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Day Trips from Geneva

By Viator, April 2014

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Set on the banks of Switzerland’s largest lake, with the French border just minutes away, Geneva offers an abundance of choice for day-trippers. Whether you fancy cruising along the Swiss Riviera, scaling the snowy peaks of the French Alps or sipping a fine vintage in the lakeside vineyards, there are plenty of options for day trips from Geneva. Here are a few ideas.

Highlights of the Swiss Riviera

The Swiss shores of Lake Geneva have long been a favored destination among Europe’s elite and the Swiss Riviera has hosted a number of famous residents over the years - Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin and Sophia Loren to name a few. Exploring the lakeside towns and villages is made easy by excellent train and road links from Geneva, but to make the most of time, book on a day trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Chateau de Chillon where you’ll get to visit key sights like the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the market town of Vevey and the landmark Chillon Castle of Montreux.

Chamonix and Mont Blanc
The European open borders policy means that you won’t need a visa to enter France (you’ll need your passport though) so hop over the border for a trip to Chamonix, one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps. Chamonix isn’t just a hotspot for skiers and summer hikers – it’s also the gateway to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, reaching a height of 4,810 meters. Take the cable-car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi from where the views span the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, or ride the scenic rack railway to nearby Montenvers, for a view over the 7km-long Mer de Glace glacier.

Gruyeres
Cheese and chocolate are somewhat synonymous with Switzerland and the alpine village of Gruyeres is home to both. Start your trip with a visit to the Broc chocolate factory, where Nestlé and Cailler chocolates are made, then take a tour of one of the region’s famous cheese factories where you’ll learn about the ancient cheese making process and get the chance to sample a selection of regional cheese and wine. Finally, take in the views from the 13th Century Gruyeres castle, then enjoy a ride on the famous Panoramic Golden Express train, one of Switzerland’s most scenic train rides.

Lavaux Vineyards
Lake Geneva is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Lavaux Vineyards, famous for their unique setting and Chasselas grapes, and you can’t miss the dramatic terraced vines that climb the steep hillsides between Lausanne and Montreux. There are a number of options for wine tasting in the region, but if you’re visiting during the summer months, hop on one of the special wine trains – the Lavaux Express or the Lavaux Panoramic – that chug around the vineyards and drop passengers at the hillside wineries and villages.

Tours & Tickets

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Chamonix and Mont Blanc

4.5 star rating: Recommended 344 Reviews

Cross the Switzerland-France border on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, one of the most famous villages in the French Alps. You'll drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $244.83

Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

On this half-day or full-day tour from Geneva, cross the Switzerland-France border and visit one of the most famous villages in the French Alps, Chamonix, at ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 6 or 10 hours

From USD $81.65

Day Trip to Gruyères with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Combine your love of chocolate and cheese with your passion for travel on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by comfortable coach to the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.52

Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 94 Reviews

Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lausanne and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the beautiful Swiss ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $196.79

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 85 Reviews

Set off and discover traditional produce while taking in Switzerland's landscapes on a full day combined coach and train trip from Geneva. Soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $228.19

Winter Tour to Montreux and Tour of Château de Chillon

Explore the lovely city of Montreux on this winter day trip from Geneva. Travel through breathtaking Swiss countryside on your way to Montreux, which has an ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.52

Chamonix French Alps Day Tour from Geneva by Open-Top Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of the Alps on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, situated at the base of Mont Blanc. With round-trip transport on an open-top bus with ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.63

Christmas at Montreux and Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Get in the Swiss holiday spirit on this day trip from Geneva to Montreux, where you can browse and buy gifts at the Christmas Markets. You’ll also take a ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $123.52

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