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Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

1. Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake on a unique a sightseeing cruise. Admire the beauty of the Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and other landmarks while learning about the area from your audio guide. Download the cruise app CGN Tours with all relevant information on the spot. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them from the audioguide. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at the famous Jet d’Eau fountain in the city, famous for Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and famous buildings, such as the UN. Pass by elegantly manicured gardens that line the shores of the lake, as well as the stunning surrounding flora and fauna, before heading back to the dock from which you departed.

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

2. Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Discover the city of Geneva from a new perspective with a scenic cruise. Drift across Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in this world of Swiss beauty with breathtaking views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Make your way to the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva and meet your friendly crew and group for the day just outside. Climb on board your boat and get settled in as you push off from the shore onto Lake Geneva. Relax with a glass of wine in hand as you take in the picturesque scenery. Pass by the United Nations Office and the Bain des Paquis before staring up in awe at the mighty outline of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

3. From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

This tour will give you the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva (or Leman, as it is also known), while giving you the option to tailor the trip to your needs and interests.  Board the coach in Geneva and drive through the Vaud countryside, passing Lausanne and stopping at Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exquisite wine production. During the spring and summer months, you will also have the chance to visit a vineyard where local wine will be served.  Leaving Lavaux, the next stop will be Vevey. Take an overall tour of the city, the Nestlé headquarters, and the covered market, and have some free time for lunch.  You can discover Chapin’s World — a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, and go on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Know more about one of the surprising artists of the 20th century through the sets of his greatest films at a Hollywood-style studio. After visiting Vevey, if you have the lake cruise option on your tour, embark on a journey in an old steamer boat to the Castle of Chillon. Located on the bank of Lake Geneva, the castle is one of the most visited historical places in Switzerland, dating back to the 11th century.  If you decided on the option that includes the castle, you will have a guided tour through the building, and in case you did not choose the cruise option, you will be taken to the castle directly by bus.  Afterward, your last stop will be in Montreux, a glamorous tourist resort. Feel the atmosphere of great artists that visited this place, such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

Private Tour from Geneva to the French Riviera

4. Private Tour from Geneva to the French Riviera

Experience this dreamy excursion to a picturesque corner of France. Your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel in Geneva or any convenient location for you. You will depart to the medieval city of Yvoire, which was built in the 14th century. You will then proceed to the ancient Yvoire Castle, which will charm you by its majestic view. Afterwards, you will go to the Garden of Five Senses in the heart of Yvoire, home to 1300 incredible varieties of plants. You will have some free time to explore Yvoire, do some shopping and have lunch. Later, you will depart to Evian by boat, the town of healing water visited by historic kings. Here you can discover the city or relax and enjoy some wellness treatments. You will return to Geneva with unforgettable memories during an enjoyable drive back to the initial meeting point.

From Geneva: Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise

5. From Geneva: Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise

Board a comfortable vehicle, drive along Geneva lake to reach the fortified village of Yvoire. It is authentic, with its ramparts and gates that were used to defend the town. Built in 1036, Yvoire’s castle is the target of all photography-lovers of Yvoire. When under construction in the 14th century, the military dungeon was used to watch the navigation and control the road that linked Geneva to the high valley of the Rhône and to Italy. Today, the majestic shape of the castle is still standing as a sentinel on Lake Geneva. Spend some free time and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place. Enjoy the restaurants with its typical fish dish called “filet de perche” in front of the magnificent Lake. Classified among the most beautiful villages of France, the medieval city of Yvoire, fishermen's authentic village, is situated right by the Leman Lake. It is outstandingly flowery and livened up by artists and craftsmen, is one of the inescapable sites of Chablais. You will be enchanted with the Garden “des Cinq Sens” and its labyrinth of greenery. 700-years-old, the village has miraculously preserved invaluable testimonies of past: castle, ramparts, doors and ditch. It is a member of a prestigious Association of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. You will have a map and you can wonder yourself in this beautiful village. To come back to Geneva, board an old steamer boat “Belle Epoque” cruise, an original journey to enjoy the banks of the lake from the water.

Lake Annecy Day Trip from Geneva

6. Lake Annecy Day Trip from Geneva

This day trip to Annecy lets your discover this wonderful icon French town at your leisure. Colorful buildings perched next to waterways house endless restaurants, bistros, and boutique shops. A steep walk to the top of the Old Town reveals the impressive Chateau de Montrottier & Gorges du Fier. The Wonderful Lake that surrounds the town is one of the most pristine in Europe. Boat tours around the Alpine lake are highly recommended to finish off the day. Annecy Old Town  Nick-named the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ Annecy’s old town is beautifully restored and a joy to stroll through. Colorful buildings perched next to waterways house endless restaurants, bistros, and cafés with outdoor seating and incredible views. Much of the old town of Annecy has only very narrow streets and alleys that are open to pedestrians only.    Lake Annecy  A major attraction of Annecy is its beautiful location on the banks of Lac d’Annecy. Boat excursions are popular on Lake Annecy and range from lunch cruises to short round-trip cruises. It is also possible to rent boats from the park behind the Hotel de Ville – powerboats and pedal boats (pedalos) can be rented by the half-hour. Swimming is allowed in this crystal clean- lake and the alpine views are simply stunning.  Château de Montrottier & Gorges du Fier The medieval castle of Montrottier and its remarkable collections is located in the Savoyard foreland between the Rhone and the limestone Pre-Alps. The castle houses wonderful sets of furniture, earthward, lace, weapons and rare objects from Africa and the far East. Opened in 1869, the Gorges, 300 m long and 70m deep, surpass in picturesqueness and striking size the most famous Gorges. At the exit, the river threads its way through a veritable maze of rocks. It is a vast lapiaz with tormented shapes called a "sea of rocks"  

Geneva to: Lausanne Olympic Museum, Boat trip & Evian Tour

7. Geneva to: Lausanne Olympic Museum, Boat trip & Evian Tour

Laussane is the capital of the Olympics since 1915. They host the head quoter of the IOC, International Olympic committee. The museum has an exhibition space of 3,000 m2, more than 1,500 exhibits, 150 screens and plenty of experiences. Visit the permanent exhibition, the Olympic Park and the Tom Café anytime on the day of your choice (Tuesday to Sunday)! Take a boat across Lake Geneva to Evian les Bain, home of the well-known Evian water. Discover the Belle Époque at Evian! You will appreciate the magic of neoclassical architecture, art nouveau styles and decorative arts. You can also explore the remains of medieval Haute-Savoie. Evian-les-Bains is a wonderful town that developed through thermal water. We can visit the emblematic buildings of the city of Evian-les-Bains, such as the Church of Our Lady, the Palais Lumière, the Villa Lumière and the Evian Casino. Take pictures at Evian's beautiful fountain, fill your bottle for free and tell a great story to your friends and family back home!

Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

8. Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

Combine 2 days in one, and enjoy the little time that you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. At only 90 minutes away from Geneva, you can take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy the little Chamonix streets full of charm, and admire the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Admire all the beautiful mountains that surround you. After that go back to Geneva and do the city tour of Geneva that will bring you to visit the international part around The World Organization for Peace, followed by a tour of the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the Jet d'eau (Fountain) and the wonderful flower clock. Moreover, get a taste of Geneva History with the mini-train Tramway Tour, and dig even deeper into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour. In addition to the Geneva city tour, this 1 hour guided tour will allow you to discover the major attractions of the Leman Lake: The Stone of Niton, The Water Fountain, The Black Harbor, The Diodati House, The UN Building, The Castle of Bellerive, The Mermaid, and many more interesting sites.

Geneva Private City Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

9. Geneva Private City Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva is Switzerland's second-most popular city and one of the greenest cities in Europe. Visit Geneva on a bus then go for a 2-hour walking tour around the cobbled streets of the Old Town. You will be taking a step back in time with Saint Peter’s cathedral, Place Bourg-de-four, the original marketplace, the arsenal, and the town hall; lose yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this influential town. This sightseeing tour allows you to discover Geneva’s most famous attractions, including the iconic Flower Clock, a symbol of the city's watchmakers and love for nature, and the impressive fountain, Jet d’Eau. This is your opportunity to snap some pictures of the magnificent spray from the fountain. Listen as your guide explains the importance of this city as a diplomatic and financial center, and pass through the district around the UN building. Go on a 1-hour commented cruise, which will allow you to discover the major attractions of Leman lake: the stone of Niton, the Water Fountain, the Black Harbour, the Diodati house, the UN building, the castle of Bellerive, the Mermaid, and many more interesting sites. Choose from a tour with a driver guide who will point out sites and give a brief commentary, or a local guide who will give a more expert, in-depth guided tour with historical and architectural commentary.

Geneva & Annecy Private City Tour and Optional Cruise

10. Geneva & Annecy Private City Tour and Optional Cruise

On this private tour, you will ride in a comfortable vehicle through the French countryside and enjoy a guided walking tour through Annecy. Nicknamed the "Venice of the Alps", Annecy offers harmonious and romantic landscapes. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers amazing views of the purest lake of Europe. Discover the picturesque and enchanting framework of the city on a walking guided tour for an hour. Take this opportunity to snap some pictures of the iconic Palais de l’Isle, a 12th-century monument that is a symbol of the town, and the dominating castle of Annecy. Stroll in the lovely little streets with endless flower-filled balconies, houses, antique markets and handcraft shops. Annecy has one of the highest quality markets on Sundays offering unique producers and sellers of clothes, chocolate, cheese, products and much more. In the afternoon return to the starting point. Visit Geneva, go for a ride on a mini-train, and walk around the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Take a step back in time through Saint Peter’s cathedral, Place Bourg-de-four, the original market place, the arsenal and the town hall. Lose yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this once influential town. Discover for yourself, Geneva’s most famous attractions, including the iconic Flower Clock, symbol of the city's watchmakers and love for nature, and the impressive fountain, Jet d’Eau. Please note that the mini train is not operating in January, February, in heavy rain and during special demonstrations. In this case, the old town will be a walking tour. If option selected, enjoy a 1 hour cruise on Geneva Lake. Admire the wealth of the most beautiful lake in Europe from an inclusive perspective.

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What people are saying about Geneva

Cute little loop around the Geneva side of the lake with plenty of space for everyone. Lots of indoor seating with plenty of windows if you don’t like it breezy. Easy to move around from side to side for different views. You do get close to the fountain as well. My trip was about 50 mins so not sure why other reviews are saying it was shorter.

Nice cruise. Could have used more direction and information prior. Make sure to read everything about the apps and where to go. Get there early if you want a prime seat.

Nice experience with wonderful views. Relaxing at it is a quiet boat (electrical).

Slow paced and easy cruise along Lake Geneva. I even got to see the Swiss alps

Windy and relaxing trip at the cruise. Lovely views around Genève.