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Lyon Highlights Segway Two-hour Tour
A segway tour that will take you to all the sightseeing highlights of Lyon. It leads visitors along the Rhone River embankment, through Tête d'Or Park, and to the Place des Terreaux and Place Bellecour in downtown Lyon.
One-Hour Sightseeing Boat Cruise – Cap Presqu'ile
This one-hour cruise of Lyon showcases the city’s history and architecture in a different way as visitors soak up the sights from the Saône river. A guide will point out all points of interest from Vieux Lyon to the final stop at Quartier de la Confluence. The tour route begins and ends at Vieux Lyon and covers Basilique de Fourviere, Subsistances, Eglise Saint-Georges, Quartier de la Confluence and Musee des Confluences.
Lyon City Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
This unlimited day pass allows visitors to explore Lyon at their own pace. 14 different stops around the city make it easy to navigate between the main sights, such as the old town and Place Bellecour. This ticket may also be combined with a tram ticket, allowing you to explore the whole city.
One-hour Audio-guided Tour of Lyon by Tram
Designed to resemble the historical cable car of Lyon’s Croix-Rousse neighbourhood, this quirky tram ensures great views through its transparent roof. Sights include the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls and Mur des Canuts – known for its enormous fresco depicting silk-weaving traditions. This ticket may also be combined with a bus ticket, allowing you to explore the whole city.
Lyon City Card – 1-Day, 2-Day or 3-Day Pass
The one, two, or three-day card can be used for river cruises, guided tours, rentals, theatre shows, and unlimited public transport access. Cardholders will also receive free entrance to over 38 Lyon attractions, such as the Musée des Confluences and the Fine Arts Museum.
90-minute Lyon Discovery Segway Tour
This 90-minute tour will take you on a five-kilometre trip around beautiful Lyon. Before departure, you will go through a 15-minute training and briefing. Afterwards, the tour will start at the banks of the Rhone where you will get to admire the panoramic views of the peninsula. Later on, you will cross the peninsula to get to the Place des Terreaux and then to the Vieux-Lyon. The tour will also take you to the Jacobins Square. You will end the tour with a visit to the Théâtre des Célestins and Place Bellecour.
Morning Food Market Tour in Les Halles Paul Bocuse
On this guided tour of Lyon’s iconic covered food market, Les Halles Paul Bocuse, you’ll get a chance to try some of the city’s specialties and other French as well as other cheeses and wines. A local food expert will lead a small group of people on an inspirational morning tour of this gourmet highlight with plenty of food tastings along the way.
Cirque Imagine Cabaret Show
Cirque Imagine delivers captivating cabaret and circus acts in a warm and refined environment. You’ll see international artists perform cabaret dancing, surprising acrobatics and musical numbers. After the show, you’re free to hit the dance floor and take photos with the talented cast.
Mini Golf Course at Parc de la Tete d'Or
Enjoy playful and atypical tracks of mini golf in the heart of Parc de la Tete d'Or. Golf courses are accessible to all levels and anyone who is older than 5 years old can play.
Touroparc Zoo and Leisure Park Admission
This park is home to 700 animals as well as an aquatic area with three water slides. Visitors can also try a tree-climbing course and ride a traditional carousel from 1900.
Mini World Ticket – The 100% Lego® Star Wars Exhibition
This park invites visitors to explore incredibly detailed animated worlds, with everything from moving trains, funfair carousels and cyclists working their way up mountainsides. Discover 'Mini Lyon', a new area dedicated to the city and its light festival, with a mini Festival of Lights show displaying every 20 minutes. This experience is suitable for people of all ages. Visitors can also see six monumental works entirely made with LEGO® bricks. Entire locations will be reproduced using over one million bricks assembled and thousands of characters. Until 1 September 2019, Mini World welcomes the Star Wars exhibition in LEGO® bricks. The film location set will be recreated in LEGO® bricks with famous characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader and C3PO.
Parc des Oiseaux Entry Ticket
The Parc des Oiseaux is a bird park that recreates various ecosystems and landscapes from across the world. Guests can view the natural surroundings from the 27-metre panoramic tower. Other hands-on experiences at the Parc des Oiseaux include seeing rainbow lorikeets in their natural habitat of wooded grasslands and tropical forests resembling those in Oceania, and getting up close to 200 parrots to feed them in their aviary.
Mechanical Puppets Museum Entry Ticket
This popular museum is home to around 250 automated puppets, all of which are handmade in the on-site workshop. Seven rooms play host to twenty animated scenes, including Captain Nemo’s ‘Nautilus’, Peter Pan, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Cité du Chocolat Valrhona Self-guided Tour
La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona offers an interactive chocolate tour that engages all of your senses. You'll learn about chocolate production, from the cocoa plantation to the kitchen, and have the opportunity to sample some of Valrhona's signature chocolates in the process.
The Little Guignol Museum
The museum traces the history of the iconic Guignol puppet through a series of video clips. The puppet and museum as a whole are popular with both children and adults, thanks to sharp wit, slapstick comedy and satirical commentary. Besides the show, there's a voice box which allows you to hear a series of puppets' voices just like in an authentic hand puppet theatre. Guests are welcome to try and handle famous puppets, such as Guignol and Grafron, and to have their picture taken with their favourite characters.
Hameau Duboeuf Wine Village Entry
The Hameau Dubœuf has around 15 themed rooms which tell the story of over 2,000 years of wine-making. With this pass, you can enter both the wine village and the wine station, which includes a Napoléon III-era carriage and model miniature railways. You can also upgrade your pass to include visits to the gardens, the wine-making centre and a mini golf course. There is also an immersive experience in which you enter the cellar of a winemaker in Beaujolais, and learn first-hand about the traditions.
Olympique Lyonnais Museum Entrance Ticket
Housed in the Groupama Stadium, this modern museum uses audio-visual elements to portray Olympique Lyonnais football club's greatest moments and changing room anecdotes. Visitors have the chance to test their knowledge on 'OL' and get to see see vintage jerseys, interactive displays and more. Olympique Lyonnais is the epitome of the whole football scene in Lyon. The club’s museum, “OL Le Musée,” goes back in time to tell all the impactful stories that left their mark on the team’s history. Inaugurated on May 30th, 2018, the museum reviews the history of Olympique Lyonnais since 1950, through interviews, anecdotes and vintage jerseys as well as interactive displays throughout the 1,300m² museum.
Musée des Verts (Asse Museum)
The Museum of the Greens and Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium delivers the full ASSE experience. France’s first museum dedicated to football lets you relive the club’s many highlights through original artefacts and informative displays. There are also temporary exhibits focusing on different aspects of the club’s history. Your ticket includes a guided tour of Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium which grants you access to exclusive areas inside the 'Cauldron'.
1.7 miles from city centre
Vaise is undergoing major remedial work. A Vaise-lift, if you will. Once an industrial heartland, apartments and offices have replaced the factories of old. Grab a “Vélo’v” (city bike) and trundle along the riverbank, or pop across to Île Barbe. Speed freaks can get a risk-free adrenaline fix at the I-Way simulator of Formula 1 and fighter jets.
Places to stay from £19 per night
2.3 miles from city centre
Appearances can deceive. Looking at this quiet district, with its sleepy streets and humble houses, you’d never guess at its huge global significance. But this is the crucible of cinema – the Musée Lumière is where two local brothers made the world’s first motion picture. Catch an afternoon showing before chomping on fine steak at Monplaisir Côté Cour.
Places to stay from £41 per night
0.9 miles from city centre
When in Rhône! This riverside district is perfect for a stroll along the banks. On sunny days, locals unwind on the grass on the Berge du Rhône promenade, and cafés waft enticing aromas downstream. Rest awhile before ducking into Argenson Restaurant, famed for its succulent steak tartare. Then cap the day off with a gig at Halle Tony Garnier.
Places to stay from £18 per night
1.2 miles from city centre
A walk in the park. This district straddles Parc de la Tête d’Or, a haven of lawns and lake where locals come to leave modern life behind. On one side of the park, hungry families munch on burgers at Street Art, and bagel lovers are indulged in Chères Cousines. On the other, visiting businessmen set up shop in Cité Internationale Congress Centre.
Places to stay from £38 per night
0.5 miles from city centre
Feel the weight of history. Under the watchful eye of the lofty Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, these streets are a maze of revelations. Duck into the “traboules” (narrow alleyways) to see where you end up. Tuck into a hearty lunch in a traditional “bouchon” restaurant before cutting a rug at L'Alibi or La Grange au Bouc.
Places to stay from £37 per night
1.4 miles from city centre
La Croix-Rousse is firmly woven into Lyon’s history. This is where the “canuts” (silk workers) used to operate the looms that made the city rich. Head up to Le Gros Caillou viewpoint before making a silky-smooth descent, winding your way past countless Bohemian boutiques flogging funky jewellery, handmade puppets or organic grub.
Places to stay from £42 per night
1.3 miles from city centre
The sky’s the limit in Part-Dieu. This business district solved its growing need for office space by building upwards. Skyscrapers sprout out of the concrete at ten a penny, from the pencil-shaped Tour Part-Dieu to the glass-bound Tour Incity. To disconnect from the rat race, touch the culinary heavens in chef Paul Bocuse’s Halles de Lyon.
Places to stay from £20 per night
0.2 miles from city centre
Land ho! Positioned between Lyon’s two rivers, La Presqu’île is known as “Almost an Island”. And it’s filled with treasures. Spend your pieces of eight on Rue de la République or in the flashy shopping centre, Confluence. If you’ve worked up a buccaneer’s appetite, set a course for Rue Mercière; this narrow passage is famed for its top-notch eateries.
Places to stay from £34 per night
0.8 miles from city centre
This district never sleeps. During the day, culture vultures flock to Musée des Beaux Arts to feast their eyes on works by Rodin, Renoir and Rubens. At dusk, Opéra de Lyon is a beacon that beckons opera buffs. Join the buzz at joints like Les Fils à Maman (don’t miss the Kinder tiramisu). Then, boogie into the wee hours on Rue Sainte Catherine.
Places to stay from £19 per night
Founded by the Romans in 43 BCE, Lyon holds its own as France's third-largest city with a buzzing cultural and gastronomic scene. It's also the birthplace of cinema, with a popular museum dedicated to the Lumière brothers' groundbreaking invention, now located in their former house. The city sits at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers and is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
The undeniable centrepiece is the UNESCO-listed Renaissance old town, known as Vieux Lyon. Here you can wander through secluded passageways called 'traboules', originally designed to let people pass discreetly from street to street without leaving the building. It's a great place for map-free stroll, but be sure to make stops at Rue Saint-Jean to see the stunning Gothic cathedral, and Rue du Bœuf for its designer stores and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Other main attractions include the Parc de la Tête d'Or, the Fourvière basilica and a huge number of museums including the eye-catching Musée des Confluences, Musée des Beaux-Arts and Musées Gadagne. Add to that a thriving nightlife and shopping scene, and you'll see why Lyon is a city that has it all.
Planes and trains are the easiest ways to reach the city, with Eurostar services arriving at Part-Dieu station and flights touching down at Saint-Exupéry Airport, 25 km east of Lyon.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.83|
|Average weekend price||£82 per night|
|Average weekday price||£87 per night|
|Typical stay||1 night|
Good to walk around, Vieux-Lyon should not be missed. Eating at a bouchon was a very enjoyable experience, but make sure you book in advance. Excellent local food in general. Notre Dame de Fourvière viewed from Place Bellecour is a sight begging for a photo. The Part-Dieu railway station will not win any awards for aesthetic glory. A good bookshop (Decitre) on Place Bellecour has books in several languages. The Resistance and Deportation History Centre is worth a very sober visit, especially for the documentary on the 1987 trial of Klaus Barbie, who was head of the Gestapo in Lyon.
Pleasantly surprised by this city! Really loved the gourmet food culture. Make sure to do some research before you go and make table reservations (all easily done online). Not all of the restaurants in Vieux Lyon are worth going to - look out for tourist traps but make sure you try out a "bouchon lyonnais" while you're in Lyon for traditional food. Many excellent quality and cool restaurants in the Croix Rousse area. Best tip for gourmet food/haute cuisine/Michelin star: make lunch time reservations. The gourmet food culture really is the heart of this city and it is clear why Lyon is known as the gastronomical capital of France. Many haute cuisine restaurants are unaffordable for those on budgets. BUT lunch time set menus are a lot cheaper than dinner menus and by doing it this way, we were able to try out more higher quality restaurants. Our favourite experience by far was at Monsieur P (Chef Florent Poulard). Highly recommend it.
The surprise of four weeks in Italy and France. Cosmopolitan, in places it looks like Paris but without the grit. Amazing food, markets, art galleries and warm happy, friendly people. And how can you go wrong with Beaujolais and Burgundy to the north and The Rhône Valley to the south. The perfect junction.
The food and wine was amazing, you will be spoil for choice while deciding where to eat! The old town has so much character and as you walk around, you discover so many different parts and history of the city!
Lyon is one of the top gastronomic places in the world with lots of wonderful restaurants. The Sofitel Bellecoeur hotel where we stayed was perfectly positioned and the staff were extremely charming and helpful. Lyon has a beautiful old town and a lovely art gallery as well as some wonderful churches and cathedral. The two rivers provide lots of scenic views. The Parc de la Tete d'Or is gorgeous. Lyon has a very interesting past with the silk industry and its part in World War II. There are excellent trams and buses to use to get around. All the people are extremely friendly and helpful and speak good English.
Don’t know why some reviews say Lyon is a romantic city. OK for a few days but we wouldn’t be keen to return. Dirty and dilapidated in places, lots of graffiti, beggars, and areas under repair. Didn’t feel safe in smaller alleyways. Saw yellow vest demo which reportedly later turned violent. Saw a fight break out among immigrants at a main tram stop. Good side: Musee de beaux arts is excellent as is Gallo Roman museum, Confluence area architecture interesting, and Vieux Lyon has character. Lyon card worth getting but transport very crowded.
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