Top Swiss Towns Near Geneva

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Perched on the southwestern tip of Lake Geneva near the border with France, the city of Geneva makes an excellent base from which to explore some of Switzerland’s prettiest towns. From medieval mountain settlements to a town famed for its cheese production, here are a few of the Swiss towns worthy of a day trip. 

Gruyères
Set within the canton of Fribourg, the medieval town of Gruyères is surrounded by rolling alpine pastures where bell-wearing cattle graze. It is these black-and-white cows that provide the milk for the town’s biggest claim to fame: Gruyère cheese. Samples of this nutty-flavored cheese can be tasted on visits to local dairies.

Montreux
With its hilltop Old Town, lakeside promenade, and mountain backdrop, it’s easy to understand the enduring popularity of Montreux, which has been attracting creative types—including poets Percy Shelley and Byron, and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley—since the 19th century. Its star attraction is the lakeside Chateau de Chillon, which inspired Lord Byron’s well-known poem, “The Prisoner of Chillon.”

Vevey
Located on the north shore of Lake Geneva, Vevey promises spectacular lake and mountain views. With its traditional shuttered buildings and narrow streets, the old town is pure eye candy. For book lovers, the town offers literary connections: Henry James wrote part of Daisy Miller here, while Dostoyevsky, Victor Hugo, and Hemingway are all said to have spent time in Vevey. A sweet bonus: It’s also the home of Nestlé, one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolate producers. 

Lausanne
The lakeside city of Lausanne spreads across three hills. In addition to a Gothic-style Old Town and hip lakefront districts, it’s also home to the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne’s Olympic Museum, which tracks the history of the Olympics from ancient times to the present day, is one of Switzerland’s best attractions. 
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Riviera Col du Pillon & Glacier 3000: High Level Experience in the Swiss Alps

Visit Les Diablerets at the Col du Pillon in the western Swiss Alps, and spend a day in the mountains with ease. From Geneva, you’ll travel by prebooked bus, stopping at Lausanne, Vevey, and Montreux as you go. In the mountain village itself, your time is your own to stroll amid authentic Swiss chalets or visit Glacier 3000 where alpine activities and a peak-to-peak footbridge await; just upgrade to include a ticket when you book.
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Winter Gruyeres Swiss countryside and chocolate

Gruyères lies to the north east of Geneva, and makes a wonderful day trip from the city. On this tour, visit Gruyères with round-trip travel from central Geneva included. Sample the delicious cheeses and chocolate for which the region is famous, with free time to explore the medieval streets at your leisure. Stop in UNESCO–listed Lavaux and admire uninterrupted views over the Swiss Alps scenery.
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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.
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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.
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Full-Day Small-Group Swiss Alps Glacier and Film Tour from Geneva

Explore Diablerts Glacier 3000 with a small group of fellow trekkers on this 10-hour guided tour from Geneva. Upgrade available to include a lunch at a restaurant with panoramic views. Round-trip transportation from Geneva included.
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Riviera line to Vevey, Chaplin's world, Montreux, Lavaux tour and optional cruise

Montreux, UNESCO–listed Lavaux, and Vevey are widely considered the Swiss Riviera’s top attractions, but arranging tickets and transportation to visit all three in one day independently is a challenge. On this hassle-free and adventurous tour, reach the sites with ease from central Geneva.  Visit Chaplin's World, enjoy an optional Lake Geneva cruise, and admire uninterrupted views over the peaks and vineyards of the Swiss Riviera.
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Private Transfer from Montreux to Geneva Airport

Ensuring for you a comfortable and safe transfer from the airport to any desired destination and reverse within Switzerland and the neighbouring countries.
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Trip to the Swiss Alps from Lausanne

Revel in the Swiss Alps on a full-day trip to Les Diablerets from Lausanne. Travel to this Alpine village beneath the Glacier 3000, and use your time to enjoy one of three options. Enjoy the village independently, or ride the cable car to the glacier to enjoy the views and activities, including the suspended Peak Walk. Alternatively, upgrade to add a glacier restaurant food and wine tasting, plus a Snow Bus and toboggan coaster ride.
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Bus round trip to Montreux from Geneva

Escape busy Geneva with a round-trip excursion to Montreux on the Swiss Riviera. Enjoy views of UNESCO-listed Lavaux and the Alps, then explore the city’s serene streets and be immersed in its historic architecture, looking out for the many sights that reveal its musical heritage. Depart and return from a central location in Geneva for a hassle-free trip.
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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.
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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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Glacier 3000 and Montreux Riviera from Geneva

Immerse yourself in Switzerland’s mountain-and-lake scenery on a full-day Glacier 3000 and Montreux trip from Geneva. Ride a cable car to Glacier 3000 at 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), and absorb the spectacular mountain views. Then, enjoy a glacier walk and optional activities (additional cost). Later, enjoy free time to explore Montreux, overlooking Lake Geneva. Round-trip transport, and cable car ticket to Glacier 3000 included.
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Day Trip to a Bollywood Filming Location From Geneva

Spend a day in the Swiss countryside, and enjoy time in the village where the hit Bollywood movie ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ was filmed. Walk amid the alpine landscape that formed the backdrop to Raj and Simran’s blossoming romance, then travel back to Geneva via the lakeside town of Montreux. If you want to see more, upgrade when you book to include a cable car ride up Glacier 3000 or a slide on one of the world’s highest altitude toboggan rides.
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Swiss Riviera Private Tour : Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux, Chillon

With medieval castles and fertile vineyards lining the shores of Lake Geneva, the Swiss Riviera is a traveller’s dream destination. On this tour, explore in comfort by private vehicle and reach top Lake Geneva attractions including Chillon Castle, Lausanne, the UNESCO–listed Lavaux vineyards, and Montreux with ease. See the best of the Lake Geneva region in one day, with entry fees plus pickup and drop-off at your Geneva hotel included.
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From Geneva to Glacier 3000

Get more out of your time in Geneva by going on a private day tour to Glacier 3000. Take the stress out of driving on mountain roads by having hotel pickup and drop-off included. A private driver will take you to the beautiful village of Les Diablerets, where you’ll be able to take a cable car to reach Glacier 3000. The tour will give you access to stunning views that you wouldn’t see otherwise, and you’ll also have the option to visit Montreux too.
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8-Day Switzerlands Peaks from Geneva

Travel by train to three of Switzerland’s most scenic regions with the convenience of a package that includes railway tickets, hotels, and several excursions. This 8-day independent tour starts in Zurich and ends in Geneva, with overnights in Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, and Geneva. You’ll visit the German, French, and Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland, and make day trips to Swiss Alps destinations including Mount Titlis, Jungfraujoch, and Rochers-de-Naye.
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Riviera line to Lausanne, Cruise to Montreux with optional olympic museum

Check out the sights of Lausanne and Montreux with this easy transport-only day trip from central Geneva. Perfect if you have a day free and want to see other Swiss cities besides Geneva, the day trip also includes a cruise across Lake Geneva. Spend the morning in Lausanne as you wish, then spend an afternoon in the cosmopolitan lakeside town of Montreux. How you spend your time is up to you; an upgrade option is available if you want to include entry to the Olympic Museum Lausanne.
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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.
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8-Day Grand Train Tour of Switzerland from Geneva

A train tour is a magical way to travel around Switzerland. It’ll save you time navigating, you won’t get stuck in traffic, and you’ll be able to concentrate on the scenic views rather than driving. You'll save hours researching and planning accommodation, as seven overnight stays in different cities are included. In addition to this, transfers, select excursions, and train tickets are also provided. Places you’ll visit include Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, Zermatt, St. Moritz, and Lugano.
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3-Day GoldenPass Line Tour from Geneva

The GoldenPass Line is a rail service linking Central Switzerland to the Bernese Oberland and the Lake Geneva region, allowing for hassle-free travel throughout the country. On this independent 3-day tour, travel in comfort from Lucerne over the Brünig pass into the Bernese Oberland, and onward through the Pays d’Enhaut to Lake Geneva and Montreux. With 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation and breakfasts included, see the best of Switzerland in comfort by train.
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Swiss rivera tour From Geneva to Lausanne and Cruise

Laid into the hills by Lake Geneva, the French-speaking Swiss city of Lausanne boasts cosmopolitan appeal and historical depth. Discover it the easy way with this convenient transport-only day trip from Geneva, and explore the chic city at your own pace. You’ll travel by bus from Geneva to Lausanne, then back again by boat across the lake; all tickets are prebooked for minimum hassle on the day.
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Riviera line To Montreux including Lavaux Unesco Trolley

Montreux and the UNESCO–listed Lavaux count among the must-see sites for visitors to the Swiss Riviera, but booking travel and tickets independently is time-consuming. On this hassle-free and adventurous tour, reach both sites with ease from central Geneva in one day. Spin through the Lavaux vineyards to lakeside Montreux by traditional trolley, and admire fine views over the vineyards and lakes for which the Swiss Riviera is famous.
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Bus Round trip to Lausanne from Geneva

Visit the Olympic city of Lausanne with ease when you book this transport-only day trip from Geneva by bus. Giving you a full day in the small Swiss city near Lake Geneva, the excursion is perfect if you want to explore the boutiques, lake, and city streets at your own pace but have the comfort of organized transport arranged.
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Riviera Line: Lausanne Olympic museum and return to Geneva by cruise

Take a journey on a bus from Geneva to Lausanne, discover the famous Olympic museum, and return with a cruise on Lake Geneva.
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