Discover the Hidden Passageways of Old Lyon

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Paul
Quality Verified Registered on July 17, 2020

Hi, I'm Paul and I've been a tour guide in Lyon for many years. I love to show people my city and make them understand what makes Lyon one of my favorite cities in the world. There is so much to talk about, from food (the culinary capital of France) to history (resistance, silk) to local culture. I also love to give tips about my favorite restaurants and activities in the city.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

On this guided walking tour of Vieux Lyon, the most interesting area of Lyon, you will discover this amazing neighborhood with Paul, your guide.

I will explain the history and culture of Lyon, talking about a lot of things, like the Bouchon (local restaurants), the history of Silk production in Lyon, Klaus Barbie and the French resistance during the Second World War, Paul Bocuse and food culture and Renaissance in Lyon.

We will visit many hidden passageways (the Traboules) and secret courtyards, that are sometimes hard to find on your own.

For the last part of the tour we will cross over to the modern city center and visit some highlights like the Theatre des Celestins and the Hôtel Dieu, one of my favorite buildings!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    cathdrale SaintJean en 69005 Lyon France
    cathdrale SaintJean en 69005 Lyon France
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    In front of Cathedral St. Jean at the statue in the middle of the square. I'll hold a sign saying 'Free Tour Lyon'

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Place Saint-Jean
  • 2
    Free admission
    Lyons Cathedral
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Place de la Basoche
  • 4
    Outside visit
    La Longue Traboule
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Musée du Cinéma et de la Miniature
  • 6
    Outside visit
    La Tour Rose
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Palace of Justice of Lyon
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Passerelle du Palais-de-Justice
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Théâtre des Célestins
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Rue de la République
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Heather 23 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Great guide, had lots of enthusiasm and great insights into Lyon.
Nora 20 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
During the 2 hours we saw really beautiful places and received further information about sights and restaurants we could visit. We also enjoyed listening to Paul's variety of information about Lyon and could understand his english really well.
Thomas 20 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Just perfect
ANNA 18 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Interesting information, particularly about the traboules which are not easy to find without guidance!
Sean 15 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Paul was a great guide. Very friendly and had a lot of information. Even though we had seen several of the stops the day before ourselves it was still a great tour amd we got some information we would not have got by ourselves. Definitely recommend going on Paul's tour
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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