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Top Day Trips from Geneva

By Viator, January 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 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.

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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

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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 $109.23
Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva

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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 $75.02
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 $151.15
Montreux, Château de Chillon, and Chaplin's World Day Winter Trip from Geneva, Geneva, Day ... 
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Montreux, Château de Chillon, and Chaplin's World Day Winter Trip from Geneva

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Immerse yourself in the scenery of Château de Chillon and Montreux on this full-day tour from Geneva. Head first to Chaplin's World to hear about artist ...  Read more

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

From USD $174.32
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 $384.78
Gruyeres, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings Private Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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 $165.50
From Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne, Geneva, Day Trips
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From Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne

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 $182.05
Chamonix Ski Resort Day Trip from Geneva with Optional Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Ride, Geneva, Day ... 
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Chamonix Ski Resort Day Trip from Geneva with Optional Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Ride

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Take a day trip to Chamonix from Geneva and spend time skiing at one of the world’s most renowned resorts. With ski equipment rental and transport included, ...  Read more

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

From USD $208.53
Paragliding Experience from Aiguille du Midi Including Scenic Cable Car Ride, Geneva, Day Trips
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Paragliding Experience from Aiguille du Midi Including Scenic Cable Car Ride

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A must! Chamonix famous mountain village at the foot of the massif of Mont Blanc. Ride the cable car to the top and enjoy the view from the sky paragliding ...  Read more

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

From USD $390.57
Mont Blanc and Chamonix Half day Trip, Geneva, Day Trips
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Mont Blanc and Chamonix Half day Trip

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Experience the roof of Europe on this half day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc in the Frenc Alps. You will depart to the mountain at 10:30am or 12:30pm at the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $86.06

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