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!
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.
Agathe was absolutely delightful! Her knowledge and charming personality made her an excellent tour guide. I would highly suggest this tour!!
Jesica was a great tour guide and made the experience one of the highlights of our entire trip to Paris. It certainly met our expectations.
Marjorie was just great! I didn't really want to do the Louvre but she made the history come alive in stories and I just LOVED our experience!
Alberto was a great guide, he was very informative. The Catacombs were just awesome. Would definitely recommend this to everyone!!
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