Having lived four years in this beautiful historical city, I guide half-day and full day tours there. See a bit of Lyon with me as a guide on Rick Steves’ video.
Price: The best experience to discover Lyon is a full-day tour with a break for lunch (not included): 400€ (based on two people~6hrs). Half day tours cost 200€ (3hrs, two people). Inquire about price for additional travelers. Choose your perfect day from this selection of tours:
-Tasting tour of the Presqu’île: Lyon is famous in the world for its gastronomy. We explore the 19th-century “peninsula” tuck between the two rivers, Saône & Rhône, learning about and tasting its specialties. We will visit the daily market and learn why France has such a food culture (40€ extra for two people to cover tasting cost, better in the morning)
-Gallo-Roman Lyon: Lugdunum: Our tour takes us to the Fourvière hill where “Lugdunum” was founded as a Gallo-Roman town in 43 BC. We first explore the Roman site with its theater and Odeon. (If you are interested in understanding more the capital city of Gaul, we can visit the museum’s collection covering five centuries of artifacts found in the region.) We then take a short walk to enjoy a magnificent uninterrupted view of the city and finish our tour by visiting the 19th-century jewel basilica dedicated to Mary.
-Historical tour of Medieval and Renaissance Lyon: The Vieux-Lyon extends along the banks of the Saône river from Saint Paul to Saint Georges church, with essential monuments taking you back to the rich history of Lyon. Our walk starts at Saint Jean Cathedral, a symbol of the power of Lyon in medieval time. We then explore the Renaissance quarter through narrow cobbled alleyways, the famous “traboules”, leading from one street to the next, revealing architectural treasures: courtyards, Italian-style galleries, wells, spiral staircases…
-Tasting Lyon at “Les Halles Bocuse”, covered market place: Lyon is France food capital. We explore the covered market learning about and tasting its specialties. It was “Monsieur Paul” Bocuse’s habit to shop in this market, which now bears his name. Tour finishes with a “mâchon” (typical local snack).
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