Lausanne UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Lausanne UNESCO sites

Lausanne: 3-Hour Riviera and Lavaux Region Cruise

1. 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: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

2. Lausanne: Gruyères Tour with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

Gruyères is one of the most famous places situated in the Swiss countryside. Visiting it is like taking a great big breath of fresh air. Always invigorating, this is a real historic, exciting and attractive destination. You will see the real Switzerland, green fields, cows and mountains. Have the chance to have a culinary journey. Fall into the temptation of the best chocolate in the world. Taste the national cheese and wine: the most famous of Swiss delicacies. Start with the chocolate world of Cailler, understand the history of chocolate, how they make it and enjoy tasting it as much as you like. After visiting the cheese museum, You will taste the famous Gruyères cheese and the “Vacherin Fribourgeois," two cheeses mixed for a typical dish of Swiss fondue. In the afternoon, spend some free time strolling the medieval village of Gruyères. Situated on a hill, you can admire a breathtaking landscape. Breathe in the pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasturelands surrounding the small suburb. Afterwards, relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking the magnificent Alps and enjoy the views over Leman Lake.  Experience a day full of tastes and unforgettable experiences.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

5. From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

Embark on a guided tour along Lake Geneva, with stops at several beautiful locations. Start with pickup from Geneva and travel along the shores of the lake through the Vaud countryside. Enjoy a photo stop at the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, which is the symbol of the city.  Continue towards the town of Corsier sur-Vevey. Enjoy some free time to explore this charming village where Charlie Chaplin lived for several years. You have the option of visiting Chaplin's World Museum to learn more about his life and see a collection of memorabilia. Then, enjoy a ride through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lavaux, known for its beautiful terraced vineyards.  In the afternoon, visit the town of Montreaux, a glamorous resort popular with international travelers. You can also visit Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress is located on a beautiful small island near the town. After exploring Montreaux, be returned to Geneva in the evening.

Lausanne: Private Past and Present Walking Tour

6. Lausanne: Private Past and Present Walking Tour

On this private tour, you'll discover the historical side of Lausanne with a passionate local who's ready to share the best kept secrets of the city with you.  This excursion starts at the Bessières Bridge. Learn about various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Château Saint-Marie or even the Palais Rumine, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour might miss.  Having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets will help you to get the most from your time in Lausanne. If you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let the local partner know and the itinerary can be adjusted accordingly.

From Lausanne: Spectacular Schilthorn with 007 Experience

7. From Lausanne: Spectacular Schilthorn with 007 Experience

Departing from Lausanne by bus, go on an unforgettable journey through the Alps and walk in the footsteps of James Bond at the top of Schilthorn. At an altitude of 2970 meters, enjoy the spectacular views of over 200 summits, including the famous Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger peaks, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the interactive 007 exhibition, you can relive scenes from the famous James Bond movie 'At His Majesty's Secret Service'. Next, test your nerves on the Skyline Walk overlooking a vertical wall and see stunning views right under your feet. Continue your visit with the Thrill Walk and walk along a 200-metre cliff pathway for a spine-tingling sensation in the middle of a unique landscape. Take a break at the restaurant Piz Gloria which turns on itself to offer you a spectacular 360 degree view. Lastly, enjoy some free time in Interlaken before your return to Lausanne by bus.

From Geneva: Tour of Swiss Riviera with Chillon Castle

8. From Geneva: Tour of Swiss Riviera with Chillon Castle

Fall in love with the Swiss riviera sceneries around the Leman Lake. Drive through the Vaud countryside, Stop in Lausanne for a photo stop at the Olympic museum, symbol of the city. Arriving at Vevey, discover Chapin’s world: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and the man. Board 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 our Hollywood-style Studio. Enjoy a ride through the World heritage site of Lavaux: vineyard terraces with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat “Belle Epoque”, a cruise that will surprise you with the splendor of the landscape. The Lake of Geneva is the home of the world's most important, most elegant and most homogeneous fleet of side-wheel paddle boats. You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, this medieval fortress is located on a beautiful small island. You enter the Middle Ages as you cross the little castle’s covered bridge into its walled courtyards. Then discover the Artistic and famous city of Montreux, feel the good vibes of this well known tourist resort before to ride back to Geneva.

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What people are saying about Lausanne

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 31 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.

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.

This tour was excellent our driver was excellent and I recommend this to everybody who would like to take it

Exceedingly beautiful! A must to visit! Very happy for choosing “ THIS ONE “ Travel was FULFILLED.

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