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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
$34.60 per adult
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Lyon is great
Great tour - got to learn a lot about Lyon. Was out first trip to Lyon. Will surely come back for more.
Sren_N, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lyon

star-5
Lyon is great
Sren_N, May 2022
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Great tour - got to learn a lot about Lyon. Was out first trip to Lyon. Will surely come back for more.
star-5
Came for the Food, Stayed for the EVERYTHING about Lyon!
Hannah_M, May 2022
Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Our food tour of old Lyon was such a worthwhile experience! Not only was the food delicious, but the vendors were passionate and our guide (Vincent) was outstanding! We enjoyed connecting with other people in our group and the weather was incredible (we came in the mid-May). We quickly fell in love with Lyon when we arrived but this tour taught us so much for more than just about the food we were eating. PLEASE book if you go to Lyon, it is absolutely the best!
star-5
Excellent tour
Lisa_R, May 2022
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
Vincent is witty, smart and thoroughly entertaining as he guided us through an excellent tour of Old Town food experiences. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great way to see the...
Ginevra_D, May 2022
Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
Great way to see the different areas of the city. You can round back and continue with any neighborhoods or sites that peak your interest.
star-5
Great tour
Henning_S, May 2022
Lyon Old Town Half-Day Walking Food Tour with Local Specialties Tasting & Lunch
Really nice guide. Learned a lot of how Lyon was and is. Food and drink was great. I could almost not be any better.
star-4
Good job!!
Rebecca_E, May 2022
Lyon Old Town Walking Guided Food Tour
Our guide was fun and knowledgeable and had Everything planned out for us. All the people in the tour were nice. After having spent a couple days in Lyon not sure I learned anything new but a very enjoyable time.
star-5
Great Tour, but book through FreeToursLyon.com instead!
SkyB, May 2022
Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour (English)
The tour is absolutely great. Paul is an incredible tour guide. He is very knowledgeable, entertaining, and easy to understand. He does two separate tours and they are both a great introduction to the city. But they are FREE tours. You can book directly through him at FreeToursLyon.com. He works from the tips. Viator is charging for something that is totally free.
star-5
Engaging , compelling and informative
Olga_G, Apr 2022
Lyon Highlights & Secrets Walking Guided Tour (small group) including Funicular
Toni was a very engaging tour guide and we spent a wonderful , compelling and very entertaining 3 hours . I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get an overview of the history and fun facts about the city .
star-5
Fab way to fill 2.5 hours
Ann_C, Apr 2022
Dark Lyon
Nicholas was amazing. Full of knowledge which he delivered with aplomb. Thoroughly enjoyed his tour and recommended a great restaurant for dinner afterwards
star-5
Don’t miss this tour with Paul!
ERIN_J, Apr 2022
Lyon City Historic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour (English)
Paul was a fantastic guide! We learned so much about Lyon and got a great overview of the City and interesting nooks and crannies. Also- great food tips!!
star-5
Really enjoyable and worthwhile
Michael_H, Apr 2022
Lyon Small-Group Guided Electric Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and absolutely a great communicator, witty and easy to be with. Great historian also. Two others, Australians, also made the tour a great event.
star-5
Stunning Lyon
Antony_P, Apr 2022
Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary
Driver was great Lyon is the most stunning city The trip was just the right length We saw much more than we expected to Fabulous

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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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