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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 Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
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Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
$33.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Definitely worth doing
Toni gave an awesome tour with lots of little nuggets and great info about Lyon. It was nice to be in a small group especially noticing all the larger groups around. Toni's recommendations were great and I had a great experience. His English is excellent. Definitely recommend this tour.
Alexis_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lyon

star-5
Best way to get to know Lyon
Barbara_B, Aug 2022
Walking Food Tour in Vieux Lyon
Great mix of walking around in Lyon, learning about history with lots of interesting insights (why are 'bouchons' and 'bistros' called the way they are?) and unique features like 'traboules' (secret passageways) as well of course Lyonnaise cuisine. Eillen is very knowledgeable and time flies with her. We fully recommend this tour... only do it at the beginning of your stay in Lyon so you can go back to the places that you liked the most !
star-5
Great Overview of Lyon
Denise_T, Aug 2022
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Amandine’s enthusiasm was infection. His bubbling personality showed he is a true people person. The helped us to truly appreciate the history and culture of Lyon. Highly recommended.
star-5
Best part of our trip
kathie_l, Jul 2022
1 or 2-Hour Pedicab tour of Lyon
Our guide Michael was wonderful, spoke good English and was knowledgeable about his subject. Would rebook his tour.
star-5
Great way to get to know the city!
Rowan_B, Jul 2022
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
This was a great way to get to know the city. Our guide had a history background and made the experience both fun and informative. Paced well with lots of food recommendations around the city and a good variety of food and drink samples. Highly recommend!
star-5
Fun way to explore the city
Irme_C, Jul 2022
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
Aymeric was very knowledgeable and made the entire walk very fun- he also gave good tips ons things to do in Lyon and places to go. All the vendors were friendly and eager to talk about their products. Would definitely recommend this tour!!
star-5
Do not miss this opportunity to tour Lyon
Roderick_J, Jul 2022
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Tony was passionate about the City of Lyon. He related the relevant history of the city with humor and modern insight. Engaged all members of our group and accomodated. Treated the group as family. Highly recommended.
star-5
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Dainarts_B, Jul 2022
Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
Nice experience, good emotions, English speaking drivers 👍. Well organized trip. Thank you very much for it! .
star-5
Cristina
Cristina_B, Jul 2022
Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Fantastic & super Enthusiastic Megan! Bomb of energy 💣 & Information Bravisima 👏🏽 Highly recommend Super
star-5
Cycling in Lyon
scott_M, Jul 2022
Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide
Great time. Fun activity to do with my son. Learned a lot. Guide was entertaining, kind and very friendly.
star-5
Great value
Nina_I, Jul 2022
Lyon Big Traboules in Little City Stories from the Past Private Guided Tour
Konstantin was fabulous!!! A most wonderful tour with interesting stories to match. I recommend this tour early in the visit to help familiarize with the city.
star-5
Mont St Michel walking tour
Tracy_B, Jul 2022
Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Enjoyed hearing the history and timeline of Mont St Michel. Our guide was very informative and made the tour very interesting
star-5
Excellent guide. So many...
Helen_K, Jul 2022
Walking Food Tour in Vieux Lyon
Excellent guide. So many stories about the city of Lyon and about food and wine. Very interesting and fun. The food was good and special.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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