The Tour Guide Bureau
A team of 30 enthusiastic guides and 4 specialised sales advisors.
The Tour Guide Bureau provides guided tours in 9 languages (French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Danish and Japanese) and 70 different themes.
With its experience and know-how, it is at your disposal to help you build your personnalised programme.
Every year, this department welcomes over 120,000 people which makes it the leading local operator.
The guided tours offer
The offer is wide and brings together all visit themes to meet your needs: you will find that Lyon has a very wide range on offer.
Unmissable visits will lead you to an encounter with 2,000 years of history in the narrow streets of Old Lyon or to finding out about the history of silk weavers in Croix-Rousse.
Unusual visits open the doors for you to prestigious buildings or get you to take a leap into the future by discovering the new faces of Lyon.
Widen your horizons by letting yourself be surprised by the communes of Greater Lyon or going off to explore the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.
The Tour Guide Bureau also offers guided transfers on foot, by bus or by boat, VIP accompaniment, night-and-day airport, railway station, restaurant and hotel assistance, assistance in organizing incentive or team-building activities related to city heritage with a presence on-site or conferences at the place of your choice, on 2 themes: UNESCO Lyon and mural paintings.
> Visits on foot are programmed for 30 people at the most, except in special cases (museums, monuments… Please, see the description of the visit). For larger groups, several guides may be reserved.
> Guided bus tours are limited to 50 people at the most (in the group’s bus).
> Visits which include entering certain sites (museums, workshops, monuments…) are subject to authorization by the establishments concerned.
> Any extra entrance fees required for certain visits are to be paid directly on arrival.
4 guided tours not to be missed
GENERAL TRIP: LYON, PART OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE
The historical site of Lyon was selected by UNESCO as World Heritage. The circuit is an invitation to explore 2,000 years of the city’s history.
From the hill of Fourvière, down to Old Lyon, across to the Presqu’île and up to the Croix-Rousse hill – an ideal solution for seeing Lyon’s emblematic buildings and discovering its history from Roman times through to the present day.
The coach-trip includes several stops for walks, especially in Old Lyon for visiting the "traboules" and its narrow pedestrian streets.
Tour by bus | 2 hours ou 3 hours | 9 languages. The Croix-Rousse district is not included in the 2h visit
TRABOULES OF THE CROIX-ROUSSE HILL & FAMOUS PEOPLE OF LYON MURAL
The Croix-Rousse is the district where the "canuts", the silk-workers of Lyon, lived in the 19th century. The famous Traboules passageways were very important for them as well as their livelihood.
Down the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill, cross the Place des Terreaux where you can admire the City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum and Bartholdi’s fountain to get to the "Famous people of Lyon mural", that depicts the illustrious citizens of Lyon.
You will see portraits of the great men who have lived in Lyon from Roman times to the present day.
Tour on foot | 2 hours | 9 languages
CONFLUENCE: THE NEW FACE OF THE TIP OF THE PENINSULA
For a long time isolated, the tip of the Peninsula district has been magnificently redeveloped and integrated into the town. The main feature of the scheme is the Musée des Confluences. To discover the many facets of this complex and enigmatic architectural structure, cross the Rhône on the Raymond Barre bridge, and walk around the museum from its northern side. Once inside the museum, the exhibitions take visitors from east to west, from water to clouds, with some amazing views of Lyon.
A walk through the park and along the path by the Saône to the Docks Sud offers various views of this strange vessel in the metallic surroundings of the former port...
The museum’s original architectural design alone is enough to warrant a visit.
Tour on foot | 1 hour 30 | 8 languages. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
THE SECRETS OF LYONNAIS GASTRONOMY
From the silk workers’ mâchon to the contents of the cooking pots of the "mères lyonnaises", the town has earned itself the firm reputation of a town in which the art of cooking has become a veritable religion.
Inspired by this heritage, Paul Bocuse has added his own know-how, becoming the first Chef to exert his influence at an international level.
In the Presqu’île district and Old Lyon, this visit includes culinary anecdotes, food tasting and a historical presentation of the UNESCO site, and will enable you to discover Lyon’s heritage as well as its gastronomy.
Tour on foot | 2 hours | 3 languages. A tasting session can be organized, price on request
Guided tours guide for groups or a-la-carte
LE BUREAU DES GUIDES
Tel. + 33 (0)4 72 77 72 33