4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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

Christmas at Montreux and Chillon

Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit on this leisurely winter day trip to Montreux from Geneva. On your way to Montreux, enjoy driving past verdant vineyards and stunning Lake Geneva. In Montreux, wander the grand Christmas market, shopping for holiday gifts. You'll also take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, a beautiful and atmospheric lakeside castle just outside Montreux.


  • Day trip from Geneva to the Montreux Christmas market
  • Drive through the pretty Lake Geneva countryside and see the captivating Lavaux vineyards
  • Browse and buy local crafts at the Christmas market in Montreux
  • Take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, a stunning castle on Lake Geneva

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What You Can Expect

Christmas at Montreux and Chillon

Chillon Castle

Start your Christmastime day trip by departing Geneva's Gare Routiere Bus Station in the morning and traveling by comfortable coach 60 miles (97 km) to Montreux, a lovely city located between the Alps and Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. On the way, pass the steeply terraced Lavaux vineyards bordering Lake Geneva.

In Montreux, spend the bulk of your day exploring the extensive Christmas market, where you can browse charming local crafts and buy Christmas gifts and souvenirs for loved ones. Don't miss the chance to enjoy a cup of steaming Swiss hot chocolate!

Afterward, head to nearby Château de Chillon, a beautiful castle with a dramatic position on Lake Geneva that's one of Switzerland's most famous monuments. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of Chåteau de Chillon to learn more about its colorful history and the artists and writers it has inspired. Lord Byron made the castle famous with his poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon' and scratched his signature in the castle's dungeon.

Leave Chåteau de Chillon and admire your Christmas purchases on the drive back to Geneva, ending your 8.5-hour day trip to Montreux at the bus station at around 6:30pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I participated this tour in late December. When I booked it, I was not sure if it was the best option because boat trip sounded nice, too. But this trip proved to be definitely better because it snowed on that day and boat trip was not possible. The guide was wonderful and I really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

A picturesque trip travelling from Geneva to Montreux by coach with the lake on one side and countryside on the other. Chillon Castle on the edge of the lake was most interesting. The Christmas Markets were busy and fun.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Arrived at Geneva after Christmas , montreux markets were already closed, itinerary was changed to include Lausanne . Enjoyed the trip with great guide. Chillon Castle was impressive.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2010

Tour guide was very informative, and the castle was the highlight, although we didn't have a guided tour as I'd thought we would. The Christmas market was nice, although items are expensive by American standards. The scenery is beautiful though. The only thing that I really didn't like about this tour is that it was supposed to start at 10am, but the tour guide waited for 30 minutes for extra people to book, which took away from shopping time at the market.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

Very enjoyable tour. The guide at Chillon was excellent.

Marie W

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

Christmas markets at Montreux was the highlight of the day. Castle tour interesting, well worth the visit.
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