10 days in Geneva & Basel Itinerary

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 6 nights
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Geneva — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Geneva and Plage de Port-Choiseul. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Patek Philippe Museum and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva day trip planner.

Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. March in Geneva sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Basel.
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Basel — 6 nights

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Basel Minster. Bahnhofstrasse and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: BirdLife-Naturzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach), Bern (Barenpark & Museum of Communication) and Zurich (Confiserie Sprungli, Museum Rietberg, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica, and see the interesting displays at Museum Tinguely.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Basel planning site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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