History of Lyon Private Walking Tour


World-renowned for its culture and cuisine, Lyon is a city rich in history and home to both Roman theaters and Renaissance architecture. This action-packed tour presents Lyon through the ages and invites you to discover the city’s top monuments from the imposing Fourvière Basilica overlooking the city to the historic heart of Lyon.

Exploring the Fourvière, the Vieux Lyon to the Presqu'île, this tour is the perfect introduction to the former capital of France. From Renaissance style architecture and secret passages known as traboules to iconic streets and restaurants, this experience offers a glimpse of how Lyon became the city it is today.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Explore the highlights of Lyon with a local guide and history expert
  • Enjoy panoramic views, old town explorations and riverside walks
  • Find out why Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France
  • Discover the stories behind the city’s secret passages

    What's included

  • A breathtaking itinerary from Roman times to the Renaissance
  • The cultural highlights of Lyon revealed by a local guide
  • A private tour with a City of Lyon accredited history guide

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Your guide

Selected for their extensive knowledge and passion for their city, our Lyon history guides are all accredited by the City of Lyon. With years of experience in both exploring and sharing the beauty and secrets of their city with international visitors, our Lyon guides know their city inside-out, and can adapt each tour with ease according to the interests of our visitors. Prepare to go off the beaten track with our local Lyon experts!


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Last reviewed: October 26 2019
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    6 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

  • 23 reviews

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The itinerary

From the iconic Fourvière Basilica, your expert guide will take you to the Roman Theater, constructed in the time of Augustus and reigning high above the city to this day. From here, you’ll meander down to the Quartier Saint-Georges, the former home of some of the city’s famous silk workshops, one of which is still in use and open to visitors.

Next on the itinerary is the Quartier Saint-Jean, an area rich in Renaissance architecture inspired by Italian settlers. This area is home to a network of Lyon’s traboules, the secret passages built during Lyon’s Renaissance but then famously used by the Resistance during WWII.

Your guide will then take you from Renaissance style architecture and secret passages to the Presqu'île; the centre of the city and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999. Here you’ll discover the history of the city’s famous bouchons - the restaurants where Lyonnais chefs concocted the recipes that made Lyon a world-famous destination for gastronomy.

Finally, admire the intricacies of Lyonnaise architecture as your tour draws to a close in the traditionally bourgeois part of the city. Your guide will bid you farewell at the Place Bellecour, the perfect central location for your onward exploration.

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