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Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

4.2 / 5

30 reviews

Activity provider: REWIND

Lyon: Croix-Rousse Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: REWIND

From US$ 10.53 per person

Discover the former silk workers district through secret passages on an audio-guided walking tour that starts whenever you want. Your guide? Your smartphone! The stories, all told by professional guides and actors, automatically trigger when you walk.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included
English, French


  • Discover the fascinating history of the canuts: the former silk weavers of Lyon
  • Stroll through the beautiful little cobbled streets on Croix-Rousse and the famous traboules
  • Experience a 1h world exclusive audio guided tour
  • Start the tour whenever you want and visit at your own pace: stop for a café or lunch and resume the tour when you're ready
Full description
Discover the incredible story behind the scenes of the former City of Silk and the difficult lives of the silk workers. Admire one of the most beautiful painted walls in Lyon: the "canuts" fresco. The largest trompe l'oeil work in Europe, it is representative of life in the Canuts district, a silk workers' district in the 19th century. As you experience Croix-Rousse and its special atmosphere, your guide unfolds the history and anecdotes of the silk workers, the canuts and their difficult living conditions. You'll cross gardens with planted mulberry trees, the favorite food of silkworms! You'll learn how silk thread is made and discover typical popular architecture of the 1850's. It was here in the traboules that the Canuts revolts of the 19th century started, inspiring great trends of social movements in France. Lyon was actually once a Roman city, and not just any city. Since it was the capital of the Gauls, you can see the ruins of the 1st century amphitheater which could accommodate 20,000 people on the itinerary. At the bottom of Croix Rousse, walk through the historical and more elegant streets where the rich silk workers used to live. Silk manufacturing continues here with the Atelier de Moirage and other scientific labs to save silkworms from diseases. The tour ends at the Maison Tolozan, a trading house, with warehouses and workshops from where the rolls of silk woven by the canuts arrived for shipping on the nearby river.
  • 1.5 hour audio-guided walking tour of Lyon on your smartphone
  • Transportation & personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

To start your audio-guided tour, go to https://rewindstories.com/en/activation/ and add your reservation number and email address to unlock the tour. Then download the Rewind application and create a new account with the same email address. The tour starts close to Hénon metro station

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What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Internet access
  • Downloaded app
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

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This is our first experience with the audio guide and we were delighted. We benefited from a very good quality guided tour which allowed us to discover Lyon and its history at a very competitive price. My 12 year old daughter found this experience very enriching. Many thanks to everyone who made this project possible.

February 17, 2022

Nice visit that takes us through secret and improbable places. A bug of OUR fault at the start corrected thanks to the 06 provided at the reservation. Super efficient.

August 8, 2022

We didn't see much. Got lost a couple of times. It was really to long fir us

July 8, 2022

Product ID: 401610