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France’s second city has a low profile internationally, but Lyon is still one of the country’s best places to explore and eat. Dating back to Roman times, the city long thrived as a centre for the European silk trade.
The trade’s former wealth has left sites of real beauty, including Vieux Lyon’s dense network of Renaissance buildings, the huge 18th-century squares of the Presqu'île, or peninsula, where the Rhone and Saône rivers meet, and the city’s many traboules, secluded silk weavers’ passageways later used by the Second World War resistance. The city’s Museé des Beaux Arts is France’s best fine art museum after the Louvre, while Lyon’s centre contains both a well-preserved Roman theatre on the Fourvière hill and the striking new buildings of the ex-industrial Confluence district. Proof of Lyon’s reputation as France’s culinary capital is everywhere, whether in the haute cuisine of local star chef Paul Bocuse or the hearty quenelles (fish dumplings) and sausages of typically Lyonnais, no-frills bouchon restaurants.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lyon. Sightsee at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You can hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 12 stops along the route to see Lyon's top attractions, including the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, the Place Bellecour, the Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Old Lyon or one of the several urban parks in the city. With the choice of a one- or two-day ticket.
This is your passport for exploring the museums and attractions of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The easy-to-use city card offers total sightseeing freedom, helping you make the most of your stay in Lyon. The card includes unlimited access to 19 of the most prestigious museums in and around Lyon. Enjoy guided tours, self-guided audio tours, boat tours (April to October) of the city as well as unlimited use of public transport. Museum entrance is restricted to one admission per day, per museum.
As France's gastronomic capital, Lyon is the perfect place to enjoy a gourmet food tour. This private tour takes you on a leisurely walk through the heart of Lyon to several shops and eateries to indulge in gourmet delights. Sample chocolates, cheese, pastries, charcuterie, wine and more, all hand-selected from your expert guide, who will reveal Lyon's food culture and history along the way. Your guide, an expert local foodie, will lead you on a leisurely paced 3-hour walking tour.
Lyon is a dynamic city known for its rich history and extraordinary sights, among other things. See it all through the eyes of a passionate, knowledgeable local on this private walking tour. Experience the city's storied past as you wander through Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon), visit ancient Roman theatres, explore Quartier St-Georges and soak up sweeping panoramas from Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Your private historian guide will give a unique insider's look at Lyon, revealing its vibrancy, mystery and intrigue.
Admire Lyon's sparkling night time lights from the best vantage points on this walking tour with a local historian guide. This alternative look at one of France's most gorgeous cities reveals sweeping hilltop views from Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, followed by a walk through Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon), Place Bellecour and other illuminated districts, neighbourhoods and squares. End with a relaxing stroll along the Saône River. Your guide will teach you about Lyon's history and point out noteworthy sights.