Guided tour

Our official guides – specialists in Chillon and its history – provide castle tours, wine tours and more to suit all groups.

New!

From 1st July 2020 at Café Byron: when booking your trip using the online booking form, you can select a catering offer (as part of a castle tour) for groups of up to 15 people.

'Must see, must do at Chillon Castle'

Let our guides show you around the cellar, prison, great halls, the Bernese chamber, the duke’s chamber, the chapel or even the sentry walks. You’ll learn why the ‘forgotten chambers’ aren’t quite what they seem… and find out that famous prisoner François Bonivard fathered 16 children!

Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 95.00 CHF per group + admission
Maximum group size: 40 people


Last tour: 1.5 hours before closing
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese and Russian

Tour with guide in medieval costume

Your guide in period dress will take you on a fantastic journey through time and space at Chillon, uncovering the mysteries behind hidden passageways, the underground Gothic vaulted ceilings and the prison where the famous Bonivard was kept.

Experience this Vaudois castle through the eyes of a servant, a Bernese castellan or even a duchess of Savoy!

Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 145.00 CHF per group + admission
Maximum group size: 30 people


Last tour: 1.5 hours before closing
Languages: English, French and German

Tour followed by castle wine tasting

Following your tour, why not gather around for a friendly glass of our red or white Clos de Chillon, made from grapes grown in the fortress’s very own vineyard.

Locally produced bread ‘flutes’ add the finishing touches to this regional aperitif known as the ‘verrée vaudoise’.

Sink your teeth into a real gourmet taster of sumptuous castle life leave with a Chillon souvenir glass!

Duration: variable depending on chosen package
Price: variable depending on chosen package
Group size: variable depending on chosen package


Last tour: 2 hours before closing
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese and Russian

Choose from 4 packages

Classic
Duration: 50 minutes (30-minute guided tour + 20-minute wine tasting)
Group size: minimum 15 people
Price: all-inclusive package per adult (aged 18+): 24.00 CHF, per child (aged 6-17): 14.00 CHF

Premium
Duration: 80 minutes (50-minute guided tour + 30-minute wine tasting)
Group size: minimum 15 people
Price: all-inclusive package per adult (aged 18+): 30.00 CHF, per child (aged 6-17): 14.00 CHF, groups of under 15 people: CHF 450.00

Exclusive
Duration: 50 minutes (30-minute guided tour + 20-minute wine tasting)
Group size: 10-14 people
Price: all-inclusive package per adult (aged 18+): 29.00 CHF, per child (aged 6-17): 14.00 CHF, groups of under 10 people: CHF 290.00

Premium package with guide in medieval costume
Duration: 80 minutes (50-minute guided tour + 30-minute wine tasting)
Group size: minimum 15 people
Price: all-inclusive package per adult (aged 18+): 32.00 CHF, per child (aged 6-17): 14.00 CHF, groups of under 15 people: CHF 480.00

This wine tasting tour was just one of the reasons Chillon Castle Foundation won first prize at the Swiss Wine Tourism Awards in 2017. Apple juice and mineral water can also be provided for under 18s or for non-drinkers.

Interactive tour

With guide in medieval costume
An immersive sensory experience… straight out of the Middle Ages! Put down the smartphone and awaken your senses; sniff popular medieval spices, touch objects and fabrics, or even take an eagle-eyed look at some of the minute details in our etchings.

Duration: 50 minutes
Price: 145.00 CHF per group + admission
Maximum group size: 20 people


Last tour: 1.5 hours before closing
Languages: English, French and German

In-depth tour

With official guide, or guide in costume
Want to explore the castle in every minute detail? Our specialist guides will happily take you on an in-depth 80-minute tour; an exciting, educational experience where you’ll discover our extraordinary rooms by taking a closer look at some of the most precious items in the castle collection, taking the time to pore over their unique details.

The best way to make long-lasting memories!

Duration: 80 minutes
Price: per group with official guide 145 CHF + admission / with guide in medieval costume 210 CHF + admission
Maximum group size: 30 people


Last tour: 2 hours before closing
Languages: French, German and English

Guided tour of temporary exhibition

Official guide in themed costume
Chillon is steeped in history, art and landscapes that have enchanted visitors since time immemorial, including great artists such as Courbet, Flaubert, Rousseau, Gogol to name a few… Follow the red thread through the castle rooms and unravel a strong theme fit for a stronghold. Only available during temporary exhibitions.

Upcoming dates: 9 October 2020 until 21 April 2021

Duration: 50 minutes
Price: from 95.00 CHF to 145.00 CHF per group (depending on the theme) + admission
Maximum group size: 30 people


Last tour: 2 hours before closing
Languages: English, French and German
This is a unique opportunity to see the castle in a whole new light.

Café Byron catering offers

Café Byron has a selection of catering offers available for groups of 15 or more, before or after a castle tour; treat yourself to a pick-me-up, with a morning or afternoon coffee break in the enchanting setting of Café Byron.

If you’re pressed for time, take-away picnic packages are also available.

Catering packages are provided in connection with a castle tour and must be booked in advance.

Duration: variable depending on chosen package
Price: variable depending on chosen package
Group size: variable depending on chosen package


Offer availability: variable depending on package

 

 

Coffee breaks (+ admission)
Availability:
April to September: 9:00am-10:30am and 3:00pm-6:30pm

October to March: 9:30am-10:45am and 3:00pm-5:30pm
Buffet style in Café Byron. Take-away option also available.
Duration: 45 minutes
Group size: For groups of 15-45 people only, or two groups of 20 at the same time.


Morning (+ admission)
Coffee, tea, croissant, orange juice/mineral water
Price:
Adults (aged 16+) as part of a group: 7.50 CHF + admission
Children (aged 6-15) as part of a group: 6.00 CHF + admission
Tour leader & driver: Free

Afternoon (+ admission)
Coffee, tea, slice of cake or biscuit/pastry selection, orange juice/mineral water
Price:
Adults (aged 16+) as part of a group: 7.50 CHF + admission

Children (aged 6-15) as part of a group: 6.00 CHF + admission
Tour leader & driver: Free

Take-away picnic package (+ admission)

Available 11am-3pm year-round
Group size: Minimum 15 people. 


1 sandwich, 1 piece of fruit, 1 cereal bar, 1 x 500ml bottle of mineral water in a take-away ‘picnic’ bag for consumption off the restaurant premises.

Price:
Adults (aged 16+) as part of a group: 14.50 CHF + admission
Children (aged 6-15) as part of a group: 12.00 CHF + admission
Tour leader & driver: Free

GUIDED TOUR – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TERMS

Bookings

All bookings for guided tours must comply with the following:

  • Made two working days in advance
  • Made in writing using our online booking form or email to info@chillon.ch
  • Confirmed by our booking service

Only official Chillon Castle guides are authorised to show groups around the monument.

Please confirm your arrival time and the number of people in your group 48 hours in advance.

Please arrive on time.

In the event of a delay, we kindly request you inform us as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your group, however, if you are delayed by 15 minutes or more, the guided tour will be shortened or cancelled, but remain payable.

Online ticket office