Half-Day Highlights

Tour 3– Half-Day Highlights of Lyon

Lyon is considered as one of the most important cities in France and in Europe, and therefore, home to plenty of must-see historical landmarks.

In this Half-Day 4-hour Highlights Tour, will enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of the city from Fourvière Hill, where Lyon was founded by Romans in 43 B.C, and where takes centre stage the impressive Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière. .

We will also visit the archaeological area and admire the ancient Roman theaters, bearing witness to a time of greatness of Lyon.

The tour continues through the Medieval and Renaissance area of Lyon, the “Old Town”, one of the oldest and most charming districts of France, with in its center, the magnificent Saint John’s Cathedral, in authentic gothic style. Strolling along picturesque cobbled streets, we will discover the history behind certain elements which today contribute to the reputation of the city, such as, the Great Silk Industry, the Gastronomy with the very traditional restaurants called “Bouchons”, and some hidden interior courtyards and their secret passage-ways, the famous “traboules“.

Our tour will finish in the “Presqu’île”, an area located in the heart of Lyon, that best expresses the greatness of the city. Dominated by two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone, converging to the south to form a Peninsula, this area concentrates some of the most beautiful and important monuments and squares of the city, such as the City-Hall Palace, Bellecour Square with its imposing statue of the Sun King, or Terreaux Square, housing the iconic “Bartholdi Fountain”.  It’s also the commercial centre of Lyon, with an abundance of popular and luxury shops and department stores.

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