3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Geneva Old Town Visit. While Switzerland is known for many things, including the Alps and high-end watches, chocolate is unquestionably the best. On this tour, you’ll see Geneva from the air and water while learning about the rich history of Swiss chocolate and its many incarnations. Visit traditional chocolate-making artisan shops and indulge in the delectable treats on offer.
- A chocolate-themed walking tour of Geneva will introduce you to the city.
- Uncover traditional chocolate-making techniques at a factory that’s not well-known.
- Discover a variety of chocolate creations that have won prestigious awards.
- See why Swiss chocolate is unique.
Local Flavours Tours
Visit 5 Chocolateries and Patisseries and one surprise stop. Enjoy 12 tastings of different chocolate products. Learn the secrets of more than 2000 years of “food of the gods” history and experience Geneva’s rich chocolate history and why it is home to some of the best chocolate. Also, visit less well know sites of Geneva.
- Tasting the chocolate cakes of the Swiss Gold medal-winner
- Chocolaterie where W. Churchill, Grace Kelly, JF Kennedy, and Charles de Gaulle purchased
- Join the most important Geneva tradition – Breaking the “Marmite” (cauldron).
- A boat ride from the left bank to the right bank
- Taste several award-winning chocolate creations
- Guided walk through the old town
We will get to know all the hidden Jet d’Eau secrets and stories and we will get closer to it from the Lake Geneva
We will walk around the shores of Lake Geneva both on the Left Bank and the Right Bank. We will have a fun boat ride crossing it from one side to the other. You will also learn many stories and anecdotes that not even locals know about.
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre
When the Roman Catholic St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland, was finished, it became a church for the Geneva Reformed Protestant Church. John Calvin, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, had his adopted home church there.
The Maison family constructed Maison Tavel, Geneva’s oldest house, in the 12th century. After a devastating fire in 1334, the house was rebuilt. After the city of Geneva purchased the property in 1963, the house was transformed into a museum showcasing the history of the city.
Place Bourg du Four
This historic city square in Geneva’s Old Town is known as the Place du Bourg-de-Four (Fourth Street Place). It’s a commercial area with fountains, restaurants (with outdoor seating), gelaterias, and high-end shopping to enjoy. St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva’s largest church, is also close by The Place.
The Molard Tower
As part of the city’s perimeter and to guard against attack, the Molard Tower was constructed for military purposes. As a reconstruction from 1591, the tower is adorned with friezes and coats of arms honoring major Reformation figures, as well as an engraved plaque honoring ‘Geneva, city of refuge.
Rue du Rhone
The rue du Rhône brings together the world’s most prestigious brands, ensuring that luxury-loving shoppers will find everything they desire, from watches and fashion to jewelry and sweet treats from Geneva’s master chocolatiers’ boutiques.
The Brunswick Monument, a 21-meter-high neo-Gothic mausoleum dedicated to Charles II, Duke of Brunswick, was completed in 1879. From exile in various European cities, including Paris, where he made a fortune, the duke eventually moved to Geneva in 1830 after being expelled from his duchy.
Built in the 17th century, the ancient arsenal served as a grain storage facility before being converted to a military warehouse in 1877. On display under the arches were the five working cannons that were still in service at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Musee international de la Reforme (MIR)
At the MIR (Geneva’s International Museum of the Reformation), visitors can learn about the history of the Reformation, which was led by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others. For over three decades, the museum has been preserving the history of a religious movement that began in Geneva in 16th century and evolved into one of the most important Christian denominational families.
Monument to Sisi
An anarchist stabs the Austrian Empress Elisabeth ‘Sissi’ to death in Genève in 1898 shortly after she leaves the Beau-Rivage hotel. Beau-Rivage and the Sissi association erected this statue near the hotel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the assassination.
Batiment des Forces Motrices
“Power plant building,” or Bâtiment des Forces motrices in French, is the heart of Geneva’s old Usine des Forces Motrices hydroelectric power plant and waterworks, which was renamed to the Usine des Forces Motrices de la Coulouvrenière later.
Quartier des Eaux-Vives
Eaux-Vives Cité is one of the eight major districts of Geneva. At the heart of the city, along the left bank of Lake Geneva, it is located between the Plainpalais Junction and Champel districts. To the east, it borders the towns of Cologny and Chêne-Bougeries. It includes the following sectors:
Hotel de Ville
Geneva’s Town Hall has served as a focal point for local and global politics for more than 500 years. As the Canton and Republic of Geneva’s capital, this location has seen a slew of historic occurrences.
This ends our 3-hour Chocolate Tasting and Geneva Old Town Visit tour.