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How to Spend 2 Days in Geneva

How to Spend 2 Days in Geneva

With two days in Geneva, go beyond Old Town landmarks, chocolate shops, and shopping to explore the institutions that power the lakeside city. Stroll the halls of the United Nations at the Palais des Nations, visit groundbreaking scientific labs, and pick out a few of Geneva’s world-class museums. Here’s where to start.

 

Day 1: Old Town to Lake Geneva

**Morning:**While Geneva can seem downright futuristic, there’s plenty of history here—start in the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, whose highlights include St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathédrale de St.-Pierre), the Reformation Wall, and picturesque squares. Choose between walking tours, Segway tours, and hop-on hop-off buses.

**Afternoon:**Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, satisfy a hunger for Swiss flavors with one of Geneva’s richest and most beloved treats: fondue. You can find a bubbling pot of cheese at almost any traditional Swiss restaurant. Ask the waitstaff for tips on eating fondue like a Swiss person, from what to drink to optimal dipping technique.  

**Night:**Take advantage of sunset light to join a cruise on Lake Geneva; you’ll see the evening sun light up the lakeshore, the surrounding mountains, and the powerful Geneva Water Fountain (Jet d’Eau), which sends water rocketing high into the air.

 

Day 2: Museums, Chocolate, and Lakeside Strolling

**Morning:**Whether you’re talking supercolliders or nongovernmental institutions, Geneva is a history maker—choose one of the key spots to explore in-depth. Learn about the groundbreaking nuclear research at CERN, tour the UN Palais des Nations, visit the Geneva Ethnography Museum, or see the precise workings of Swiss watches at the Patek Philippe Museum.

**Afternoon:**There’s more than fondue on the menu in Geneva—don’t forget about chocolate. Duck into one of the jewel-box chocolate shops in the town, or go all out on a chocolate tour that features the city’s best chocolatiers.

**Night:**Even if you’ve spotted the Jet d’Eau from the water, spend at least part of your last night in Geneva taking a leisurely stroll past the iconic landmark. On warm evenings, brave the spray on the walkway to the base, and catch the light shows that illuminate the jet in summer.

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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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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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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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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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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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