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Swiss Towns Near Geneva

By Viator, October 2013

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Perched on the southwestern-most tip of the vast Lake Geneva, the city of Geneva makes the perfect base from which to explore both the French and Swiss lakesides and there are numerous Swiss towns worthy of a day trip. On the opposite side of the lake, Montreux is one of the region’s principal tourist magnets, famous for its fairytale Chillon Castle, mountaintop lookouts and atmospheric Christmas markets.

Stretching from Montreux to Lausanne, the idyllic Swiss Riviera has long been a favored haunt of international celebrities and European high flyers, with towns like Vevey set against an idyllic backdrop of the terraced Lavaux vineyards, the region’s only UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Marking the midway point between Geneva and Montreux is Lausanne, renowned for its 14th century architecture and Olympic Museum, a nod to the International Olympic Committee that has its headquarters in the city. Also worth a visit are nearby Morges, the one time residence of Audrey Hepburn, and Nyon, famous for its Roman ruins and lakeside castle.

A little further afield, the alpine town of Gruyeres makes another popular day trip from Geneva, where sights like the 13th-century Gruyeres castle play second fiddle to the main attraction — the much-celebrated local cheese. Combine a tour of the medieval town center with a visit to the famous Gruyeres cheese factories, then take a scenic ride on the Panoramic Golden Express train, stopping on route to sample another Swiss classic at the Broc Chocolate factory.

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Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 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 $217.76

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 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 $252.51

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 $136.68

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