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Our most recommended Lausanne Cruises & Boat Tours

Lausanne: 2-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise Along Lavaux Vineyards

1. 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.

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

2. 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.

Lausanne: Self-Guided Boat Excursion to Evian

3. 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

4. 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 Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

5. From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

Start your tour of the Swiss Riviera at Lake Geneva, leaving from Lausanne on a comfortable motorcoach. Enjoy a drive through the Vaud countryside to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux known for its exquisite wine production, also called The Wine Road. In spring and summer the tour will stop to visit a vineyard and taste some local wine. Leaving Lavaux you'll continue to Vevey. Here you'll have a chance to Discover Chaplin’s World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the actor, filmmaker, and composer. Embark on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. Afterwards, if you've chosen the option for the lake cruise you will board an old steamer boat called the Belle Epoque. The cruise will pass through the beautiful scenery of Lake Geneva on the way to the Castle of Chillon, built during the 11th-century. If you did not select the cruise option you will be taken to the castle by bus, where you will have a guided tour through the castle. The last stop on the tour 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.

Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

6. Lausanne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Discover Lausanne during a short tour and learn about the history of the city with a local guide. Meet your guide in front of the Cathedral and start the tour from there. Explore Lausanne through the eyes of a local, and discover what everyday life is like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. Discover parks, monuments, and historical architecture. Get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your stay.

Lausanne: Photogenic City Tour

7. Lausanne: Photogenic City Tour

Join your guide on a city walk to experience the city from an insider’s point of view. Throughout this tour you will also have the chance to take stunning pictures of the town as you travel. Your walk will take you from the cathedral to the Sauvabelin Tower. While using your camera to capture the beauty of Lausanne, you will come across local spots and hidden gems that a typical tourist tour won’t show you. Discover an alternative side of Lausanne, full of history and unique beauty. Throughout this experience you will enjoy the city at a suitable time to enjoy the best light possible for pictures. A tour highlight will be as you take in the beauty of the town from the Sauvabelin Tower.

Lausanne: Instagram-Worthy Highlights Walking Tour

8. Lausanne: Instagram-Worthy Highlights Walking Tour

Spice up your Instagram feed and impress your friends back home with stunning shots from your travels to Switzerland on this guided tour. In the company of a local tour guide, discover the most beautiful and impressive spots in Lausanne and pick up some useful tips on how to get the best out of your smartphone camera. During your tour, stroll around the city and take photos of some of its most unique places, such as the hidden stairs near the markets and the iconic cathedral. You will also be able to find out more about Swiss culture from a local perspective. Don't miss the opportunity to give your Instagram feed an upgrade with this adventure.

Lausanne: Interlaken and Jungfrau Train Experience

9. Lausanne: Interlaken and Jungfrau Train Experience

Take an unforgettable journey through the Alps at the foot of the majestic Jungfrau, a journey which culminates at 3,454 meters. Following a quick stop at Interlaken, you will board the Jungfrau rack train from Lauterbrunnen. Once having arrived at the top, you will find yourself at the highest railway station in Europe (3,454 meters). From this vantage point, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views from the highest glacier in Europe. The Sphinx Observatory offers one of the best views of the various peaks, including the famous peaks of Eiger and Mönch. You can wander into the heart of the glacier as you walk through the ice tunnel, and experience the “alpine sensation” that traces the history of the Jungfrau. Once you return from the heights, you can enjoy some free time in Interaken before boarding a bus that will take you back through the beautiful scenery.

Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

10. Lausanne Highlights Self Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

See the highlights in Lausanne on an interactive smartphone tour. Immerse yourself in the city while solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Solve puzzles outside of ten Lausanne attractions. Step into a train station that is over a century old at Lausanne railway station. View the modern architecture in Esplanade du Flon square. Use clues at each attraction to find your next destination. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle. Have the freedom to start the tour when you want, and stop and go whenever you want. Admire the city at your own pace. Uncover interesting information and facts about the city. Take the time to snap photos at each location. Start your tour on the ground-breaking Lausanne Métro! Visit the iconic Esplanade de Montbenon that you can explore all day and get lost in the central Place de la Palud. Take a photo at Lausanne Cathedral, Switzerland's largest Gothic church, and marvel at the new Parliament of Vaud. Learn about the imposing Château Saint-Maire. You will also pass by the unique Palais de Rumine which will leave you in awe, don't forget to take a photo. See, admire, photograph and shudder with Notre-Dame du Valentin in the center of the city. Saint-Laurent in the city center with its stone facade awaits you while the authentic Esplanade du Flon, the symbol area, will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Our guide Bopis did an amazing job! He is knowledgeable, punctual and has great taste in music! Everything was perfectly organized, and in time. I would highly recommend this trip to my friends.

Very nice we really enjoyed it! Really welcoming staff! We boarded the Suisse ship, the very beautiful and luxurious ship, the view on the second floor was beautiful !!!!

Our guide gave us lots of inside information about restaurants, shopping & getting around, in addition to the history, culture, etc - he was great!!

A scenic trip between shores, the ferry was very comfy and on time. We enjoyed being on and enjoyed our time in Evian.

Very nice sunny day the staff very pleasant and professional.