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Geneva: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. Geneva: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Tour

Embark on a journey to bygone Geneva and discover how a small city left a surprisingly large footprint in the fields of ethics, politics, history and science. On this walking tour, we’ll take a stroll through the cobbled streets to hear stories that begin over 2,000 years ago, and others that take us to the present day. I’ll answer questions about who founded the city, what role the Celts and the Romans had in its formation, and who the Burgundians were. Along the way you’ll learn about the Protestant Reformation, the Swiss Confederation, and the founding of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions. You'll also hear about: • The old marketplace • The Holy Roman Empire • The cathedral and its Chapel of the Maccabees • Geneva’s oldest house, now a museum, and its oldest street • Ancient stories behind the Arsenal’s mosaics • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the celebrated philosopher • The invention of the US dollar • How Switzerland came to be a neutral state Come along and explore Geneva's beautiful, storied corners as you retrace its journey in becoming one of the world's smallest cities with global significance.

Geneva complete tour. Hotel PICK-UP, U.N. & the Old City

2. Geneva complete tour. Hotel PICK-UP, U.N. & the Old City

This experience is truly unique, offering a level of personalization that is unparalleled. We have taken care of every detail to ensure that your day in Geneva is nothing short of unforgettable. As one of the world's most beautiful cities (ranked as the 6th best city to live in), we want to give you an experience that lives up to this distinction. Not a single minute of your time will be wasted. Our expert guide will lead you through International Geneva, followed by a visit to the secrets of the Old City (VIELLE VILLE), before concluding at the stunning waterfront. By the end of our journey together, you will feel like a true local. We'll share fascinating facts, including records achieved here, and historical data about each point on the itinerary. We'll visit unique spots that are not on typical mass tours, giving you the opportunity to capture truly one-of-a-kind photos. Our goal is for you to fall in love with the city and return time and time again. That's our promise to you!

Geneva: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

3. Geneva: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

You’re looking for a fun way to explore the city at your own pace? Then, this city-exploration game is made for you! You’ll entertain all your group with interesting questions, while still teaching them fun facts about the city. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): Jackson Wilde, the famous city-explorer, needs your help… Help him solve quizzes to gather as many points as possible. With this activity, you will be guided through the following locations: 1. Jet d'Eau 2. Flower Clock 3. Molard Tower 4. L'Ancien Arsenal 5. St. Pierre Cathedral 6. Museum of Arts and History 7. Russian Church 8. Treille Bank 9. Reformation Wall 10. Grand Theater 11. Frankenstein Statue Download the app on Android or iOS (or access it directly through your browser) to get access to a fun mission, multiple quizzes, as well as city guides about each monument. So, are you ready to explore Geneva?

Geneva: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

4. Geneva: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Your expert local city guide will show you the city's best parts, including hidden secrets you can’t find easily on your own. On this walking tour will be able to see a lot of sightseeing points within a short timeframe. Apart from explaining the sightseeing points your guide can provide insight into the history and culture of the city and the country in general. The focus of this tour is to see the city like a local. However, this private tour can be customised according to your wishes. Sightseeing points to visit can be agreed upon in advance or discussed when meeting up. STANDARD Sightseeing places we can easily visit during the tour are: - Geneva’s Old Town: Switzerland’s largest historical city, dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral. Historical buildings, mysterious museums and famous secret passageways are well kept by the residents. - Jet d’Eau: Large fountain and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. - St. Pierre Cathedral: It was a former Roman cathedral that was converted to a reformed protestant church during the Reformation. - L’Ancien Arsenal: A small compact artillery museum with a collection of vintage canons and colourful battle-themed mosaics. - Place du Bourg-de-Four: A fortified city and a lovely old square with restaurants and shops. - Reformation Wall: Found on the grounds of the University of Geneva, it was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the university’s establishment. - Geneva Flower Clock: It is an outdoor flower clock that has around 6,500 plants and shrubs used for the clock face. Several plants open and close their flowers at different times of the day. - Geneva Opera House: Features opera and dance performances, recitals, concerts and occasionally theatre. Some examples of HIDDEN SECRETS we can visit include: - Bain des Paquis: Popular public bathhouse on a pier in Lake Geneva that turns into a sauna during winter. - Bâtiment des Forces Motrices: French for “Power plant building” is the powerhouse of a former hydropower plant. - Bibliothèque de Genève: The Library of Geneva that occupies different buildings around the city. It focuses on mostly humanities and social sciences. - Musee d’Art et d’Histoire: Largest art museum in Switzerland with monumental art pieces. Please note that it is not guaranteed to visit all the sightseeing places listed here. How many places you can visit depends on the length of the tour booked and how much time you spend at each place. After booking you can discuss the detailed itinerary with your guide.

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This was a great way for us to learn the history of Geneva. The information provided was filled with details and knowledge . Nothing was left out! Agusto was amazing and we highly recommend him as a tour guide! Absolutely the BEST!

The guide was very competent, always aroused interest with his explanations that went far beyond the usual and impressed with his knowledge, as well as his engaging and extremely friendly manner. Definitely highly recommended