Lyon Historic Neighborhoods Guided Tour: Discover Croix-Rousse and Vieux Lyon Culture and History
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Embark on a guided walking tour of Lyon's historic neighborhoods, Croix-Rousse and Vieux Lyon. Discover the city's rich culture and history, from silk workers to impressive landmarks. Book now!
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Place des Terreaux - We visit the main town square of Lyon
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon - If open, we will have a look at the courtyard of the museum
  • Croix-Rousse - We will visit the historic neighborhood of Croix-Rousse.
  • Traboules du Vieux Lyon - We visit a few of the hidden passageway, the traboules, in Vieux Lyon
  • Passage Thiaffait - We will visit this passageway with it’s Village des Createurs inside, a creative business incubator.
  • Amphitheater of the Three Gauls - We will have a look at one of the nicest viewpoints in the city, overlooking the old amphitheatre
  • Fresque des Lyonnais - We will see the amazing fresco painting with all the famous people that were born in Lyon
  • Eglise Saint-Paul - We will pass by this lovely gothic church
  • Vieux Lyon - We will see the old jewish quarter with its lovely courtyards
  • Musee d’Histoire de Lyon - We will visit the courtyard of this museum if it is open.
  • Rue Saint-Jean - We will pass by the busy main street of Vieux Lyon and visit some hidden courtyards
What's Included
  • All applicable fees and taxes included
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
Additional Information

10:00 am/English | Join us on a knowledgeable walking expedition through the historical neighborhoods of Croix-Rousse and Vieux Lyon, offering an in-depth understanding of Lyon’s cultural and historical background. We commence at Place des Terreaux, where you’ll gaze upon the grand Hôtel de Ville and Museum and the striking Bartholdi Fountain. Next, we explore Croix-Rousse, once the hub of silk workers and a place full of secret corridors, known as the Traboules. Here the talk of silk dominates with incredible city views. From the Roman Amphitheatre, we stroll down to Vieux Lyon, the city’s most renowned neighborhood. We’ll behold the Fresque des Lyonnais, a spectacular wall mural and Rue Juiverie, featuring the splendid Gallerie Philibert Delorme. The journey concludes in the bustling areas of Vieux Lyon, just in time for a hearty lunch!

Our guides prioritize enhancing their knowledge in their free time to deliver an unparalleled experience, hence tips are hugely appreciated. An average tip amount ranges between e5-10 per individual.

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Place des Terreaux
This tour starts at 10:00 am on Place des Terreaux. I will be standing next to the entrance to the Fine Arts Museum with a sign in my hands.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 21, 2024
Great trip - Paul is great. Even with a group of 20-30 people, I can hear him well for the entire the trip. He is knowledgable and passionate. I would definitely recommended to everyone. Paul does not charge for the trip but do receive tips. I planned to give him some tips but was lost near the end. We stopped at a market with lots of people. I stopped for 1 minute watching a music performance and the group was gone. I wish that I could give him the tips before I lost them. He is really good.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 20, 2024
Getting to know Lyon in 2 hrs! - We did both tours and got a great sense of the city and its neighbourhoods. Paul was an excellent guide giving you a sense of the history and contemporary nature of the areas he takes you through, along with his personal stories and recommendations on where to eat and visit while you're in Lyon. We would have missed so much without his tours. Highly recommended!
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Jun 18, 2024
Really informative tour with a top-class guide - This is a great tour to get your orientation of the central parts of Lyon inc. Vieux Lyon and Croix-Rousse. It was a big group but Paul managed it well and is good at projecting his voice, so we didn't miss anything. His knowledge of the city's history is extensive and he communicates really well. I learned a lot in a couple of hours and the time flew - always a good sign.
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Jun 17, 2024
Entertaining AND informative tour - Paul's walking tour of Lyon was equal parts entertaining and informative. He clearly is very knowledgeable about the history of the city, however he told great stories in an engaging way to make it interesting. My husband & I always start our visits to new cities with a free walking tour just to orient ourselves. Paul's was one of the best we have ever taken.
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Jun 8, 2024
Great tour - Paul did a great job on the tour-gave us some interesting history and took us to places that I might not have discovered myself. His visuals were helpful.
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Jun 8, 2024
silk purse - sows ear, no you can! - Paul was extremely structured and well researched but yet humorous when circumstances allowed. Done countless city walking tours but this is the second I’ve felt inclined to review. We had a short time in Lyon principally as few have highlighted how interesting and worthwhile it is to visit. Compact, stunning and significant in historical terms don’t listen to me - get yourself here. Paul shown a light on Lyon’s contribution to all things cultural, he also enhanced our understanding of such. Superb Paul - top marks indeed
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Jun 7, 2024
Nice, funny and informative - Very nice tour with funny background stories that really interested me and made me laugh. Paul always has a waterproof folder with him on which he can show printed pictures while telling the story so that you get context. Very well done!
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Jun 6, 2024
Paul was an extremely... - Paul was an extremely knowledgeable and interesting tour guide. He kept the tour going at a good pace and we covered a lot of information in a short time. Would love to take future tours with him. Highly recommend.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 3, 2024
Enjoyable! - Paul conducted an interesting and informative guided tour of Lyon City, peppered with ancedotes and historical fun facts. I truly enjoy it and will recommend anyone visiting Lyon to do a guided tour with Paul.
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May 26, 2024
Best guide - The best tour guide, very knowledgeable, perfect pace and content in an amazing location. Thank you, highly recommended.
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
July 2024