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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 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 Jus...

    This tour covered a great deal of the city - we saw many different sites and the audio description was very good too - superb value all round

  • Lyon: Guided Sightseeing Cruise

    2. 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. 

    Toni is an excellent guide. He emailed us once we signed up for the tour, then he sent us an whatsapp message on the morning of the tour to remind us of the meeting location. Toni gave us a lot of background information of the various points of interest, now we really LOVE Lyon and are looking forward to visit this city again. He also provided restaurants recommendations.

  • Lyon Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

    3. 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.

    This was a very interesting guided tour. Sylvie was very helpful, told us about the history of Lyon and we walked together mainly to vieux Lyon which was for us the place to be . Thank you Sylvie you one more time..

  • Lyon: Musée des Confluences Entrance Ticket

    4. 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.

  • Lyon: 2-Hour Guided City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

    5. Lyon: 2-Hour Guided City Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

    Discover Lyon in a convenient, fast and fun way on a 2-hour electric tuk tuk tour. The silent and eco-friendly vehicle will allow you to enjoy a peaceful ride through the city. Ride in comfort, whatever the weather may be, thanks to side panels that offer protection in case of rain and heated seats for colder days. Explore the heart of Lyon and take in the top attractions of the city center and the beauty of the Old Town. Ride up Croix Rousse Hill and head deep inside the old Canuts neighborhood. Continue to the top of Fourvière Hill for amazing views of Lyon and the surrounding area.

  • Lyon: 1.5-Hour E-Bike Tour

    6. Lyon: 1.5-Hour E-Bike Tour

    At the meeting point first take part in a 15 minute e-bike training session and briefing to ensure you are safe and comfortable during the tour. Then its 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 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 electric 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...

    Excellent tour,excellent way to explore the city The tour guide was very informative and friendly

  • 1-Hour Essential Lyon Segway Tour

    7. 1-Hour Essential Lyon Segway Tour

    Meet your guide in our Segway Store. 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 1-hour tour. Begin by riding along the Rhône River embankment, a beautiful area for pedestrians and bike riders, with gardens along its 4km stretch. 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. Glide into the downtown area next. See the Cordeliers Square, Republic Street. Finish with a ride behind the new Grand Hôtel Dieu, an old hospital recently refurbish to a amazing hall of typical food, luxury hotel and market.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...

  • Lyon: 1.5-Hour Segway Discovery Tour

    8. 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 tak...

    Loved this! Tatiana was amazing and very informative with her knowledge of local landmarks.

  • Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon

    9. Golden Stones Beaujolais Wine Tasting Trip from Lyon

    Escape to Lyon’s famous wine country on a half-day tour to Southern Beaujolais and enjoy the wonders of this region, in a small group. Famous for its Beaujolais Nouveau, the region offers also unique and charming little golden stone villages. Leaving from Lyon, your passionate driver and guide will take you through the hills of this wonderful region, which is often compared to Tuscany. Start the day with an introduction to wine-tasting in a beautiful and scenic setting, where you will be told all about the notion of 'Terroir'. Then, enjoy a stroll in the charming golden stones medieval village of Oingt and learn more about the history of Beaujolais. Continue in a family winery to discover more wines and learn all about the secret of French wine-making while having the traditional 'machon', the silk workers breakfast. This tour is the perfect opportunity to learn all about the Beaujola...

    This was an excellent tour which we would highly recommend. The guide spoke perfect English and gave us detailed information throughout the tour. Also a very comfortable journey to the Beaujolais area.

  • Lyon: Haunted Lyon City Exploration Game & Tour

    10. Lyon: Haunted Lyon City Exploration Game & Tour

    You are invited to discover the haunted places and stories of Lyon with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Lyon, all with the help of your smartphone. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for t...

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What people are saying about Lyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 259 reviews

We had a very interesting walk with Johanna. She was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke good English. She walked at a comfortable pace and chose an inetresting route through Vieux Lyon. She showed us places we would not have discovered on our own. All in all an enjoyable couple of hours!

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

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

Amazing architectural museum with very interesting and curious exhibitions about us humans and our dear planet Earth.

A must for anyone visiting Lyon. A great companion trip to the bus tours.