Welcome to Lake Geneva & Vaud

Half the lake belongs to France and most of its eastern shoreline, but the rest of it is the pride of the Vaudoise, from where views across the lake onto the Alps are nothing short of spellbinding. Explorations into the Alps reward summer hikers with perfect air and unthinkable vistas. In winter, the region becomes a pricey playground for the world's ski-loving elite.

The shore-hugging rail journey from Geneva to Montreux, past the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux, to Lausanne, home to a boisterous student population and the International Olympic Committee and Vevey (of Nestlé fame), whizzing by fairy-tale châteaux, luxurious lakeside manors and sparkling 'beaches', is one you simply must take.

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$217.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: KeyTours S.A., GenevaMeet your guide Duration: 5 minutesStop At: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Lausanne, Canton of VaudPhoto stop in front of the Olympic MuseumDuration: 3 minutesStop At: Lake Geneva, GenevaBoard for a cruise from Vevey to the Castle of Chillon Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Chaplin's World, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Canton of VaudVisit of the studio of Charlie Chaplin and his family manoir Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Place du MarchéEnjoy a free time in Vevey, Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux, Canton of VaudVisit of the Castle Duration: 1 hourStop At: Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Montreux, Canton of VaudStop into the Lavaux, enjoy the view from this protected site by UNESCO. It's the parfect moment to taste the white wine from this Vineyards.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Casino de Montreux, Montreux, Canton of VaudTake the opportunity of a free time in Montreux to explore Queen's Studio at the Casino or stroll on the lovely streets of the cityDuration: 45 minutes

$192.61 Private & Custom Tours

Gruyères Private Tour with Cheese and Chocolate from Montreux

Start your tour with 9am pickup at your Montreux hotel. Depart Montreux and travel through Fribourg to Gruyères — a medieval town overlooking the Saane Valley. On arrival, visit a local cheese factory and sample some of Switzerland’s famous Gruyère cheese. Afterward, explore 13th-century Gruyères Castle and gain insight into the region’s rich medieval history.Enjoy an hour’s free time to wander the narrow, cobbled streets at your leisure, then visit the Cailler chocolate factory in Broc. Here, learn how one of Switzerland’s most famous chocolatiers produces its tasty treats, and learn of the company’s long history. Following a chocolate-tasting at Cailler, return in comfort to your Montreux hotel to conclude your tour.

$65.14 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Taste My Swiss City Lausanne - Selfguided Food Tour

Stop 1 "La Brasserie de Montbenon", Allée Ernest Ansermet 3, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 320 40 30, www.brasseriedemontbenon.ch. When you are in front of the "Lausanne Palace“ hotel turn to the right, if you walk 200 m across a wonderful park, you will arrive at the l'Esplanade de Montbenon (a wonderful view of the lake) In the Casino de Montbenon there is also a restaurant where you can taste local tapas and have a glass of white wine.Stop 2 "Bleu Lézard" Rue Enning 10, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 321 38 30, www.bleu-lezard.ch. If you start from the famous "Place St François" go straight ahead along the famous pedestrian street "rue de Bourg", (at the end of the street on the right  you will pass Louis Vuitton), turn to your left and cross the street immediately at the traffic lights and you will enter  the "Rue Enning" at the end of the small pedestrian street on the right. Enjoy your meal, you will have the choice between several daily specials and a drink.  Stop 3 "Royaume Melazic" Rue de la Madeleine 12, 1003 Lausanne, +41 21 624 80 79, www.melazic.com. This cupcake shop is situated in the old town of Lausanne. When you are at the "Place de la Palud" (city hall), you go pass the little statue of justice (on your right). Then turn into the "Rue de la Madeleine". Melazic is situated on the right top. Choose carefully, all the cupcakes are delicious!

$202.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Pass plus Cheese, Wine and Chocolate Tour from Lausanne

There is no better temptation than chocolate smell ! A fantastic journey through chocolate traditions with a tasting of one of the most famous swiss delicacies.Admire breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, take a deep breath of pure mountain air and listen to the cowbells in the pasturelands. Then on your way to Gruyères, enjoy Swiss countryside taking a great big breath of freshair. Be charmed by the real Switzerland, its green fields, its cows and Mountains.Enjoy authentic Alpine cheese making and suddenly become expert in swiss cheese fondue by preparing it yourself.After such an unforgettable experience, relax on a comfortable ride aboard the famous GoldenPass Panoramic train overlooking magnificent views over Lemanic Arc..

$143.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Montreux and Château de Chillon from Lausanne

Discover wonderful views of Switzerland, the Alps Mountains and Geneva lake. Ride our comfortable coach from Lausanne, drive through the Vaud countryside, you will have a photo stop to see the highlight of Lausanne, the Olympic committee which was created by the Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.Then continue to Corsier-sur-Vevey, spend free time in the village around Chaplin’s world. Next, jump on our open trolley tour through the World heritage site of Lavaux, protected by UNESCO, also called “the Wine road”: a vineyard region with terraces. You will have a break in the middle of the vines to taste some local products such as cheese, wine or grape juice. Just before lunch, take an overall of Vevey city, Nestlé headquarters, the covered market and spend a free timefor your lunch.In the afternoon, board again our open trolley, drive along the lake road, from Vevey to the castle of Chillon, places called “the pearls of the lake”. Blessed with an extremely mild micro-climate, Montreux-Vevey features a several-mile promenade with beautiful arrays of palm trees and tropical flowers.You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon to take some pictures.You last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of all the great artists who have visited this place such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles and many more… The emblem of the city is the statue of Freddy Mercury; he says that “If you want Peace of Soul, you should come to Montreux”. This artist, who lived several years in Montreux recorded his last album with the group Queen, "Made in Heaven", in the Mountain Studio, which is in the Montreux Casino. You will have the chance to visit Queen’s old studio record. Wonder in the streets full of fancy shopping and landmarks of the famous jazz festival. Ride the bus back .

$156.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Montreux in the 20th century: music, culture and architecture

Meet you private guide at the tourist office by the lake and get ready to embark on the journey into the history of this beautiful Swiss Riviera town and what made into the visitor magnet that it is today. Starting with the stroll on the lake promenade you will approach the Montreux Palace - a legendary hotel from the golden age of hospitality in the Swiss Riviera. Inside the palace you will get to admire the Belle Époque interior, most of which has remained unchanged since its construction in early 20th century. Entering the Old Town you will find out about the transformation that the city of Montreux went through in the 20th century - from the golden age in the beginning of the century to the decay following two World Wars and to the cultural revival, starting in the 60's. After the Old Town we will visit two landmark churches, one of which is nearly a thousand years old and by many accounts has given Montreux its name. Following down to the lake we will see the world-famous Montreux Casino, immortalised by Deep Purple's 1971 hit "Smoke on the Water". Your exploration of Montreux will end at the statue of Freddie Mercury who famously said in his conversation with Montserrat Caballé: "If you want peace of soul, come to Montreux".

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