GENEVA CULTURAL GUIDED TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

Discover Geneva and the most beautiful surrounding sites
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Experimented lecturer-guides offer you their visits to discover the multifaceted aspects of Geneva. More than two thousand years of history can be read along its streets and in the fields and vineyards of the countryside. Whether Roman boatman or refugee, wine-grower or theologian at the Academy, watchmaker or merchant, researcher or travelling writer, so many outstanding destinies have met here and still do so at the limit between the North and the South of Europe.

SUGGESTION OF TOURS :
The Old Town and its treasures

Geneva, as you do not know it... yet. Discover the Old Town of Geneva, the largest historical site in Switzerland, dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral, otherwise known as the "Mecca" of the Reformation with the eyes of a professional guide. Explore its narrow streets leading you to charming terraces. 
 

Geneva, cradle of fine watchmaking

Set off to discover a world of refinement, luxury and absolute precision! The watch industry has shaped Geneva over the course of the centuries. Witness the search for perfection through successive inventions that have made Geneva the cradle of prestige watchmaking. 
 

The Protestant Reformation and Calvin 

Who was John Calvin? What was his life like? How did he contribute to the development of Protestantism? Why did the Reformation play such an important role in Geneva's intellectual and international influence?
 

Humanitarian Geneva

This tour will guide you through 150 years of history in the heart of the city, capital of the Red Cross and cradle of humanitarian action.

Henry Dunant and the Red Cross, the beginning of the international humanitarian vocation of Geneva.

 

The International District, the UN Building with its special agencies and other international organisations

To accommodate the delegations meeting during the sessions of the League of Nations after First World War and those of the European seat of the United Nations with its thousands of diplomats after World War II, the Canton authorities provided facilities to the west of the city around the park of the Ariana. Before its integration into the city, this hill had been used as a resort as early as the end of the seventeenth century when rich families spent a few weeks there in their summer houses. Old properties have been restored and new office buildings have been erected on former farm-land of this now densely populated suburb. The tour intends to show the radical transformation of this area during the past century and the main international organizations.

 

Vineyards and countryside

This day, you will go to the village of Dardagny to visit a quite interesting wine maker.

A short walk into the vineyards, a degustation of his production and a splendid meal in a local restaurant will end the wonderful discover.

 

In case you have little time, take a  Panoramic tour of Geneva

You will discover all the highlights such as the international district and the UN Palace, the lakeside and its famous Jet d’eau, the old town and the cathedral.


EXCURSIONS AROUND GENEVA :
1. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Megève, at the foot of Europe's highest mountain.

In 90 minutes by coach, along the picturesque valley of the Arve river, you arrive in Chamonix. Meeting point of mountain lovers from all over the world, the town has much to offer: churches and chapels, Belle Époque palaces, Art-deco facades, chalets… In the center of town, if you look up, you'll see it everywhere: Mont-Blanc, 4810m of rock, snow, ice and reverie - the highest mountain in Europe. Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3842m to enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and the Chamonix valley! 

From Chamonix, you have the opportunity to cross the tunnel going to Aoste Valley, then highways goes to Milano. Or you can make a stop on your way back to Geneva at Megève, a famous hill station where 7 hotels 5* and famous Michelin’s stars await you, and where you can performe Hot Air Balloon to follow the tracks of Jules Verne for a hang-gliding in the Alps.

2. Lausanne and Vevey, with The Olympic Museum and the Chaplin Museum

A wonderful day of excursion along the sea shore of the Lake of Geneva.

From Vevey, you can opt for a cruise to Lausanne with a steam boat from where you could admire the vineyards of Lavaux, listed on the Unesco’s Patrimoine of the world. This excursion can be done in 1 day, or you can stay at Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne for the night.

Unique in the world in terms of their exhaustiveness and diversity, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s vast patrimonial collections bear witness to the rich history of the Olympic Games, from their origins to today, and the history of the IOC and the Olympic Movement.

Chaplin's world contains three courses intended to be immersive and interactive on the universe of Charlie Chaplin and his character the vagabond, Charlot.  They offer various immersion spaces, interactive animations, multimedia areas on Charlie Chaplin's films as well as an exhibition of his personal objects and cinematographic accessories. 

3. Rochers-de-Naye – Montreux – Chillon - Lausanne

In one day excursion, you can go by the rail or the road to Montreux, then up to Rochers-de-Naye with a cogwheel train. There, you will have a wonderful view on the lake of Geneva. 

After your return in Montreux, you walk around and visit Chillon castle. 

From Montreux, why not to embark for a cruise in steam boat to Lausanne? By train to Geneva, you will close a huge day of scenic countryside.

4 . Les Diablerets – Glacier 3000 – Villars – Chillon – Montreux – Lausanne

By the road, you will go to the hill station of Les Diablerets. Here you will reach Glacier 3000 by cable car. The highest point in the Vaudois Alps, Glacier 3000 offers the pleasures of snow to everyone, all year round! Breathtaking views and a mountain of activities - including the Peak Walk, the only gateway between two peaks in the world - make Glacier 3000 a must-see on your vacation in Switzerland!

On the return, you will take a narrow road which will conduct you via a pass to another famous hill station: Villars. Here to spend a night is a must, because you have the new Villars Palace, a place of experimentation, nothing like a traditional hotel but rather a hybrid platform that would combine hospitality, learning, and sustainability.

To go back to Geneva, you go down to reach the Rhone valley. Before to be back in Geneva, you will stop at the Chillon Castle, area that Ilya Mashkov has painted in 1914 (New Tretiakov Gallery Moscow).

5. Gruyères – Montreux – Lausanne

Let’s make a day train from Geneva to Gruyères via Lausanne and Palézieux.

You will see how the famous gruyere cheese is prepared. Then you visit this so spectacular castle. For the person interested by Tibetan art, you could discover 

one of the most important collection at the Tibet Museum, nestle in an ancient Christian church.

Early afternoon, you will jump again in the train to Montbovon to catch the famous cogwheel MOB train (1 m gauge). After crossing the mountain through a tunnel, you will get down to Montreux with a nice view on Geneva Lake. 

In Montreux, you can stay for the night at Montreux Palace to let you make an excursion to Chillon castle the next day, or take straitaway the steam boat to Lausanne, from where you could admire the vineyards of Lavaux, listed on the Unesco’s Patrimoine of the world.  

From Lausanne, back to Geneva by train.

PRICES :

The definitive rate is calculated for each request as it depends on the number of travelers.

 

INCLUDED :

All train tickets in 1st cl // Accommodation in Superior double or twin room in 5* hotels // A guide on the whole tour from Geneva, plus local guides in a few places // Excursions and entrance tickets for all activities mentioned // Half board throughout the tour // Travel documentation.
 

NOT INCLUDED :

The journey between your home and Geneva // Dinners and drinks // All optional activities during free time // Personal expenses and any tips for guides // Repatriation & cancellation insurance

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