Cultural tour to Geneva by air: 4 days, 3 nights

Your cultural tour to Geneva will provide students with numerous opportunities to extend their knowledge and experience of the Swiss culture along with a memorable visit to CERN. Our suggested itinerary offers inspiration but we will tailor make your tour to meet your specific curriculum needs.

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Suggested itinerary

Day one
Fly from the UK to Geneva
Transfer to accommodation

Day two
Visit CERN Centre
UN Headquarters
A Symbol for Peace – The Broken Chair

Day three
Walking tour of Old Town
See Jet d’Eau de Genève – river cruise
St. Pierre Cathedral
Red Cross Museum

Day four
Transfer to airport
Fly back to the UK

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Excursion Ideas

  • CERN

    Subject range: Science, Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in the northwest suburbs of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border and has 21 European member states. Israel is the first (and currently only) non-European country granted full membership.
    Select says: This must be booked directly by the school prior to confirmation of your tour. Please note that this is an extremely popular trip and dates book up many months in advance. Find out more on the CERN website.

  • The Palais Des Nations, UN Headquarters

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The Palais des Nations houses the European headquarters of the United Nations. It is the largest UN centre after New York. Guided tours are possible where, dependent on meetings, you can see the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò, the Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palais des Nations, and the Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place. You can also watch a film on the activities and the objectives of the United Nations Office.
    Select says: Guides will also inform students about the current activities of the United Nations and the history of the Palais des Nations.

  • Symbol for Peace - The Broken Chair

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: Broken Chair is the 12 metre high work of sculptor Daniel Berset. It was made in 1997 for the NGO Handicap International. Its message is simple: remember the victims of landmines and urge your government to promote a ban on landmines. To illustrate this combat, the Broken Chair stands on three legs, the fourth being splintered half way up.
    Select says: This is near to the European headquarters of the United Nations. A great opportunity for a photo of this unique work of art.

  • Walking tour of Old Town

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: Geneva’s Old Town, in French called Vieille Ville, is an ancient maze of small streets and picturesque squares with beautiful historical buildings, traditional cafés, restaurants, galleries, museums and historical sights. It’s like stepping back into ancient Geneva. In the centre of Geneva’s is Bourg-de-Four Square, the oldest place in Geneva, where the Roman marketplace used to trade its wares.
    Select says: Must see places include Maison Tavel – built in the 12th century it is the oldest house in Geneva. Guided tours are avalible at a supplement to get the most out of walking around the Old Town.

  • Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: St Peter’s Cathedral was built in the 12th century but underwent important transformations in the 16th century. Visitors that climb the 157 steps of the north tower have an incredible view of the city and the lake.
    Select says: The area beneath the Cathedral has been excavated revealing a rich history of the site dating back to the Roman Empire. Get a great panoramic view of the city from the Tower for a small supplement, payable on arrival.

  • Red Cross Museum

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The Humanitarian Adventure is the permanent exhibition and offers a unique opportunity to enter into the history of humanitarian action. Three separate areas allow visitors to explore three major challenges in today’s world: defending human dignity, restoring family links, and reducing natural risks.
    Select says: An interactive chronology unfurls 150 years of humanitarian history, while Current focus enables you to track Red Cross operations around the globe.

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Cultural trip to Geneva by air: 4 days, 3 nights Accommodation

Geneva Hostel

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Location: Geneva

Capacity: 336

A 10 minute walk from the town centre and 5 minutes from Lake Geneva. This is the best youth accommodation in Geneva for school groups!

Rooms: Rooms are shared facilities, en-suite rooms available on request.

Facilities: Facilities: On site restaurant, public Wi-Fi, wheelchair access, close to the waterfront.

Meininger Hotel Geneve Centre Charmilles

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Location: Geneva City Centre

Capacity: 362

MEININGER Hotel Genève Centre Charmilles is ideally located on the bank of the Rhône. From your door it's a simple stroll to Geneva city center and picturesque Lake Geneva, with the Jardin Botanique, Jet d'Eau and Palais des Nations nearby. Nestled between city and nature, in the heart of lively Charmille district, trolleybus lines make for an easy journey to the airport or central station.

Rooms: Clean & Modern. En-suite bathroom

Facilities: Free wifi & 24 hour reception