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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.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

2. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc). Enjoy free entrance to museums like the the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, the National History Museum of Bern, the Paul Klee Center in Bern, and the Natural history museum in Geneva. Explore with access to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

3. 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.

Geneva: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Geneva: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

Get to know the city of Geneva on an open-top bus tour. See the stunning Lake Geneva and the famous flower clock in Jardin Anglais park. Stop at the United Nations to snap some photos.  Board your bus and take a seat to enjoy a bus tour through Geneva. During your ride understand the city's international importance as you go to the buildings dedicated to organizations that work for the betterment of safety and equality in the world.  See the United Nations offices and make a photo stop to capture what makes Geneva the capital of peace. Afterward, head to the left bank and see Lake Geneva with its striking water fountain. Make your way to Jardin Anglais park and see the colorful flower clock.   Drive by Parc de La Grange with its gorgeous gardens and visit Parc des Eaux-Vives with its historic mansion before concluding your tour.  Please note that the tour is in two parts. You must stay on the bus to do both part and do the complete tour.

Full-Day Trip to Riviera Col du Pillon & Glacier 3000

5. Full-Day Trip to Riviera Col du Pillon & Glacier 3000

Discover the picturesque area of Les Diablerets (little devils) in the heart of the Alps Vaudoises at Col du Pillon. Made up of chalets, this village has an amazingly preserved heritage. Don't miss the majestic 3000–meter high glacier. Dominate the snowy peaks and take on the Peak Walk, the world's first suspension bridge connecting two peaks. At 108 meters long, discover more than 24 peaks over 4000 meters on the walkway. Take advantage of the fun park where sleds are waiting for you. In summer, try a descent in the Alpine Coaster, Europe's highest tracked toboggan run.  If you prefer to stay in the village of Diablerets, take a stroll along the river and explore the beautiful landscape. Around 3:00 PM, head back to the bus to return to Montreux, and enjoy some free time to explore this artistic city before returning to Geneva.

From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

6. From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

Depart from the pier in Montreux on a historic paddle steamer. Sail along Lake Geneva towards Chillon Castle, the most visited historic monument in Switzerland. Continue sailing past the charming towns of Villeneuve, Le Bouveret, and St Gingolph. Sail by the town of Vevey, and admire the views of the famous Lavaux vineyards. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the French and Swiss Alps, before returning to Montreux. Download your tour app which contains all relevant information. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them through the audioguide.

Geneva: 2-Hour Tour of International Quarters and Old Town

7. Geneva: 2-Hour Tour of International Quarters and Old Town

This 2-hour city tour of Geneva will take you by bus to visit the international quarters of Geneva, as well as the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the beautiful fountain (Jet d'Eau) in Lake Geneva, and the wonderful Flower Clock. You will also get a taste of Geneva’s fascinating history during a lively tramway tour and delve deeper into the Old Town on an informative guided walking tour.

Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

8. 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. Download the cruise app "CGN Tours" with all relevant information. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them through the audioguide

Geneva: City Pass with 60 Activities

9. Geneva: City Pass with 60 Activities

1 pass, 60 activities: Discover the best of Geneva with the Geneva City Pass! A city pass is a card that allows you to enjoy a variety of activities for free or at a very low price. Visit a museum, take a cruise on the lake, go on a guided tour, go rafting: enjoy 60 free or discounted activities for both young and old in Geneva for a duration of 24, 48 or 72 hours! Examples of savings with the Geneva City Pass -One entry to MAMCO (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) costs CHF 15. > With the Geneva City Pass, it’s free! -The breathtaking “Geneva Tour” cruise costs CHF 18. > With the Geneva City Pass, it’s free. -A 30-minute pedal boat ride on the lake costs CHF 14. > With the Geneva City Pass, it’s free. -With the Geneva City Pass you’ll get a CHF 10 discount on the rental of a licence-free motorboat.

Geneva: Glacier 3000 Experience and Montreux

10. Geneva: Glacier 3000 Experience and Montreux

Ride the spectacular cable car to reach Glacier 3000 in 20 minutes. Glacier 3000 is a snowy wonderland for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts, you can see snow all year round. Enjoy a special ride on a snow-bus over the perpetual ice and reach the Quille du Diable. Taste some local products while enjoying panoramic views at an unforgettable restaurant. Ride the famous Alpine Coaster, Europe's highest tracked toboggan run and cross over the Peak Walk. The world's first suspension bridge connecting two peaks, See more than 24 peaks over 4,000 meters. On your way back, discover the town of Montreux. This glamorous tourist resort has an exceptional microclimate so you can enjoy Mediterranean plants such as pines, cypresses, palm trees and exotic flowers. 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. Wander through the streets full of fancy shops and landmarks of the town.

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I had a very good time with the tour. The snowy mountain sight was amazing. Our guides, especially Adela was wonderful. Towards the end of the tour, it became very windy which made us have to go down the mountain earlier than planned. Our guide really made sure that we were taken care of.

Neils the tour guide was very very knowledgeable, polite and punctual. Excursion was fun and very worth it. Smooth tour with plenty of information around not just excursions but the culture and history of Swiss and french people. Would strongly recommend him.

Roger was really a nice tour guide, he took nice picture for me. I am looking forward to comeback in Geneva and take more tours with Roger

Tour guide was super helpful throughout the day especially as not keen on heights but love a challenge. Overall great day out

It was an amazing experience and our guide, Niels, was the best guide we could ever have!