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Top Day Trips from Geneva

By Viator, March 2018

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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 it’s cruising the Swiss Riviera, scaling the French Alps’ snowy peaks, or sipping fine vintages in lakeside vineyards, here are some options for Geneva day tours.

The Swiss Riviera — 58 miles (93 km) to Montreux
The Swiss shores of Lake Geneva have long been a favored destination among Europe’s elite, and the Swiss Riviera has had 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 your time, opt for a full-day tour of Montreux or Lausanne. Highlights include the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the market town of Vevey, Chaplin’s World, and Chillon Castle in Montreux.

Chamonix and Mont Blanc — 51 miles (82 km) to Chamonix
The European Union’s open borders policy means that you don’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 hot spot for skiers and summer hikers—it’s also the gateway to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, reaching a height of 15,780 feet (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 4.35-mile-long (7-kilometer-long) Mer de Glace glacier.

Gruyères — 75 miles (120 km) away
Cheese and chocolate are somewhat synonymous with Switzerland, and the alpine village of Gruyères is home to both. Start your trip with a visit to the Broc chocolate factory, where Nestlé and Cailler chocolates are made. Then tour 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 cheeses and wines. Finally, take in the views from the 13th-century Gruyères castle, then enjoy a ride on the famous Panoramic Golden Express, one of Switzerland’s most scenic train rides.

Lavaux Vineyards — 49 miles (78 km) away
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 aboard the Lavaux Express or the Lavaux Panoramic, two special wine trains that chug around the vineyards and drop passengers at the hillside wineries and villages.

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Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva, Geneva, null
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Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva

4.5 star rating: Recommended 668 Reviews

Cross the Switzerland-France border with an informative guide and marvel at the majesty of the European Alps on this Chamonix and Mont Blanc highest mountain ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.51
Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva

4.5 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

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

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $69.73
Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

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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 $223.53
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

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Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. Drive through the beautiful Swiss countryside, take ...  Read more

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

From USD $223.53
Private Tour: Mont Blanc and Chamonix Day Trip from Geneva Including Michelin Star Gourmet Lunch, ... 
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Private Tour: Mont Blanc and Chamonix Day Trip from Geneva Including Michelin Star Gourmet Lunch

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Take a breathtaking journey through the French Alps on this private day trip from Geneva to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, and Chamonix, the most ...  Read more

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

From USD $357.60
Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory, Geneva, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

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

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

From USD $162.01
Chamonix Day Trip and Geneva city tour, Geneva, Day Trips
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Chamonix Day Trip and Geneva city tour

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Ride our coach to Chamonix. Enjoy the village, little streets full of charm and admire the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Enjoy all the beautiful ...  Read more

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

From USD $140.48
Chamonix Sightseeing Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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Chamonix Sightseeing Tour from Geneva

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Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of the remarkable and majestic Mont-Blanc, the highest peak of Europe (4807 m./15.771 ft). ...  Read more

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

From USD $172.26
From Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne, Geneva, Day Trips
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From Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne

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During this trip, you will visit two charming sides of Switzerland. Your private transfer will start from your hotel in Geneva to Lausanne. In Lausanne, you ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.19
Gruyeres, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings Private Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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Gruyeres, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings Private Tour from Geneva

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Discover the tastiest treasure of Switzerland and indulge in the world's finest chocolate and cheese on this full-day excursion from Geneva to Gruyeres, home ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.81

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