Selected for their expertise in local history, our Lyon history guides are specialized in the history of WWII and the Resistance. With a wealth knowledge about Lyon as the Capital of the Resistance movement, our guides have the skills to explain just how WWII affected the lives of those living in Lyon and how Les Résistants made their home in Lyon and fought for the liberation of France behind closed doors.
Your journey back in time begins on Lyon’s central peninsula – the Presqu’Ile, where you’ll discover the Hôtel de Ville - one of the key German strongholds in Occupied Lyon. Just north of the famous Place des Terreaux, you’ll take a brief look at the secrets passages or traboules of the Croix Rousse where you’ll hear about Jean Moulin, undoubtedly one of the most famous names of La Résistance. A short walk over the River Saône will bring you to the Palais de Justice – Lyon’s court of law where Commander Klaus Barbie was brought to justice for his crimes.
The second leg of the tour takes you back to the Presqu’Ile where you’ll discover the Place Bellecour, where the allied troops paraded in victory following the Liberation of Lyon, the Jewish Synagogue and the Resistance Memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives fighting in secrecy for the Liberation of France. To conclude the tour, your guide will take you to the Perrache district, place of remembrance for those who were deported during the War but also the place to which the troops and those who survived deportation returned to Lyon and the surrounding region following the Liberation.
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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