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Place Bellecour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Lyon City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Choose a 1-day ticket for this Lyon hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour and discover the city’s landmarks and monuments. With 12 stops on the Green Line, 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 offers a 1-day ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus. Green line stops: • Place Bellecour • Terreaux • Mur Peint • Palais de Justice • Vieux Lyon • Perrache • Musée des Confluences • Berges du Rhône • Théâtres Gallo-Romains • Fourvière • Parc des Hauteurs

Lyon: 2-Hour Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

2. Lyon: 2-Hour Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide

This tour will allow you to discover the city in just 2-hours. See the highlights of Lyon, such as the Saône River, the Banks of Rhône, Bellecour Square, the Park of the Golden Head (Parc de la tête d'or) and many other surprising places. Join your group near the Palais de Justice in central Lyon to begin the tour. Get outfitted with an electric bike — equipped for comfortable, effortless riding, letting you pedal, cruise, or a combination of both — and 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 — especially by bike.  Your exact route may vary depending on the day, but your experienced guide will know all the nooks and crannies where Lyon's true magic lies. Ride through the Croix Rousse tunnel, lined with colored lights and music, and keep your eye out for Lyon Cathedral. Listen as your guide shares stories of Lyon's rich history and points out famous attractions and off-the-beaten-path spots only locals know.  Continue along the banks of the Rhône River, recently renovated for cyclists. Spill out onto Place Bellecour, a famous plaza crowned by a statue of notorious King Louis XIV, and spin past the picturesque boating lake in Tête d'Or Park. Arrive back at the start point to conclude your tour.

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

3. 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.

Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

4. Lyon: Segway Tour Along Rhône and Saône River

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.

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

5. 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: Discovery Tour by Segway

6. Lyon: Discovery Tour by Segway

Discover the beautiful city center of Lyon on a guided Segway tour. Admire the sights of the city in a convenient way. Start with a training session on your Segway. Once you are comfortable, set off on your exploration of the city. Begin by riding along the Rhône River embankment, a beautiful area for pedestrians and bike riders, with gardens along its 4km stretch. Enjoy the beautiful view of Hôtel Dieu and the Fourvière hill. Cross the Rhone to head towards the Presqu'Île. Pass by three historic squares in the heart of the city: Jacobins, Celestins, and the biggest one, Bellecour Square, before heading back to the starting point.

Lyon: Parc Tête d'Or Bike Tour

7. Lyon: Parc 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. 

Lyon: Day or Night Pedicab Tour

8. 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 Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

9. Lyon Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Lyon with an interactive self-guided scavenger hunt walking tour. Unlock the city with location-based riddles and spot sights along the way. See Textile Arts Museum, Saint-Nizier Church, and more. To get started, simply login to your app and start your tour (instructions received via email after booking). Your self-guided tour will include 10 of the most important attractions of the city. As you explore on foot, find clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to uncover a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and finish the game. Choose to start or pause the tour whenever you want and enjoy seeing the city at your own pace. Learn city information and facts and snap pictures as you go. Start your tour at the Musée des Tissus et des Arts! Visit the world famous Place Bellecour. Take photos on the central Pont Bonaparte and admire the fairytale Saint George Church. The Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste will leave you speechless as its unique location next to the river looks like something out of a fairy tale. Learn about the Temple du Change, formerly used for the Lyon Stock Exchange! Fresque des Lyonnais is worth the time and space on your phone's memory, as it is an eye-opener. Lyon rådhus, the most beautiful city hall in the world, will be your next step. The unique Bartholdi Fountain a monumental public fountain awaits you for photos, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Église Saint-Nizier de Lyon with its captivating architecture.

Lyon: Food-Themed Audio Guide Walking Tour

10. Lyon: Food-Themed Audio Guide Walking Tour

Hear stories of the city's food culture and its many restaurants as you explore its streets. Let Lyon come to life with stories of its history automatically triggered by your location as you walk. Learn the secrets of regional specialty dishes and delicacies, and hear anecdotes about food and restaurants. Tickle your tastebuds with visits to key culinary locations in the city. Finish your tour at the magnificent Place Bellecour, the largest square in Lyon and the largest pedestrian square in Europe. Use the app to go at your own pace, and take breaks whenever you wish. Hear fascinating facts about Lyon's gastronomic heritage as your discover the city in a relaxed and informative way

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What people are saying about Place Bellecour

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 933 reviews

The tour is very complete and enjoyable. The explanations are numerous and interesting with little anecdotes that make all the difference. The windows are clean, which makes it possible to take beautiful photos and to see well. The plus is to be able to do as many tours as you want during the day and go down and up as you wish depending on the times of passage.

Very knowledgeable guide. The electric bikes were great to get to the top of the hill. Met some lovely new people and went out for a glass of wine after the tour.

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

David was a great guide and knew tons about the history of Lyon.

Great Service,Cedric came to meet me ... I was late!!