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Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon) Tours

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Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon)
Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon) is an arts hub and architectural gem noted for its combination of a modern shell and 18th-century facade. To fully experience it, attend a performance—from musical theater to dance. But whether it's to marvel at the building, or see a show, a visit to the opera should be on your Lyon itinerary. 

The Basics
The opera house was re-designed by architect Jean Nouvel—it's also known as  Nouvel Opera House. Nouvel kept some of the original 18th-century arcades and edifice but added a contemporary addition packed with performance spaces. To see the building, consider a Segway tour. Tours typically pass the opera and nearby sights such as Place des Terreaux. The best way to experience the opera is to see a show. Book tickets in advance to ensure a seat. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With the Lyon City Card you get Lyon Opera tickets at a discount and free Saturday tours. 
  • Take advantage of views and creative cocktails at the opera's panoramic bar, Les Muses—open Wednesday to Saturday.
  • The opera provides dedicated seating for wheelchair users, with advance reservation.

How to Get There
The Lyon Opera is centrally located and easily accessible via public transportation. Take the A or C metro lines to the Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel stop. Alternatively, you can take the bus, since several lines stop nearby. Find the Lyon Opera at 1 Place de la Comédie. It's a short walk from Place des Terreaux, and across from City Hall (Hôtel de Ville de Lyon). 

When to Get There
The Lyon Opera is open from 12pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday. You can visit on Saturday for a French-language tour, or stop by anytime to see the outside of the building. Visit in the evening for a drink, but make a reservation before you arrive—the opera house bar is popular, especially on weekends. For a performance, be sure to arrive one hour before the show begins to allow time to find your seats.

Visiting the Bartholdi Fountain 
Just steps from the Lyon Opera is a dramatic 19th-century fountain by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Recently renovated, the Bartholdi Fountain depicts a woman atop a chariot being pulled by powerful horses. Stop to snap a photo at this popular meeting place and perhaps recharge with a coffee at one of the plaza's outdoor cafes. The fountain is free to visit.
Address: Place de la Comédie BP 1219, Lyon, France
Admission: Varies
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Lyon Opera House (Opéra National de Lyon)

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Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

Lyon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Audio Commentary

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The perfect introduction to France’s history-filled city, this hop-on hop-off tour of Lyon makes stops at several attractions. Enrich your visit with audio commentary in multiple languages as you listen to anecdotes about the city, its people, and its heritage. Your pass is valid for the whole day, so you can get down—and back on—as many times as you’d like.
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Discover Lyon through its hills

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Discover Lyon through its hills

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you are relaxing together: you are in a group of friends (Qi Gong / meditation) you will enjoy a rejuvenating solo break: with an energy massage Professional relaxation I help you to cultivate the art of full presence, to learn how to relax, I show you movements of Qi Gong according to your needs.
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Historical Walk of Lyon with a Local

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This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Lyon with a passionate local who wants to share all the best-kept secrets of Lyon with you! Our excursion will start at the Notre-Dame de Fourvière, one of the most beautiful churches in Lyon. You will learn about the various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Bartholdi Fountain or even the city hall of Lyon, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won’t show you! We know that travelling is the best way of learning, and having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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Lyon Panoramic City Tour with Funicular Ride

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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Lyon with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Lyon with official tour guide

Enjoy this private walking tour in the city of Lyon along with your private official guide. The tour starts at the streets of Old Lyon, more exactly at the Gadagne Museum. This complex consists of three interesting museums: the Lyon History Museum, the Museum of Renaissance Buildings and the Museum of the Puppets of the World. Your next stop will be the Cathedral of Saint-Jean, an impressive Christian edification built, from 1180 to 1480, that clearly represents the transition from Romanesque to Gothic. After that, we continue to Saint-Jean square to take a small break and enjoy a cup of coffe and a croissant at any of its surrounding stores. The last stop, but not the least important is Saint-Jean Street (Rue Saint-Jean). A narrow and cobbled pedestrian street, surrounded by many interesting restaurants and stores. Among the sites you can visit we offer: Bellecour square Tete d’Ord park Gallo-Roman museum Saint-Jean cathedral Ópera de Lyon Lyon Museum of Contemporany art
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Lyon with driver, guide and Hotel pick-up

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Enjoy this private tour through the city of Lyon with your private official guide. Get to know the most emblematic places of the silk capital, from the comfort of your private vehicle with driver. The start point of the tour will depend on the pick-up location. Among many other places to visit, you can enjoy: Jacabins Square Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) Saint-Jean Cathedral Garden of the Grande Côte Parc de la Tête d’Or Lumiere Institute Gallo-Roman Museum Lyon Opera Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art The Bartholdi fountain And much more! At the end of the tour, your private driver and guide will take you back to your hotel in Lyon.
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