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How to Spend 3 Days in Geneva

How to Spend 3 Days in Geneva

With three days in Geneva, sample the best of Swiss traditions, innovative culture, and dramatic scenery. The lakeside city is a great destination in its own right, but easy access to the surrounding Alps makes it a perfect jumping-off point for trips to snowy peaks and storybook villages. Here’s how to make the most of your time.


Day 1: Old Town to Melted Cheese

Geneva makes headlines with futuristic science, but start with the cobblestone streets and historic landmarks of the Old Town for a taste of the city’s heritage. There’s a maze of streets here, so stay oriented by joining a guided tour—you’ll get the stories behind each of the historic landmarks along the way. Highlights include Bourg-de-Four Square, Cathédrale de St. Pierre (St. Peter’s Cathedral), and old-world architecture; when choosing a tour, consider options such as walking tours, Segway tours, and hop-on hop-off tickets that offer extra flexibility. Round off the day with a very Swiss feast of traditional fondue in an Old Town restaurant.

 

Day 2: From Human History to the Cutting Edge

A long list of institutions keep Geneva at the forefront of art, science, and global policy, so pick out one or two that catch your interest. Science-buffs shouldn’t miss CERN, a physics research center that’s just out of town, while culture hounds can head to the Geneva Ethnological Museum. Browse the gleaming, precise watches at the Patek Philippe Museum; take a tour of the UN at the Palais des Nations; or visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. After a day inside, take in the sunset on Lake Geneva, whether you hop a local ferry or book an elegant dinner cruise.

 

Day 3: Alpine Explorer

As a major gateway to the Alps, Geneva is a great home base for visiting the high mountains, with top destinations just a day trip away, such as Gruyères in Switzerland and Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and Annecy in France. Options range from adventurous trips up snowy peaks to tasting tours through traditional villages. If you’re looking for history, consider Neuchâtel in Switzerland or Annecy in France, medieval destinations with perfectly preserved architecture. Cheese lovers can take a deep dive into Switzerland’s most famous wedges at Gruyères, while the French town of Chamonix is the undisputed hub of hiking, climbing, and mountaineering in the surrounding peaks, including Mont Blanc.

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Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva

Chamonix and Mont Blanc Day Trip from Geneva

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Discover the allure of the European Alps on a full-day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from Geneva. With a guide, travel through the splendor of the countryside to Chamonix, a picturesque Alpine town. Upgrade options include ticket to ascend the Aiguille de Midi peak in a modern cable car; a scenic railway ride to Montenvers, home to Mer de Glace; and a French-style lunch in Chamonix.
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  • 10 hours
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Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit

Chocolate Flavours Tours Geneva: 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Old Town Visit

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There are many things for which Switzerland is famous—Alpine peaks and stylish watches to name but two—but chocolate surely trumps them all. On this tour, explore Geneva by land and water, delve into the decadent world of Swiss chocolate, and see this tasty treat in all its colorful guises. Discover artisan shops where chocolate is made the traditional way, and sample the delicious treats on offer.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

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Delve into the rich traditions and picturesque landscapes of Switzerland during a full-day train and coach trip from Geneva. Climb aboard a luxury coach and travel to the quaint village of Broc to sample divine chocolate made in a traditional factory. Head into the hills and visit the beautiful mountaintop town of Gruyeres to savor the rich flavor of renowned Gruyere cheese in a local dairy.
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  • 10 hours
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Geneva City Tour

Geneva City Tour

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Get acquainted with the spectacular sights of Geneva on this introductory sightseeing tour. Cruise the city in an air-conditioned coach and listen to captivating commentary from your knowledgeable guide as you see top city attractions. Marvel at the distinctive beauty of Jet d’Eau; gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Geneva; and disembark for a leisurely walking tour around Geneva’s charming Old Town. Climb aboard the city’s quaint mini-train to discover landmarks like St Pierre Cathedral and the Palace of Nations.
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  • 2 hours
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Chamonix Ski Day from Geneva with Optional Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Ride

Chamonix Ski Day from Geneva with Optional Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Ride

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Ski in Chamonix on a hassle-free day trip from Geneva that includes everything you need to zip down the slopes with ease: ski rental, lift pass and transport. Choose the half-day pass to enjoy a ride on the Aiguille du Midi cable car plus an afternoon on the slopes. Or upgrade to the full-day pass for a full day of skiing. Both options cover Chamonix’s acclaimed Brevént or Grands Montets ski areas.
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  • 10 hours
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Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise

Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise

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Immerse yourself in the architectural beauty of Geneva and Annecy on a full-day tour of the stunning cities from Geneva. Begin your day with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Geneva on a luxury coach and admire top attractions like the charming Old Town and the Flower Clock. Opt to enjoy a tranquil Lake Geneva cruise and then cross the border over the France to see the visual delights of Annecy, an Alpine town shrouded in medieval history. Enjoy entertaining and educational commentary from a knowledgeable guide throughout this tour.
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  • 9 hours
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Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience in Geneva, the city hailed as Switzerland’s cultural capital, on a tour by coach, tram, and boat. See the city’s most spectacular attractions from a variety of vantage points and delve into Geneva’s rich history with commentary from a professional guide. Cruise on a coach and see natural landmarks like Lake Geneva and the Geneva Water Fountain; stroll the Old Town and listen to intriguing commentary as you take a tram tour down winding backstreets.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Geneva 3 lines Sightseeing Bus Tours 24 hours

Geneva 3 lines Sightseeing Bus Tours 24 hours

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Geneva is a sleek and modern-thinking city, but evidence of its colorful history can still be seen—if you know where to look. On this sightseeing tour, explore Geneva by traditional trolley and mini-train, and see a historic side of the city that many visitors miss. With on-board commentary, travel through the city streets, enjoy sweeping views over pretty Lake Geneva, and uncover 2,000 years of settlement and civilization.
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Best of Geneva City tour with Panoramic Bus

Best of Geneva City tour with Panoramic Bus

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Whether you have a limited time in Geneva, or just want to explore the city in a unique way, this panoramic tour bus allows you stunning views of the city from every angle. Discover this cosmopolitan international city and its most iconic sights, like the beautiful Lac Leman, United Nations, Geneva Flower Clock, and Parc des Eaux Vives.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Geneva City Pass

Geneva City Pass

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Save money and enjoy over 40 attractions in Switzerland’s lakeside city with this Geneva Pass. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day Geneva Pass to hand, enjoy unlimited free public transport alongside discounted entry to the city’s galleries and museums. Take in top attractions such as St Peter’s Cathedral, the Mont-Salève cable car and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Cruise or paddle over the waves on Lake Geneva, or enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Unlock Geneva and make the most of your time in Switzerland!
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  • 3 days
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