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.
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.
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 tour or a 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.
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 to complete during the visit.
Walking Tour: Geneva, A Green & Sustainable City
Whether to renovate an industrial district, develop a city park as a nursery for seedlings and a source of honey, meet the needs of conservation and modernisation of the botanical gardens or supply energy to an entire international district, Geneva is determined once and for all to follow a strategy of “100% renewable by 2050”. These investments in heating, rational management of electricity and water, public lighting, mobility and climate, make Geneva one of Switzerland’s top-performing cities and earned it the European Gold Label for energy cities in 2010.
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 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.
World Meteorological Organisation
The UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.
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 History of Science Museum
Venture into the city’s scientific past and witness the origins of many ideas and breakthroughs. The museum displays an intriguing collection of scientific instruments from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes microscopes, telescopes, sundials, astrolabes and ornate globes.
SIG Energy Pavilion, Verbois Dam and Solar 3 Power Station Tour
The modern exhibition at the SIG Energy Pavilion tells the amazing story of electricity: the mysteries of its production, the ingenuity of its distribution and its impact on the environment. New renewable energy sources are presented in a practical way through colourful explanations, films, models, and interactive activities.
The Dam is the largest source of electrical energy production in Geneva. Changes in the flow of the Rhone at the Seujet dam allow the Verbois works to produce electricity at times of high consumption.
SIG Solar 3 is one of the biggest solar power stations in Switzerland with a surface consumption equivalent of two football pitches. It produces enough electricity for approximately 300 homes in Geneva.
Vessy Waterworks Guided Tour
The old waterworks at the Vessy site harbour numerous historic pieces including a hydraulic construction with a dam and sluice gates, pressure pumps for drinking water, a turbine group alternator and a diesel engine. The quality of the natural site, the buildings, the works of art and the machine park inspired its renovation in 2007.
Bois-de-Bay Treatment Plant Guided Tour
Opened in April 2009, this water treatment plant treats wastewater from several regions and disposes the rejected water in the Allondon, a stream known for its organic qualities and beauty. The wastewater is treated in permanence to protect the quality of the river Rhône where the treated water ends up.
Les Cheveniers Guided Tour
The Cheveniers plant treats and recycles urban, agricultural, industrial and special waste according to the principles of sustainable development. Every year, the plant treats around 250,000 tons of waste. A third is waste from Geneva: 80,000 tons arrive by river boats on the Rhône every year. This mode of transport replaces 50 – 70 trucks by day.
Seujet Dam Guided Tour
The development includes a dam with two channels, a lock on the right bank and a hydroelectric factory on the left bank. The dam has three functions: control the level of Léman Lake, regulate the flow of the Rhône, and produce electricity. The works release stored water into the lake at times of high electricity consumption in the canton. The construction also includes a fish ladder with 21 pools and a passage for beavers.
Jet d’Eau Guided Visit
One of Geneva’s most well-known symbols since 1891, the Jet d’eau (water jet) epitomizes the ambition, dynamism and international renown of a city that respects the environment and always looks ahead. Take a 1 hour guided visit of the workings of this famous jet which reaches 140m in height.
Centre for Research in Plasma Physics
The CRPP is Switzerland's major plasma and fusion laboratory. Its main goal is to participate in the worldwide development of this new energy source through strong education and research programmes.
Scientists at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne will gladly introduce your group to plasmas, fusion and their related experimental devices during a one hour guided tour including the tour of the tokamak fusion reactor.
By visiting the site, students will get to learn the basic principles of plasmas and fusion and will also get the chance to see the devices used during their research including the tokamak fusion reactor, the only one of its kind in Switzerland. This will all be presented in the form of a one hour tour delivered by one of the onsite scientists.
CRPP is located in Laussanne 40 minutes from Geneva and we can easily arrange a 1/2 day coach for you.
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.
Lake Geneva Cruise
On this 1 hour cruise on the lake, you will discover 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.
Always a popular evening activity! We can hire lanes at a local bowling alley to entertain your students.
Walking Tour: The Essentials Of Geneva
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”.
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.