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Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

1. Geneva: 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise

Explore Geneva and its stunning lake from a new perspective — directly on the water. Begin your tour from the Pierres du Niton, cruising towards the Pointe à la Bise. Peer at Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau, the iconic fountain the city is famous for, Mont-Blanc mountain and the surrounding Swiss Alps, as well as famous buildings, such as the UN. Pass by elegantly manicured gardens that line the shores of the lake, as well as the stunning surrounding flora and fauna, before heading back to the dock from which you departed. An app with information about the cruise is available to download on the spot in a free wifi area; all the information about this will be given at the cashier's desk.

Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

2. Geneva: Scenic Lake Cruise with Snacks and Wine

Discover the city of Geneva from a new perspective with a scenic cruise. Drift across Lake Geneva and immerse yourself in this world of Swiss beauty with breathtaking views of the Alps and Mont Blanc. Make your way to the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva and meet your friendly crew and group for the day just outside. Climb on board your boat and get settled in as you push off from the shore onto Lake Geneva. Relax with a glass of wine in hand as you take in the picturesque scenery. Pass by the United Nations Office and the Bain des Paquis before staring up in awe at the mighty outline of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

Switzerland: All-In-One Travel Pass

3. Switzerland: All-In-One Travel Pass

Travel all over Switzerland with a Swiss Rail pass, valid all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive day pass. This ticket offers you hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Train Network, buses and public boats. This pass includes the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. This pass includes museum admission, boat rides, and discounts on many mountain excursions. Enjoy unlimited usage of public transport and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country.

Geneva: Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

4. Geneva: Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tour

Start your adventure through the bustling streets of Geneva at Gare Routiere where you can hop on to your open-top tour bus. Your guided tour will take you to some of Geneva's most historical and culturally significant landmarks.  First, visit Jet d’eau, Geneva’s iconic water fountain located in the harbor. Your tour through the harborside area will acquaint you with the wonderful city parks like the Jardin Anglais, a large selection of the lakeside restaurants and cafes this part of the city has to offer and the famous Bains des Paquis. After the harbor, make your way to the Flower Clock, situated in the Jardin Anglais. Marvel at the vast array of flowers the garden has to offer. See the stunning Parc Des Eaux Vives and the wealthy suburb of Cologny with its mansions and impressive architecture. Here you will have access to one of the most beautiful vantage points for looking out over the city of Geneva. Before being taken back to the pickup point, your tour bus will make its way to the famous United Nations headquarters (Palais des Nations). From here you will also get the chance to witness the 'Broken Chair' sculpture.

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

5. From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Visit the site of the first Winter Olympics. In Chamonix, experience majestic scenery on a drive through the Arve Valley and from the 12,605-foot viewing platform on Europe’s highest mountain. This day tour begins in Geneva with a drive across the French border through the glacier-fed Arve Valley. At Chamonix, marvel at the splendid backdrop of the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges. You’ll take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi, which was the world’s highest cable car ride when it was launched in 1955. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of this Alpine wonderland, with views into France, Switzerland, and Italy. Lunch will be at your leisure. You will also have the chance to ride the astonishing Montenvers rack railway to the Mer de Glace glacier. The journey on this electric train covers 3 miles of beautiful mountainous scenery before arriving at the longest glacier in France. Spend the day as you please. Wander by foot to discover the town’s many delights, such as Parc Loisir, Musée Alpin, Lac Gaillands or Atelier Les Racines. Chamonix is the world capital for outdoor activities: mountaineering, alpinism, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, trail running, and skiing.

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

6. Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

This 3-hour city tour of Geneva will take you by bus to visit the international quarters of Geneva, as well as the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the beautiful fountain (Jet d'Eau) in Lake Geneva, and the wonderful Flower Clock. You will also get a taste of Geneva’s fascinating history during a lively tramway tour, and dig deeper into the Old Town on an informative guided walking tour. Guides speak French and English, while some are also conversant in German, Italian, and Spanish, depending on the guide. To complete the tour, continue with a 1-hour cruise of the lake and see the major attractions from the water, such as the unusual rocks of the Pierres du Niton, the Water Fountain, Black Harbour, Villa Diodati, the UN Building, Castle of Bellerive, the Mermaid, and much more. For your pleasure, drinks will be offered during the cruise.

Geneva: 3-Line 24-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Geneva: 3-Line 24-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the old town of Geneva on a mini train, through its narrow streets and alleyways you will discover the old town and its 2,000 years of closely guarded history. You will encounter such sites as La Statue equestre du General Dufour, the University of Geneva, le Mur des Reformateurs, le Palais Eynard, Palais de l'Athénée, le Palais de Justice, Arsenal and Hotel de ville. You also have the opportunity to be taken on a dream journey along the right bank of Lake Geneva to discover the beautiful parks and gardens. All along this journey, you will enjoy unforgettable views over the shores of the lake, over famous buildings surrounded by flowers and bushes and, on a fine day, the incredible snow-covered peaks of the Mont-Blanc range. At Lake Geneva you will encounter the Monument Brunswick, Lac Leman, Jet d'eau, Villa Mon-Repos and La Perle du Lac. Afterwards, take a drive around the political side of Geneva, understanding the international dimensions of Geneva by visiting the buildings of the UN and the International Organizations which work for the good of humanity and peace in the world. You will pass by the Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés, the Union Internationale des Télécommunications and the Place des Nations, before wrapping up your diverse sightseeing tour.

Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

8. Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

Join this delicious guided chocolate tour of Geneva to experience one-of-a-kind, award-winning chocolate creations. Visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms: from chocolate pralines to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate, and pastry. During the tour, learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate. The tour includes a visit to the old town, and you will hear anecdotes and stories about Geneva, and experience Geneva’s most important tradition – breaking the chocolate “marmite” (cauldron). There is also a fun boat ride on the tour. The best way to discover a city is through its flavors, its local artisans and its stories, so have fun with this exciting, sweet, and exhilarating sensorial experience.

Geneva: Gruyères Gold Tour with Train Ride & Tastings

9. Geneva: Gruyères Gold Tour with Train Ride & Tastings

Admire breathtaking landscapes of Gruyères. At the top of the hill, breathe pure mountain air and hear cowbells in the pasture. Enjoy authentic Alpine cheese making and suddenly become expert in (Swiss) cheese fondue by preparing it yourself. The chocolat factory visit starts around 10:45 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. After the visit you will go to a traditional restaurant from about 12:20 to 2pm where you will taste different kinds of local cheeses, dried meat and sausage, and enjoy the fondue dish and a small local dessert. Then you will have free time in Gruyères village from about 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM and then we will take you to the Golden Pass train in Montbovon at 3:28 PM. Relax in a comfortable ride aboard the famous Golden Express train overlooking magnificent views over Lake Leman.

Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

10. Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

With the Geneva City Pass, you can explore city and countryside in all their splendor. Free entry, reduced rates, vouchers and many surprises await you with the Geneva Pass, which will help you to discover the city and its cultural and cosmopolitan riches, as well as its parks, mountains, and lakes. The Geneva City Pass offers many tours such as a guided walking tour of the Old Town, a classic city tour from the iconic Jet d'Eau water fountain to the International district of Geneva, or a guided tour in Carouge, a wealthy suburb of Geneva with a well established art scene. Don’t want to walk too much? Take a mini-train along the shores of Lake Geneva. From there you could also hop on a boat to see more of the beautiful Lake Geneva and the sights it has to offer as you cruise along the Rhône, or you could rent some water vehicles (sailing, pedal, or motorboats) yourself. It's all included in your pass! Not enough yet? Take the cable car up to mount Salève and look over Geneva from above. Speaking of mountains, a night skiing package with fondue afterwards is also included in your pass. Nothing caught your fancy yet? How about spending some time in one of Geneva’s numerous museums! Whether you're interested in science, modern art, ethnography, or the history of Switzerland, there is something to suit all tastes. Visit the Fondation Baur and Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient to see art from the Far East, or stop by Musée Ariana which has a one of a kind collection of glass and ceramic art pieces. This and much more awaits you with the Geneva City Pass!

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What people are saying about Canton Geneva

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,587 reviews

Lovely trip. Great wine. We did however have a problem finding the boat along with 4 other people as it isn’t where the other boats are docked. This was a small black and white boat, hidden behind another boat and was hardly visible. So we were 15 minutes late. Some signage would have helped considering it was tucked away behind a a fairground ride. Other it was perfect.

Fantastic! We took the 8 day one and it has been great. We were traveling with a girl and we have been able to visit many places in that time thanks to the ease of movement. Globally it is a saving and it is a peace of mind knowing that you have the advantages of mobility without worries.

Margot, a local from Geneva, gave a fabulous tour. Historical facts told through chocolate sampling. Highly recommend this tour for all travellers.

Very interesting, well planned and fun. The guide Alessia was great, informative and super friendly

Super fun boat trip! Good for each other with drinks and snacks. Highly recommended!