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Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) 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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Cultural Tours

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Discover the Greenwich Village in Geneva

This experience is provided by a private local."A ride to through the Italian side (center) of Geneva"Let me take you to a trip at what is often regarded as the "Greenwich Village of Geneva". Carouge gives you a relaxed vibe as an escape of the city life, which is just a short tram ride away from the center of Geneva. In the 18th century, Carouge - a city with a Latin charm came into being, with a chessboard design and with uniformally arranged, square house blocks. Many of the neo-classical houses and the inner courtyard gardens are well preserved and have been converted to bistros, restaurants, fashion boutiques, workshops, ateliers and antique stores. Let's meet at the center of Geneva (Rive), and start the "avventura italiana."The group size will not exceed 8 people so that you can ask all the questions you have to the local.
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Luxury Tours

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Chocolate hunting in Geneva: Follow the taste!

This experience is provided by a private local.Want to learn the secrets of velvety-smooth Swiss chocolate?Join me for a guided discovery of Geneva's best artisan chocolate-makers. Having lived in Geneva for many years, I know all the best chocolate shops and I am happy to share my favourites with you and tell you all about the art of Swiss chocolate-making. So, prepare yourself for a sweet-filled day during which you will taste some of the best artisanal chocolates in town, and, in fact, in the country!This is the perfect excursion for a chocoholic or anyone looking to treat themselves to a sweet tour of Geneva to taste amazing chocolate and get to know the city in the process.The group size will not exceed 8 people so that you can ask all the questions you have.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Over the water

Come refresh yourself at the foot of the Jet d'eau (140 meters high), stroll on the docks, photograph yourself in front of the famous flower clock, enjoy the beautiful view from the Mont-Blanc bridge or have a drink by the river Rhone. Venez vous rafraîchir au pied de l’impressionnant Jet d'eau (140 mètres), flâner sur les quais, vous photographier devant la fameuse horloge fleurie, profiter de la magnifique vue de la ville depuis le pont du Mont-blanc ou encore siroter un verre au bord du Rhône, près de la place Bel-Air.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Highlights Tour in a TaxiBike: Geneva

This tour is an introduction to the city of Geneva, if you are passing through the city or do not have much time, come with us on board of a TaxiBike and visit the most emblematic places of the city, as well as its history. Don´t miss out!!!
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  • 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Geneva Watch Tour in a eTukTuk.

If you're a watch lover, you can't miss this 1hr 30 min tour aboard an Etuktuk, where we'll take you to the heart of luxury watchmaking, discover the city's most important boutiques and the history of how the art of making watches emerged in Geneva. Don´t miss out!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Geneva Fondue Tour in a eTukTuk

Sightsee for 1hr 30 min the beautiful streets of the old town, admire the Lake Geneva, the Jet d´eua or the district of Carouge while dipping a piece of bread in your Fondue Maison made with 100% Gruyére cheese and savouring an excellent glass of wine from the region. You can't miss this new culinary experience of the city, aboard an electric Tuk Tuk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Rail Tours

Chamonix Montblanc Day Trip from Geneva with optional Cable Car Ride and Lunch

Visit Chamonix in a way that suits you best with this customizable day trip from Geneva. Opt for a transfer-only option to reach the pretty French mountain town with minimum fuss direct from your hotel or select the full package option to also include tickets to the Aiguille du Midi cable car and Montenvers railway. Otherwise, splurge on the all-inclusive day trip that teams transport and tickets with lunch at one of Chamonix’s acclaimed restaurants.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

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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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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City Tours

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.
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Day Trips

Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village & Chocolate Factory from Geneva

Combine a passion for chocolate and cheese 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 and a cheese-making facility. Uncover the secrets behind their production during guided tours. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Geneva on this excursion sure to pleasure your palate.
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  • 10 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.
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Chamonix French Alps Day Tour from Geneva

Absorb the vivid beauty of Mont Blanc and the French Alps on a day trip to Chamonix from Geneva by open-top bus. Enjoy unobstructed views through the retractable glass roof and arrive before the crowds to independently explore the Alpine resort town on foot. Upgrade your tour with several options that include a 3-course lunch at a Restaurant, the Aiguille du Midi cable car ride, and the Montenvers railway to the Mer de Glace glacier.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trips

Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

Discover Lake Geneva’s star attraction on this 8-hour tour of Chillon Castle from Lausanne. Stroll around the pretty market town of Vevey, then hop aboard a steamboat and cruise to Chillon Castle, perched on an island outside Montreux. End your tour in lively Montreux where you can stroll the waterfront promenade, pose for photos with the Freddie Mercury statue and admire views of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Geneva City Tour

Get acquainted with the spectacular sights of Geneva on this introductory 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.
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Half-day Tours

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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  • 5 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Explore Geneva in Style with an E-Bike

Hop on an e-bike and save your energy for sightseeing in Geneva. Helping you cycle around the city with ease, the electric bike is the perfect mode of transport for quick access to Geneva’s landmarks including the Jet d’Eau, United Nations building, Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and more. Cycle in a group of no more than six people for easy interaction with your guide, and learn about the city as you pedal.
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Cultural Tours

Walking Tour of Geneva Old Town

One of the world’s busiest centers of diplomacy, the United Nations building in Geneva (UNOG) is housed in the Palais des Nations, a site that resonates with history. See it with a guide to get a glimpse into the workings of the United Nations, then explore Geneva on a walking tour. You’ll find the best viewpoints over Lake Geneva, and see city highlights such as the English Garden, Geneva Cathedral, and the Jet d’Eau without getting lost.
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
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Segway Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trips

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 enjoy ample time to explore the sights of Montreux before making the return trip to Geneva.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Chamonix Mont-blanc Private Day Trip from Geneva

Discover the beauty of the Alpine Valley of Switzerland by going on a private day trip to the resort area of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Take the stress out of traveling on busy public transport by having a private driver for the day to transport you between sites in a comfortable vehicle. Potential attractions you’ll visit include Montenvers Railway, the Sea of Ice, and Brevent. You won’t have to worry about being rushed, as you’ll have plenty of time to explore Chamonix’s cobbled streets in your own time.
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  • 9 hours
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Segway Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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  • 5 hours
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