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Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle

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Take a steamboat cruise and see the Swiss cities of Lavaux and Montreux on this day trip from Geneva. Travel through the Swiss countryside, and visit Chaplin's World, a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Visit the Lavaux UNESCO-listed vineyards and take a guided tour of the opulent chambers of Château de Chillon, and cruise along Lake Geneva on an old steamer boat. Top off the day with time to explore Montreux before heading back to Geneva.
  • Full-day trip from Geneva to Chaplin's World, Montreux, and Chillon with a steamboat cruise
  • Drive through the lovely Swiss countryside around Lake Geneva
  • Explore Chaplin’s World: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin
  • Go through the UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards
  • Guided tour of Château de Chillon, a lakeside castle
  • Cruise across Lake Geneva on an old steamer boat
  • Free time to shop and explore in Montreux
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Bus ride
Visit of Chaplin’s world
1st class cruise on an old steamer boat
Visit of Montreux
Chillon castle
Bottled water
Driver Guide
Lunch
Geneva Bus Station , 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

You can wait at Keytours Office just in front

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan in central Geneva and admire the scenery of the Swiss countryside as you travel towards Lausanne, a city considered the cultural center of Switzerland. Make a photo stop and learn how it became the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.

Continue to Vevey and explore Chaplin’s World: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin. Learn about the influential 20th-century artist at the Hollywood-style studio.

Afterward, see the UNESCO-listed Lavaux, a region known for its scenic vineyards. Take a break here to taste local cheese, wine, or grape juice. Just before lunch (own expense), take a tour of Vevey, Nestlé headquarters, and the market.

In the afternoon, board an old steamer boat and travel across Lake Geneva. Arrive at Château de Chillon, a stunning lakeside castle and one of Switzerland’s most iconic attractions. Take a guided tour of the opulent residence and delve into the rich history of the area with your guide. 

Top off the day with a trip to the town of Montreux to see the glamorous tourist resort associated with rock legend, Freddie Mercury. Enjoy some free time to explore the streets filled with boutique shops and then return to the vehicle for the journey back to Geneva.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
KeyTours S.A.
Meet your guide
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
Photo stop
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chaplin's World
Fall in love with the Swiss riviera sceneries around the Leman Lake. Drive through the Vaud countryside, arriving at Vevey, discover Chapin’s world: a site dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the artist and the man. Board 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 our Hollywood-style Studio.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Enjoy a ride through the World heritage site of Lavaux: vineyard terraces with stunning views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. There you will enjoy an apetizer with local product.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Geneva
board an old steamer boat “Belle Epoque”, a cruise that will surprise you with the splendor of the landscape. The Lake of Geneva is the home of the world's most important, most elegant and most homogeneous fleet of side-wheel paddle boats.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chillon
You will arrive to the Castle of Chillon, this medieval fortress is located on a beautiful small island. You enter the Middle Ages as you cross the little castle’s covered bridge into its walled courtyards.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vieille-Ville de Montreux
Then discover the Artistic and famous city of Montreux, feel the good vibes of this well known tourist resort before to ride back to Geneva.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Freddie Mercury Statue
Do not miss the iconic statue of Freddy Mercury!
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Queen Studio Experience Montreux
During your free time do not miss the famous studio of Queen's
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Keytours (Switzerland)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip to Montreux, Chaplin's World Museum and Chillon Castle?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-4
Rainy day treat
Karen_O
, Jun 2022
Learning that Charlie Chaplin was more than “the Tramp.” Chillon Castle was great, but ran out of time to see it all. Great experience.
star-5
The day began with a...
Debra_S
, Sep 2021
The day began with a visit to Vevay vineyards , on to Chaplins world with next a ferry ride to Chillon Castle . All of these were done with ample time to view and see what you wanted at each stop. The ferry ride was 1st class on a nice , crisp sunny day which made it more enjoyable .
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hello, The whole Keytours team thanks you for this very good feedback that you have taken the time and care to share. We take pride in providing our customers with the best possible service and we're happy to read that you enjoyed your trip to Montreux as well as the visits of Chaplin's World and of the Chillon Castle. We hope to have the pleasure to see you again soon. Regards, The Keytours Team
star-4
Memorable and lovely
athari_s
, Sep 2021
The tour driver tom was very friendly and helpful when we had the covid test issue, he tried to help
star-4
Nice Tour
Daniel_M
, Jul 2021
This was a nice way to vet a sampling of the greater Geneva area. Our tour guide, Neil, did an excellent job! The tour is expensive though.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Good morning, we would like to thank you very much for your review. We are glad you enjoy the tour. We will pass your message to Neil.
star-1
ABSOLUTELY AWFUL
Erynn_B
, Oct 2019
I missed the tour completely because Viator sent me a ticket with the wrong meeting time. They admitted their mistake but I have been unable to reach anyone for a refund. It was handled completely incompetently and unprofessionally.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, we received your complaint by message, the situation is in progress but unfortunately it is viator who takes care of that. You have booked on Viator so we can not proceed otherwise. Thank you for your patience.
star-5
Delightful Guide & Interesting Sites
peggy924
, Sep 2019
This was a wonderful day all around. Yolanda was the most thoughtful, well informed and friendly guide (a breath of fresh air compared to the awful guide, Neil, that we'd had the day before). She provided interesting insights about the region and was very engaging. We visited Chaplin's Museum (I hadn't been excited about that part but turned out to be really interesting), drove through the scenic vineyards, visited Vevey, a steamboat ride to Chillon Castle and ended at Montreux. A fun-filled day all around. It was also a small group which made it even more enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Good morning, we are very happy to read your review. Your message will be forwawrd to Yolanda. About Chaplinm the word museum sounds always a bit boring but it's quite recent and interactive so quite fun to visit. The swiss riviera has some wonderful views on lakes and mountains and the vineyarrs is really a must see in this region. We are glad you enjoyed your trip and your holidays. Best regards
star-5
Montreux
Jeffrey_H
, Aug 2019
Great visit to the Castle, Chaplin Museum and Montreux. Castle is a must see in the region.The views of the vineyards are spectacular.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Good morning, Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad that you enjoyed the views and tour. You see a lot in one day on that tour and the riviera is spectacular. We are glad to make you discover our region. Have a nice holiday.
star-4
A Real Beautiful Swiss
GrandTour137316
, Jul 2019
It was a beautiful experience. It was all I could imagine I could see in Swiss. The Chillon Castle is a beautiful place to see. But I wish we could stay bit longer. There is a lot to see but practically we had to quickly pass through few rooms. But in general it is one of most to see in Swiss. Thanks
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi, Thanks for your opinion, 1 hour in Chillon can be for some people not enough, as you said there is a lot to see and it's a busy day to be abble to have some time to visit Montreux, Vevey, the Lavaux Vineyards ... We hope you still had a great day and you know now well the Swiss Riviera :) Best regards
star-5
Amazing
Connector64297498759
, Jul 2019
This was a great day trip. Very comprehensive, and allowed us to see a lot of attractions and the countryside in a condensed amount of time. The tour guide Maggi was magnificent. Not only is her knowledge exceptional, but she is also a lovely person. Would definitely recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Hi ! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience with us! We have follow your review to Maggi, she is glad you had a great day visiting all those places! We hope to see you again, Best regards
star-5
The guide and driver were wonderful...
Bernard G
, Oct 2017
The guide and driver were wonderful and every stop was great! Our favorite stop was Chaplin's World. This museum is the most different one we have ever been in. He was a film star and every room had running movie loops, display of scenes with wax figures, actual clothes and props used in the set. Enjoy hearing Charlie Chaplin speak and great you. See private home movies, visit his private music room office where he wrote music, wrote scripts and played his violin and piano. Loved it!
star-4
Excellent day out but would have...
Malcolm_G
, Sep 2017
Excellent day out but would have liked a little more time in either Montreux or at the Castle but I guess you cant have both with the time constraints. Difficult to cover the whole castle in 45 mins.
star-5
First off, be sure you book the gold...
Mary A. M
, Sep 2017
First off, be sure you book the gold tour. You get a lot more for your money doing that. Since entrance into the attractions is included, it also saves you time in line. Individuals who didn't book the gold were given the option on the bus and everyone ended up upgrading. I'm not sure if that is standard so I would book the gold tour from the beginning. I thought this was a very well-structured day. I felt there was sufficient time at each stop. I would've liked more time at the castle but that is because I like castles. Even so, I didn't feel rushed there either. I don't know anything about Chaplin, and I'm not a fan. However, I enjoyed the museum very much. The postings in English were helpful. I learned a lot and found it so interesting that I now plan to read his autobiography. Montreux was absolutely gorgeous and worth the trip for that alone. I walked the waterfront as well as the streets off the water and enjoyed all the scenery and shops along the way. Everyone I spoke to was friendly and helpful. The boat trip to the castle added to the trip. Again, gorgeous and relaxing. There are not enough adjectives to describe Switzerland's beauty. I take day trips on all my vacations. This was one of the best.
star-5
Our guide was so thoughtful and...
Marcia
, Sep 2017
Our guide was so thoughtful and helpful. Day was rainy but she was sunny! I would recommend a longer visit to Chillon Castle -- was the highlight of the trip.
star-5
A must-do experience in the region...
Wes P
, Sep 2017
A must-do experience in the region, with the tour offering up plenty of time in each destination.
star-5
The tour was great.. only we had a...
Sunita
, Aug 2017
The tour was great.. only we had a lot of rain!!But the Diver and the Tour Guide Maria were very nice.. esp our Guide was very informative about the history. The Chaplin Museum was worth going!! Got enough time to have lunch. The boat cruise was nice and got lovely scenic pictures! The castle was also very historical.Lovely beautiful view of the lake!! !Overally a nice tour and must do when visiting Geneva!!
star-4
Overall good tour. Chaplin's World...
Bryan
, Jul 2017
Overall good tour. Chaplin's World is new and better than expected. Visited Montreux during the Jazz Festival.
star-3
There is no open air trolly ride of...
David W
, Jul 2017
There is no open air trolly ride of the wine producing area. I stead the bus stopped at a picinic table and the guide opened a couple bottles of wine, and they provided some dried meat and gas station sandwiches. Additionally we only spent one hour at the chateau, which was a let down.
star-5
We loved the trip to Montreux...
Monica M
, May 2017
We loved the trip to Montreux. Maggie our guide was great. We had a picnic by the side of the lake at Veveux with sampling of local wine and we enjoyed it. It was a small group and we had a chance to talk to each other during the picnic. We particularly enjoyed Chaplin World. I have never seen so many people with a wide smile on their faces! The members of our childhood, watching Chaplin and laughing out loud to his political satires on silent screen was precious. What a heart trip!
star-4
This trip was pretty good. Didn't...
Harland B
, Nov 2016
This trip was pretty good. Didn't realize we'd spend time at the Olympic Museum but it was worth it and in fact, could have spend another hour there. Boat ride was great. And, visiting Chateau de Chillon was EXCELLENT. We could have skipped Montreux as only walked by some expensive stores and instead sped more time at the Chateau. Definitely need more time for the Chateau.
star-4
Pretty calm, easy going tour seeing...
Nathan_T
, Nov 2016
Pretty calm, easy going tour seeing the beautiful country of Switzerland and seeing the Chateau de Chillon. You also see the Olympic Museum, and take a boat ride on Lake Geneva. Overall not really a tour, just transportation to see some beautiful scenes.

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