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Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

1. Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a new perspective — directly on the water. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau, the iconic fountain the city is famous for, Mont-Blanc mountain and the surrounding Swiss Alps, as well as 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. An app with information about the cruise is available to download on the spot in a free wifi area; all the information about this will be given at the cashier's desk.

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From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

2. 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.

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Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

3. Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

This 3-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 dig deeper into the Old Town on an informative guided walking tour. Guides speak French and English, while some are also conversant in German, Italian, and Spanish, depending on the guide. To complete the tour, continue with a 1-hour cruise of the lake and see the major attractions from the water, such as the unusual rocks of the Pierres du Niton, the Water Fountain, Black Harbour, Villa Diodati, the UN Building, Castle of Bellerive, the Mermaid, and much more. For your pleasure, drinks will be offered during the cruise.

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From Geneva: Day Trip to Lausanne & Cruise to Montreux

4. From Geneva: Day Trip to Lausanne & Cruise to Montreux

Board a comfortable bus from Geneva for an hour drive to Lausanne. Take advantage of the morning to stroll in the pretty streets, visit the famous cathedral or walk around the port. You may also explore the world of sports in the Olympic Museum and relive great moments of competition, feel the pulse of the champions and discover the creative flair of the place. This is only optional! At 2:15 PM embark for a cruise on the Léman Lake to Montreux. Discover the idyllic landscapes of this little piece of heaven. Pass a UNESCO world heritage site called Lavaux. Admire the vineyards on terraces and see Vevey with the statue of Charlie Chaplin on the shore and the famous Nestlé headquarters. Get off the boat at Montreux, and enjoy some free time in this beautiful city before coming back to Geneva by bus. Feel the good vibes of this well-known tourist resort. Because of the exceptionally mild climate Montreux’ plants are associated with the Mediterranean. Pines, cypresses and palm trees grow here as well. Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury and several other famous people lived and continue to live on the Vaud Riviera.

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Private Trip From Geneva to Annecy in France

5. Private Trip From Geneva to Annecy in France

If you are looking for a romantic adventure, then this excursion is the perfect match for you! This trip can be organised according to your preferences, offering a personal approach. Start the journey from any convenient location for you in Geneva. Hop into a comfortable car or minivan for a short but pleasant ride to the charming town of Annecy, situated 35 km away from Geneva and right at the base of the snow-covered Alps. Annecy is also known as the “Venice of the Alps” due to the Thiou River flowing through the town creating canals reminiscent of Venice. Located beside the clear waters of Lake Annecy, the town offers a large green park with walkways, tiny bridges, fountains, swans and options for boating activities. Wander around and explore the delightful Old town, which was built in the Middle Ages. Take a look at the central landmark of Annecy – Palais de I’lsle, a medieval castle and prison built in the 12th century that is now an art and history museum. Discover the Chateau d’Annecy – a renovated castle, dominating the town. Afterward, you will take a boat trip and sail around the lake to see the tiny villages dotted at the shores of the lake, the Menthon Saint Bernard – a castle built in the 13th century and enjoy the beautiful view.  You can have a meal by trying local dishes at one of the canal-side cafes or restaurants. Do not forget to bring your camera, as it is going to be a very picturesque journey!

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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 D’Annecy. 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.  Chateau d’Annecy  The Château d’Annecy (Annecy Castle) was the home of the Counts of Geneva. In the 16th century the castle entrance was fortified with a parapet walkway. The oldest part of the castle is the Tour de la Reine which was built in the 13th century. From the 17th century to the 1940s it was a barracks and today it houses a museum with exhibitions of Art and History of the area.   

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Geneva and Annecy: Combined Day Trip with Boat Cruise

7. Geneva and Annecy: Combined Day Trip with Boat Cruise

Explore exciting Geneva and beautiful Lake Annecy in a day. This 2-part trip allows you to see the famous alpine Lake Annecy, and to discover the best of Geneva’s tourist attractions. You can take the morning to enjoy the world-famous town of Annecy, enjoying the historic chateau and castle, colorful buildings, and cobbled walkways. With canals weaving through the Old Town, it is obvious why Annecy was nicknamed "the Venice of the Alps". With its streets littered with local artisanal ice-cream and crafts roaming the alleys, it is enjoyable for everyone. You can also walk up to the chateau, or take a tour of the famous Palais de l'Ile. With the Alps as the back-drop, the world-famous Lake Annecy is simply breathtaking. Complete with a glorious promenade lining the banks, you will be free to take in the incredible panoramic views. Pedal boats and swimming are both allowed in this crystal-clear lake, with parks to also relax and enjoy the stunning views. You will also take a boat cruise to explore the lake, with fascinating commentary on the lake and its history. The afternoon will then be spent following the famous sights of Geneva. You’ll visit the tourist spots of the United Nations, Jet D’eau, and the Flower Clock, as well as the Parc des Eaux Vives and secret photo point in Cologny to take incredible pictures looking out across all of Geneva from above. All of this of course with the stunning views of Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva as it is sometimes referred to as).

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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.

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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, original market place, the arsenal and the town hall; lose yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this influential town. This sightseeing tour allow you to discover 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. 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. After this guided city tour, you can extend your tour with an addition to the Geneva city tour. Go on a 1-hour commented cruise, which will allow you to discover the major attractions of the 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.

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From Geneva: Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Geneva

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 22 reviews

A very good guide to some of the lake houses and the history behind the lake houses and who own them and to my surprise a lot of Chicago peeps this was there summer get away homes very educational..

Loved the experience, and the trip. I didn't like covid pass wasn't requested (october 16)

Typically November weather, but the cruise was excellent. Nice onboard service

Excellent views of Geneva city, while being nicely comfortable on the boat.

Our guide was very knowledgeable, attentive and engaging.