I went on the tastiest Lyon food tour while learning about the city on electric bike. See if you want to go this is the Lyon city tour for you!
Want to try local delicacies but want more from your Lyon food tour? Even though the yummy noshes are the star of the tour, this food tour I went also included a lot of history and views of the city.
I went on this food tour that was full of tasty bites, historical insight and the ease and/or thrill of riding an electric bike. Read on to see if this tour is for you!
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TL:DR; Tastiest Lyon Food Tour via Electric Bike
Don’t want to read the entire blog post for my Lyon food tour experience? You can jump right into booking this tour via Get Your Guide here.
What Going on a Lyon Electric Bike Tour is Like
I have fibromyalgia, which makes it hard to walk for too long and even do any physical activity for too long because of my fatigue. I also am not the best at biking so hopefully this helps you if you have any woes about going on a Lyon electric bike tour.
If you’re a bit nervous about riding a bike for a couple of hours or sticking with the group like I was, there’s nothing to worry about. The electric bikes are quite easy to ride, and you barely need to exert any effort on them even when going up a hill, which makes these bikes perfect for any age group.
As for sticking with the group, our bike tour guide, Mégane, is a professional with two rearview mirrors to keep an eye on everyone. You can go as fast as you feel comfortable going. There’s absolutely no pressure.
It’s all about enjoying the sights and the food!
As you enjoy the effortless electric bikes, the tour guide stops along the river to add some interesting historical facts.
For example, after the two revolts in Lyon by the silk workers in the 1830s, the King ordered the city to build long, straight roads, which would be easier to build up speed for horses to charge through any groups of people revolting.
Luckily, there were no more revolts so the roads didn’t need to be used for this purpose and instead shaped the ebb and flow of the city to come. You will learn more on the tour itself.
Besides the facts about this gastronomic city that makes you more connected to Lyon, you get to try out the full speed of the electric bikes in this 1.1 mile (1.8 meters) long Tunnel de la Croix-Rousse.
The bikes get up to 15 miles (25km) per hour, which helps you zoom through the tunnel in no time.
Usually, traveling with fibromyalgia makes it hard for me to enjoy walking tours so this electric bike tour in Lyon was really fun!
Trying Local Lyonnaise Food at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse
After conquering hills and learning of the three rivers that flow in Lyon, Saône, Rhône, and the Beaujolais (their local wine), we met Eric for the second half of the tour at Lyon’s culinary scene, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.
Eric had a certain joie de vivre especially regarding Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, which he carries throughout the tour. We loved sharing his joy and immense love he has for Les Halles de Lyon and Paul Bocuse.
He gave us a rundown of Les Halles and brought us around this maze of a market to taste the best of the best, which includes chocolate, wine, pastries, meats, and cheese.
All the foods are regional specialties made with the highest quality ingredients and care. You experience the true love that French people have for the food they grow and eat.
Here’s a few photos of what we had along with some things we learned although I won’t tell you everything so you can learn when you’re there!
Pro French tip: 99% of the time, you should drink white wine with cheese so that the wine does not empower the taste of the cheese. The exception is for red wine with lesser tannins.
The Jésus de Lyon cured ham and rosette pork sausage are regional Lyon specialties. My favorite was the rosette.
The green string means that the sausage has pistachios in it while a tan string shows that it’s nut-free. Good for anyone with allergies like me!
All in all, this gourmet Lyon bike tour was fantastic. I would do it again in a heartbeat especially for all that chocolate, wine, charcuterie, cheeses, local knowledge, and fun riding around on an electric bike!
How to Book This Lyon Food Tour
If you’re a foodie or just want to learn more about Lyon’s history, you’ll definitely want to go on this electric bike tour.
You can book it here on Get Your Guide.
Other France Foodie Ideas
If you’re in France for food and wine and have the budget for a private barge cruise, I recommend this French barge cruise.
If you’re in Paris, you could check out a couple of these restaurants I mention in this post or take a baguette baking class in Paris.
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Till then, thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!
Sunday 5th of February 2017
What an amazing experience! Nothing like biking off the food you've tasted a long the way! The pictures made me feel as if I was right there with you and as a self proclaimed foodie this made my heart happy! I will definitely be adding this to my list of must dos! But for someone who is terrible on a bike, do you think I could manage?
Monday 6th of February 2017
The guides are really good so I think you'll be ok! People of all ages do this tour. I hope you enjoy it!
Friday 18th of November 2016
As a self proclaimed foodie I love every aspect of this it seems like the choices of food were endless.
Friday 18th of November 2016
I'm also a self proclaimed foodie. Are there other kinds? :) Yah it was. So good! Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday 5th of November 2016
Hey Sarah, The tunnel looks like a great idea, shame we have none of these in London!
Sunday 6th of November 2016
Head to Lyon then! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday 7th of August 2016
man I love my electric bike
Friday 15th of July 2016
That looks like one heck of a food tour! I could taste the cold cuts and cheese all the way from here! I hope to be able to go on one in the near future!
Monday 18th of July 2016
Hope you do too!