Silk Workers' Trail


  • Discover Lyon's rich silk history

  • Experience how an 200 years' old loom works in a workshop of an old silk worker family

  • Shop for some real handmade local silk souvenirs

  • Follow the trails of silk and take a walk through the secret passageways


Silk, silk, silk​... An old tradition, an exclusive product, and a lifestyle centuries ago. During this tour you will visit the area where silk workers lived and produced in the past centuries, you will hear and learn about silk itself and about its role in Lyon's history. This tour brings you back to an other world and at the same time introduces you to the wonders of nature's and humans' interaction. Silk is not only an expensive fabric, there is a lot more to it and your guide will show that to you. You will see an original, operational Jaquard loom and a workshop where silk painting is still handmade.

And of course Lyon is not Lyon without its secret passageways. You guide will take you to some of these amazing structures.

The tour concludes in the very centre of the city where you can either enjoy a drink or a lunch, or continue your Lyon discovery for the rest of the day.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Visit to an original, working loom

  • Visit to a silk painting workshop

  • One small local snack


  • Language: English (please inquire for other languages)

  • Starting time: 9.30 am

  • Duration: 3 hours

  • Meeting point: Croix Rousse metro station, in front of the Jaquard statue, View on Google Maps

  • Ending point: Place de Terreaux, in front of the City Hall, View on Google Maps

  • Exclusions: Additional food and drink, tips and gratuities for your guide.