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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.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Montreux, Chillon, and Chaplin's World from Geneva
  • Learn the story behind the artist Charlie Chaplin at Chaplin's World
  • Drive through the Lake Geneva countryside and see the scenic Lavaux vineyards
  • Take a guided tour of Château de Chillon, a stunning castle on Lake Geneva
  • Enjoy free time to explore the tourist resort of Montreux

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What You Can Expect

Montreux, Château de Chillon, and Chaplin's World Day Trip from Geneva

Chillon Castle

Depart from Gare Routiere Bus Station in central Geneva and travel by climate-controlled minivan to Chaplin’s World: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Learn about the influential 20th-century artist inside the Hollywood-style studio.

Next, ride along the UNESCO-listed Lavaux, also called 'the wine road' and known for its scenic vineyards.

Afterward, return to your vehicle and travel to the lakeside location of Château de Chillon, an 11th-century castle set on Lake Geneva. Take a 1-hour guided tour of one of Switzerland’s most iconic attractions and delve into the history of the dramatic structure with your guide. Learn how its dungeons inspired Lord Byron, and its role in controlling trade in the region.

Top off the day with a final stop in the tourist resort of Montreux. Hear about all the artists who have visited, including Freddie Mercury, who lived in Montreux for several years and recorded his last album with Queen in the Mountain Studio. You'll have the chance to visit Queen’s old studio and wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

After a full day of sightseeing, relax on the ride back to Geneva.

Customer Reviews

Linda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was wonderful in every way. On time always, which I appreciate. Nice informative tour guides. Loved the Christmas village. The castle was unbelievable and I got some of the best pictures. The driver was so skilled at getting us through tiny stone streets and alleys.

AKI K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I participated this tour in late December. When I booked it, I was not sure if it was the best option because boat trip sounded nice, too. But this trip proved to be definitely better because it snowed on that day and boat trip was not possible. The guide was wonderful and I really enjoyed it.

Rhonda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

A picturesque trip travelling from Geneva to Montreux by coach with the lake on one side and countryside on the other. Chillon Castle on the edge of the lake was most interesting. The Christmas Markets were busy and fun.

jose s

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Arrived at Geneva after Christmas , montreux markets were already closed, itinerary was changed to include Lausanne . Enjoyed the trip with great guide. Chillon Castle was impressive.

Amy G

4 star rating: Recommended December 2010

Tour guide was very informative, and the castle was the highlight, although we didn't have a guided tour as I'd thought we would. The Christmas market was nice, although items are expensive by American standards. The scenery is beautiful though. The only thing that I really didn't like about this tour is that it was supposed to start at 10am, but the tour guide waited for 30 minutes for extra people to book, which took away from shopping time at the market.

Pauline S Ireland

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

Very enjoyable tour. The guide at Chillon was excellent.

Marie W Australia

4 star rating: Recommended February 2010

Christmas markets at Montreux was the highlight of the day. Castle tour interesting, well worth the visit.

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