Essential Old Town Lyon Wheelchair Accessible Tour

This 2-hour Essential Old Town Lyon Wheelchair Accessible Tour is a perfect way to get an overview of the heart of Lyon firsthand. Your friendly, local Lyon guide is eager to share his beautiful city with you, and the fascinating stories and history that goes along with it.

This private accessible Lyon tour starts with meeting your private guide at the Square Bellecour, the third largest square in France and a popular and lively part of the daily life for the Lyonnais. This beautiful square is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and houses an equestrian statue of King Louis XIV by Francois-Frederic Lemot (1825). You’ll also find two pavilions, an art gallery and the official tourist information office of Lyon here.

Escorted by your Lyonnais tour guide, you’ll embark on a short but memorable stroll along the streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), the largest Renaissance district of Lyon in the 5th arrondissement of the city. On your way, your guide will share interesting anecdotes and point out hidden gems and alleys, as well as charming secret courtyards – all are unique to Lyon. Using wheelchair friendly, step-free and curb free routes, you’ll cross the Pont Bonaparte Bridge to cross the canal waters. You’ll see the site of the historic WWII memorial at the café that was bombed, and see the charming exterior and courtyard of the Gadagne Museum (if open on he day of the tour) and Temple du Change.

A visit to Lyon would not be complete without experiencing one of the most beautiful churches; the Cathedrale Saint-Jean Baptiste. Whether you visit for spiritual reasons, or just for the beauty of it, this place will impress you! The majestic cathedral has an astronomical clock that has been around for centuries, and it has its own original mechanism of the 14th century. There is also a museum attached to the cathedral, where relics of Saints are kept. Your guide will make sure to provide you with the history that surrounds it so that you can appreciate it all even more.

At the end of your guided tour, your guide will escort you back to the starting point of the tour.

The Essential Old Town Lyon Wheelchair Accessible Tour includes:

  • Accessible tour routes, confirmed to be wheelchair accessible
  • 2-hour guided private walking / rolling tour of the Old Town Lyon
  • Lively commentary by your local English speaking tour guide
  • A memorable, firsthand sightseeing experience in Lyon!

 

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Tour Highlights:

  • Square Bellecour
  • Equestrian statue of King Louis XIV
  • Vieux Lyon – the largest Renaissance district of Lyon
  • WWII memorial at the café that was bombed
  • Exterior visits to Gadagne Museum (if open on the day of the tour) and Temple du Change.
  • Interior visit to Cathedrale Saint-Jean Baptiste
  • Hidden gems and alleys, as well as charming secret courtyards

Accessibility Description:

I gave the Essential Old Town Lyon Wheelchair Accessible Tour a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it includes step-free routes and is primarily flat. It also includes accessible bathrooms along the route. It did not get a higher rating because the tour participants will need to walk/roll along the route rather than drive, and there are several parts with moderate cobblestones due to the nature and age of Vieux Lyon.

Your tour will begin at Square Bellecour. The terrain here is fairly easy to navigate as it is mostly flat and without cobblestones.

On the route you will see the Site of WWII memorial at café that was bombed and pass the Pont Bonaparte bridge. The surfaces in this part are still fairly flat and smooth to navigate.

Cathedrale Saint-Jean Baptiste is located in Vieux Lyon, and you will experience some cobblestones in this area. Right in font of the Cathedral, there are severe cobblestones (see photo below)

To avoid the stairs at the main entrances, there is a ramp to the side of the building.

The main entrance has a step but the entrance located to the immediate right has a ramp up and down.

Inside the Cathedral the floors are flat and smooth. Some display areas have small steps leading into them. These can be avoided.

You’ll experience moderate cobblestones along the north side of the cathedral where the Ruins of original church are.

Tour Details

Tour Duration: 2 hours

Cost:  EUR 295 for 1-2 people, EUR 330 for 3-5 people. For larger groups, please contact us for price. 

* 20 EUR off if booked as part of an accessible Lyon travel package

Meeting place: Your friendly tour guide will meet you at Square Bellecour.

Meeting time: Morning 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM

Days offered: 7 days a week

Maximum number of people on tour: 10

Entrance Tickets: Not Needed.

Cancelation Policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days’ notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days’ notice, and no refund with less than 4 days’ notice. Tours run rain or shine.

Not included: Snacks/meals, gratuities, and public transport costs.

 

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