Pierre Poivre and the hunt for spices Guided tours

Next departure on 29/12/2022 at 10:00

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Tour proposed by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès

Find out how, thanks to its botanists, Lyon extended its influence across the world’s seas in the eighteenth century

Beginning in the Age of Enlightenment, a flourishing period for grand expeditions and travelling botanists, a number of adventurous souls from Lyon left to explore faraway lands.
Among them was the intrepid Pierre Poivre, a hunter of spices, who was a thorn in the side of the Dutch and managed to put an end to their long-standing monopoly.
There was also Philibert Commerson, born near Lyon, in Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, who was a doctor and expert in natural history, famous for accompanying Bougainville as a naturalist on his circumnavigation of the globe.

However, these great explorers are today better known in their countries of adoption than in their city of birth!

This original guided tour will take you on an adventure from the famous mural known as the ‘Mur des Lyonnais’ all the way to Saint-Nizier.

Tour provided by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès's tour guides


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Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences
Booking is necessary
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation

Duration

1h30

Kind

Walking guided tour

Access

Metro A or C > Hôtel de Ville Louis Pradel

Meeting point

In front of the Fresque des Lyonnais célèbres, rue de la Martinière - Lyon 1st

Prices
Adults €13.00
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children under 8 Free

A fitting name

The French word for ‘pepper’, ‘poivre’ is a fitting name for a botanist who spent much of his time hunting spices, wouldn’t you say? An ‘aptronym’ such as this refers to a name that is appropriate to the bearer’s occupation. Maybe it’s fate.

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