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Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

1. 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.

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From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

2. From Lausanne: Glacier 3000 Experience Tour

Visit Switzerland and explore for yourself the picturesque image of a Swiss chalet village. See Les Diablerets, in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises. Spend free time here hiking at the Col, or take the cable car up to the glacier. If you take the option of the cable car, jump into the mountains with the Glacier 3000, on the only bridge in the world which connects 2 summits, known as Peak Walk. The glacier offers the Alpine Coaster during the summer season, allowing you to enjoy nature and the spectacular scenery of the Alps mountains around you. Take advantage of the fun park and the adventures of the snow as sleds are waiting for you. Around 3:00 PM, descend to board the bus to Montreux and enjoy free time to feel the good vibes of this artistic city. Take in the views of Lake Geneva before returning to Lausanne.

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Lavaux: Panoramic Wine Tour

3. Lavaux: Panoramic Wine Tour

After pickup from select hotels in Chardonne, Montreux, Vevey, and Lausanne, head off into the glorious alps in a panoramic bus, which will be open-topped if the weather allows. Sit back and relax as you admire views of the towering mountains rising above the azure waters of Lake Geneva. After you’ve seen the best views that the area has to offer, head to a local vineyard to sample the wine that has made the region of Lavaux a sought-after destination among wine-lovers. Amble among the terraced grounds of the winery, tasting a selection of cured meats and cheeses alongside fine wine, learning about the rich winemaking traditions that define the region. Afterwards, you’ll head along the panoramic route back to your accommodation.

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Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

4. 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.

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Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

5. Panoramic Cheese Tour to Gruyère with Fondue Tasting

Explore the picture-perfect region of Gruyère on board a panoramic bus, paired with a cheese fondue tasting in a Swiss chalet nestled in the mountains.   After pickup from your accommodation between Lausanne and Montreux, travel in a spacious and comfortable bus to Gruyère, a region of central Switzerland. Through the bus’s panoramic windows, admire its rolling green landscapes and the peaks of the Fribourg pre-Alps. Pass through medieval towns with charming cobble-stoned streets and traditional Swiss architecture. As you go, your tour guide will explain to you all there is to know about Gruyère and the history of Swiss cheese making.   You’ll then arrive at a typical Swiss chalet to savor in a delicious and typical Swiss fondue, paired with a glass of wine. After this perfect indulgence, you’ll board the bus again to be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Lausanne: Past and Present Walking Tour

6. 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.

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From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

7. 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.

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Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon: Private Trip from Geneva

8. Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon: Private Trip from Geneva

Your driver-guide will meet you at any location convenient to you in Geneva. In the course of this trip you will have an opportunity to admire the breath-taking landscape of the Swiss countryside as you travel through Lausanne, the cultural center of Switzerland. When you arrive, take a short city tour, enjoy the exhibits of the Olympic Museum, or stroll along the shore of Geneva Lake. While driving along the shoreline of the lake, enjoy the fascinating views of the one of the most beautiful roads in Switzerland. It will take less than an hour to arrive at the impressive Chateau de Chillon, an amazing lakeside castle, the most famous one in the country. Take a guided tour through the castle discovering the important historical background of the Chateau de Chillon. Afterwards disembark at the town of Montreux to see a glamorous tourist resort associated with rock legend, Freddie Mercury. In this warm city, you will enjoy some leisurely free time, with an unforgettable stroll over the incredible shoreline. Finally, transfer back to Geneva. 

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Glacier 3000: High Level Experience Private Tour

9. Glacier 3000: High Level Experience Private Tour

When one thinks of Switzerland, they may conjure up the image of a Swiss chalet village right in the middle of the mountains. This destination, Les Diablerets or "little devils" is exactly that: a charming village in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises made up entirely of chalets and cachet, which has totally perserved its heritage. Head up to the top on a 20-minute cable car ride to take in classic, sweeping views. Enjoy the snow at the fun park and the chair lift as you look out over unforgettable scenery. Test your vertigo on the Peak Walk, the world's first suspension bridge connecting two peaks. From the top, you can see all the famous mountains such as Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, and many more.  Then, on your way back, discover the famous city of Montreux. Because of its exceptionally mild climate, Montreux is called the capital of the Vaud Riviera. Feel the good vibes of this very well-known artists' city. Head back to Lausanne or Geneva with a suite of lasting impressions.  Choose which option best works for you. Select Driver-Guide Only or Professional Guide Only to book just transport to Les Diablerets and Montreux, and to do the rest yourself, including buying a cable car ticket. By booking an option that includes the cable car ticket, save yourself the hassle and hop aboard for a spectacular ride right upon arrival.  If you book the gold option, after the cable car, take a special ride on a snow-bus over the perpetual ice until reaching the "Quille du diable." Arrive in a panoramic restaurant called Space Refuge for a little snack while gazing out at another unbeatable view of the Alps. Thrill-seekers will be pleased to know that the Alpine Coaster is Europe's highest tracked toboggan and is also included in the gold ticket.

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From Lausanne: Transfer to Interlaken Village

10. From Lausanne: Transfer to Interlaken Village

Meet your driver in the morning and take an unforgettable journey through the Alps. Reach the foot of the majestic Jungfrau on this day trip to Interlaken. Located between lakes Thun and Brienz, Interlaken is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland Mountains. When you arrive, explore the village at your own leisure. Enjoy scenic views and be stunned by the famous summit trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau while browsing the village's charming streets and quaint shops. After checking out the village's crystal blue lakes, be sure to try some Swiss culinary specialties, like Swiss fondue, during your time in Interlaken. At the end of the afternoon, board the bus to head back to Lausanne and admire the gorgeous Swiss landscape during your ride.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Lovely! It was a beautiful cruise - felt a bit long towards the end, but perhaps because we were tired from the day. Take layers as the wind can make things a bit chilly. Regardless of which ticket you buy, you'll be allowed on the top deck!

The tour was great! Amazing views from the special panoramic bus. Arthur the tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area and it felt like spending time with a close friend!

It was good, but was a bit windy on the return journey. I wish I had brought warmer clothing.

Magnificent views during the journey. Pleasant welcome by the crew.

Great atmosphere, very friendly staff, great route. We recommend.