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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.

Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

2. Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

The Manoir: Charlie Chaplin behind closed doors The 500 m² staging of the Manoir is dedicated entirely to Charlie Chaplin the man, and to his daily life – some rooms have been recreated with furniture and personal items. Learn about Charlie's family life and gain insight into the reasons that led him to Switzerland, how he was welcomed, and how he spent the final 25 years of his life. In the dining room, learn about the family’s culinary traditions and the parties and many celebrity guests invited into the home. The Studio: Welcome to Hollywood! The Studio is a 1350 m² structure built on the estate to present the cinematographic world of the artist, actor and filmmaker. The tour starts with a montage of images tracing Chaplin’s life and work. It continues on against a backdrop of 20th century history, moving on to a street right out of an Easy Street decor, one of the most emblematic settings of his movies. The Park: A 10-acre park surrounds the Manoir and the Studio, offering visitors a breathtaking view overlooking Lake Leman and the Alps. It is evocative of the special relationship that Chaplin cultivated with nature, in particular the mountainous landscapes, the lake and the vineyards that surrounded his estate. The Shop: Come into Chaplin’s old Bentley garage and browse through a range of exclusive souvenirs. Here you will find quality products reflecting the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, including every one of his DVDs and box sets, and his celebrated movie posters. A wide selection of books, stationery and cards, tableware, and children’s toys are also offered. You can even buy your very own version of Chaplin’s iconic hat and cane!

From Vevey: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

3. 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.

Glacier 3000 Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket

4. Glacier 3000 Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket

Directly between Gstaad and Les Diablerets lies this well-known and accessible glacier in Switzerland. It's only a 15-minute cable car ride up to almost 3000 meters. Nowhere else can you get up to any Swiss glacier so fast. The panoramic cable car ride alone is itself an adventure. At the top, the view opens up and guests can enjoy no less than 24 peaks over 4000 meters, inclunding the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc. This fantastic view can also be enjoyed from the restaurants Botta and Refuge de l'Espace. The best part is this place is open all year-round and it is a unique paradise for excursions. Crossing the Peak Walk by Tissot - a 107-meter long suspension bridge, which is by the way, the only one in the world to connect two peaks - is an adventure within itself. Guaranteed to raise your adrenaline level even higher is a wild glacier ride on the hightest situated toboggan run in the world - the Alpine Coaster. Other top attractions include the dogsled ride, a stroll over the Glacier Walk, or the Snowbus tour. Those who are hungry can enjoy regional specialities and international dishes at Restaurant Botta.

Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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. 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: 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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 602 reviews

Our guide Tom was amazing. It was so beautiful in Montreaux where the tour took off from and the ride up the mountain was stunning. I highly recommend this tour to anyone! It was a lot of fun on top of the mountain as well with some unbelievable views. However, we couldn’t ride the alpine coaster (may 9th) because they were still clearing the tracks, I think it usually opens it late may. I just wish they made it more clear the bus takes off in Geneva and then meets in Montreaux. There are several large indications within this posting that made us believe the only departure point was in Montreaux so we trained from geneva to montreax which costed us $88 Canadian. Other than that it was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend.

It was an excellent cruise around the lake that gave a tremendous exposure of Switzerland from its two dominant cultural influences: French and German. A good way to spend time to enjoy the beautiful Swiss scenery.

Please make sure to print out the ticket before visiting Chaplin”s world because they need the printout . The experience was very good . It is a beautifully maintained mansion located in Vevey.

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

Ce fut un voyage agréable et tranquille. Le personnel était attentionné et gentil. Nous étions très heureux.