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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$202.33 Day Trips & Excursions

Chillon Castle Day Tour from Lausanne

Meet your guide, as well as your group, at the predetermined meeting point at 9h30. From there, you will begin your departure from Lausanne. Discover wonderful views of Switzerland, the Alps mountains and Geneva lake.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 Vevey, and discover Chapin’s world: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Prepare to be moved by one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at our Hollywood-style Studio.Next, go through the World heritage site of Lavaux, proctected 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 free time foryour lunch.In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat “Belle Epoque”, a cruise that will surprise you with thesplendor of the landscape.You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, the most visited castle of Switzerland, from the 11th century.Chateau de Chillon has a beautiful location on a small island in the far western end of Lake Geneva between Montreux and Villeneuve. This romantic castle was long of strategic importance in controlling trade in the Lake Geneva region. The dungeons inspired Lord Byron.Your 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. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

$189.04 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.

$64.89 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!

$202.33 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..

$141.01 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 .

$80.73 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Trip to Diablerets from Montreux

After leaving Montreux at 10:15 am, enjoy the short 1-hour drive in the Swiss countryside mountain roads from Montreux to Col du Pillon before reaching the charming Swiss village of Diablerets. For those who are taking only the transportation, you will be dropped in the center and you will have 4 hours of free time. Traditional sports are available: walking 155 miles of walking trails (250 km) and mountain biking. It's also located at an altitude of 4,000 feet (1,200m) above sea level at the foot of an imposing mountain massif and with a majestic glacier. If you add the option of the cable car to spend this time on the top of the glacier. In this case, you will ride up the gondola as soon as you arrive and you will spent your lunch and part of the afternoon on the top until 3pm. This snowy wonderland is perfect for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, with a wide variety of activities available. It’s only a 15-minute cable car ride up to almost 9,842 feet (3,000m). Nowhere else can you get up to any Swiss glacier that fast. And this panoramic ride alone is in itself already an adventure, offering a view onto the beautiful Saanenland with the Arnensee and the gigantic alpine massif. On top the view opens up and guests can enjoy no less than 24 peaks over 13,123 feet (4,000m), including the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. This fantastic view can also be enjoyed from the restaurants Botta and Refuge l’Espace. The Gold tour option is complete including the cable car, crossing the Peak Walk by Tissot – a 107-meter long suspension bridge, which is the only one in the world to connect two peaks. A special snow bus will bring you to the panoramic restaurant "Space refuge" for 45 minutes you will have an Aperitif with Swiss ham and cheese tasting and some sparkling wine. Guaranteed to raise your adrenaline level even higher is a wild glacier ride on the highest situated toboggan run in the world – the Alpine Coaster.  In addition to the 46 mile (75km) of signposted hiking trails and the Sanetsch round trip hiking trail, as the highlight for all nature lovers, it’s also possible to go cross-country skiing  on top of the mountain during the summer. At 3pm you will take the gondola down for your drive back to Montreux around 4:30pm.

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