10 days in Geneva & Basel Itinerary

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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Geneva — 4 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.
Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Patek Philippe Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Musee Cantonal d'Archeologie et d'Histoire (in Lausanne). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

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Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Geneva reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Basel.
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Basel — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and BirdLife-Naturzentrum Neeracherried. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (CIRCLE - The Sustainable Shop, Landesmuseum, &more), Bern (Museum of Communication & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern) and Lucerne (Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten) & Lion Monument). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

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Getting from Geneva to Basel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Basel sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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