Geneva Youth Hostel
Geneva Youth Hostel is always the popular choice for student groups. This is a good quality youth hostel in a great location near the main train station and is also close to many of the city attractions. It offers great value for money and has good student facilities including tv and games room. Students typically stay in 4-6 bedded rooms.
The hostel is located in the Paquis District of Geneva , approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the Gare de Cornavin. From here, it is a 6 minute train journey to the airport.
The Ibis budget Genève is an economy hotel located across the road from the Balexert shopping centre, 15-minute walk from the airport. The hotel is approximately 4kms from the centre of Geneva.
Free Travel Passes from your Accommodation
Hotels and Hostels provide a free Geneva City Travel Pass on arrival which can be used on all buses, trams and selected yellow taxi boats within the Geneva area as well as the return journey to the airport if you don’t have a coach. It can also be used for your 20 minute rail trip to CERN.
Walking Tour: The Essentials Of Geneva
Available in French or English, you'll explore all the facets of Geneva! A tour with commentary will tell you everything about Geneva past and present. Become immersed in the history of Geneva, Capital of Peace, as you pass through the green and tranquil district of international organisations. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, dominated by the magnificent Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Take in the sights and sounds of the world’s most beautiful harbour and the famous Water Jet, symbol of the city.
Walking Tour: The Old Town And Its Treasures
Geneva, as you don’t know it… yet. In the company of a professional guide, discover the Old Town of Geneva, Switzerland’s greatest historic city, dominated by St-Pierre Cathedral, the centrepiece of the Reformation. Explore the area’s narrow streets with their shaded terraces, each one home to numerous treasures from Geneva’s history that your guide will reveal to you. Appreciate the Reformation Wall in its exceptionally verdant surroundings, a monument to the people who made Geneva the “Protestant Rome”.
Flea Market Of Plainpalais (Weds and Sat Mornings)
This large flea market is a brilliant place for groups to practise their language skills with the locals. It takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and first Sunday of each month, and is a meeting of the region’s bric-à-brac dealers.
The Plaine de Plainpalais is very popular with many stalls and bargain hunters looking to sell and buy all sorts of items: food, bric-à-brac, books, clothes, jewellery, antiques and decorative items. The market may not take place in bad weather.
United Nations European Headquaters: Palais des Nations
An highly informative one hour guide tour will give your group an insight into the history and the modern workings of the United Nations. The tour includes the Assembly Hall, other important chambers & rooms and an informative short film. The tour can be provided in English or French.
International Red Cross And Red Crescent Museum
An excellent, highly interactive and sophisticated museum providing information and background on the Red Cross, the oldest and largest humanitarian organisation in the world.
At this fascinating and emotive visit, groups can chose to take a guided or self-guided audio tour of the permanent exhibition called The Humanitarian Adventure. Its 3 areas, ‘Defending human dignity’, ‘Restoring family links’, and ‘Reducing natural risks’ present contemporary problems that are of concern. Again, both the guide tour and audio guide can be taken in French or English.
Lake Geneva Cruise
On this 1 hour cruise on the lake, you will discover (in both French and then translated in English) the main attractions of the shores of Lake Geneva: the stones of Niton, the water, the Black Harbour, Villa Diodati, the United Nations building, the castle of Bellerive, the little mermaid and many others. An opportunity to visit and admire the wealth of one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. Cruise takes place from mid-February to mid-December.
Favarger Chocolate Manufactory Tour
Favarger are Switzerland's oldest chocolate maker and have been producing chocolate in Geneva for almost two centuries and in that time have perfected the Swiss-style of chocolate making. They even can be considered to be the premium chocolate brand in the entire country.
The Manufactory incorporates and controls every part of the chocolate making profession from the selection and transportation of cocoa beans to the creation of original recipes. Experienced workers guide the machines at the factory to carry out the major processes of transforming beans into chocolate: roasting, grinding, conching, and temperature control. The subtlety of the temperature settings and the exact timings determine the ultimate and consistent quality of each recipe. The tour can be in French or English.
The Museum Of Natural History
Geneva’s favourite museum is 8,000 m2 in size and welcomes 250,000 visitors each year. Inside regional fauna is represented, along with mammals, birds, frogs, toads and insects too, and one whole floor is devoted to the Earth and the history of humankind. You are also invited to visit temporary exhibitions on future scientific challenges, current issues or environmental protection.
ICT Discovery Centre
This visit is great fun and highly informative! It showcases the evolution of ICT through the ages – from early attempts to communicate through to the rapid pace of invention during the 19th and 20th centuries and onwards to a vision of what the future could bring - ICT Discovery takes you on a journey through our connected world. Our groups receive a 20 min presentation (3 options available), a short 20 min tour and then each visitor is given an audio-visual guide which is used to interact with the exhibits including a fun games area at the end resulting in a memorable experience. Work booklets are also available complete during the visit.
Just over an hours coach drive from Geneva, Evian is a beautiful town on the edge of Lake Leman in the French Alps. A couple of years ago Evian won the award for the best resort in France at the World Travel Awards and is famous for its spring water which is sold worldwide.
Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour in French or English taking in the key sights, buildings and gardens. Walk along the lakeside and admire the stunning views back across to Switzerland before taking a closer look at the fabulous buildings of the Palais Lumiere, the Casino and the Theatre.
A medium sized market takes places every Tuesday and Friday morning at the Place Charles de Gaulle and near the church where language skills can be practised.
In the summer season you can take a short scenic and free ride on the Evian funicular.
The Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events. Take a tour of Einstein’s House where he lived as he discovered the Relativity Theory. The Houses of Parliament, Cathedral, Rose Garden and the Historic clock tower (Zytglogge) with its moving figures, are not to be missed.
CERN: The World's Accelerator of Science
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light.
A group tour of CERN lasts about 3 hours and comprises an introduction followed by a film and visits to experimental areas and/or to an accelerator. All tours are guided by volunteer staff members of CERN.
CERN also offer groups the opportunity to also visit two permanent exhibitions at their own pace.
Universe of Particles: Dedicated to CERN’s main missions, this exhibition allows you to confront the great questions of contemporary physics, currently being explored by the CERN via the Large Hadron Collider and others. *Re-opening January 2016.*
Microcosm: In this exhibition you will explore the mysteries of the universe and discover the massive apparatus used by physicists, the accelerators and detectors, and see how each part works!
Please note all guided tours and exhibition visit to CERN are free, must be booked directly by the school with CERN and you are advised to book early.
Bowling (and Pizza!)
Always a popular evening activity! We can hire lanes at a local bowling alley to entertain your students. We can also arrange for your group to have a pizza and a drink at the bowling too!
There are around 6 seasonal rinks that appear in various squares and parks in communities all over Geneva. They are typically free, charging only around £1.50 for skate rental. Gloves are required.
Museums and Galleries
Geneva is home to more than thirty museums and galleries presenting a wide array of cultural and historical offerings. From the ultra-modern Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to the ancient Maison Tavel, Geneva’s museums capture the full spectrum of the city’s history and major cultural influences.
City Centre – Designer retail stores and world famous watchmakers line the streets packed with window shoppers. Situated in-between the lake and the old town.
The Old Town – If you’re looking for art or antiques, the Old Town is the place for you.
Centre Balexert: The largest mall in Geneva with over 110 stores including designer outlets, a grocery store and a movie theatre. Located opposite the Ibis Budget accommodation. Transport: Take Tram 14 or 18 to ‘Balexert’
Manor Department Store: The largest department store chain in Switzerland with everything you need under one roof from electronics to cosmetics.
Globus Department Store: Perhaps the ritziest shopping centre in Geneva with lots of designer labels and high end jewellery as well as gourmet grocery store on the ground floor complete with wine.