Tours in Lyon

 

You can book the following tours on the website of the Lyon Office Tourism (click on each activity) or directly on site during the congress. Only Lyon will have a booth on site open on:
- Sunday 19th: 2:00 pma - 6:00 pm
- Monday 20th: 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Tuesday 21th: 12:00 am - 4:00 pm


RENAISSANCE OLD LYON AND ITS TRABOULES

This Renaissance district, listed by Unesco, is the largest area of this kind in France...
This unique area of Gothic and Renaissance architecture has been chosen by UNESCO as World Heritage.
It covers 24 hectares along the banks of the river Saone. Old Lyon’s urban development mainly took place in the 15th and 16th centuries.
After visiting the gothic cathedral, wander through the narrow cobbled streets and “traboules”…
These famous covered passageways going from one street to the next via corridors through houses hide superbly renovated architectural treasures: inner courtyards, galleries “à l’italienne”, spiral staircases etc.

FROM FOURVIERE TO OLD LYON

An historic walk in the major sites of Lyon
The esplanade of Fourvière offers a magnificent uninterrupted view of the city of Lyon. The basilica of Notre Dame, a fascinating building built in the most eclectic of styles at the end of the 19th century, is a real eye-catcher. Don’t walk by without taking a look inside, because the interior of the basilica is just as remarkable as the outside: every item of decoration, mosaic, and statue has a symbolic value…
Your walk then takes you down towards Old Lyon, either through the Rosaire gardens or via the Roman theatres. Do not forget that the Roman town of Lugdunum was founded on the hill of Fourvière in 43 BC, and that it has left us the most magnificent remains. Every summer, the Fourvière Nights festival takes place here.
At the bottom of the hill, the Renaissance town stretches out along the banks of the river Saone. Walk through a few of the narrow streets and the squares of this fascinating district and delve into the “traboules” to discover hidden courtyards, galleries and wells...

THE TRABOULES OF THE CROIX-ROUSSE AND THE SILK PRINTING WORKSHOP

Enter the world of Silk through traboules passageways...
Lyon is the capital of silk weaving in France.
You will discover the “Traboules” (passageways) winding down the hill of the Croix-Rousse where 30.000 silk weavers used to live in the 19th century.
At the silk printing workshop, printers will demonstrate Lyon’s traditional know how.

TRABOULES IN THE CROIX-ROUSSE AND THE HOME OF SILK-MAKERS “MAISON DES CANUTS”

In the heart of the silk workers' district, the Maison des canuts lets you discover the looms...
The Croix-Rousse is the district where the “canuts” or silk-workers used to live. The famous Croix-Rousse “traboules” were very important for them. You will see just why!
A short stroll through the maze of “traboules”. Some of them have the strangest names, like the “Cour des Voraces”, the voracious men’s courtyard…
History is everywhere on the bustling slopes of the Croix Rousse: here you will find the ruins of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre where the first Christians died as martyrs.
In the heart of the silk-makers’ district, the “Maison des Canuts” the Silk-makers house, contains looms used in days gone-by: a draw-loom and four Jacquard looms.
Watch the demonstration and see how the sumptuous figured drill fabrics and Genoa velvets were made. Discover the silk-worm’s life cycle, the contribution made by silk-workers to social life in the 19th century and the present-day realities of textile industries in the Rhone-Alpes area.

LES HALLES DE LYON  - GASTRONOMIC LYON…

After learning a little about Lyon gastronomy, go for a stroll through the alleyways of the covered market and discover all the products that make the world capital of gastronomy so famous. A festival of color, sound, aroma and taste in a very special atmosphere where quality rhymes with well-being.

ESCAPADE TO THE BEAUJOLAIS COUNTRY

On route for the valley of the river Azergues ! The trip through the south of the Beaujolais country goes through Chatillon, Chessy-les–Mines, and the Bois d’Oingt, and up to the charming village of Oingt perched on the top of its hill, where we stop for a visit. It is completely built in “pierres dorées” the local golden-coloured sandstone and offers a magnificent panorama of the surrounding countryside.
Then, off to Salles-Arbuissonas, for visiting the countess-canonesses cloister.

BURGUNDY BOURGOGNE, 1 HOUR FROM LYON

Burgundy (Bourgogne) is a historic and highly respected wine-producing region of eastern France

THE HOSPICES DE BAUNE OR HOTEL-DIEU DE BAUNE

The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor and needy. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum. Services for patients are now provided in modern hospital buildings.

 

For other tours, see Lyon Tourism Office Website


THE LYON CITY CARD:

Lyon City Card, tourist and cultural passport to discover the city of Lyon, without breaking the bank!

With this card you have access to more than 40 services and attractions: museums, certain shows and guided tours.

Sold for 1,2 or 3 days, priced between €21-41.

Lyon City Card Junior (4-15): unlimited visits with purchase of an Adult Lyon City Card. 24 hours €12.50 / 48 hours €17.5 / 72 hours €22.50

Lyon City Card fort student: 24 hours €17 / 48 hours €25 / 72 hours €33
and reductions to discover Lyon

 

 

Paris, 2 hours from Lyon

 

TWO HOURS FROM LYON BY TRAIN, PARIS THE CITY OF ENTERTAINMENT

Paris, the "city of lights" attracts many visitors all year long. Exhibitions, festivals, romantic strolls, sport competitions, cultural events. Paris is more than its architectural patrimony : it offers a wide range of activities for leisure, sports and culture. Terrasses for cool summer evenings, sparkling variety shows, operas, theatres, concerts, trendy night clubs.