Lyon Guided Tours

Guided tours of Lyon with guides from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Lyon, the capital of the Gauls and Resistance, hides many treasures, some of which are known to the public, others rather reserved. The guides from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism offer you a choice of five important tours to get to know the city better. These are sold by ticket, for public tours or as a package for private tours. Consult our offer and for more information, the guides from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism are at your disposal at contact@tour-guides.fr



Guided tour of Lyon: the Roman city

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In the company of your guide, discover the Roman remains of the city. After a guided tour of the historic site famous for its Nuits de Fourvière, your guide will take you to the most famous monument of old Lyons. Its history is closely linked to the commercial and urban development that characterized the capital of Gaul at the end of the Republic and in the 1st century of the Roman Empire.



Guided tour of Lyon: the legacy of the Middle Ages

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In the company of your guide, discover old Lyon, its old streets and its traboules. Located at the foot of the Fourvière hill, Vieux Lyon has an impressive religious heritage: the Saint-Georges Church, the Saint-Jean Cathedral and the Saint-Paul Church. The latter was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Your guide can introduce you to the developments that shaped old Lyon from the Middle Ages to the present, including the Renaissance when Lyon emerged as the main shopping center in Europe.



Lyon made of silk: discover the Croix-Rousse

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In the company of your guide, discover the Croix-Rousse district, the heart of Lyon’s textile industry that grew remarkably from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries. Walk down and up the slopes of the region, then discover the signature shelters of silk, the canut. These have an impressive ceiling height to allow the installation of frames.

At the center of the labor protest of the 1830s, with the riots of 1831, 1834 and 1848, is the Croix-Rousse district, characterized by a dynamic and conflicted social history, which your guide will talk about in detail. It will also give you explanations about the economic dynamism of Lyon that characterized the 19th century: the rise of the silk industry (the factory) led to the development of several activities, banking, with credit Lyonnais, mechanics or even chemistry.

Your guide will introduce you to the latest developments in working-class neighborhoods characterized by a gentrification characteristic of the new social and economic dynamism in inner cities.



Le Lyon Haussmannien: the elegance of the peninsula

In the company of your guide, discover the Presqu’île. After a presentation of the confluence on which the neighborhood was built, your guide will take you to selected locations: Place Ampère, Place Bellecour and Place des Terreaux. From one place to another you will get an insight into the peninsula, from its development in the Middle Ages to the restorations that Marius Vaïsse, the “Lyonnais Haussmann”, carried out in the second half of the 19th century. A stroll along the banks of the Rhône enriches this guided tour, during which you can admire the development of the city from the end of the 16th century to the present day.



21st Century Lyon: Discover the Confluence District

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In the company of your guide, discover the Confluence district, a former industrial wasteland that has been converted into an eco-district.

Once a “no man’s land” devoted to pollution and illegal industrial activities (prostitution, drugs), the Confluence district has undergone a complete metamorphosis over the past twenty years with its museum, shops and various administrative structures. The Confluence eco-district is a showcase of Lyon in the 21st century, a city fully committed to sustainable development.




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