Lyon L’Open Tour

Lyon, France

Lyon: An Adventure for the Epicurious

The Lyon L’Open Tour is an ideal way to discover the history, culture, traditions and shopping of one of France’s largest cities. You can stay on the bus and get a great overview of this epicure city, or get off at one of the 12 stops for a closer view.

Some highlights include Bellecour Square, one of France’s largest public squares and gathering spot for people watching. See and taste the freshest food at Marche Saint Antoine. Walk Vieux (Old) Lyon and across Bonaparte Bridge, admiring the Renaissance architecture. Stop at Republique, the main shopping avenue. Enjoy the trendy shops and bouchons – noted restaurants serving traditional Lyonnais cuisine paired with a convivial atmosphere. With a stop at the Rhone River cruise port, you could hop off the bus and hop on a bateaux for a relaxing rendezvous down this scenic waterway.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon has long had a cultural influence on France and the world. Le Grand Tour gives you a taste of this gastronomic capital.

Here’s what’s included:

    • A choice of 1 or 2 day consecutive pass.
    • 12 stops throughout Lyon.
      • Summer departures every 60 minutes.
      • Winter departures every 105 minutes.
    • On-board commentaries available in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin, Chinese, and German.  Individual handsets provided.

 

Conditions:

    • Children under 4 are free
    • Exchange the Rail Europe voucher for your Lyon L'Open Tour.
    • Hours of Operation:
      • Summer hours are 10:00 am - 6:15 pm.
      • Winter offers 4 tours daily at: 11:00 am, 11:30 pm, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm.
    • Tour Operates:
      • Summer: April - October.
      • Winter: November  - March.
    • Tour is not available on December 25 and January 1 – 31.
    • Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase.
    • Prices are subject to change.
    • Voucher must be exchanged by December 31, 2014.
Where are the bus stops located and what landmarks can I reach from each stop?

  • Bellecour Square – one of the France’s largest public squares surrounded by 17 & 18th century architecture
  • Terreaux – City Hall, Opera House, Fine Arts Museum, & Croix Rousse Hill (area for weaving silk)
  • Mur Peint / Saint Vincent – Saint Vincent Church & the painted walls of Lyon (large frescos painted on the side of buildings)
  • Marche Saint Antoine – location of one of France largest food markets
  • Saint Jean / Vieux Lyon – the old town, Bonaparte Bridge, St Jean Cathedral & Renaissance architecture
  • Confluence – Kitchener Bridge, Perrache Railway Station and the Confluence district
  • Notre Dame de Fourviere – Notre Dame de Fourviere Basilica and the Hauteurs Parc footbridge
  • Parc des Hauteurs – Loyasse cemetery & Hauteurs Park (large park developed in urbanized area)
  • Beaux Arts – Beaux Arts museum of fine arts located in a former Benedictine monastery
  • Cordeliers / Republique – the main shopping avenue of Lyon surrounded by trendy shops & historical buildings and monuments
  • Berges du Rhone – Notre Dame Basilica, Lyon’s largest church
  • Rhone Cruise – Rhone River cruise port (river cruises is an additional cost)

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