Vieux Lyon Cultural & Historical Walking Guided Tour (English)

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 5
Mobile ticket


10:00 am/English | On this guided walking tour of Vieux Lyon, you will discover this amazing neighborhood with Paul, your guide. We will explain the history and culture of Lyon, talking about a lot of things, like the Bouchon (local restaurants), the history of Silk production in Lyon, Klaus Barbie and the French resistance during the Second World War, Paul Bocuse and food culture and Renaissance in Lyon. We will visit many hidden passageways (the Traboules) and secret courtyards, that are sometimes hard to find on your own. For the last part of the tour we will cross over to the modern city center and visit some highlights like the Theatre des Celestins and the Hôtel Dieu.

Tips are greatly appreciated. Our guides spend many hours of personal time increasing their knowledge to provide you with the best experience possible. Tips not only help financially but also let the guide know he or she is doing a great job.
Typical tip range has been e5-10 per person.


  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Hotel Dieu
  • Entry/Admission - Musee du Cinema et de la Miniature
  • Entry/Admission - Maison Brochier Soieries
  • Entry/Admission - Theatre des Celestins
  • Entry/Admission - Traboule “Maison du Crible – Tour Rose”
  • Entry/Admission - Traboules du Vieux Lyon

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, Place Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon France

A quick visit to the cathedral and it's astronomical clock

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Traboules du Vieux Lyon, Croix-Rousse, Lyon France

We visit a few of the hidden passageway, the traboules, in Vieux Lyon

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Musee du Cinema et de la Miniature, 60 rue Saint Jean, 69005 Lyon France

We will have a look at some miniatures in the free hallway of the museum

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Traboule “Maison du Crible – Tour Rose”, 22 Rue du Bœuf, 69005 Lyon, France

We will have a look at the iconic piece of architectureof Vieux Lyon, La Tour Rose

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Maison Brochier Soieries, 16 rue du Boeuf, 69005 Lyon France

In this silk shop, we will see the live silkworms during the silk season and might even visit the model of the jacquard loom.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Passerelle du Palais-de-Justice, 69002 Lyon France

We will see the impressive courthouses of Lyon, where the trial of Klaus Barbie took place

Stop At: Theatre des Celestins, 4 rue Charles Dullin, 69002 Lyon France

We'll see the façade of the theatre and maybe descend into the modern artwork that is hidden underneath the square

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Rue de la Republique, Lyon France

This is the main shopping street of Lyon

Stop At: Grand Hotel Dieu, 1 Place de l Hopital, 69002 Lyon France

We will visit the Hôtel Dieu, the old hospital that has recently been transformed with a shopping center, luxury hotel and food court inside.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2023

Paul is a really great guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and his presentation was interesting and fun.

July 2023

It was my First time visiting Lyon. I am glad I took Paul’s tour. I was able to appreciate the history and architecture of the city. He was funny, entertaining and full of interesting anecdotes. Kept the group engaged. Highly recommend the tour.

April 2022

Paul is a great tour guide. We went to two of his tours and had a great experience. Would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a tour of Lyon.

Scott B
April 2022

Paul does a fantastic job of hitting all of the interesting points you would want to know on a quick tour of the city. Great way to spend your first day in Lyon and to learn about old Lyon as well as some of the best places to eat, how to access the many traboules and to learn a bit about the fr...

May 2022

It was the smartest choice to have the tour in my first morning in Lyon. Paul was great and patient, he knows A LOT about the era and he gave us some great tips for the rest of the trip!

May 2022

In the beginning , we were a bit skeptical about the tour . However , it turned out to be one of the best tours we’ve ever had. Paul was excellent , he explained everything well and his English was excellent so, we could understand everything. He showed us around some amazing neighbourhoods in Vi...

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