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3 Days in Geneva: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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Sitting on the shore of Europe's largest alpine lake, with views of Europe's highest mountain, Geneva is tolerant, cosmopolitan and stylish. It's the perfect place for sailing, skiing or sampling great cheese, chocolate and wines in the beautiful countryside.

Day 1: Geneva - City By the Lake

Begin with a walk beside the river to the 13th-century Tour d'Ile. Then head for Lake Geneva and its Jet d'Eau, 7 tonnes of water shooting into the air at 200 km/h. Geneva's Cathédrale de St Pierre is a mélange of styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Also on the site are archeological digs dating back 16 centuries. Geneva's oldest house, 14th-century Maison Tavel, is a Geneva history museum. The philosopher Rousseau's birthplace is around the corner. The Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO) is a must. The Patek Philippe Museum and the clock museum, the Musée de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie, showcase Swiss timekeeping. For a break, head to the Carouge district, noted for its architecture, bars, restaurants and fine boutiques.

Day 2: Geneva - City of the World

You can visit the Palais des Nations, once home to the League of Nations, now the European HQ of the United Nations (bring your passport). Visit the Red Cross Museum or CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, located just outside Geneva, where antimatter was first created in 1996.

Day 3: Geneva - City by the Mountains

Time to hit those alpine surrounds. Take a day trip to Mont Blanc and the village of Chamonix. You can take a cable car and walk on a glacier  if you like. If you like cheese, chocolate or wine, or perhaps all three, head out to the village of Gruyeres and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Geneva from the famous Golden Express train. Lausanne is the cultural capital of Switzerland, Montreux hosts a famous jazz festival and Chillon is home to the lovely Castle Chillon.

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Chamonix and Mont Blanc

4.5 star rating: Recommended 341 Reviews

Cross the Switzerland-France border on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, one of the most famous villages in the French Alps. You'll drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $246.70

Chamonix French Alps Day Tour from Geneva by Open-Top Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of the Alps on this day trip from Geneva to Chamonix, situated at the base of Mont Blanc. With round-trip transport on an open-top bus with ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.42

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 128 Reviews

Take a tour of Geneva, and see the best of this cosmopolitan Swiss city by coach, tram and boat! With a knowledgeable guide on hand, you'll see exciting Geneva ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.45

Day Trip to Gruyères including Golden Panoramic Express Train

4.5 star rating: Recommended 85 Reviews

Set off and discover traditional produce while taking in Switzerland's landscapes on a full day combined coach and train trip from Geneva. Soak up the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.94

Day Trip to Lausanne, Montreux and Château de Chillon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

Explore the beautiful Swiss cities of Lausanne and Montreux on this relaxing and scenic day trip from Geneva. You'll drive through the beautiful Swiss ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $198.30

Geneva City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

This two-hour city sightseeing tour is a perfect introduction to Geneva. It’s especially great if you’ve just arrived in the city and want to get a lay of the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.46

Geneva and Annecy Tour With Optional Lake Geneva Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the charm of Geneva and Annecy on this combination sightseeing tour. Start with a 2-hour tour of Geneva to see top attractions like the UN ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 6.5 or 8 hours, depending on option selected

From USD $89.66

Day Trip to Gruyères with Cheese and Chocolate Tastings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Combine your love of chocolate and cheese with your passion for travel on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by comfortable coach to the ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.46

Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva

Dubbed the ‘Venice of the Alps,’ the French town of Annecy is a feast for the eyes (and all the other senses, really). Board a coach in Geneva for an easy ...  Read more

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes

From USD $47.46

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