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From Montreux: 2-Hour Riviera Cruise

1. 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.

Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

2. Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

The Manoir: Charlie Chaplin behind closed doors The 500 m² staging of the Manoir is dedicated entirely to Charlie Chaplin the man, and to his daily life – some rooms have been recreated with furniture and personal items. Learn about Charlie's family life and gain insight into the reasons that led him to Switzerland, how he was welcomed, and how he spent the final 25 years of his life. In the dining room, learn about the family’s culinary traditions and the parties and many celebrity guests invited into the home. The Studio: Welcome to Hollywood! The Studio is a 1350 m² structure built on the estate to present the cinematographic world of the artist, actor and filmmaker. The tour starts with a montage of images tracing Chaplin’s life and work. It continues on against a backdrop of 20th century history, moving on to a street right out of an Easy Street decor, one of the most emblematic settings of his movies. The Park: A 10-acre park surrounds the Manoir and the Studio, offering visitors a breathtaking view overlooking Lake Leman and the Alps. It is evocative of the special relationship that Chaplin cultivated with nature, in particular the mountainous landscapes, the lake and the vineyards that surrounded his estate. The Shop: Come into Chaplin’s old Bentley garage and browse through a range of exclusive souvenirs. Here you will find quality products reflecting the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, including every one of his DVDs and box sets, and his celebrated movie posters. A wide selection of books, stationery and cards, tableware, and children’s toys are also offered. You can even buy your very own version of Chaplin’s iconic hat and cane!

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.

Montreux: Chateau Chillon Entrance Ticket

4. Montreux: Chateau Chillon Entrance Ticket

Visit one of Switzerland’s most magnificent and historic locations, the Chateau Chillon, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. See for yourself the impacts that the Savoy Period, the Bernese Period and the Vaudois Period have had on this 11th-century castle. Explore the Castle’s courtyards and its underground area where Gothic-style vaults and numerous legends await you. Wander the Great Halls, where the Savoy family held their sumptuous banquets, or visit the rooms in which the Duke of Savoy and his family spent their everyday life. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Castle’s chapel. Here you will discover 14th-century paintings that have survived since the time of Reformation. You will also be able to visit an array of permanent and temporary exhibitions located in the castle, with themes ranging from local history to contemporary art, all connected to the castle or its surrounding area. Admire panoramic views of the lake from the castle and let yourself be amazed by the beauty and history that come to life here.

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.

From Geneva: Swiss Riviera Private Tour

6. 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.

From Lausanne: Swiss Riviera Tour

7. 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 Lausanne: Montreux, Chaplins World & Riviera Cruise

8. From Lausanne: Montreux, Chaplins World & Riviera Cruise

From Lausanne, embark on a panoramic tour through the Lavaux region, a site protected by UNESCO as world heritage. Enjoy the view of Swiss vineyards in terraces that are said to be the most beautiful in the country, while riding a red trolley. Plunge into Charlie Chaplin's adventure, and visit the reconstruction of a film set. Discover the unique atmosphere of the movie star. This interactive museum caters for the whole family. Join the trolley once more to reach Montreux, and feel the good vibes of the city. Enjoy your free time to discover the heart of the town. Due to exceptional mild climate, Montreux’s plants are associated with the Mediterranean, such as pines, cypresses and palm trees. Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury and several other famous people of world-renown lived and continue to live on the Vaud Riviera. If you take the option, board a cruise on Leman Lake for half an hour. Lean back and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Once back in Montreux, enjoy free time before you board the bus back to Lausanne.

Bus Round Trip to Montreux from Geneva

9. Bus Round Trip to Montreux from Geneva

Take the bus from Geneva bus station and leave for a round day trip  to Montreux. Discover the pearl of the Swiss Riviera: Montreux. This popular city at the end of the 19th century has kept the charm and nostalgia of the past with its many Belle Epoque hotels and medieval heritage. It is a friendly city, where elegance and jazz reign. Montreux is a lively cultural city, where you'll hear the sounds of jazz during the festival. This artistic city is the refuge of many celebrities, and is home to Mountain Studios where the rock band Queen recorded seven albums; as Freddie Mercury said: "If you want peace of soul, come to Montreux"  You will have many breathtaking views of the incredible landscape, as you stroll along the lake to admire the beauty of this special place. 08:45 am: Departure from Geneva 10:30 am:  Arrival in Montreux - day free 5:15 pm: Pick-up from Montreux 7:15pm:  Back in Geneva

Geneva: Riviera Cruise, Chaplin's World, Montreux & Lavaux

10. Geneva: Riviera Cruise, Chaplin's World, Montreux & Lavaux

Board your bus from Geneva or Lausanne to Vevey. On your arrival, embark for a panoramic tour through Lavaux, a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. The view from its terrace vineyards will make this site one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. Get fresh ideas from this dream landscape. From Vevey, the red locomotive will allow you to discover the most beautiful locations. Plunge into a Charlie Chaplin adventure and visit the reconstruction of a film set, a real Hollywood studio. Pop over in time and discover the unique atmosphere of the movie star's 7th art, laughs granted. Much more than a museum, it will be before anything, an exceptional moment for the whole family. Take the trolley again to reach Montreux, and feel the good vibes of the city. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon to discover this place. Stroll around the artistic and famous city of Montreux and feel the good vibes of this well-known tourist resort before riding back to Geneva. Because of the exceptionally mild climate, Montreux plants are associated with the Mediterranean, as pines, cypresses and palm trees grow here. Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury and several other famous people of world-renown lived and continue to live on the Vaud Riviera. At 15:45, if option selected, enjoy a cruise on Lake Leman for a half hour and discover a new point of view of this rich and lovely region. At the end of the afternoon, board the bus to return to Lausanne or Geneva.

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What people are saying about Montreux

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Please make sure to print out the ticket before visiting Chaplin”s world because they need the printout . The experience was very good . It is a beautifully maintained mansion located in Vevey.

Excellent tour around Montreux and towns nearby. The tour distance beat expectations. Fantastic views. We would have easily stayed for a second round :)) Highly recommended!

Our guide Tom was so friendly and accomodating, making sure that everyone was happy and enjoying the experience. His good nature and humour was appreciated by all.

Absolutely fab riviera cruise well worth a trip on these fantastic old river boats !

Babis our driver very professional good driver.. very helpful and abligong.