The most amazing guided visits to Lyon: immerse yourself in its history from another perspective

Lyon is one of the most complete tourist destinations in France. Its historic centre, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a delight, not to mention its museums or its food. Delving into the traboules, admiring the more than 100 city's murals or walking up to Fourvière hilltop are just some of the things any visitor must do here.

But if you are one of those who do not conform to the conventional, we suggest you immerse yourself in the most unusual Lyon: a series of guided tours that show the lesser-known sides of the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region, and that you can book from the website of the Tourist Office. Are you looking for an original plan? Hop on one of our AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France, and get ready to discover Lyon from another point of view. 

The mysteries of Lyon

This route follows the footsteps of some of Lyon's most enigmatic characters. A healer, a magician, a sorcerer, an exorcist or an alchemist are the protagonists of a tour that will take visitors through the secret societies that have inhabited Lyon since ancient times. The perfect visit for lovers of the esoteric and even the terrifying. 


Its streets, its buildings, its shops, its monuments, etc., it is difficult not to fall under the charms of one of the most beautiful cities in France 

Life in occupied Lyon 

This route talks about the Nazi occupation of Lyon during World War II through the narration of a young woman who experienced the horrors of the conflict. From her day-to-day life, how hard it was to find food but also the joy of small things. A very emotional tour of some of the key points of Jean Macé district, such as the one that was the headquarters for the Gestapo or Avenue Berthelot, scene of a brutal bombing.

The Renault Trucks factory 

The current Renault Trucks factory marked a turning point in the automotive industry. It was here that in 1894 the mechanic Marius Berliet designed and built the first single-cylinder engine, as well as the first petrol-powered vehicle. But his feat did not stop there because years later he manufactured the first truck. This tour is a journey through the trajectory of this pioneering 52,000 m2 plant since its inauguration more than 120 years ago and up to the present day.

The crimes of Lyon 

How about taking a guided tour of Lyon's most shady murders and crimes? On this route, you will discover the most horrifying events, from the fifteenth century to the present day. A walk around its squares, streets and corners that witnessed the misdeeds of murderers and criminals. All with a touch of humour!

La Croix-Rousse stands out for its architectural beauty and is a must-see if you travel to Lyon

Narrative route through the Croix-Rousse of the nineteenth century 

This tour offers a different view of the neighbourhood of La Croix-Rousse. It is a journey back in time, specifically to the year 1831, to discover what the daily life of the canuts (silk workers) was like and their riots. You will also discover anecdotes and details of the architecture of such a unique neighbourhood.​ 

Travel to Lyon by train

Hop on our AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France to reach Lyon and other French destinations, just a few hours from various Spanish cities. Quick, comfortable and sustainable!

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