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Top Swiss Towns Near Geneva

By Viator, July 2018

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Perched on the southwestern-most tip of the vast Lake Geneva, the city of Geneva makes the perfect base from which to explore both the French and Swiss lakesides and there are numerous Swiss towns worthy of a day trip. On the opposite side of the lake, Montreux is one of the region’s principal tourist magnets, famous for its fairytale Chillon Castle, mountaintop lookouts and atmospheric Christmas markets.

Stretching from Montreux to Lausanne, the idyllic Swiss Riviera has long been a favored haunt of international celebrities and European high flyers, with towns like Vevey set against an idyllic backdrop of the terraced Lavaux vineyards, the region’s only UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Marking the midway point between Geneva and Montreux is Lausanne, renowned for its 14th century architecture and Olympic Museum, a nod to the International Olympic Committee that has its headquarters in the city. Also worth a visit are nearby Morges, the one time residence of Audrey Hepburn, and Nyon, famous for its Roman ruins and lakeside castle.

A little further afield, the alpine town of Gruyeres makes another popular day trip from Geneva, where sights like the 13th-century Gruyeres castle play second fiddle to the main attraction — the much-celebrated local cheese. Combine a tour of the medieval town center with a visit to the famous Gruyeres cheese factories, then take a scenic ride on the Panoramic Golden Express train, stopping on route to sample another Swiss classic at the Broc Chocolate factory.

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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train, Geneva, null
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 Reviews

Set off and discover traditional produce while taking in Switzerland's landscapes on a full day combined coach and train trip from Geneva. Soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.55
Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 139 Reviews

Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. Drive through the beautiful Swiss countryside, ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.55
Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Gruyères Medieval Village and Chocolate Factory

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Combine your love of chocolate with your passion for countryside on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by comfortable coach to the picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.02
8-Day Switzerlands Peaks from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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8-Day Switzerlands Peaks from Geneva

Combine three of the most attractive regions in one exciting railway holiday. You will be fascinated by the different cultures in the German, French and ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,203.91
Glacier 3000 and Montreux Riviera from Geneva, Geneva, Multi-day Tours
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Glacier 3000 and Montreux Riviera from Geneva

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After driving along the Lake Geneva we pass the Col du Pillon. Immediate embarcation aboard the cable car for a flight over the snow-capped summits. Ascent by ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.53
Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon, Geneva, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Montreux and Château de Chillon

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Explore the lovely city of Montreux on this day trip from Geneva. Travel through the Swiss countryside on your way to Montreux, which has an idyllic location ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.02
Gruyeres, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings Private Tour from Geneva, Geneva, Day Trips
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Gruyeres, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings Private Tour from Geneva

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Discover the tastiest treasure of Switzerland and indulge in the world's finest chocolate and cheese on this full-day excursion from Geneva to Gruyeres, home ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.82
Swiss riviera with long cruise in Montreux and Lavaux Unesco sightseeing Tour from Geneva, Geneva, ... 
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Swiss riviera with long cruise in Montreux and Lavaux Unesco sightseeing Tour from Geneva

Board a coach from Geneva, visit Montreux famous city on the Swiss riviera, take a long cruise on geneva lake to discover magnificant landscapes and Swiss ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.67
Trip to the Swiss Alps from Lausanne, Geneva, Day Trips
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Trip to the Swiss Alps from Lausanne

Set near Montreux, les Diablerets, meaning the little devils, is an authentic mountain village located at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, in the ...  Read more

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.27
Riviera line to Vevey, Chaplin's world, Montreux, Lavaux tour and optional cruise, Geneva, Day Trips
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Riviera line to Vevey, Chaplin's world, Montreux, Lavaux tour and optional cruise

Visit the Swiss riviera by bus, trolley and boat. Different travel combinetion in swiss cities, in a unique experience day discover Vevey, Montreux and Lavaux ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.11

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