Discovery of the Heritage


The city of Lyon will amaze you by the wealth of its heritage, the quality of its gastronomy, and by its impressive 20 centuries of history. 

Here are some examples of guided tours I propose:

Lyon Food Tour
With Localers : A tour combining historic sites and delicious tastings in the best places in Lyon !

The Fourvière Hill : beginings of Lugdunum

In addition to being a major pilgrimage site in the region, with its basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the "praying" hill is full of many archaeological treasures.

Indeed, Lugdunum was the capital of Gaul, and was a center of cultural and economic importance.
Come to discover the oldest Gallo-Roman theater in France, but also baths, aqueducts ...

As treasures to discover!

* UNESCO World Heritage Site

Walk in the Old Town

The Old Lyon district consist in three different districts : Saint-Jean district in the centre, Saint-Paul district to the north, Saint-Georges district to the south.

Second largest Renaissance area in Europe after Venice, it is a real pleasure for the eyes and senses.

So come for a little walk through the many "traboules" (walkways) of Vieux Lyon, which are one of its most famous characteristics, and discover a unique neighborhood,with a Renaissance architecture strongly influenced by the Florentines who settled there, with many inner courtyards, a festive atmosphere and cuisine that will delight your taste buds!

* UNESCO World Heritage Site

  Discovering of the Croix-Rousse Hill

Croix-Rousse, or « Red Cross » in English, is an ancient suburb connected with the city of Lyon during the 19th century. It has became the « working hill » because of its numerous silk workers called « Canuts » during the 19th century, when Lyon was the centre of silk manufacture in Europe. They marked  the history of Lyon through numerous labor revolts.
The architecture of  the buildings is representative of the silk activity, as well as the presence of numerous « traboules » which we will discover by going down the hill.

Today, Croix-Rousse is a popular district, in which settled down numerous artists and from where you can enjoy a fantastic view over Lyon.

Possibility of visit of a workshop presenting old looms in a real Silk worker apartment.

* UNESCO World Heritage Site

The peninsula, from the 12th century to nowadays

The peninsula, the other part of the city classified in the UNESCO world heritage, concentrates itself  approximately thousand years of architecture. It is surrounded by the Rhône and the Saône rivers.
Since the basilica St-Martin d' Ainay to the opera renewed by the architect Jean Nouvel, passing through the Mercière street to see its Renaissance buildings, it is a stroll through history. Let us discover a real urban, commercial, active and cultural area.

The Painted walls of Lyon

Did you know that in Lyon are about 70 painted walls ? 

They were made by the famous company "Cité de la Création", since the early 1980s and they are now present all around the world ! But it is still in Lyon that their concentration is the most outstanding !

A circuit that will tell you the story of Lyon, commented with illustrated outdoors! So you will meet the people who made ​​the history of Lyon, the silk workers called "Canuts", and an exceptional architectural project launched in the early 20th century by the great architect Tony Garnier. A unique and original tour !
Lyon during the Second World War : occupation and resistance

Between 1939 and 1945, Lyon was a very special city of France, both very active center of resistance and a place of occupation for Nazi activities.

This 3-hour tour will make you discover the most emblematic places that marked the period of World War II in Lyon, capital of the resistance. I will take you throught the "traboules", secrets passageways in the city used to escape the raids, and we will stop in several places where there is still something to remember. We will go together to the excellent museum of history of resistance and deportation.

A visit rich in feelings..

The festival of Lights in Lyon
Every year since 1989, the city takes during 4 days in december  a particular dimension: its heritage and its neighborhoods are highlighted by a luminous scenography unique in the world.

This festival, which attracts several million visitors every year, has historical origins: the many miracles granted by the Virgin Mary (to be seen on the Fourvière Basilica) in the city of Lyon from the 17th century, and that of a rainy day in 1852 when all the Lyonnais people, through devotion, deposed candles on their windows.

Do not hesitate to come, it's magic! (try to book well in advance your guide and hotels, at least 4 months in advance).

Dates 2013 : from december 6th to december 9th



The "Route des Crus"

This tour takes you to the heart of the Beaujolais region, to discover the villages of the 10 crus making the fame of the region.

Enchanting names such as Saint-Amour, Moulin-à-Vent, Côtes de Brouilly, Morgon ...
And of course we will stop for a tasting, and you will enjoy the good mood of the people always friendly in Beaujolais !

The "Golden Stone" Beaujolais

A place where we take the time to live...

In the South of the Beaujolais region extends the " Golden Stone country " : because of the ochre and bright color of stones used for centuries in the construction of buildings. This gives wonderfull villages such as the peaceful Oingt, a medieval town in the heart of the vineyards.

Stop for a wine-tasting.


Vienne, 30 km south of Lyon, has all the charm of a small town in Provence, especially with its large market every Saturday morning.

Its rich archaeological heritage make it one of the best preserved Gallo-Roman cities in France. In the quiet city center, you will find plenty of Roman ruins and beautiful churches and monasteries which will make you travel over 2000 years old.

Do not miss to visit the Roman Theatre and the Museum of Saint-Romain-en-Gal, which is, together with that of Lyon - Fourvière, the largest group dedicated to the Gallo-Roman civilization in France.
Inescapable in the Rhône-Alpes region! Pérouges, fortified town classified "Most Beautiful Villages of France", kept the uniqueness of a typical medieval village of Ain. It is indeed here that was filmed the movie "The Three Musketeers" by Bernard Borderie in 1961. Pérouges invites to stroll, especially to taste the delicious specialties on the main square : the cake of Perugia with a glass of Montagnieu wine!


Mâcon and the Maconnais area

Macon is a very old city since it was founded more than 2000 years here on the banks of the Saône.

This tour allows you to discover the medieval and modern history of the city through its monuments such as the Hôtel-Dieu, the house of Wood, the former Cathedral of St. Vincent, the Ursuline convent and of course the unmistakable presence of Alphonse de Lamartine, a famous french poet and politician born there.

Then we will continue to explore the vineyards of Macon, very famous. We will see the Solutré rock, where President François Mitterand used to climb every year.
And we will finish with the Pierreclos castle for a tour of the castle, the winery and cellars !

Ancient abbey of Cluny
The Cluny Abbey, founded in 910 by William, Duke of Aquitaine, was throughout the Middle Ages the symbol of the monastic revival in the occident, a home of reformation of the Benedictine rule and a leading intellectual center in the Middle Ages.

Deserted from the French Revolution, and almost completely destroyed, you will wander within 10% of what remains today ... but what remains!