La Croix Rousse Private Tour - Silk & Traboules


Exploring one of the most enchanting and artistically rich neighborhoods in Lyon, this tour takes you right to the heart of the former silk workers district through cobbled streets, secret passages and peaceful squares. Home in Ancient times to communities of religious settlers and to this day a Roman amphitheatre, the Croix-Rousse became famous in the 16th Century as the centre of the City of Silk.

Your local guide will take you street by street through the history of this neighborhood of craftsmen and creatives, still seen today as the artistic hub of the city.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Discover why Lyon is known as the City of Silk since the 16th Century
  • Take in panoramic views over Lyon with your expert guide
  • Pass through networks of secret passages known as traboules
  • Explore the highlights of the former silk workers’ district

    What's included

  • An introduction to the most famous former residents of Lyon
  • A breathtaking 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre
  • A private tour with an expert on the history of the Croix Rousse

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Your guide

Chosen for their passion for local history, our Lyon guides each have a chosen specialist subject. For our tour of the Croix-Rousse, we work with local guides with a special interest in the history of the silk workshops and of this charming neighborhood as a whole. Our guides for this experience will be delighted to introduce you to the history of the area, as well as recommending their favorite working silk workshops!


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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 02h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    6 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

Your exploration begins at the Wall of the Silk Workers, a monumental fresco and the largest one of its kind in Europe, depicting the heritage of the silk workers of Lyon and the residents of La Croix-Rousse. As you begin your descent into the neighborhood with your local guide, there’ll be a chance to admire panoramic views to the South and to the West, where on a clear day the tip of Mont Blanc can be seen in the distance. In the picturesque streets that descend steeply down into Lyon, you’ll discover the history of the silk workshops, a feature of Lyon since the 16th Century which numbered over 5000 at the industry’s peak.

As you descend the Pentes des la Croix-Rousse - the hill on which the former silk workshops still stand, you’ll explore the secret passageways known as traboules, once loud with the clicking and clacking of the silk looms. Offering an insight into Lyon dating back 2000 years, you’ll discover a Roman amphitheatre where the first Christians of Europe were brutally murdered by the Romans. The tour draws to a close on the banks of the Saône River, at the famous Fresque des Lyonnais Célèbres - a giant mural celebrating the most famous residents of Lyon past and present.

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