7 days in Geneva & Basel Itinerary

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Patek Philippe Museum. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, make a trip to The Flower Clock, cool off at Bains des Paquis, and examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Geneva journey maker site.

Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Geneva reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Town Hall as well as Basel Minster. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster, then see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, and finally visit Basel's Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, and finally look for gifts at Johann Wanner.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Basel vacation planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Basel are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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