Guided Walking Tour of Old-Town Geneva
- Old Town: This Vieille-Ville is Switzerland's largest historic town, a maze of alleyways and passages, where your guide reveals intriguing sights and secrets.
- Saint Peter's Cathedral: View the famed 850-year-old church that became the centerpiece of the Reformation. A wooden chair used by John Calvin is on display inside.
- The Reformation Wall: Surrounded by a verdant park, this 325-foot-long monument honors figures that made this city the "Protestant Rome."
- Private and personalized tour: Hear fascinating stories, set your own pace, ask questions, and even add sights you want to see in this charming district.
About this Geneva Tour
Set between the glistening Alps and glorious Lake Geneva, this global city is known for crafting the world's finest watches and most tempting chocolates. It's also home to more than 200 international organizations (including the European United Nations and the Red Cross). But let's leave those attractions for another time. Today, the atmospheric medieval center beckons...
You'll glimpse Geneva's past at Saint Peter's Cathedral, the landmark that dominates Old Town. Constructed between 1160 and 1252, this later became John Calvin's adopted home church during the Reformation, the split from the Roman Catholic Church led by Calvin and other early Protestant Reformers in the 16th century. (Take the steps to the top of the tower for views of the city and Lake Geneva. The climb is worth it, we promise.)
You'll see Calvin and his fellow theologians depicted on the impressive Reformation Wall. Behind them is the inscription Post Tenebras Lux ("After Darkness, Light"). It is a motto shared by the Reformation and Geneva. Your GoBe guide can help you decode all the stories this monument has to tell. Completed in 1917 and built right into the old city walls, it is a rock-solid symbol of Geneva's significance in the history of religions.
Old Town's backstreets hold a thousand more tales and your guide unlocks the best. See where the First Geneva Convention was signed in 1864 to establish humane conditions in wartime (and learn how this is forever linked with the Red Cross). Admire charming old Maison Tavel, be seen on the Place du Bourg-de-Four, and saunter along the Treille Promenade. And yes, this is all just as fun and fascinating as it sounds.
Long and tall local sights
The city's dramatic symbol is Jet d'Eau (jet of water), the powerful fountain that shoots 459 feet above the lakefront. Get up close on a nearby jetty for a cooling spray. Or take a break on the 413-foot-long wooden bench at Old Town's La Treille Park. Locals say it's the world's longest bench (we're not sure about that) and claim the first bloom on a chestnut tree near this bench means it's spring in Geneva (and we won't argue with that).
Please make you way to the Geneva Tourist Information Center, 18 rue du Mont-Blanc. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, Spanish, Russian, French, German
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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