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.
Romain was AMAZING!!! I will 100% be recommending him to our friends! Our Louvre tour was one of my kids favorite things we did and they said it was because of Romain.
Highly recommend. Private tour is a great way to get more personalized insights on Paris history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Will definitely use again.
We have done several tours with Localers and they are definitely worth the money! We are pretty independent travelers, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Localers has the best guides!
I did 2 tours with Localers and would enthusiastically do more when I return to Paris. The main reason is the quality of the tours themselves, the fact they are authentic experiences, and you learn so much!
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