When warmer weather arrives in Geneva, everbody rushes to the lake to sunbath, have a drink with friends and enjoy a refreshing swim. What if we took things a little bit further and pretended we’re on the seaside with a boat ride on Lake Geneva? The city offers many possibilities to do so. Forget the mouettes (the yellow public transport boats) and pedalos and hop on a cruise to contemplate Geneva’s beautiful shoreline from the lake. Color my Geneva takes you on a guided tour of the best cruises of Geneva.
If you’ve never been on a boat, start with this Genevan classic. From the Quai du Mont-Blanc or the Jardin Anglais, this CGN ship will take you to La Belotte and Bellevue. But the journey is far more interesting than the destination! Take this opportunity to look at the beautiful landscapes surrounding the lake and learn more about them with the app “CGN Geneva Tour” which is very convenient. What a nice way to be a tourist in your own town. Cost: between 9 and 18 francs.
Kill two birds with one stone by boarding on a magnificent boat heading toward the charming medieval town of Yvoire. You will not only enjoy a sight of the Mont-Blanc and the Jet d’Eau but also travel on a ship that is part of the famous Belle Epoque fleet. These white steam boats with their names written in golden letters have been part of Lake Geneva’s heritage for more than a century. The boat will drop you in Yvoire where you can walk around at a leisurely pace while discovering the medieval ramparts of the city. Cost: A return ticket will cost you between 25 and 50 francs.
La Table du Chef
This cruise is made for foodies. Until the 22nd September, the famous Genevan chef Philippe Chevrier is hosting a very special gourmet tour on board Le Savoie. Treat yourself to a refined four course meal in a majestic Belle Epoque setting. If you chose an evening tour, you will also witness a stunning sunset and see the city lights magically reflected on the lake. You couldn’t dream of a more romantic evening. Cost: Lunch time cruise between 65 and 99 francs. Evening cruise between 82 and 129 francs.
La Croisière du Rhône
Did you know that you could sail down the Rhône other than on an inflatable unicorn? A cruise on the Rhône is indeed available. This river ride will allow you to discover the banks of the Genevan countryside and its wild greenery and fauna. Departing from the Quai des Moulin near Bel Air, you will go down to the Verbois dam via Onex and Peney. An uncommon trip to admire Geneva’s pastoral side. Cost: between 18 and 25 francs for a return ticket.
Croisière de la Sirène
The Swissboat company also offers a boat tour on Lake Geneva to look at the city’s landmarks from the water: the Pierres du Niton, the Villa Diodati, the Bellerive Castle and Lake Geneva’s Little Mermaid are all on the list. Just what you needed to perfect your knowledge of Geneva’s cultural heritage while enjoying some fresh air. Cost: 8 francs for children, 13 francs for adults.
Article written by Marie J. and translated by Mathilde M., all right reserved