Discover the "must-see" sites of Geneva with a passionate local.
WHEN? 2 times per day, everyday of the week. The tours starts at 11:00am and at 2:00pm.
LANGUAGE? English (with a slight French accent :-).
WHERE? Meeting point is just opposite of the main entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues by the lake front. The address is Quai des Bergues, 33. The hotel is located at the angle with the Mont Blanc Bridge. The bus stop "Pont du Mont Blanc" is at the corner (bus lines 8,9 and 25). Your local host will have a "Geneva Free Greeting Tour" paper sign.
HOW LONG? The tour will last from 2 to 2.5 hours
WHAT YOU WILL SEE? Discover the "must-see" sites of Geneva through the eyes of a local who love his city. Highlights include the Old town, the Cathedral, the Jet d'Eau, the Red Cross foundation house, the Flower Clock. On top, you can ask all questions on local everyday life and recommendations of where to eat / drink / shop.
We will first cross the small pedestrian bridge (Pont des Bergues) to admire the lake and the Jet d'Eau. From the distance, you will spot the village of Cologny where the Frankenstein character was invented on a stormy summer evening by a British lady. After crossing the main shopping streets and its luxury boutiques, we will go back in time in the Old-Town founded by the Romans on a small hill. There you will see the Saint-Peter Cathedral where the Protestant reformation all began (the chair of Calvin is still in its place). We will also visit the oldest house in the city now hosting a free history museum, then the town Hall, and the building where the Red Cross Committee was founded by 4 Swissmen (Henri Dunant being one). Then we will go down to Place Neuve, the heart of the 19th century city expansion plan with its beautiful Parc des Bastions hosting the world-famous Wall of Reformers. On the Place Neuve square, you will see where the Red Cross staff first helped war casualties during World War I, then the statue of our national hero, General Henri Dufour, who saved the unity of our small country in the 19th century. Finally we will go back in the heart of the city via the street from where troops from neighboring Catholic Savoy tried to assaulted Protestant Geneva by a cold winter night. You will understand how a pot of soup and an old lady stopped the invader and saved the Republic of Geneva. We finish tghe tour at the world-famous Flower Clock.
The tour is free of charge. Feel free to tip as little or as big as you want ! On average, our guest gives 10 Swiss Francs.