The story of silk through the traboules of Vieux-Lyon Guided tours

I want to book this tour

I want to book this tour

Departure time


My tickets

Guided tours Vieux-Lyon
Tour proposed by Lyon tourisme et Congrès

Relive the birth of an industry that has made its mark on the city during a tour of Vieux-Lyon!

Experience the magic of the cobbled streets and narrow passageways of Vieux-Lyon, a quarter that bustled with activity during the Renaissance.
The uniform architecture of this key district takes us on a remarkable journey through the centuries, from the Middle Ages under the rule of the church, to the flourishing commercial activities for which Lyon has become renowned.

Over the course of your stroll, you will discover the great families who have left their mark throughout the centuries... Discover which tapestry made the Le Viste family famous, or which Lyon saying was inspired by the Gadagne family.
Visit one of the last weaving workshops that still uses Jacquard looms. Meet an impassioned silk worker who takes pride in preserving this traditional Lyon craft. What are the different stages in the production of a fabric? What is the future of this artistic profession? What does the onomatopoeic word “bistanclaque” describe?
From the traboules to the narrow cobbled streets, unravel the history of silk!

Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary
No cancellation fee 72 hours before the date of the tour.
Covid-19: in order to protect your health and that of residents, this tour is temporarily unavailable

Health and safety commitments

In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, all tours provided by ONLYLYON Tourism have been adapted with routes that enable physical distancing and compliance with applicable health regulations:

  • 18 visitors per group at most
  • The guide and all participants aged 11 and above must wear a mask or face shield at all times
  • A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between participants
  • Our guides are equipped with a hygiene kit
  • Our guides alone make contact with objects (doors, light switches, etc.)
  • Out of respect for the inhabitants, we limit the passage in the traboules during the visit



Guided tour on foot


Metro D > Vieux-Lyon

Meeting point

In front of the "Palais de Justice", quai Romain Rolland - Lyon 5th
End of the tour at Soierie St Georges - Lyon 5th

Adults €13.00
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children under 8 Free
With Lyon City Card Free

Studied fate!

It's hardly a whim of fate if Lyon is the capital of silk. In 1466, Louis XI decided to relocate this industry in Lyon, an economically strategic city close to Italy, its main supplier of silk worms!!

This tour is available
for groups

More than 70 themes of guided tours, in 9 languages,
30 anthusiastic guides : an unprecedented offer indeed!
Academic | Associations | Businesses
Tourism Professionals | Group of people

Tour guides

This guided tour is included
with the
Lyon City Card

The essential pass to have on hand! The Lyon City Card is the pass
you need for your next stay in Lyon.