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PRIVATE TWIN RIVERS RUN - 7K

twin rivers 7k
Run along the Rhone and Saone River while taking in Lyon’s un-paralleled cultural and historic aspects. Dramatically sited between 2 rivers, the run will take us along picturesque river frontage with views of Fourviere Hill and the majestic Notre-Dame de Fourviere.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    7 km / 4.3 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, architecture, incredible views and city vibe is the essence of this running tour. There is no other way to experience so much of cultural Lyon in such a short space of time! Originally called Lugudunum, Lyon dates back to 43 BC where the city was founded by the Romans at the exact point where the Rhone and Saone River meet.

The running tour will depart from the heart of Lyon, Place Bellecour which is one of the largest squares in Europe that is entirely pedestrian and is the focal center of Lyon. It has been used since Gallo-Roman times, severing various functions over time which included: military, commercial, viticulture and even housing a guillotine during the revolution.

We will then run through the quaint pedestrian bustling streets of the Presqu’ile peninsula, home to many infamous ‘Lyonnais’ restaurants before crossing over the Saone River and passing Cathedral Saint Jean. The construction of this cathedral started in 1165 and due to the time it took to construct, two distinct architectural styles can be seen together with the famous and stunning stained glass windows.

The tour will initially follow the Saone River, encompassing various landmarks with views of the Ancient ‘Palais de Justice’ said to be the most impressive building in Lyon and a building that is likely to leave you breathless regardless of whether you run at night or during daytime. It stands on a site where courts of justice have stood since the 14th century although Baltard constructed the present building in 1842 and is one of the best known Neo-classical buildings. Runners will also pass Maison Thomassin, which was the commercial centre for the cloth industry at the turn of the century and was built in 1298. Throughout the duration of the run, there are incredible views of Fourvière hill and the Basilica, that has been overlooking Lyon since the 1800s. The running tour will then once again cross the Saone River to pass the Fresque des Lyonnais, an incredible fresco that covers an entire building with over 800 square meters of still-life deception.

Next up after taking in this stunning mural painting, runners continue past the Bartholdi Fountain, consisting of a statue made of lead on an iron frame that weighs 21 tons built in 1889, and Hotel de Ville, one of the largest historic buildings in the city established in 1645.

Finally the tour will return to Place Bellecour with occasional views of the Rhone River, while taking in several historic sites including Saint-Nizier Church. This church, the construction of which started in the 5th century, is built on the site of a previous Roman temple of Attis, whose worship was probably the cause of the Christian persecution in Lyon from 177. This tour is the perfect combination of history, stunning views and the vibe of one of the biggest cities in France. Truly a tour not to be missed.

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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 at the Office du Tourisme et des Congrès du Grand Lyon on Place Bellecour, close to the Metro stop Bellecour.
    Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon
    Google Maps link: Office du Tourisme et des Congrès du Grand Lyon

    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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  • 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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