Wine, cheese, chocolate and fondue. Our pre-conference tour based in the splendid lakeside city of Geneva has it all. Culinary indulgences aside, there are also medieval squares and historical riches to explore. Discover the charms of the Jura Valley and Lausanne, home of the modern Olympics, wander through a 13th-century castle and cruise Lake Geneva–all while staying in the lap of luxury on the Swiss Riviera.
Australia - Geneva
Arrive in Geneva and check in to Le Richeemond Geneva, beautifully situated on the Banks of Lake Geneva. The five-star, 1875-era hotel boasts sweeping views across the lake to Jet d’Eau, the world’s highest water fountain, and Mont Blanc, Europe’s tallest mountain.
Shake off the jetlag and get your first taste of Geneva on a half-day orientation tour. Soak up the splendour of this dazzling lakeside city and learn about its presence on the international stage: the World Health Organization, Red Cross and the World Trade Organization are all headquartered in Switzerland’s second-largest city, together with branches of the United Nations and World Bank.
Wander through the Old Town, with its maze of narrow streets and tiny squares, and visit 850-year-old St Peter’s Cathedral. Walk along the pier to see the Jet d’Eau up close as seven tonnes of water blasts 140 metres into the air.
Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch then take advantage of free time in the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. Or join an optional tour of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to see the Hadron Collider.
In the evening, bring your culinary sense of adventure as we dine at, a traditional restaurant celebrating all things Swiss.
This morning we visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum to learn about the organisation’s global humanitarian efforts. Learn how the Red Cross was founded in Geneva in 1863 and about the organisation’s role during conflict and natural disasters.
Drive into the Jura Valley, a delightful green wedge straddled by sub-alpine mountain ranges. This is prime watch-making territory and, if we’re lucky, we may see local artisans at work crafting beautiful timepieces. After lunch in the valley, we return to Geneva by boat, cruising along the lake from the charming village of Nyon.
Geneva - Vevey
After a picturesque drive around the northern edge of Lake Geneva, we arrive at the medieval hamlet of Lausanne – home to the Olympic Museum. Learn about the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, see medals and memorabilia from throughout the ages and relive your favourite Olympic moments in HD. Stroll through the green sanctuary of Olympic Park, with spectacular views across Lake Geneva, and test your form on the 100-metre sprint track.
After working up an appetite, enjoy lunch at a winery in the historic Lavaux terraced vineyards surrounding Montreux. Walk through heritage vines with a UNESCO guide and visit the cellar door fora wine tasting.
In the afternoon, head to Vevey and check in to Hotel Des Trois Couronnes – a grand lake side property that, for more than 200 years, has hosted high-profile guests including royalty, Tchaikovsky and Charlie Chaplin.
Enjoy the Swiss Riviera at its best during a half-day tour of Montreux. Stroll along the town’s flower-fringed lakeside promenade before visiting its biggest draw –Chateau de Chillon, the most visited historical monument in Switzerland. Wander through the underground chambers, along medieval battlements and through the great halls where the Bernese hosted lavish banquets more than 800 years ago. Next, pop in to the Laderach shop and learn the Swiss art of chocolate making, creating your own sweet treat to take home.