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How to Spend 1 Day in Geneva

How to Spend 1 Day in Geneva

A tidy sprawl of chocolate shops, gleaming boutiques, and global landmarks tucked between high peaks and Switzerland’s biggest lake, Geneva is far more than the gateway to the Alps. With one day in Geneva you can explore the historic center, sample Swiss flavors, and board a boat for a trip across Lake Geneva. Here’s where to start.

 

Morning: Tour the Old Town

Many of Geneva’s key sites are packed into a compact Old Town, so you can cover some of the essentials in a morning of exploring. Choosing a guided tour ensures a focus on the city’s most interesting places—and unlocks the stories behind the places you’ll see—with excursions that range from walking tours to Segway tours and flexible hop-on hop-off options. Highlights of the Old Town include St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathédrale de St.-Pierre), the Reformation Wall, and the Bergues Bridge (Pont de Bergues); by the time you’re ready for lunch you’ll know the basics of Geneva’s long history and unique culture.

Afternoon: Cruise Lake Geneva

Whether you’re watching sunlight play on the water or bundling up against a chilly breeze, getting out on Lake Geneva is a must in any season. Choose from sightseeing cruises, fondue cruises, passenger ferries, and budget-friendly water buses (mouettes). Enjoy unobstructed views from the boat as you snap photos of the mermaid statue and the Geneva Water Fountain (Jet d’Eau), which sends water 459 feet (140 meters) into the air. If you’d prefer not to make a separate booking, consider the time-saving option of a city tour that also features a Lake Geneva cruise.

 

Night: Discover Geneva Flavors

Locals might not live on fondue and chocolate, but leaving the city without a taste of the two treats is missing out on Geneva’s favorite indulgences. With limited time in Geneva, go straight to the highlights: Sample Swiss chocolates, locally produced wines, Alpine cheeses, and other treats on a food tour that’s tailored to the flavors that interest you most. When you’ve satisfied a hunger for Swiss specialties, head back to the lakeshore for an evening stroll by the water that’s a perfect ending to a day in Geneva.

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.84
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$109.84

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.03
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.22
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Food & drink Tour in Geneva (3 hours walking tour with Gourmet Stops)

Food & drink Tour in Geneva (3 hours walking tour with Gourmet Stops)

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Find the gourmet food of Geneva along with some city surprises on this morning or afternoon walking tour. Taking place at a time that suits your schedule, the tour introduces you to local flavors with tastings of cheese, tapenades, honey, fresh pastries, and more. It’s a great way to try artisan bites that you might not find in the tourist restaurants or supermarkets and discover quirky city sights and viewpoints at the same time.
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  • 3 hours
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$277.12
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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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$35.51
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Explore Geneva in Style with an E-Bike

Explore Geneva in Style with an E-Bike

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Hop on an e-bike and save your energy for sightseeing in Geneva. Helping you cycle around the city with ease, the electric bike is the perfect mode of transport for quick access to Geneva’s landmarks including the Jet d’Eau, United Nations building, Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and more. Cycle in a group of no more than six people for easy interaction with your guide, and learn about the city as you pedal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Yvoire Medieval village & Boat Cruise

Yvoire Medieval village & Boat Cruise

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Enjoy the convenience of a guided tour, without the rigidity of following a schedule. Book this one-day self-guided tour to Yvoire Medieval Village. Visit its charming alleys, views of the lake, and Jardin des 5 Sens your own pace. A custom itinerary with bus ticket, boat cruise, and entrance to the garden lets you explore the beauty of Yvoire without worrying about the details.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$98.75
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Geneva Sunset Tour with Open Top Bus

Geneva Sunset Tour with Open Top Bus

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Discover the lakeside city of Geneva during this open-top sunset bus tour. See the city’s key landmarks such as the Jet D’eau water fountain, the European Headquarters of the United Nations, the Geneva flower clock, and much more over the course of two hours. Learn about the history of the city with onboard commentary and enjoy unobstructed views on the upper deck of the bus.
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  • 2 hours
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$21.08
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