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Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

1. Chocolate Flavors Walking Tour of Geneva

Join this delicious guided chocolate tour of Geneva to experience one-of-a-kind, award-winning chocolate creations. Visit some of the city’s best artisanal chocolateries – from traditional to modern. You’ll experience chocolate in all shapes and forms: from chocolate pralines, to truffles, ganaches, drinking chocolate and pastry. During the tour, learn the secrets of the origins and manufacturing of chocolate, as well as the history of Swiss chocolate. The tour includes a visit to the old town, and you will hear anecdotes and stories about Geneva, and experience Geneva’s most important tradition – breaking the chocolate “marmite” (cauldron). There is also a fun boat ride in the tour. The best way to discover a city is through its flavors, its local artisans and its stories, so have fun with this exciting, sweet and exhilarating sensorial experience.

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From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

2. From Geneva: Annecy Half-Day Trip

Annecy, located just 45-minutes from Geneva, is a town that has been awarded France’s prestigious Art and History designation. When you arrive in Annecy you’ll have a guided orientation walk and then plenty of free time to explore Annecy on your own. Please note that if you select the afternoon tour, then this will be self-guided.  As you walk through the streets of this charming town on the River Thiou you’ll come across numerous food and flea markets and historic monuments and landmarks. Browse the shops and stop to try a traditional dish at one of the many restaurants or cafés.

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Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

3. Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

With the Geneva City Pass, you can explore city and countryside in all their splendor. Free entry, reduced rates, vouchers and many surprises await you with the Geneva Pass, which will help you to discover the city and its cultural and cosmopolitan riches, as well as its parks, mountains, and lakes. The Geneva City Pass offers many tours such as a guided walking tour of the Old Town, a classic city tour from the iconic Jet d'Eau water fountain to the International district of Geneva, or a guided tour in Carouge, a wealthy suburb of Geneva with a well established art scene. Don’t want to walk too much? Take a mini-train along the shores of Lake Geneva. From there you could also hop on a boat to see more of the beautiful Lake Geneva and the sights it has to offer as you cruise along the Rhône, or you could rent some water vehicles (sailing, pedal, or motorboats) yourself. It's all included in your pass! Not enough yet? Take the cable car up to mount Salève and look over Geneva from above. Speaking of mountains, a night skiing package with fondue afterwards is also included in your pass. Nothing caught your fancy yet? How about spending some time in one of Geneva’s numerous museums! Whether you're interested in science, modern art, ethnography, or the history of Switzerland, there is something to suit all tastes. Visit the Fondation Baur and Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient to see art from the Far East, or stop by Musée Ariana which has a one of a kind collection of glass and ceramic art pieces. This and much more awaits you with the Geneva City Pass!

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Geneva: 2-Hour Tour of International Quarters and Old Town

4. Geneva: 2-Hour Tour of International Quarters and Old Town

This 2-hour city tour of Geneva will take you by bus to visit the international quarters of Geneva, as well as the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the beautiful fountain (Jet d'Eau) in Lake Geneva, and the wonderful Flower Clock. You will also get a taste of Geneva’s fascinating history during a lively tramway tour and delve deeper into the Old Town on an informative guided walking tour. Guides speak French and English, and some are also conversant in German, Italian, and Spanish, depending on the guide. Children up to 12 years old pay a reduced child’s fare, making it more affordable for all families.

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Geneva: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

5. Geneva: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Test your detective skills and learn interesting facts about Geneva on this self-guided scavenger hunt. After your purchase, login into the mobile app and begin your hunt. During the scavenger hunt, you will visit 10 of Geneva's biggest attractions where each stop holds a puzzle. Start at Notre Dame with your first location based riddle. Using your logic, imagination, and observation skills, make your way to the other attractions including the Brunswick monument, St. Pierre, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, and the Reformation Wall. Also, stop at locations like the Franz Liszt and Marie D'Agoult's House of Love and the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices before finishing at Tour de I'lle. You can pause your game at anytime and continue later, so you can enjoy a coffee break or visit a museum along the way.

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Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

6. Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

This 3-hour city tour of Geneva will take you by bus to visit the international quarters of Geneva, as well as the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the beautiful fountain (Jet d'Eau) in Lake Geneva, and the wonderful Flower Clock. You will also get a taste of Geneva’s fascinating history during a lively tramway tour, and dig deeper into the Old Town on an informative guided walking tour. Guides speak French and English, while some are also conversant in German, Italian, and Spanish, depending on the guide. To complete the tour, continue with a 1-hour cruise of the lake and see the major attractions from the water, such as the unusual rocks of the Pierres du Niton, the Water Fountain, Black Harbour, Villa Diodati, the UN Building, Castle of Bellerive, the Mermaid, and much more. For your pleasure, drinks will be offered during the cruise.

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Geneva City Tour and Annecy Visit

7. Geneva City Tour and Annecy Visit

On this 7-hour combined program, you’ll head to Annecy, located just 45 minutes away by bus. Annecy is often referred to as the Venice of the Alps and draws visitors to its romantic landscapes. You’ll have a half-hour orientation to the old town and its colorful pedestrian streets. The town, crossed by the River Thiou, offers a picturesque and enchanting scene, and numerous food markets and flea markets enliven the streets. Rich in cultural activities, including museums and castles to visit, Annecy has received the coveted Art and History designation. After spending some free time in Annecy, get to know Geneva on a 2-hour guided tour that takes you to the city’s international district that’s home to the world’s peacemaking organizations, and to the city center as well. Enjoy a mini-train tramway tour and a guided walk through the historic old town area.

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Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Annecy Sightseeing Trip

8. Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Annecy Sightseeing Trip

Combine 2 days in one, and enjoy the little time you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. Only 90 minutes away from Geneva, take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy its little streets full of charm, and admire Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. You will take delight in seeing all the beautiful mountains that surround you. After that, go back to Geneva on a bus through the French countryside, and get a walking guided tour of 45 minutes in Annecy. Called the "Venice of the Alps", the town offers harmonious and romantic landscapes. See the famous markets of Annecy with your guide, and spend some free time in the picturesque small streets with endless flower-filled balconies.

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From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix & Geneva City Tour

9. From Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix & Geneva City Tour

Combine 2-days in one and enjoy the little time that you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. Only 90 minutes away from Geneva, take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy the little streets of Chamonix full of charm and admire Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Admire all of the beautiful mountains that surround you. Afterwards, go back to Geneva and do the city tour of Geneva that will bring you to visit the international part through the center of the world’s peacemaking organizations, followed by a tour of the main tourist attractions of the city such as Jet d'eau (Fountain) and the wonderful Flower Clock. Moreover, get a taste of Genevan history with the mini train Tramway Tour and dig even deeper into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour.

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Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

10. Geneva: Day Trip to Chamonix, Geneva City Tour + Cruise

Combine 2 days in one, and enjoy the little time that you have to spend in Geneva to explore its most beautiful landscapes. At only 90 minutes away from Geneva, you can take a coach and go directly to Chamonix. Enjoy the little Chamonix streets full of charm, and admire the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Admire all the beautiful mountains that surround you. After that go back to Geneva and do the city tour of Geneva that will bring you to visit the international part around The World Organization for Peace, followed by a tour of the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the Jet d'eau (Fountain) and the wonderful flower clock. Moreover, get a taste of Geneva History with the mini-train Tramway Tour, and dig even deeper into the Old Town with your guide on a walking tour. In addition to the Geneva city tour, this 1 hour guided tour will allow you to discover the major attractions of the Leman Lake: The Stone of Niton, The Water Fountain, The Black Harbor, The Diodati House, The UN Building, The Castle of Bellerive, The Mermaid, and many more interesting sites.

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What people are saying about Geneva's Old Town

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 726 reviews

Would recommend this trip to anyone! A lovely drive there and back which doesn’t take too long and plenty of time to walk around and explore Annecy. Our guide was so helpful and gave us a 20 minute tour when we got there and then we could go and explore on our own. A perfect day trip from Geneva and so glad we did it!

Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable about chocolate and the history of Geneva, and combined them seamlessly. We appreciated that he took his time, we never felt rushed. It was nice to visit artisanal chocolate makers and learn their stories.

Highly recommend this tour. You'd be lost in Genoa without a tour. We stayed on the whole first time then got off at a stop and walked around. The guide was very helpful and made special arrangements because we had booked for the wrong day.

Gabriel was a excellent giude to us i received so many useful informations I helped me alot arranging my plans for Geneva.

Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide and lots of fantastic chocolate