Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) Tours

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Lake Geneva is Switzerland's largest body of water, though most of its southern shore lies within France. A crescent of blue hemmed in by the snowy peaks of the French and Swiss Alps, the lake is a year-round hotspot for outdoor activities, with a northern shore covered in picturesque villages, terraced vineyards, and medieval castles.

The Basics
The western extremity of the lake is dominated by the city of Geneva, while the towns of Lausanne and Montreux lie on the northern and eastern shores, respectively. Day trips from these Swiss hot spots make it easy to explore lakeside landmarks such as the medieval bastion of Chillon Castle (Château de Chillon). Visitors can soak up the scenery on a Lake Geneva cruise, ride the GoldenPass Panoramic train into the Swiss Alps, take a Geneva sightseeing tour, or hop over the French border to explore Annecy, Chamonix, or Mont Blanc.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lake Geneva is located in French-speaking Switzerland.
  • Many boat tours and trains are wheelchair accessible, but it's best to check with operators in advance.

How to Get There
Lake Geneva is located at the southwestern tip of Switzerland, with its southern shore lying in French territory. Paddle steamers and speedboats traverse the length and breadth of Lake Geneva, stopping at lakeside towns, while commuter trains travel the length of the Swiss shore and connect Geneva and Lausanne with other cities around Switzerland. Guided tours leave from Geneva to explore lakeside towns and attractions. The main international airport is in Geneva.

When to Get There
Lake Geneva is one of Switzerland's top vacation destinations—especially during summer and Christmas. While summer visitors come to vacation in the Swiss Riviera, hike in the Alps, and enjoy boat cruises and water sports on the lake, winter travelers can hit the ski slopes or visit the famous Montreux Christmas Market.

The Villages of Lake Geneva
Geneva and Lausanne make strategic bases for exploring the lake, but the real highlight of Lake Geneva is the atmospheric lakeside villages. Visit Chillon Castle in Montreux, enjoy wine tasting in the Lavaux vineyards, attend the weekly market in Vevey, or journey up to the mountaintop town of Gruyeres, famous for its cheese.
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Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience in Geneva, the city hailed as Switzerland’s cultural capital, on a 3.5-hour tour by coach, tram and boat. See the city’s most spectacular attractions from a variety of vantage points and delve into Geneva’s rich history with commentary from a professional guide. Cruise on a coach and see natural landmarks like Lake Geneva and the Geneva Water Fountain; stroll the Old Town and listen to intriguing commentary as you take a tram tour down winding backstreets.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Geneva City Tour

Get acquainted with the spectacular sights of Geneva on an introductory 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Cruise the city in an air-conditioned coach and listen to captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide as you see top city attractions. Marvel at the distinctive beauty of Jet d’Eau; gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Geneva; and disembark for a leisurely walking tour around Geneva’s charming Old Town. Climb aboard the city’s quaint mini-train to discover landmarks like St Pierre Cathedral and the Palace of Nations.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Montreux, Château de Chillon, and Chaplin's World Day Winter Trip from Geneva

Explore the highlights of Montreux, Chillon, and Lavaux on this day trip from Geneva. Learn about the life of artist Charlie Chaplin with a visit to Chaplin's World, before traveling past the sprawling vineyards of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux region by coach. Take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, an opulent lakeside castle hailed as one of Switzerland’s most iconic attractions, and then top off the day wandering the charming streets of Montreux.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise

Immerse yourself in the architectural beauty of Geneva and Annecy on a full-day tour of the stunning cities from Geneva. Begin your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Geneva on a luxury coach and admire top attractions like the charming Old Town and the Flower Clock. Opt to enjoy a tranquil Lake Geneva cruise and then cross the border over the France to see the visual delights of Annecy, an Alpine town shrouded in medieval history. Enjoy entertaining and educational commentary from a knowledgeable guide throughout this tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

Take a steamboat cruise and see the Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this day trip from Geneva. Travel through the Swiss countryside, and visit Chaplin's World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Visit the Lavaux UNESCO vineyards and take a guided tour of the opulent chambers of Château de Chillon, and cruise along Lake Geneva on an old steamer boat. Top off the day with time to explore Montreux before heading back to Geneva.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

Delve into the rich traditions and picturesque landscapes of Switzerland during a full-day train and coach trip from Geneva. Climb aboard a luxury coach and travel to the quaint village of Broc to sample divine chocolate made in a traditional factory. Head into the hills and visit the beautiful mountaintop town of Gruyeres to savor the rich flavor of renowned Gruyere cheese in a local dairy.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Small-Group Geneva Segway Tour

Discover Geneva’s main attractions by Segway and cruise around the city the eco-friendly way, by personal transporter. Follow a professional guide along the banks of Lake Geneva for splendid water views and pause to gaze at Château de Penthes (Penthes Castle). Motor past Cathédrale de St-Pierre (St Pierre Cathedral), the Reformation Wall and the Brunswick Monument along the cobbled streets of Old Town. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a small-group experience during this 3.5-hour Segway tour of Geneva.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory

Combine a passion for chocolate on a full-day epicurean excursion from Geneva to Gruyères. With a gastronomic guide, travel through the Swiss countryside to the village of Gruyères to visit a chocolate factory. Uncover the secrets behind the production of the fine produce as you take a guided tour of Maison Cailler. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Geneva on this excursion sure to pleasure your palate.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon

Experience the charm of Montreux on a full-day tour from Geneva. Soak up views of the Swiss countryside as you travel toward the city cradled by the Alps and Lake Geneva. Discover Corsier-sur-Vevey, the village around Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to the artist Charlie Chaplin; see the magnificent medieval castle of Château de Chillon; and take an open trolley tour of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before making the return trip to Geneva, top off the day with some free time to explore the sights of Montreux.
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Geneva Parks and UN Segway Tour

Gain insight into Geneva’s culture and history on a 2.5-hour small-group Segway tour of lakeside quays, public parks and botanical gardens. You’ll see the headquarters of the United Nations and other major international organizations while you cruise around the city aboard your personal transporter. View the Brunswick Monument, the Pâquis Jetty, the Palais Wilson and Barton Villa, among other significant landmarks. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure personalized attention from your professional guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Independent Yvoire Tour and Lake Geneva Cruise with Private Transport from Geneva

Cross the Swiss border and immerse yourself in the picturesque charm of Yvoire, a beautiful French village, on an independent 5-hour tour from Geneva. Admire the rural scenery as you travel in a private vehicle to Yvoire to see why the village is considered one of France’s most enchanting. Spend some leisurely free time strolling quaint cobbled lanes in search of medieval castles, bespoke boutiques and stunning natural scenery. Conclude your tour with a tranquil steamboat cruise back to Geneva.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Montreux and Château de Chillon from Lausanne

Discover the legacy of Montreux, the fairy-tale castle of Chillon and the UNESCO-listed vineyards of Lavaux on this full-day tour from Lausanne. Admire views of Lake Geneva and the lakeside vineyards as you drive around the lake, then explore the medieval Chillon Castle. Finally, embark on a walking tour of Montreux where you can stroll the waterfront promenade and pose for photos with the Freddie Mercury statue.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Annecy Half-Day Independent Tour from Geneva

Explore the French Alpine town of Annecy on a half-day, independent tour from Geneva by coach, with three hours on your own to walk along the edge of Lake Annecy, visit the town’s traditional cafes, or get views of the mountains from the historic Château d’Annecy. This half-day tour includes round-trip transport from the Geneva bus station.
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Gruyère Day Trip from Chamonix

Switzerland is famous for cheese, chocolate, and wine, and this full-day tour from Chamonix will introduce you to all three. Sample decadent chocolates on a tour of the Cailler Chocolate Factory; visit Gruyères village, famous for its eponymous cheese; and explore the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards, overlooking Lake Geneva.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Montreux Chillon Day Trip from Chamonix

Discover hidden gems and top attractions around the French and Swiss Alps on this Montreux and Château de Chillon day trip from Chamonix. Delve into the Vaud region with a guide and enjoy free time to explore the village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. Travel by open trolley though UNESCO–listed Lavaux, and taste the region’s cheeses and wines. Explore the food and craft markets in Vevey, take an optional tour of the medieval Château de Chillon, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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