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Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)
Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon)

Free admission
Rue Saint-Jean, Lyon

The Basics

There are many options for exploring Old Lyon, from walking tours and standard or electric bike tours to Segway jaunts and hop-on hop-off bus excursions. In addition to Old Lyon, city tours often visit neighborhoods such as La Croix-Rousse and the Presqu’île and ride the funicular up to the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière for impressive city views. Food tours explore Lyon’s gastronomic heritage at the famous Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse market and restaurants around Old Lyon.

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Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide
Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide
$83.09 per adult
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Excellent guide
Excellent guide ! Food tasting , we expected more about it, was not good. Beautiful city Lyon……………..
marc_d, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lyon

star-5
Very professional excelent
Viviana_M, Oct 2021
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
The history of the city, the knowledge of the guide Toni. The places he took us and his explanation.
star-5
Lyon EBikes
Patricia_R, Oct 2021
Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Great way to see the city! Electric bikes are easy to use. Guide was very informative. I recommend this tour.
star-5
Toni is excellent!!
Margaret_G, Oct 2021
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Our tour guide was Toni and he went over and above to show us the most beautiful parts of the old city of Lyon. He was personable and down to earth and explained the history very well within a few hours. We had three tours while we were in Paris and Lyon; this was by far the best of all! By the time the tour was over, we felt as if we knew a little something about Toni as well as the other guests from Norway, Belgium and Seattle.
star-5
A fantastic sample of Lyon's food culture
Michelle_G, Oct 2021
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
The guide was really knowledgeable and the choice of stops for the food were amazing. The tour was a good pace with plenty of time to enjoy the food.
star-5
Must do tour if u like food
David_P, Sep 2021
Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Amazing experience. Guide was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun. Every places we visited treated us nicely and we learned a lot.
star-4
Worthwhile activity - try to do it during your first couple of days in Lyon.
kipellen, Sep 2021
Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Our guide was Vincent - he was friendly and knowledgeable about the history and food of Lyon. Some of the food we really liked (the cheeses, the charcuterie, the wines, and the ice cream with some pretty unusual flavor combinations) and some we were not thrilled with (the egg poached in wine sauce and the terrines), but certainly walked all around the old town area and saw some fun sights and learned a lot.
star-5
Megan was phenomenal,...
John_S, Sep 2021
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
Megan was phenomenal, knowledgeable and paced everything perfectly. We enjoyed her take on everything and learned so much! Merci
star-5
We were very happy with...
Nina_C, Sep 2021
Lyon Big Traboules in Little City Stories from the Past Private Guided Tour
We were very happy with our guided tour, learned a lot about Lyons history - all very informative and interesting! A nice way to explore the city, with time to stop and take pictures, ask questions and so on. I would recommend!
star-5
Great Walking Tour and Guide
Stephen_B, Sep 2021
Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour (English)
Very enjoyable way to learn about Lyon and ensure we can get a feel for what it would be like to be a local. Never felt rushed with plenty of stops at interesting spots along the way.
star-5
Great way to seethe city!
Klmac, Aug 2021
Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide
The bike tour was very interesting. Our guide, Vincent, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He loves Lyon!
star-5
A Great Time in Lyon
Fred_T, Jul 2021
Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
Great way to see key points in the city and just as importantly to learn about what we are seeing. I strongly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Lyon.
star-5
Nice city tour
Mon, Jul 2021
Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
Top! Really nice tour and the infos via headphones interesting. With this tour (green line) you’’ll get a good overview of the city. The blue line is also interesting. Do the green line first. (2 hours) If you want to learn a bit more about Lyon the blue line (1 hour)is perfect.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old Lyon is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.

  • The narrow lanes of Vieux Lyon are mostly pedestrianized and best explored on foot—wear comfortable shoes.

  • The majority of cafés and restaurants can be found along Rue Tramassac, but the quayside bars and restaurants offer the best views at night.

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How to Get There

Old Lyon stretches along the left bank of the Saône River, with Fourviére Hill rising to the west. It’s a short stroll across the bridge from Place Bellecour or Place des Jacobins, and the closest metro station is Vieux Lyon (line D). Funiculars for Fourvière Hill also run from this station.

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When to Get There

Explore the streets of Old Lyon in the morning to avoid the crowds and take photos of the beautiful historical buildings, or visit in the evening to dine along the riverfront. The most spectacular time to visit Old Lyon is during the annual Festival of Lights in December, when dazzling light projections brighten up landmarks such as Saint John the Baptist Cathedral (Cathédrale-Saint-Jean-Baptiste, or Lyon Cathedral).

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Architecture of Vieux Lyon

With buildings dating from as early as the 11th century, the streets of Vieux Lyon are bursting with architectural treasures. The star attraction is Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, with its stunning stained glass windows and striking mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Nearby are the Maison du Crible mansion, with its much-photographed pink tower, and a number of historical traboules (narrow alleyways). In the northern Saint Paul quarter, the Gothic Maison du Consul and the grand Hotel Gadagne (now part of the Musées Gadagne) are notable highlights, while the Saint Georges quarter was Lyon’s original silk-weaving area and is home to the riverfront Church of Saint George (Église Saint-Georges).

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