Dark tales of Lyon

Lyon, France

Experience hosted by Nicolas

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in 5 languages
Cultural immersion
Guests felt absorbed in a community or culture.
Super storytelling
Guests say this Host tells great stories.

What you'll do

Lyon, contrary to what many think, isn't just made of lights...Come and get lost in the dark legends which gave the city its devilish reputation.
We’ll start out tour in the Saint George district, shuned even by tourists, where we’ll search for evil spirits.
Then, we’ll cross the Saône River to get to the magnificent Celestins Theatre to listen to the story of a particular guest…
We will go back to the Vieux-Lyon district to admire the Saint Jean Cathedral which hides secrets mostly unheared of.
We will continue through the Rue du Boeuf, the most Michelin-starred of France, to uncover pagan rituals, and we will keep thrilling with stories of enigmatic water-diviners and beings from other worlds.
Last but not leat, we’ll finish our tour on Terreaux Square, before the Palais des Beaux-Arts, rocked by the spectral voices of the dark nuns who gave the building a most sulphurous fame.

NOTE: The tour is also suitable for children, the storytelling can be adapted to any type of audience. However, it is the parents' liability to judge of the sensibility of their children. Remember that we'll be talking about dark and evil stories.

WARNING!! The tour is offered in French.
Please write in a message that you want the tour to be conducted in English, and I will manage to do so.
Regarding the current Covid-19 restrictions and the curfew, the tour cannot be conducted at night.
Avoir high heels due to cobblestones.
Lyon, contrary to what many think, isn't just made of lights...Come and get lost in the dark legends which gave the city its devilish reputation.
We’ll start out tour in the Saint George district, shuned even by tourists, where we’ll search for evil spirits.
Then, we’ll cross the Saône River to get to the magnificent Celestins Theatre to listen to the story of a particular guest…
We will go back to the Vieux-Lyon district to admire…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Hydroalcoholic gel

Meet your Host, Nicolas

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 102 Reviews
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Trained in foreign languages and passionate about history, I have always been deeply craving for travels and discoveries! Between unusual anecdotes, multilingual challenges and crispy details, I love getting people to see more about this beautiful city of Lyon which saw me grow up. We will get lost in weird stories and unknown corners which make the Capital of the Gauls captivating and unique.
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From $26/ person

$32 per person
Join 2 other guests
$32 per person
$32 per person

Where you'll be

Out night tour includes a visit to the old town districts (Saint Georges, Saint Jean and Saint Paul) as well as those of the Terreaux district.
We will not enter the monuments.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 102 reviews.

Sung
December 2021
Nicolas made our trip extra special with his superb! storytelling - he gave the old streets and fantastic buildings a bolder, richer flavor and brought them to life with a peak of what lurks beneath. (Suddenly they weren't all just pretty places and buildings ... ) 2.5 hrs flew by, and he made us hungrier for more! We wish we could remember all the references bc we really wanted to read more about them! The stories for the most part are about ordinary folk, and definitely much more entertaining and engaging than your average historic tour.
Sarra
December 2021
This tour with Nicolas was definitely one of my highlights in Lyon (depite the cold, rain and painful blister on my heel). Truly special experience with a nice and great host and talented story teller! Next time I am in the beautful Lyon I will definitely join Nicolas for one of his other tours!!!
David
November 2021
Dès le début Nicolas a su nous plonger dans des histoires incroyables et frissonnantes autour du centre ville de Lyon, il a sans aucun doute un talent oratoire remarquable et une connaissance très approfondie de la ville et des différents coins qu'ils soient bien connus ou plus secrets. Je recommande très fortement cette visite autant pour des personnes qui vont juste visiter la ville que pour des locaux, je la recommanderai aussi à mon entourage au cas où ils iraient visiter Lyon. Les discussions ont toujours été très agréables avec Nicolas. Nous avons communiqué facilement avec lui pour l'endroit du rendez-vous et il a été très arrangeant pour la date de la visite. Encore merci et à bientôt j'espère! David
Gabriela
November 2021
Excelente manera de conocer la ciudad a mano de un experto, te eso toque extra y datos curiosos de lo qué hay que ver en Lyon.. muy buena caminata
Rabab
October 2021
My husband and I both really enjoyed and appreciated this experience with Nicholas. We got a really different perspective of the city. We also covered so much ground both in the old city and the peninsula. Very often during the historic tours you learn about the rich and the people in power. This tour gives an insight about the legends and beliefs that the local people had through the history. We highly recommend this tour. Nicholas was also super flexible and gave us so many recommendations on what to try in the city. It was a very interesting tour and a fun experience. The next day we went on a walk in the same area and we couldn’t help thinking about the dark tales.
Roxannabelle
September 2021
This tour was so amazing and Nicolas was a great guide! He's a very engaging storyteller and gives out some good recommendations. We would definitely take another tour with him!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.