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Lausanne

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

Our most recommended things to do in Lausanne

Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

1. Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

Join this cruise from Lausanne to Vevey to enjoy exceptional views of the Riviera region from the waters Lake Geneva. Take in views of several Swiss and French apline peaks and beautiful views of the Lavaux Vineyards. Board your cruise ship, sit back and relax as you spot charming villages clinging to the hillsides and take in views of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax onboard with a glass of white or red wine from the region as you watch the scenery go by.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

2. 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.

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.  Board the coach in Geneva 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 where local wine will be served.  Leaving Lavaux, the next stop will be Vevey. Take an overall tour of the city, the Nestlé headquarters, and the covered market, and have some free time for lunch.  You can discover Chapin’s World — a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, and go on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Know more about one of the surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at a Hollywood-style studio. After visiting Vevey, if you have the lake cruise option on your tour, embark on a journey in an old steamer boat to the Castle of Chillon. Located on the bank of Lake Geneva, the castle is one of the most visited historical 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.  Afterward, your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of great artists that 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.

Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

4. Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

Gruyères is one of the most famous places situated in the Swiss countryside. Visiting it is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this is a real historic, exciting and attractive destination. You will see the real Switzerland, green fields, cows and mountains. Have the chance to have a culinary journey. Fall into the temptation of the best chocolate in the world. Taste the national cheese and wine: the most famous of Swiss delicacies. Start with the chocolate world of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy tasting it as much as you like. After visiting the cheese museum, You will taste the famous Gruyères cheese and the “Vacherin Fribourgeois," two cheeses mixed for a typical dish of Swiss fondue. In the afternoon, spend some free time strolling the medieval village of Gruyères. Situated on a hill, you can admire a breathtaking landscape. Breathe in the pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasturelands surrounding the small suburb. Afterwards, relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking the magnificent Alps and enjoy the views over Leman Lake.  Experience a day full of tastes and unforgettable experiences.

Lausanne: The Olympic Museum Entry Ticket

5. Lausanne: The Olympic Museum Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Switzerland’s The Olympic Museum in Lausanne and feed your passion for sports and the Olympic Games. Explore thousands of exhibits in the museum, then visit the Olympic Park or the TOM Café. Enrich your trip with a complimentary audio guide. On the day of your visit, step into the museum’s 3000 square meters of exhibition space, featuring over 1500 exhibits and 150 screens to create the ultimate visitor experience. From the permanent exhibition to the Olympic Park and the TOM Café, you’ll leave with memorable stories to tell. The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is the essential storyteller for the Olympic idea. The Museum is not about a collection, it is about the idea of Olympism. The museum’s vocation is to let people discover the Olympic Movement, help them witness its essential contribution to society, and to transmit the Olympic values beyond the celebration of the games and competitions. History, culture, design, technology, and sociology are some of the themes addressed beyond sport, in turn reflecting the richness and diversity of Olympism.

From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 experience and Montreux

6. 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. 

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

7. 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.

Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

8. Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Lausanne during a short tour and learn about the history of the city with a local guide. Meet your guide in front of the Cathedral and start the tour from there. Explore Lausanne through the eyes of a local, and discover what everyday life is like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. Discover parks, monuments, and historical architecture. Get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your stay.

Lausanne: Taste my Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour

9. Lausanne: Taste my Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour

Enjoy the luxury of exploring Lausanne at your own leisure and start the tour at a time convenient for you. The first stop, the Bleu Lézard, is a trendy bistro with fresh French inspired cuisine, located in the heart of Lausanne. The bistro attracts a wide range of customers and is a great place to strike up a conversation with the locals. Enjoy a delicious warm dish here and a drink to wash it down. Your next stop is located in a beautiful building built in 1908, graced with an 8-meter-high ceiling and a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva. The Brasserie de Montbenon is a place devoted to traditional, but high quality cooking, catering to the local gastronomical and cultural events. Enjoy a typical Lausanne aperitif here that locals love and relax as you enjoy the scenic view. The third and final stop is not a restaurant, but a cupcake shop, created from the passion of two sisters who wanted to build a kingdom of delicious cupcakes. Snack on a selection of tasty mini cupcakes here and a drink at Royaume Melazic.

Lausanne: Photogenic City Tour

10. Lausanne: Photogenic City Tour

Join your guide on a city walk to experience the city from an insider’s point of view. Throughout this tour you will also have the chance to take stunning pictures of the town as you travel. Your walk will take you from the cathedral to the Sauvabelin Tower. While using your camera to capture the beauty of Lausanne, you will come across local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Discover an alternative side of Lausanne, full of history and unique beauty. Throughout this experience you will enjoy the city at a suitable time to enjoy the best light possible for pictures. A tour highlight will be as you take in the beauty of the town from the Sauvabelin Tower.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 150 reviews

Our guide Bopis did an amazing job! He is knowledgeable, punctual and has great taste in music! Everything was perfectly organized, and in time. I would highly recommend this trip to my friends.

Our guide gave us lots of inside information about restaurants, shopping & getting around, in addition to the history, culture, etc - he was great!!

A scenic trip between shores, the ferry was very comfy and on time. We enjoyed being on and enjoyed our time in Evian.

great experience! food was delicious. we would space it out just a bit more than we did. totally would do again.

Exceedingly beautiful! A must to visit! Very happy for choosing “ THIS ONE “ Travel was FULFILLED.