If your budget is tight and you’re short on time, why not explore this cosmopolitan city, home to a host of international organisations, with the bonus of beautiful mountain views. On a recent trip, lasting a short 36 hours, (including travel), I was amazed how much it’s possible to achieve. The city’s transport system is so efficient and if, before you travel, you download the The Geneva Transport Card it’s all FREE!

It’s easy to get into the centre from the airport, on arrival follow the bus signs and hop on bus No.10, which runs every eight minutes, and in 20 minutes, you will be in the centre of Geneva.  En-route, I made a quick stop to drop my bag at the wonderfully contemporary Meininger Hotel, just four stops along, and a two minute walk to the accommodation, I found this to be a really convenient location to access transport links.

I was really impressed by the standard and quality of the accommodation, en-suite rooms, buffet breakfast and very nice, packed lunches are on offer, and the staff are ready and willing to help with any queries you may have.

Transport routes are all clearly marked, an electronic screen at each stop gives you a countdown of when the bus will arrive.  Don’t be fazed by using public transport with a group either, the buses and trams are large, run frequently, if preferred a route/city map can be downloaded in advance of your trip to help to plan your stops, something I found to be most useful, and I am sure you will too with a group of students in tow!

So how much can you fit into a day and a half. Of course, a visit to CERN is a must, so this was top of my list. If your trip is based on trying to secure a full guided visit, bookings for this are only open nine months in advance and confirmed much nearer to the time of travel. However, if you’re not lucky enough to get in do not despair, as the permanent exhibitions are free to visit. With hands-on experiments, real scientific objects, immersive environments and interactivity, the exhibitions at Science Gateway will bring CERN to life.

Although this is self-guided the CERN guides are on hand and are happy to explain and answer any questions your pupils may have. Well worth a visit, followed by lunch outside in front of the iconic Globe tops of this most interesting visit.

My next stop was Lake Geneva to enjoy a relaxing 50 minute boat cruise. Take in glorious views of the Swiss Alps from the water and learn about local landmarks with the help of an audioguide. Peer at the famous Jet d’Eau fountain in the city and on a clear day see the famous Mont-Blanc mountain, the surrounding Swiss Alps, and famous buildings.

Day 2.

Early rise and so much still to do, hop on the bus back into the centre of Geneva to explore the old town and visit the famous 16th century St Peters Cathedral. Over 850 years old and steeped in history. If you have time and the energy to climb the towers the view of the city and surrounding mountains is stunning.

Having very limited time in Geneva, with so much more still to do, such as the United Nations building, the International Red Cross museum, and much more I will need to return!

But if your tour is STEM focused then must-dos are CERN and The History of Science Museum.

Geneva is a city that has something to offer everyone. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning scenery, mix and match your visits for a full cultural experience.

Our travel advisors can help tailor your trip and plan an itinerary that best suit your needs. View our school trips to Switzerland, our science school trip to Geneva, and our cultural trip to Geneva.

Definitely a city worth a visit!

Categories: Science

by Emilie Lehkyj


Categories: Science

by Emilie Lehkyj


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