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From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

1. From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix you’ll experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This full-day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. You're free to spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

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

2. 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.

From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

3. From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

Annecy, located just 45-minutes from Geneva, is a town that has been awarded France’s prestigious Art and History designation. When you arrive in Annecy you’ll have a guided orientation walk and then plenty of free time to explore Annecy on your own. Please note that if you select the afternoon tour, then this will be self-guided.  As you walk through the streets of this charming town on the River Thiou you’ll come across numerous food and flea markets and historic monuments and landmarks. Browse the shops and stop to try a traditional dish at one of the many restaurants or cafés.

Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

4. Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

Chocolate Factory - Maison de Cailler Dive into the wonderful world of Cailler chocolate with your every sense. Your eyes discover mysterious ancient Aztec cocoa rituals. Your ears hear fascinating accounts of the first ever chocolate recipe in Switzerland. Your hands feel roasted cocoa beans and your nose wants to follow the aroma of freshly made chocolate. After the tour you will be left alone in the tasting room to try as much chocolate as you like. Gruyère Old Town At the foot of the Pre-Alps, you will be enchanted by the charm and picturesque architecture of the medieval town of Gruyère’s. The town has given its name to the area and to its delicious cheese. Come and explore a little town that’s been unaffected by the passage of time. Visit the impressive medieval castle and delight in the town’s wonderful gastronomy.  La Maison du Gruyère Cheese Factory Snuggling near the mountain pastures at the foot of Gruyère’s Castle, La Maison du Gruyère invites you to discover Le Gruyère AOP. The Maison du Gruyère takes you into the heart of the senses with an exhibition on fragrances and tastes. You will discover the secrets of cheese-making according to ancestral tradition. Panoramic Stop on Wine Terrace Lavaux is internationally famous as a terraced wine- growing region on the shores of Lake Geneva. Part of the Lavaux (bas-Lavaux) has been recognised since 2007 as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Stop here for some truly mesmerizing panoramic views.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Tour

5. 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.

Chamonix and Paragliding Tour

6. Chamonix and Paragliding Tour

The view of the surrounding mountains and the Chamonix Valley offers a breathtaking spectacle. In 90 minutes by bus, you will follow the picturesque valley of the river Arve to Chamonix, one of the most famous mountain villages at the foot of the exceptional and majestic massif of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, 4,807 meters (15,770 feet). Take a breath of fresh air and stroll on the little streets full of charm. Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and has re-emerged on the free-ride wave as the capital of all mountain skiing. This busy little town is a popular place for day trippers; you will find many boutiques selling local produce such as cheese, meats, fresh Savoie honey, and famous brands of mountain clothes and equipment.  You can also try a  paragliding jump from Plan Praz in The Chamonix valley, since the stunning views are breathtaking.  You will be accompanied by one of the instructors for this magical 30 minutes. The total ascent is 1,100 meters, 11,840 feet.

From Geneva: Schilthorn Day Trip and Bond World 007 Ticket

7. From Geneva: Schilthorn Day Trip and Bond World 007 Ticket

Start your day in Geneva and take a bus ride to the Bernese Oberland. Explore the heart of the Swiss Alps where the most famous peaks, such as Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger are located.   Follow in the footsteps of James Bond and board a cable car up to Schilthorn. Visit the interactive exhibition Bond World 007 and re-live the legendary scenes of the movie “At His Majesty's Secret Service”.   Then, get an adrenaline rush on the Skyline Walk, which overlooks a vertical wall. Take in the panoramic views, walk beside 200 cliffs on the footbridge and look down to the landscape under your feet.   Take a break at the rotating restaurant, Piz Gloria. Admire a 360-view from your table or the outdoor viewing platform.   When you come back down from the mountain, enjoy some free time in Interlaken. After exploring the village, you will return to the original meeting point in Geneva.

Geneva: United Nations Lake and Old Town E-Bike Tour

8. Geneva: United Nations Lake and Old Town E-Bike Tour

After meeting your guide, get accustomed to your E-Bike. Visit the Nations Square and head up hill with ease on your E-Bike to see the Japanese Bell, United Nations Museum and Red Cross Museum. Continue to the House of Swiss People and wizz downhill through the botanical gardens and Zoo. Head through the tunnel to the United Nations Lake and World Trade Organisation. Take a little tour of the Science Museum. Cruise around the lake to the island of Jean Jacques Rousseau. Visit the Sujet Dam and head on to the Reformation Wall. Enjoy these beautiful gardens of Geneva life and continue to the St Peter's Cathedral, Russian church Jet D'eau and English Gardens.

Yvoire & Evian Private Day Trip from Geneva

9. Yvoire & Evian Private Day Trip from Geneva

Yvoire Medieval Village Yvoire is a medieval village built in the early 14th century. Located on the French shore of Lake Geneva, between Geneva and Evian, the village of Yvoire is nicknamed the “gem of the lake”. Visiting Yvoire is like stepping back in time. Wonderful floral displays and excellent ‘olde’ restaurants make this a top day trip for tourists. Chateau d'Yvoire and Saint Pancras Church See the stunning Chateau and church whilst exploring this fortified village. The Chateau dates back to the 14th century, nestled on the harbour its turrets dominate the Yvoire skyline. The stunning Saint Pancras Church is hard to miss in this quaint village, the sparkling metallic dome catches the sun and its gold leaf weather vain draws the eye, easily found when wandering the cobbled streets littered with local artisans of all sorts.  The Garden of the Five Senses... A maze of vegetation inspired by the walled gardens of the Middle Ages and classified a “Remarkable Garden” by the Ministry of Culture. Visitors are invited to discover the universe of color, taste, scent, texture and sound which changes with the hours and the seasons. Antique roses, fruit trees, medicinal and aromatic plants, aviaries and fountains make an enchanting stroll during which time seems to stand still. Evian Evian is a beautiful town which first became known to visitors with the discovery of its famous mineral water and natural springs. The town boasts incredible views of the Alps with the lakes crystal clear waters providing a stunning backdrop. The walk along the lakeside is particularly nice with views across to Switzerland on one side and some fabulous buildings including the Palais Lumiere, the famous Casino and Theatre on the other.

From Geneva: Chamonix Full-Day Ski Trip

10. From Geneva: Chamonix Full-Day Ski Trip

Enjoy the slopes with enviable views on the Mont Blanc! As well as offering a hugely diverse and amazing range of skiing and boarding, on and off piste, Chamonix is a fabulous destination. The valley floor is low and the ski areas, of which there are 6 separate ones in the Valley, start at approx 2000 meters with lifts reaching over 3000 meters. From stunning glacial peaks, to gentle rolling slopes, each ski area has something different to offer all levels. There are 3 dedicated beginner slopes, Le Tour has the largest beginner's area, perfect for first timers. There is a vast array of intermediate levels, challenging and difficult runs throughout the whole valley. And for the advanced, slopes on the Grand Montets is the favorite to many locals, due to the sheer steepness and difficulty.

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4.3 / 5

based on 577 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.

The view was amazing and everything was organized. It is was my first time to any mountain and it was the best. The only problem to me that the guide don’t walk you through the place because he has other tour to introduce the mountain to them. Though you ride up the cable car and come back on your own.

Definitely time well spent! Whole trip was well planned, we had enough time to enjoy all activities and also have some free time in Chamonix. Great guide who told us lots of things about the area and clearly enjoyed showing us around. Highly recommend!

Would have been even better with a guide but they provided a refund for that missing portion. Person at the office provided useful and quick overview of the plan which helped in our planning and enjoying each place.

Niels was an excellent tour guide. We had an amazing day and delicious lunch. Would absolutely recommend this tour!