Welcome to Lausanne

While gridlocked Geneva seems to focus on the past and its reputation for hosting more international organisations than anywhere in the world, Lausanne looks to the future. The city is known for its upbeat vibe, perhaps on account of its enviable location (vistas this end of Lake Geneva are more dramatic than Geneva's) and its high-brow though party-hearty student population – Lausanne's EPFL Research Institute is considered Europe's version of Boston's MIT. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are here, as well as unique museums undergoing exciting transformations and a new aquarium contrasting with the city's Gothic Old Town.

The neighbourhoods of chichi lakeside Ouchy and Flon, with its re-imagined warehouses, reflect Lausanne's hip, urban culture; both beckon you to visit.

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$228.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Lavaux, Montreux, Chaplin’s World Steamboat Cruise from Geneva

Begin with a comfortable coach ride from Geneva and drive through the Vaud countryside, where you'll have a photo stop in Lausanne, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.Then continue to Vevey and discover Chaplin’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. Learn more about one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at the Hollywood-style studio. Next, see the World Heritage Site of Lavaux. Also called 'the wine road,' this road is part of the famous grand tour of Switzerland: 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 (own expense), take a tour of Vevey city, Nestlé headquarters, and the covered market.In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat and cruise across scenic Lake Geneva. You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, the most visited castle in 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, and its dungeons inspired Lord Byron. Your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Learn about all the great artists who have visited this place, such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Ray Charles, and more. The emblem of the city is the statue of Freddie Mercury, who lived several years in Montreux and recorded his last album with the group Queen in the Mountain Studio, which is in the Montreux Casino. You will 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, your tour will conclude with the ride back to Geneva.

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Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: KeyTours S.A., GenevaMeet your GuideDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Lake Geneva, GenevaBeautifull view on the roadStop At: Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Montreux, Canton of VaudStop into the vineyards, enjoy a glass of white wine Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Place du MarchéTake advantage of your free time in Vevey to explore this charming city.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Freddie Mercury Memorial, Montreux, Canton of Vaudenjoy a free time in Montreux to visit the Queen's Studio Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Montreux, Canton of VaudEnjoy a free time in Montreux Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Chateau de Chillon, Veytaux, Canton of VaudGo back into the past visiting the most popular castle of SwitzerlandDuration: 1 hour

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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

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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!

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Private trip from Geneva to Montreux through Lausanne

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)Olympic museum in LausanneDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Chateau de ChillonChillon Castle near MontreuxDuration: 1 hourStop At: Freddie Mercury MemorialThe statue of Freddie Mercury Memorial on Lake Geneva Duration: 15 minutesStop At: AlptransferYour private trip is organized by our vehicle and driver-guideDuration: 7 hours

$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..