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You will receive the full meeting point details and a map after you finalize your booking, in a confirmation email.
Do I have to book my Free Tour?
Yes, it's necessary to book your Free Tour in order to receive the full meeting point details via email on time. This helps ensure an enjoyable experience and good coordination between guides and tour guests. Booking is free, quick, and easy!
Can I contact my guide?
Yes, you will be able to message your guide with any questions that you might have after making a reservation, up until the start of the tour.
Can I make a booking for a larger group?
Maybe! In order to keep the group sizes manageable, each guide sets their own limit of guests per booking and departure. Choose the Free Tour you want to book, select the number of people in your group, and see if there are any departures available that suit your needs.
Are Free Tours really Free?
Yes, with Free Tours, there's no set price; instead, the guides rely on the tips of participants to sustain their livelihoods. By contributing a fair amount that reflects the value you receive from the tour, you not only support the guides but also express your appreciation for their expertise and dedication.

Free Tours Lyon

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Next Tour: Saturday, 10:00

Tour Features

Best Free Tours in Lyon

Lyon is a city with a wealth of history that spans centuries. During Roman times, it was known as the proud capital of Gaul, and today this southern capital is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in France. Join one of the Free Walking Tours in Lyon and discover “Vieux Lyon” (Old Lyon) at your own pace. Book the Essential Lyon City Tour and traverse Lyon’s famous Medieval and Renaissance neighborhoods. You will find many UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to Lyons’ historic silk trade. With your guide, you will also find many historical footprints in its churches, medieval streets and regenerated architecture, culinary delights, local products, printing industry, museums, and theatres. On a Tour of Vieux Lyon and Presqu’Ile, you’ll learn about the Nazis’ reign of terror over the city during the Second World War and the brave retaliation by the French Resistance.

Highlights of a Free Tour in Lyon

Join the Free Tours of Lyon to walk through the Vieux Lyon, a unique neighborhood recognized for its medieval architecture, restaurants, and views. You’ll see the spectacular Place Bellecour, surrounded by the Rhone and Saone rivers. Take the opportunity to admire Lyon’s famous murals elaborated in ‘trompe l’oeil’, a special pictorial technique very different from graffiti. Be amazed by the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere, one of the most important buildings that can be seen from anywhere in the city, built with a combination of Gothic, Byzantine, and Roman styles. See Saint Jean Cathedral’s impressive stained-glass windows and learn about the astronomical clock inside! Discover the well-preserved Odeon of Lyon, which offers seasonal music events. Experience the astonishing Trois Gaules Amphitheater, the Lugdunum Museum, and many other exceptional structures that make Lyon one of the most spectacular cities in France!

Things to Do in Lyon

Lyon Free Walking Tours offer lots to see and explore, from renaissance architecture, Roman ruins, and the regal 19th-century Presqu’ile quarter. Spend a morning roaming through the traboules of Vieux Lyon. Constructed during the Renaissance, these passageways run beneath the buildings towards the river. West of the city is the Fourviere Basilica, a breathtaking church perched on the Fourvière hillside. Take a walk up here and explore the area. Inside the basilica, you’ll find the Museum of Sacred Art. If you come in December, you’ll see the Fete de Lumes, a beautiful festival of lights. Lyon is home to one of the most celebrated cuisines in the world. Head to one of the many “bouchons” and experience the mouth-watering Lyonnaise cuisine. For a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Parc de la Tête d’Or. It is one of the largest urban green areas in France. Within the park, you can find a zoo and a stunning botanical garden.

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