Our tips for sightseeing around western Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva West - Sightseeing and activities

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Lake Geneva paddle steamer ’La Suisse’.
© Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman

Activities in the western Lake Geneva region

Please see below for the attractions we recommend.

SIGHTSEEING TIPS FOR THIS REGION

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Jet d'Eau Geneva

This huge fountain is the landmark of Geneva.

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Boat trip Lake Geneva

Explore the largest lake of Switzerland by boat.

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Geneva city tour by bus, tram, boat and on foot

3.5 hour guided tour along Geneva's famous fountain, the Old Town, the flower clock, and onto the lake during a one hour cruise.

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Geneva city tour by minivan, mini-train and on foot

2.5 hour guided tour along Geneva's famous fountain, the Old Town and the St. Pierre Cathedral.

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Full or half day tour to Annecy from Geneva

You will get a coach ride to Annecy (France) and back to Geneva, and a guided tour of the town. Enjoy the pretty medieval houses, the Palais de l'Isle (former prison in the river Thiou) and Château d'Annecy (a castle with a museum). A full day tour gives you more time to explore Annecy on your own.

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Independent day trip to the Mont Blanc and Chamonix from Geneva

This tour includes a comfortable transfer from Geneva to Chamonix. You can explore the town on your own, and optionally add a ride with the cableway to Aiguille du Midi and a ride on the Montenvers railway to the sea of ice of Mer de Glace.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Swiss cheese, chocolate and the Golden Pass train from Geneva

This varied day trip from Geneva includes a bus ride along the lake to the medieval town of Gruyères, visits to the cheese and chocolate factory, and a scenic ride with the Golden Pass train.

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Guided day trip to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc from Geneva

This day trip includes a guided transfer from Geneva to Chamonix and back. You can add extra tours: the cableway to Aiguille du Midi and a train ride to the Mer de Glace (sea of ice). Also you can add a 3-course lunch.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Lake Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Chillon castle from Geneva

You'll first be transported to Lausanne to explore the town on your own. Next, you'll get a guided tour of the Chillon castle. You'll travel to Montreux by boat and again have some time to enjoy the town yourself. The day ends with a bus ride back to Geneva.

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Ski day trip to Chamonix from Geneva

You'll get a coach ride to Chamonix, and get to choose from a full day of skiing, or half a day of skiing plus a cableway ride to Aiguille du Midi to enjoy the views. A ski pass and use of ski equipment are included. Note: ski lessons are not included, you are expected to know how to ski.

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City walk Geneva

A walk along the river Rhône and the lake, and in the old town center of Geneva. This varied route offers a good introduction to the city.

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