Best Geneva trips and excursions

Nestled in some of the most stunning natural and cultural scenery in the world, the area around Geneva is just begging to be explored.

1. UNESCO Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

Discover over 30 km of terraced vineyards stretching from the picture-perfect Château de Chillon all the way to Lausanne that have become a modern UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For the most sumptuous way to take in this scenic drive, Elite Rent-a-Car offers luxurious automobiles and exclusive weekend packages. Cruise along the breathtaking roads that wind through vineyards, fields, forests, and unforgettable Alpine scenery in an exclusive vehicle.

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2. Passeport Big Bang - Visit CERN

Take a glimpse into the earliest reaches of time at Geneva’s famous Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Opening in June 2013, the Passport to the Big Bang is an interactive journey through time and space and the stunning beauty of Switzerland for the whole family.

Discover the secrets of this world’s largest particle accelerator that runs 27 km and buried 100 meters below ground. Bike between a series of 10 interactive points (or however many you want) of a treasure hunt to get a one-of-a-kind look at some of the most cutting-edge scientific research in the universe.

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3. Geneva Wine Walk

If you prefer to take in the scenery on foot, three itineraries make for the longest vineyard walk in Switzerland. With information panels detailing the grape varieties, these paths are an unbeatable way to dive into the Swiss countryside.

Take the Rive Droite path along the banks of the Rhône with exceptional views of Mont-Salève, or the Entre Arve et Rhône walk that takes you past many notable restaurants in Switzerland’s ‘Champagne’ region. Or try the trail, Entre Arve et Lac for a taste of historic small town life. Maps and guides are available from the Geneva Tourism Centre

4. Chamonix, Mont Blanc

Just on the other side of the French border Chamonix is the quintessential mountain village. Chamonix is a charming destination on its own, but its a location at the foot of the tallest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc, is the real reason to visit.

For most of us who can’t quite stomach the grueling climb up the mountain face, the Aiguille du Midi cable car is a nice alternative, transporting visitors in two stages to the jagged peak, 3842m above sea-level. Here, you’ll be greeted by some of the worlds most spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps.

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5. Gruyère

The name of this charming Swiss town says it all. Cheese-lovers and chocolate enthusiasts unite: here, you can have a taste of the pinnacle of these two Swiss delicacies.

Try the Maison Cailler for melt-in-your-mouth chocolate or discover some of the oldest cheese-making techniques at the Moléson cheese dairy. For more history, the Château de Gruyères and its surrounding medieval village are picture-perfect examples of ancient Switzerland.

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