Things to do in Lake Geneva

Our most recommended things to do in Lake Geneva

From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

1. 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.

Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

2. Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a unique perspective 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 fountain the city is 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. Download the cruise app with all relevant information on the spot, in a free WiFi area. Hear about every landmark you pass by and learn key facts about them through the app's audioguide.

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. 

From Vevey: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

5. From Vevey: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

Depart from the pier in Vevey on a historic paddle steamer. Sail along Lake Geneva towards the city of Montreux and see the famous Chillon Castle. The castle is the most visited historic monument in Switzerland. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Swiss and French Alps as you cruise along the lake. Sail by the towns of Villeneuve, Le Bouveret, and St Gingolph. On the way back to Vevey, admire the views of the famous Lavaux vineyards on the shore.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

6. 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.

Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

7. Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

With the Geneva City Pass, you can explore city and countryside in all their splendor. Free entry, reduced rates, vouchers and many surprises await you with the Geneva Pass, which will help you to discover the city and its cultural and cosmopolitan riches, as well as its parks, mountains, and lakes. The Geneva City Pass offers many tours such as a guided walking tour of the Old Town, a classic city tour from the iconic Jet d'Eau water fountain to the International district of Geneva, or a guided tour in Carouge, a wealthy suburb of Geneva with a well established art scene. Don’t want to walk too much? Take a mini-train along the shores of Lake Geneva. From there you could also hop on a boat to see more of the beautiful Lake Geneva and the sights it has to offer as you cruise along the Rhône, or you could rent some water vehicles (sailing, pedal, or motorboats) yourself. It's all included in your pass! Not enough yet? Take the cable car up to mount Salève and look over Geneva from above. Speaking of mountains, a night skiing package with fondue afterwards is also included in your pass. Nothing caught your fancy yet? How about spending some time in one of Geneva’s numerous museums! Whether you're interested in science, modern art, ethnography, or the history of Switzerland, there is something to suit all tastes. Visit the Fondation Baur and Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient to see art from the Far East, or stop by Musée Ariana which has a one of a kind collection of glass and ceramic art pieces. This and much more awaits you with the Geneva City Pass!

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

8. 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.

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

9. 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.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lake Geneva

Overall rating

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based on 151 reviews

I did this as a solo trip and loved it. We started off at the Chaplin House which was entertaining and informative. Followed by a short picnic with our tour guide in Vevey. After (if your purchase the boat ticket) we went on the boat to the castle. Lastly we ended the day off with some time in Montreux. Your guide will take you everywhere, explain everything thoroughly and make sure you have meeting points/times. My guide was fantastic! It’s a long day with lots of walking but I didn’t even notice because of the fun I was having! Despite it being overcast/rainy the views were still breathtaking and we made the most of the day. Highly recommend this tour.

Boarding was easy and efficient. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Cruise is very scenic and relaxing.

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.

Amazing , happy , nice ambiance , the tour is totally worth it