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Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

1. Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

Join this cruise from Lausanne to Vevey to enjoy exceptional views of the Riviera region from the waters Lake Geneva. Take in views of several Swiss and French apline peaks and beautiful views of the Lavaux Vineyards. Board your cruise ship, sit back and relax as you spot charming villages clinging to the hillsides and take in views of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax onboard with a glass of white or red wine from the region as you watch the scenery go by.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

2. Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

Depart from Lausanne Ouchy on a historic paddle steamer for a 3-hour circular cruise. As you travel, observe the most beautiful part of Lake Geneva on your left, which is complete with stunning views over the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards. Throughout your trip you can admire both the Swiss and French Alps, and your approach by boat to Chillon Castle provides you with a unique view over this landmark of the region. The boat will also make short stops in Montreux and Vevey to allow you to discover the Riviera region. At lunchtime you will be welcome to dine onboard (please book your table in advance), before you return back to Lausanne at the conclusion of your relaxing boat trip.

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.  Starting from Geneva, you will board a comfortable coach 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 there, where local wine will be served.  Leaving Lavaux, the next stop will be Vevey. Take an overall tour of the city, the Nestlé headquarters, the covered market, and have some free time for lunch. This is also where you will have the option to discover Chapin’s World — a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and man. Go 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 a Hollywood-style studio. If you decide to add the option of a lake cruise to your tour, after your time in Vevey, you will be boarding an old steamer boat and embark on a journey that will lead you right to the Castle of Chillon. Located on the bank of Lake Geneva, the castle is one of the most visited historic 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.  Afterwards, 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, and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

4. From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

Start your tour of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva, leaving from Lausanne on a comfortable motorcoach. Enjoy a drive through the Vaud countryside to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux known for its exquisite wine production, also called The Wine Road. In spring and summer the tour will stop to visit a vineyard and taste some local wine. Leaving Lavaux you'll continue to Vevey. Here you'll have a chance to Discover Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the actor, filmmaker, and composer. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Afterwards, if you've chosen the option for the lake cruise you will board an old steamer boat called the Belle Epoque. The cruise will pass through the beautiful scenery of Lake Geneva on the way to the Castle of Chillon, built during the 11th-century. If you did not select the cruise option you will be taken to the castle by bus, where you will have a guided tour through the castle. The last stop on the tour 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 and Ray Charles. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the famous jazz festival.

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

5. Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

Explore Evian and stunning lake Geneva on this excursion by boat. Begin your self-guided tour from Lausanne and cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva towards the little town of Evian.  Reach this gem on the shore of the lake in about 35 minutes. Once the boat docks, hop off and start exploring at your own pace. Walk through the small streets and little allies of the quiet town, stop at a cafe or visit some of the local shops. Discover the beautiful lake promenade and marvel at the breathtaking views of this stunning landscape. You can also take the historic funicular to enjoy a beautiful view on the shores of the lake. If you visit between May and September, you can see the art nouveau Source Cachat, the first Evian water source, and enjoy a free glass of the world-famous Evian water. Soak up the atmosphere of this charming place.

Lausanne: Interlaken and Jungfrau Train Experience

6. Lausanne: Interlaken and Jungfrau Train Experience

Take an unforgettable journey through the Alps at the foot of the majestic Jungfrau, a journey which culminates at 3,454 meters. Following a quick stop at Interlaken, you will board the Jungfrau rack train from Lauterbrunnen. Once having arrived at the top, you will find yourself at the highest railway station in Europe (3,454 meters). From this vantage point, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views from the highest glacier in Europe. The Sphinx Observatory offers one of the best views of the various peaks, including the famous peaks of Eiger and Mönch. You can wander into the heart of the glacier as you walk through the ice tunnel, and experience the “alpine sensation” that traces the history of the Jungfrau. Once you return from the heights, you can enjoy some free time in Interaken before boarding a bus that will take you back through the beautiful scenery.

Lausanne: Past and Present Walking Tour

7. Lausanne: Past and Present Walking Tour

On this private tour, you'll discover the historical side of Lausanne with a passionate local who's ready to share the best kept secrets of the city with you.  This excursion starts at the Bessières Bridge. Learn about various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Château Saint-Marie or even the Palais Rumine, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour might miss.  Having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets will help you to get the most from your time in Lausanne. If you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let the local partner know and the itinerary can be adjusted accordingly.

Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

See the highlights in Lausanne on an interactive smartphone tour. Immerse yourself in the city while solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Solve puzzles outside of ten Lausanne attractions. Step into a train station that is over a century old at Lausanne railway station. View the modern architecture in Esplanade du Flon square. Use clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to start the tour when you want, and stop and go whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Take the time to snap photos at each location. Starting from Lausanne Gare, visit the Esplanade de Montbenon, Place de la Palud, Lausanne Cathedral, Parlement vaudois, Château Ste-Maire, Palais de Rumine, Eglise Notre-Dame du Valentin, Saint-Laurent, and Esplanade du Flon.

Lausanne: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Walking Tour

9. Lausanne: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Walking Tour

Get to know Lausanne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Cathedral square”, “Bel Air tower”, the “Esplanade of Montbenon" and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “The castle square” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Esplanade of Montbenon”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Super flexible, just how we like it. We didn't solve all the puzzles, but that didn't spoil the fun and we saw the most important places in Lausanne with little effort.

Our guide Tom was so friendly and accomodating, making sure that everyone was happy and enjoying the experience. His good nature and humour was appreciated by all.

Gorgeous leisurely 3 hour boat ride around the lake. Beautiful views of mountains and towns. A nice little bar on board as well.

Babis our driver very professional good driver.. very helpful and abligong.

What a fantastic tour!! It was the best part of our trip.