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RUN URBAN - SEE THE WORLD

PRIVATE THE RUINS RUN - 6K

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Run through Lyon’s Roman heritage, with incredible views from our vantage high above the city. This tour provides a step back in time, a time when Lyon was known as Lugdunum, and the city was a very different place!
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    6 km / 3.7 mi
  • Tour Duration

    1h30min
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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History, archaeology, incredible views and city vibe are the essence of this running tour. There is no other way to experience so much of historic Lyon in such a short space of time!

The running tour will depart from Place des Terreaux, opposite the Town Hall. This square has a fascinating history dating back to 1206 when the first wall in the square was built. The square is encircled by imposing buildings that include ‘Hotel de Ville’, the enigmatic town hall to the East and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, to the South.

From here we run towards the Opera house, before heading towards another large enigmatic square, Place Bellecour. We will then run across the Soane River on the Bonaparte pedestrian bridge. Taking in views of the river as we cross, we will arrive in front of the cathedral Saint-Jean, a magnificent cathedral that was completed in 1476. From this point of the tour, there will be elevation gain as we begin our climb through the Montée du Chemin Neuf and then onto the tree lined paths of the Fourvière gardens. Although the initial section of the climb consists of fairly steep steps, this quickly becomes a winding path towards the top of the hill, offering a unique running experience.

Continuing through the gardens and staying as long as possible in the park, we eventually arrive under the basilica of Fourvière. After climbing the final flight of stairs up to the belvedere of Fourvière, we are able to contemplate the magnificent view of Lyon! After taking advantage of the view, we run in front of the magnificent Basilic Fourvière, the landmark feature of Lyon providing many opportunities for photos. The running tour then makes its way towards the Roman amphitheaters. The construction of these amphiteatres began in 15 BC and was later expanded in the 2nd century to accommodate another larger amphitheater capable of seating 10 000 people. This site is still used occasionally today for cultural events.

The tour will then run a short loop through this magnificent site, taking in the ambience of a once forgotten time before we descend the climb of Garillan and arrive back at the St. Jean Cathedral. Taking in the quaint pedestrian streets with street artists and markets we eventually pass in front of the station Saint-Paul before taking the Feuillée bridge to cross the Soane river once again towards the Presqu’ile peninsula. We will run through these bustling pedestrian streets of the Presqu’ile, home to many infamous ‘Lyonnais’ restaurants before proceeding down rue Constantine and to Place Les Terreaux, our starting point of the tour.

This tour is enigmatic with stunning views and the vibe of one of the biggest cities in France. Why not try it?

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    It may be possible depending on the tour route. Please enquire at booking stage. Alternatively, please, meet at the standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    We will meet in front of Hotel de Ville, on Place des Terreaux.
    1 Place de la Comédie, 69001 Lyon
    Google Maps link: Hotel de Ville

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Tour route
    • Pick-up service
    • Water supply
  • DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS OR SNOWS?
    No, we do not normally cancel our tours if it rains, snows, storms, etc. We consider only a cancellation if we expect a heavy thunderstorm or winter storm. If this happens we will let participants know in advance either via email or by phone. However, in occasional very harsh weather (to be determined by your guide), you may be offered to return at a later time, to postpone for another day or a full refund.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    Lyon has a temperate climate. The temperatures are mild in spring & fall, cold winters, and warm summers. It is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before traveling to Lyon, so that you know what temperatures to expect.

    Light running equipment is sufficient in spring and summer. Sunglasses and sun protection are necessary during these seasons whereas caps, sunglasses and sun protection (sun lotion SPF 50+) are mandatory for children joining us on a tour. In addition, it is recommended that you pack light rain gear in fall and winter.

    Comfortable sport shoes are sufficient. This said, it is recommended that you wear road running shoes.

    Please, check the forecast the day before the tour in case it rains or it’s cold and dress accordingly. Keep in mind that we stop during the tour, so in colder weather an extra layer is recommended.

    IS THERE WATER ON THE TOUR?
    It is recommended that you bring your own water for the run. There are a few public water fountains along some of the tour routes, so if you are in need of a sip of water, simply ask the guide to point out a drinking spot.

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    The running pace is set on our private tours by you. For scheduled tours the running pace is generally set at around 6 minutes per kilometre. Alternatively, if you are keen to prepare for a race, please let us know the pace you’d like to run at when booking online.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    No, it is not. We recommend that you arrive at the meeting spot ready to run and without anything to store. Please speak to us if you have a problem in order for us to see if we can accommodate your specific needs

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Yes, you can bring your camera or telephone to take photos. The running guide will also take pictures along the route, and if there is a certain place you would like your picture taken, then simply ask your guide. The pictures will be shared with you after the tour by email.

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    We offer for our private tours an optional hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be on or close to the tour route.

    Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment.

    CAN I RUN WITH MY CHILD IN A STROLLER ON A TOUR?
    Yes, please let me know in advance about it. I recommend to request an early morning tour if bringing a stroller, as the streets are quiet. Unfortunately, we can't provide you with a stroller.

    CAN A CYCLIST ACCOMPANY ME?
    Yes, he/she counts as a normal participant. The cyclist should bring their own bicycle.

    CAN I RUN WITH MY DOG?
    Yes, if your dog is trained to run on a lead. Running without a lead is not permitted.

    HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY FOR A TOUR?
    All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system. All booking must be done at least 24 hours before the day of the tour. Your tour is only confirmed after we have replied to you by e-mail or text.

    ARE THERE STOPS ALONG THE ROUTE?
    Yes, tours have pre-determined short stops for appreciating the sites and for taking photos and possibly taking a drink. This said though, we are always willing to stop or walk on request!

    In the event that you would prefer to run the tour without stopping, please let us know before starting.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
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We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • 8. Tour guides reach out to you within 24h
  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
  • 10. Tour is confirmed and set

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  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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