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?