Vaud Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Vaud Cruises & boat tours

Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

1. Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a unique perspective on a sightseeing cruise. Admire the beauty of the Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and other landmarks while hearing the places from the audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking the tour. 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. 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 audioguide.

From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

2. 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.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

3. 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 Vevey: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

4. 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.

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

5. 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 City Tour and Boat Cruise

6. 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.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

7. 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.

From Geneva: Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise

8. 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.

Geneva and Annecy: Combined Day Trip with Boat Cruise

9. 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).

Geneva Private City Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

10. 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, the original marketplace, the arsenal, and the town hall; lose yourself in the grandeur and beauty of this influential town. This sightseeing tour allows you to discover Geneva’s most famous attractions, including the iconic Flower Clock, a 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. Go on a 1-hour commented cruise, which will allow you to discover the major attractions of 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. Choose from a tour with a driver guide who will point out sites and give a brief commentary, or a local guide who will give a more expert, in-depth guided tour with historical and architectural commentary.

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What people are saying about Vaud

After I reached the tour operator office, I was in for a shock as I was informed the tour I had booked is cancelled due to technical reasons. Having travelled from India for rhe tour I was looking forward to it. Now whatever the reason for cancellation maybe, the guest should have been informed earlier and alternative arrangements made. An alternative option offered was not viable. I am now waiting for the refund which I hope will be soonest.

Nice cruise. Could have used more direction and information prior. Make sure to read everything about the apps and where to go. Get there early if you want a prime seat.

At the top, thanks again to the kindness of the pilot, I missed the 12:30 p.m. tour but he let me board the 2:30 p.m. tour! Thank you very much!

We had a wonderful time in Annecy. Bekim made it really interesting and fun.

Nice trip, I have only missed some information about what was seen.