my part the fabulous discovery of the typical dish of Lyon (a killing).

Our guide was very nice, an authentic Lyonnaise who listens to her customers the visit brought us a lot we returned the next day to finalize our purchases and visits that she advised us

Great tour and good guide. Very good insights into the regional specialties. Recommendable!