Experience the best of the canton of Vaud through the various excursions and activities that the cities of Lausanne and Montreux Riviera have to offer. The cities are connected by a strong network of public transportation that make them the ideal destinations for getaways from the GCC. Here are 6 excursions to experience when in Lausanne and Montreux Riviera:
1. A day trip on the GoldenPass Panoramic
Embark on a scenic journey from Montreux through the canton of Vaud aboard the GoldenPass Panoramic as you immerse yourself in the stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. The ultra-modern trains are fitted with panoramic cars with large windows that offer breath-taking sceneries through all seasons of the year. From green meadows in spring and white carpet of narcissi in summer to the orangey hues of the terraced vineyards in autumn and powdery white snow-capped peaks in winter, the GoldenPass Panoramic is a year-round journey to experience.
Tip: book the VIP seat at the front of the train for an even more memorable experience and add this to your bucket list.
2. A cruise on the Lake Geneva
Travel through a choice of 40 destinations along the Swiss and French shores on a steamboat that takes you on a journey across the canton of Vaud. Depart from the beautiful city of Lausanne and bask in the fresh air while you float on the sparkling blue waters of the Lake Geneva. The cruise allows one to take the time to admire exceptional panoramas that the canton of Vaud offers in the gleaming sunlight: from the La Côte vineyards to the terraced Lavaux UNESCO vineyards, always with the Swiss Alps in the background.
3. Tour a historic Swiss chocolate factory
A trip to Switzerland is not complete without a tour of a chocolate factory, and what better tour to take than that of the oldest Swiss chocolate brand still in existence? The Cailler museum is a chocolate attraction that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the story of their chocolates through a series of interactive and multi-sensory experiences, such as chocolate tasting and insights on how their high-quality chocolates are made.
Embark on an exceptional journey on the Chocolate train that runs between Montreux and the Cailler-Nestlé chocolate factory from 11th June to 31st August 2021. It is available every day in July and August and a ‘must-try’ excursion with the whole family.
4. Visit one of Switzerland’s most historic monuments
The Chillon Castle is a majestic destination built on a small island on the Lake Geneva, and a short travel from Montreux. Considered as Switzerland’s most visited historical monument, this medieval gem whisks you away to the 12th century as you are lead through the courtyard on a tour of the castle’s impressive halls by an expert guide who explains the three eras that mark Chillon’s history. Red grape afficionados can end their visit with a pleasant tasting experience of the Clos de Chillon, matured and bottled at the castle.
5. Journey to the highest peak of the canton of Vaud
Set off on an adventure aboard the Glacier 3000 that takes you to the highest peak in the canton of Vaud. The cable cars connect you to various activities and experiences such as the thrill-evoking Peak Walk by Tissot, the world’s only suspension bridge connecting two summits, the Alpine Coaster which is the highest toboggan in the world, or a Dogsled ride where majestic Huskies pull you through the beautiful glacier landscape.
6. A tour of the Olympic Museum
Known as the “Olympic Capital”, Lausanne is home to the world’s only museum founded by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Museum offers visitors with interactive and ultra-modern exhibitions found throughout the museum’s three floors named “The Olympic World”, “The Olympic Games” and “The Olympic Spirit”. Not only will you learn about the change in sport technology and the inspiration behind the Olympic movement, you will also challenge your friends to races on the 100m track and re-live some of the most inspiring opening ceremonies in history.