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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.  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.

From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

4. From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

Start your tour of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva, leaving from Lausanne on a comfortable motorcoach. Enjoy a drive through the Vaud countryside to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux known for its exquisite wine production, also called The Wine Road. In spring and summer the tour will stop to visit a vineyard and taste some local wine. Leaving Lavaux you'll continue to Vevey. Here you'll have a chance to Discover Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the actor, filmmaker, and composer. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Afterwards, if you've chosen the option for the lake cruise you will board an old steamer boat called the Belle Epoque. The cruise will pass through the beautiful scenery of Lake Geneva on the way to the Castle of Chillon, built during the 11th-century. If you did not select the cruise option you will be taken to the castle by bus, where you will have a guided tour through the castle. The last stop on the tour 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.

Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5. 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: Past and Present Walking Tour

6. Lausanne: Past and Present Walking Tour

On this private tour, you'll discover the historical side of Lausanne with a passionate local who's ready to share the best kept secrets of the city with you.  This excursion starts at the Bessières Bridge. Learn about various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Château Saint-Marie or even the Palais Rumine, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour might miss.  Having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets will help you to get the most from your time in Lausanne. If you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let the local partner know and the itinerary can be adjusted accordingly.

Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

7. 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. At noon you will reach the top of Moléson Mountain and have a tasting in a typical Swiss chalet, a friendly handmade cheese factory. 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.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

8. 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.

Lausanne: Architectural Walking Tour

9. Lausanne: Architectural Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Lausanne's rich architectural scene on this private tour with a local guide. Discover the most impressive buildings in the city and learn about the history behind each of them on this educational walk. Join your guide on an adventure to discover the beauty and history of the city and find out more about Swiss culture from a local perspective. Visit landmark sights such as the Grand-Pont and Maison du Sport as well as your guide's favorite off-the-beaten-track gems. During your tour, become better acquainted with the local architecture and discover how it has changed over the years while still retaining its unique character. You will also discover secret anecdotes about the city's most iconic landmarks.

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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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!

We had a wonderful experience, our guide was absolutely amazing so smart , kind , happy ans professional. He really was carrying about everything and so flexible and also try to show us as much as he can . We really enjoy everything and we were so satisfied.

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!

Gorgeous leisurely 3 hour boat ride around the lake. Beautiful views of mountains and towns. A nice little bar on board as well.

What a fantastic tour!! It was the best part of our trip.