Geneva tours and excursions

Geneva tours

Boat tours

One of the best ways to see Geneva, especially in fair weather, is to take a ‘Mouette’ boat and tour the lake. Swissboat run tours with guided commentary in English and their boats ply the lake and the Rhône (cruises last from 40 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes). The company also operates a regular shuttle service from Place du Molard to Quai du Mont-Blanc and Quai Gustave-Ador. Smaller companies offer similar tours.

Swissboat

Telephone: (022) 732 4747.
Bus tours

Key Tours organise a choice of tours covering Geneva’s star attractions, as well as incorporating the considerable charm of the surrounding countryside. The company’s three-hour tour explores the main urban sights before finishing with a cruise on Lake Geneva for good measure.

Key Tours

Telephone: (022) 731 4140.
Walking tours

The Geneva Tourist Office offers a selection of walking tours in French, German or English around some of Geneva’s mainstream sights, as well as the kind of quirky tucked-away places that only guides ever seem to know about. Options include an Old Town tour, or a themed visit in the footsteps of 16th-century reformer John Calvin. Private tours are also available.

Geneva Tourist Office

Telephone: (022) 909 7000.

Excursions from Geneva

Lausanne

This lakeside city, just 61km (38 miles) from Geneva, is easily reached by a 40-minute train journey from Cornavin station. Lausanne's pedestrianised, hilly streets are perfect for wandering. The Rue du Pont leads to the Place de la Palud, with its fountain and Renaissance Mairie (town hall). Nearby, the turreted towers of the Romanesque-gothic cathedral offer the best views of Lausanne, Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps. The Musée Historique de Lausanne has a rich collection of religious art, while the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts displays work by local artists.

Lausanne Tourisme

Avenue de Rhodanie 2, Lausanne

Telephone: (021) 613 7373.
Lavaux vineyards

Wine production in the Lavaux vineyards, just east of Geneva, dates back to Roman times. Today, this picturesque region flanking the steep northern slopes of Lake Geneva is dotted with beautiful wine-producing villages such as Chexbres, Rivaz and St Saphorin, offering superb wine-tasting opportunities in their local cellars. Follow the 32km (20-mile) Lavaux Wine Trail from Lausanne's Olympic Museum to Villeneuve for spectacular views of the lake, or climb aboard the Lavaux Express tourist train at Lutry to explore the area.

Montreux-Vevey Tourisme

Rue de Théâtre 5, Montreux

Telephone: 0848 868 484.
Montreux and Château de Chillon

Situated on the north shore, at the eastern end of Lake Geneva, Montreux is the gateway to nearby ski resorts like Gstaad, Leysin and Château d'Oex, as well as the mountains of the Valais canton further afield - of which the Matterhorn is the most famous peak. Montreux is 93km (58 miles) from Geneva and can be reached by frequent trains and also ferries during the summer. The town offers mountain-biking, rafting and paragliding, and sits close to the most famous castle in Switzerland, the Château de Chillon.

Montreux-Vevey Tourisme

Rue de Théâtre 5, Montreux

Telephone: 0848 868 484.
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