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Lausanne

A charming Swiss city featuring stunning mountains, rolling vineyards, and Lake Geneva on its doorstep.

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Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

1. Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

Depart from Lausanne Ouchy on a historic paddle steamer for a 3-hour circular cruise. As you travel, observe the most beautiful part of Lake Geneva on your left, which is complete with stunning views over the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards. Throughout your trip you can admire both the Swiss and French Alps, and your approach by boat to Chillon Castle provides you with a unique view over this landmark of the region. The boat will also make short stops in Montreux and Vevey to allow you to discover the Riviera region. At lunchtime you will be welcome to dine onboard (please book your table in advance), before you return back to Lausanne at the conclusion of your relaxing boat trip.

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From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

2. From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

Embark on a guided tour along Lake Geneva, with stops at several beautiful locations. Start with pickup from Geneva and travel along the shores of the lake through the Vaud countryside. Enjoy a photo stop at the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, which is the symbol of the city.  Continue towards the town of Corsier sur-Vevey. Enjoy some free time to explore this charming village where Charlie Chaplin lived for several years. You have the option of visiting Chaplin's World Museum to learn more about his life and see a collection of memorabilia. Then, enjoy a ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux, known for its beautiful terraced vineyards.  In the afternoon, visit the town of Montreaux, a glamorous resort popular with international travelers. You can also visit Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress is located on a beautiful small island near the town. After exploring Montreaux, be returned to Geneva in the evening.

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From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

3. From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

This tour will give you the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva (or Leman, as it is also known), while giving you the option to tailor the trip to your needs and interests.  Starting from Geneva, you will board a comfortable coach and drive through the Vaud countryside, passing Lausanne and stopping at Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exquisite wine production. During the spring and summer months, you will also have the chance to visit a vineyard there, where local wine will be served.  Leaving Lavaux, the next stop will be Vevey. Take an overall tour of the city, the Nestlé headquarters, the covered market, and have some free time for lunch. This is also where you will have the option to discover Chapin’s World — a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Go on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Prepare to be moved by one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at a Hollywood-style studio. If you decide to add the option of a lake cruise to your tour, after your time in Vevey, you will be boarding an old steamer boat and embark on a journey that will lead you right to the Castle of Chillon. Located on the bank of Lake Geneva, the castle is one of the most visited historic places in Switzerland dating back to the 11th-century.  If you decided on the option that includes the castle, you will have a guided tour through the building, and in case you did not choose the cruise option, you will be taken to the castle directly by bus.  Afterwards, your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of all the great artists who have visited this place such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

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From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

4. From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

Visit Switzerland and explore for yourself the picturesque image of a Swiss chalet village. See Les Diablerets, in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises. Spend free time here hiking at the Col, or take the cable car up to the glacier. If you take the option of the cable car, jump into the mountains with the Glacier 3000, on the only bridge in the world which connects 2 summits, known as Peak Walk. The glacier offers the Alpine Coaster during the summer season, allowing you to enjoy nature and the spectacular scenery of the Alps mountains around you. Take advantage of the fun park and the adventures of the snow as sleds are waiting for you. Around 3:00 PM, descend to board the bus to Montreux and enjoy free time to feel the good vibes of this artistic city. Take in the views of Lake Geneva before returning to Lausanne.

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Lavaux: Panoramic Wine Tour

5. Lavaux: Panoramic Wine Tour

After pickup from select hotels in Chardonne, Montreux, Vevey, and Lausanne, head off into the glorious alps in a panoramic bus, which will be open-topped if the weather allows. Sit back and relax as you admire views of the towering mountains rising above the azure waters of Lake Geneva. After you’ve seen the best views that the area has to offer, head to a local vineyard to sample the wine that has made the region of Lavaux a sought-after destination among wine-lovers. Amble among the terraced grounds of the winery, tasting a selection of cured meats and cheeses alongside fine wine, learning about the rich winemaking traditions that define the region. Afterwards, you’ll head along the panoramic route back to your accommodation.

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Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

6. Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

Explore Evian and stunning lake Geneva on this excursion by boat. Begin your self-guided tour from Lausanne and cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva towards the little town of Evian.  Reach this gem on the shore of the lake in about 35 minutes. Once the boat docks, hop off and start exploring at your own pace. Walk through the small streets and little allies of the quiet town, stop at a cafe or visit some of the local shops. Discover the beautiful lake promenade and marvel at the breathtaking views of this stunning landscape. You can also take the historic funicular to enjoy a beautiful view on the shores of the lake. If you visit between May and September, you can see the art nouveau Source Cachat, the first Evian water source, and enjoy a free glass of the world-famous Evian water. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming place.

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From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 experience and Montreux

7. From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 experience and Montreux

When you think about Switzerland don’t you have in mind the image of a Swiss Chalet village slap in the middle of the Mountains? This is Les Diablerets (little devils), located in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises. This village is entirely made up of chalets, has great cachet, and a penny to develop while preserving its heritage. You cannot miss the majestic Glacier, the top is at 3000 meters above sea level. In winter it is a snowy wonderland perfect for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, with a wide variety of activities available. Head to the top on a 15-minute cable car ride and enjoy the views. For those who choose the full package you will have a Snow bus ride and appetizer on a panoramic terrace and free access to to Alpine Coaster. For those who prefer to stay in Diablerets village and stroll along the river. You also have the opportunity to go up with the cable car (extra cost). Then discover the famous city of Montreux, known as the capital of the Vaud Riviera because of its exceptionally mild climate. Feel the good vibes of this well-known artistic city. 

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Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

8. Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

Explore the picture-perfect region of Gruyère on board a panoramic bus, paired with a cheese fondue tasting in a Swiss chalet nestled in the mountains.   After pickup from your accommodation between Lausanne and Montreux, travel in a spacious and comfortable bus to Gruyère, a region of central Switzerland. Through the bus’s panoramic windows, admire its rolling green landscapes and the peaks of the Fribourg pre-Alps. Pass through medieval towns with charming cobble-stoned streets and traditional Swiss architecture. As you go, your tour guide will explain to you all there is to know about Gruyère and the history of Swiss cheese making.   You’ll then arrive at a typical Swiss chalet to savor in a delicious and typical Swiss fondue, paired with a glass of wine. After this perfect indulgence, you’ll board the bus again to be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Montreux: Swiss Fondue Experience with Panoramic Tour

9. Montreux: Swiss Fondue Experience with Panoramic Tour

Your one-of-a-kind fondue experience will begin with a spectacular panoramic tour of the Swiss Alps in a unique panoramic tour bus. Sit back and relax, enjoying a beverage of your choice onboard in comfort while you indulge in stunning views of the deep blue lake and endless mountains of the Alps and the Lavaux Hills, an experience like no other.  After ascending 1150 meters, you’ll arrive at an elegant restaurant where you’ll be seated and treated to a delicious traditional Swiss fondue and locally sourced wine, all while overlooking the lake, the mountains, and the Montreux Riviera. After dining in style you’ll be dropped back at your hotel relaxed and satisfied.

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Geneva: Lausanne, Montreux & Chateau Chillon Tour

10. Geneva: Lausanne, Montreux & Chateau Chillon Tour

The Olympic Museum (Musée Olympique)  The Olympic Museum in Lausanne-Ouchy celebrates the Olympic movement including the history of the games, its organization and of course athletes. The museum is modern with many interactive displays complimenting the wide range of items directly related to the games, its organizers, and the athletes.  Montreux  Montreux town is nestled in a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Known to many as the city of music and famed for its international Jazz festival, Montreux is a wonderful city to visit. Its lakeside promenade is bursting with flowers & scents that create the perfect photo opportunity.  Château de Chillon  Chillon Castle is located on the banks of Lake Geneva on a very small island. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. By touring this Castle you can view incredible wall paintings from the 14th century, subterranean vaults and parade halls dating to the time of Bernese rule.  Boat cruise (all inclusive package only) Take a special boat tour of the lake between the two cities of Veytaux to Lausanne. See the lake at its very best and learn more about its history with stunning views of the Mont Blanc mountain range on the way back to shore. Lavaux wine terrace  Lavaux is internationally famous as a terraced wine- growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) in western Switzerland. It covers the territory roughly from Lausanne to Montreux, extending to an altitude of roughly 500 meters above lake level and including 6 lake-shore villages and the city of Vevey. Part of the Lavaux (bas-Lavaux) has been recognised since 2007 as a world heritage site by UNESCO. 

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 87 reviews

Our guide Thomas went above and beyond to be friendly, accommodating and keeping it a relaxed trip while still getting us places on time. The driving was safe throughout the trip. We very much enjoyed each of the individual aspects of the packager: the chocolate factory tour, cheese factory tour, fondue lunch, time in the village of Gruyere and the Golden Pass train ride. Each was unique and a true taste of Switzerland. My only slight dissatisfaction was that the tour was described as being 10 hours but only lasted about 8. I believe this was because it actually started in Geneva and we were picked up in Lausanne. However, the next day we ran into Thomas on his tour of Glacier 3000. It was because of his encouragement that I decided to conquer my fears and ride the cable car to the top of Les Diablerets. If not for him including us with his two guests for the day I would have missed out on an amazing experience! Heartfelt thanks to Thomas be being an extraordinary guide!

I consider the 'Swiss Riviera' tour an absolute "must do", for anyone visiting Geneva! Every turn along the journey left me smiling. Indeed, the absolute beauty of this region is something both unique and special!

They were punctual and explain me the best route to walk around Diableters I’ve enjoyed it! It was a great weather (October 21) and in Montreux was a great time too walking around the town

Magnificent views during the journey. Pleasant welcome by the crew.

Great atmosphere, very friendly staff, great route. We recommend.