Excursions in Lyon

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Best places to visit in Lyon

Lyon, the gastronomic heart of France, is a city steeped in history, with scenic views and architectural marvels that cater to the desires of any avid traveler. When you plan your jaunt through this culturally-rich city, make sure not to miss these premier spots, which are the jewels in Lyon's splendid crown. And, for those who want to delve deeper and enjoy excursion tours with knowledgeable guides, remember to check out Happytripz for an unparalleled travel experience.

Here's a look at the must-see places in Lyon:

  • Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) Brace yourself for a journey through time as you meander through the quaint cobblestone streets of Vieux Lyon. This is one of Europe's largest Renaissance neighborhoods and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The well-preserved buildings and hidden passageways, known as traboules, tell tales of the city's rich history. Don't hesitate to venture through these secret passageways; they will often lead you to charming courtyards and stunning views.
  • Fourvière Hill Gaze upon Lyon from its most iconic vantage point, the Fourvière Hill. Here, the majestic Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière stands guard over the city. A blend of Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles makes this basilica a visual feast. After soaking in the spiritual ambiance, step outside to enjoy the panoramic views of Lyon. Take a moment to locate Vieux Lyon and the meandering river below.
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or Spanning over 117 hectares, Parc de la Tête d'Or is where nature blooms in the middle of urban Lyon. It's a haven for those who adore scenic gardens, vast lakes, and the opportunity to amble among free-roaming deer and peacocks. Whether it's a tranquil boat ride across the lake or a visit to the park's acclaimed botanical garden and zoo, there's an activity for every taste and age.
  • La Croix-Rousse Venture into the neighborhood famed for being the home of Lyon's traditional silk workers, the Canuts. La Croix-Rousse is perched atop a hill like its counterpart Fourvière but with a more Bohemian flair. This district is known for its creative workshops, trendy boutiques, and a vibrant daily market where you can savor the local flavors.
  • Presqu'île District Stretching between the Rhône and Saône rivers, the Presqu'île District is the beating heart of Lyon's city life. Here, the squares of Place des Terreaux and Place Bellecour offer stately beauty against the picturesque backdrop of historic architecture. Stroll around, shop in some of the finest boutiques, or unwind in the myriad of cafes and restaurants that serve mouthwatering Lyonnaise delicacies.
  • Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse For food enthusiasts, a pilgrimage to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse – the covered food market named after the legendary chef – is non-negotiable. Indulge your senses with the aromas and tastes of gourmet foods, from fresh oysters and fine cheeses to expertly prepared meats and decadent pastries.

As you explore the corners of Lyon, let Happytripz be your compass and companion, revealing stories and secrets of this beautiful city that only a local would know. Embark on guided tours and tailored excursions, ensuring you don't leave any stone unturned and experience Lyon to its fullest. Your adventure awaits!

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Rating 4.7
based on 7244 reviews
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Forrest Parra

4.9
What a fabulous day exploring Lyon! The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor, which made the entire excursion very engaging. The pace was perfect, allowing us ample time to soak in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. Highly recommended for those wanting a comprehensive tour!

Louise Gibbs

4.4
I had an amazing experience on my day out in Lyon. We visited vibrant local markets and tried some delicious regional specialties. The highlight for me was the breathtaking views from Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. It was all very well organized; I didn't feel rushed at any point.

Malcolm Saunders

4.9
Our family booked an excursion to explore the historical sites of Lyon, and we weren't disappointed. The kids loved the boat ride on the Saône and discovering the secret passageways of the Traboules. It was educational and entertaining for all ages. A perfect outing for families!

Rylan Malone

4.7
The wine tasting tour around Lyon was a delight for all senses. The guide was incredibly passionate about the local vineyards and his enthusiasm was infectious. We visited several picturesque spots and the wines were simply superb. An ideal choice for wine lovers.

Coraline Holland

4.5
We had a splendid time on our guided walk through the Old Town of Lyon. The architecture is stunning and our guide’s storytelling brought the history of the area to life. I took so many pictures and learned a lot about this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rosalia Hoffman

4.2
I didn't expect to enjoy a cultural excursion as much as I did. The guide shared fascinating insights about Lyon's silk industry and we even got to see a silk-weaving demonstration. It was a unique experience that added so much depth to our visit to Lyon.

Cal Paul

4.6
What a fantastic journey through the culinary highlights of Lyon! Our guide from the excursion company knew all the best local spots. We tasted amazing cheeses, sausages, and, of course, the famous Lyonnaise pastries. It was a foodie's heaven, and I can't recommend this enough.

Avianna Copeland

4.4
Booking our excursion was the best decision we made in Lyon. The convenience of being taken to all the major landmarks and having a guide explain each site's significance was invaluable. The warm and patient attitude of the staff made our trip stress-free.

Bianca Harris

4.3
Indulging in the gourmet food tour in Lyon was a treat! From bouchons to bakeries, the selection of establishments we visited was top-notch. I was introduced to dishes I had never heard of and left with a full belly and a happy heart. A must-do for gourmands visiting the city.

Karter Velez

4.4
Our guide's passion for Lyon's history shone brightly as we strolled through the Renaissance district. Their expertise made the tour both informative and immensely enjoyable. The blend of cultural nuance and historical depth in their commentary was truly impressive.