Holidays in Geneva - Switzerland
Elegant Geneva sits impressively on the shore of Lake Geneva
Geneva is one of the gateways into Switzerland and you may like to spend a day or two in this diverse city. Below we share with you some of the attractions you can enjoy in Geneva.
Hotels in Geneva
We have a range of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Geneva for stays of one night or longer which can be added to any of your arrangements throughout Switzerland.
Please call 0800 619 1200 for details and availability.
This delightful city is situated at the end of Lake Geneva with the beautiful river Rhone running through the middle. Geneva has been well preserved over the centuries and the city will charm you with its opulent mansions and harbour with the landmark of the 'Jet d'Eau', a towering spray of water over the lake. The Old Town with its art galleries, book and antique shops also has an array of small restaurants to tempt you. The picturesque square, Place du Bourge-de Four, is the historical heart of the city surrounded by a wealth of wonderful sights.
On the highest point of the old town is St Peter's Cathedral, first constructed in the 12th century, which became a place of Protestant worship at the time of the Reformation in 1535. You can climb to the top of the north tower to get stunning views of the city and lake.
Geneva was at the heart of the reformation in the 16th century and there is a fascinating museum in the Maison Mallet close to St Peter’s Cathedral which recounts the reformation movement when John Calvin set out to turn Geneva into a model for a new way of living the Christian life.
GENEVA - SEE THE UNUSUAL
A Symbol for Peace - The Broken Chair
Geneva is known for its international institutions including the United Nations. In Nations Square is an amazing work of art - the giant ‘Broken Chair’ which stands 12m high and symbolises the campaign against landmines. The Broken Chair stands on three legs, the fourth being splintered half way up.
Cern – Individual guided tour to explore the largest laboratory in the world!
This world famous centre is often in the news with its unique ability to test the mysteries of the universe. CERN offers guided tours for indiviuals allowing visitors to discover the history of the Laboratory and the latest scientific developments. The tour consists of a visit to a historic area of CERN and to the operations centre of one of the experiments. Immersive audio-visual presentations complement the information provided by the tour guide. The tour is in English or French and lasts around two hours. Tours in English are organised from 11.00-13.00 on Mondays to Saturdays and from 13.00-15.00 on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Please note that for safety reasons children under 8 years of age are not admitted.
Please note that this tour does not include an underground visit. Due to the limited capacity and high demand, you must reserve your tour before hand.
Hermance on the shores of Lake Geneva is one of the most picturesque villages of the region.
Hermance is situated to the north of the canton. The village dates back to the 13th century. Its authentic architecture has been preserved and the old houses have been magnificently renovated. Dominated by a beautiful church, the little lanes with their numerous restaurants and shops embody the village’s convivial atmosphere. It's easy to get to by public transport.
Enjoy a cruise to the French side of the lake and the medieval town of Yvoire
Discover the medieval town of Yvoire and its flower-filled lanes, one of France’s most beautiful villages.
Yvoire is worth a visit. You will discover one of Lake Geneva's most astonishing destinations, a fortified market village with ramparts, gates, moats, old houses and a harbour with a view of the small and great lakes. Cruise back to the Middle Ages, discover castles and delightful residences on both shores.
Beautiful Panoramic cruise
Let yourself be carried away as you cruise the waters from Geneva to Lausanne, enjoying perfect relaxation for a few hours or a whole day.
The cruise will take you to Lausanne and back, with the possibility of stopping on the way. The Jet d’Eau will salute you as the boat glides on to Nyon Castle and the hillside vineyards slowly passes by. Enjoy refreshments served on the boat as you cross over to the French side of the lake to the fabulous medieval town of Yvoire and villages decorated with flowers which lie sleepily in the sun. After Thonon, the boat heads towards Lausanne.
Cruise along the river Rhône
The Rhône is one of the longest (812km) rivers in Europe. During this near 3-hour cruise, you'll get to see one of the most beautiful parts of the Rhône, the unspoilt nature of its riverbanks where birds and animals come to rest and nest. From Geneva to Verbois and back, this cruise will also let you admire Geneva's countryside and local villages.
Experience a journey through five centuries of watchmaking - Patek Philippe Museum
The Patek Philippe Museum is located in the heart of the Plainpalais district. Set up in 2001, it showcases the most prestigious creations of the brand’s master watchmakers. Visitors can also admire an extraordinary collection of watches, musical automata and enamel miniatures from the 16th to the 19th centuries, created in Geneva, Switzerland and Europe. The museum also houses a library entirely dedicated to horology and its related subjects.
Geneva’s local mountain is a paradise for walkers and is easily accessible by cable car. Mont Salève is a natural environment where you can relax and enjoy the views.
Just a few minutes after leaving the city centre, you find yourself at the top of the mountain. The view over the Lake Geneva region is breathtaking and the mountain allows you to relax and discover nature. There are many pathways for walkers as well as activities for children.
Two and multi centre holidays
Why not consider a multi centre holiday, combining the bustle of Geneva with a stay in a picturesque mountain resort such as Mürren or Wengen. Or try a two centre holiday by travelling by Glacier Express to St. Moritz or Pontresina.
Please call us on 0800 619 1200 to arrange an itinerary tailor made to your requirements.
The Geneva Transport Card
Your passport to free travel on Geneva's transport network
When you stay in one of our hotels you receive a Geneva Transport Card free of charge
This personal travel card is offered to you on arrival at your hotel. During your stay in Geneva you can use, free of charge, the entire Geneva transport network (UNIRESO: bus and tram (TPG), train (CFF) and the yellow taxi boats that cross the lake (Mouettes Genevoises).
Lake Geneva Regional Pass
It’s the diversity of the Lake Geneva region that makes it so special. Palm tree-lined lakeshore promenades and Mediterranean flair stand in fascinating contrast to the snow-capped peaks and icy glaciers of the Vaud Alps. With the Regional Pass 'Lake Geneva–Alps', you discover the region by railway, bus, boat and mountain rail and cableway. The Regional Pass includes free travel on the entire railway network in the Lake Geneva region, free travel from and to Geneva airport, as well as free travel onboard the boats on Lake Geneva. And the majority of mountain rail and cableways also offer a 50% discount.
The Regional Pass is available for 5 or 7 days:
- Regional Pass 5 days: 2 days of free travel with 3 days of discounted travel
- Regional Pass 7 days: 3 days of free travel with 4 days of discounted travel
Lake Geneva Regional Pass 2nd class 1st class
5 days £52 £65
7 days £77 £92
Prices include the 20% reduction applicable with your half fare card, which is included when you book your holiday with the Swiss Holiday Company.