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Student Trips to Switzerland - Geneva Physics Trip

As the home of CERN, the city of Geneva provides college students with an unrivalled opportunity to learn about particle physics, and potential future careers.  At the forefront of nuclear physics, Geneva is the only place in the world where leading scientists can conduct experiments on a large scale. With physicists at CERN attempting to discover what the universe is made of, your students will get an insight into the research being conducted by some of the world’s leading scientific experts.

As the UK’s leading student travel company for colleges, we can put together a bespoke itinerary, allowing your students to explore the city and spend time at other subject-relevant visits during their study trip.

Sample Itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight & transfer to accommodation Visit The History of Science Museum Evening meal
2 Visit to CERN - Guided tours & permanent exhibitions are available for groups Evening meal
3 Visit The Museum of Natural History Transfer to airport for return flight to UK
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Morning Daytime flight & transfer to accommodation
Afternoon Visit The History of Science Museum
Evening Evening meal
Morning Visit to CERN - Guided tours & permanent exhibitions are available for groups
Evening Evening meal
Morning Visit The Museum of Natural History
Afternoon Transfer to airport for return flight to UK

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights’ B&B accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • The History of Science Museum visit
  • The Museum of Natural History visit
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

Top visits for college groups in Geneva

The History of Science Museum

Housing a collection of scientific instruments, this museum allows students to put today’s science into perspective and better understand the evolution of certain disciplines and techniques such as astronomy, microscopy, gnomonic (the development of sundials and similar instruments), electricity and meteorology.


The Museum of Natural History

This museum offers a fascinating insight into natural history and ecology. The display of life-size models highlights the great diversity of the world’s mammal, bird, reptile and insect population, as well as an overview of the history of Earth and the human race and geology of the Geneva region.


United Nations

A unique opportunity to see the United Nations at work, here your students will learn about the United Nations Office in Geneva through guided tours, presentations and observing working sessions in action.



Visit the historic city of Bern and wander along the cobbled streets of the medieval old town and admire the Zeitglockenturm – the ornate astronomical clock. The Einstein Museum in the city is dedicated to his life and work as he discovered the Relativity Theory while living in Bern.

International Red Cross Museum

The exhibition offers an exciting and adventurous insight into contemporary humanitarian action.


CERN Guided Tours

Group guided tours of CERN follow a  variety of themes (depending on the day/availability) and comprise an introduction followed by a film and visits to experimental areas. All tours are guided by staff members involved with CERN. The duration of a tour is approximately 3 hours.

Science Gateway opening on 8th October, 2023, visitors from age five and above will be able to discover their inner scientist in hands-on education labs and explore CERN and the universe through immersive multimedia exhibitions. 

CERN Exhibitions

Groups can extend their visit to permanent exhibitions which will be explored without an escort guide: 
Universe of Particles - a fascinating look at a famous international particle physics laboratory which explore science from the Big Bang to the present day.
Science Gateway opening on 8th October, 2023, visitors from age five and above will be able to discover their inner scientist in hands-on education labs and explore CERN and the universe through immersive multimedia exhibitions. 


Bois-de-Bay Treatment Plant

Opened in April 2009, the Bois-de-Bay STEP ('STation d'EPuration' or water treatment plant) is one of the largest water treatment plants in Switzerland. It treats wastewater from Meyrin Satigny Aïre-la-Ville and part of the Pays-de-Gex and disposes the rejected water in the Allondon, a stream known for its organic qualities and beauty.

Geneva Guided Walking Tour - The Old Town and its treasures

In the company of a professional guide, discover the Old Town of Geneva - Switzerland's greatest historic city, dominated by St-Pierre Cathedral, the centrepiece of the Reformation. Explore the area's narrow streets with their shaded terraces, each one home to numerous treasures from Geneva's history that your guide will reveal to you. Appreciate the Reformation Wall in its exceptionally verdant surroundings, a monument to the people who made Geneva the Protestant Rome.

Geneva Observatory

The Geneva Observatory is part of the University of Geneva located in Sauverny. The Geneva Observatory is a centre of education and training in astrophysics. Students will be given a short talk regarding uses for the observatory and how research is used within the astrophysics world. The tour of the observatory will start after the talk and you will visit the mechanical workshops & computer centre. Tour will end at the observatory dome where large astronomical telescope is located.

Lake Geneva Boat Cruise

Relax and enjoy all the scenic beauty of the lake with a fully narrated tour (commentary in English and French) as you cruise around lovely Geneva Lake on a 55-minute boat trip with 3 stops and views of the Jet d'Eau fountain.

SIG Energy Pavilion

The exhibition at the SIG Energy Pavilion tells the amazing story of electricity: the mysteries of its production the ingenuity of its distribution and its impact on the environment. Visitors will discover a variety of installations illustrating the birth and journey of electricity from the power plant to the home plug. New renewable energy sources are presented in a practical and informative way. The exhibition also highlights the supply of electricity and explains how to make energy even greener and more efficient. This visit is combined with Verbois Dam and SIG Solar 3 - Verbois Dam opened in 1944 and is the principal hydroelectric installation in Geneva producing electrical energy and SIG Solar 3 is one of the biggest solar power stations in Switzerland. 

World Trade Organisation

Built in 1926 Centre William Rappard was the first building in Geneva designed to house an international organization. Over the past 90 years it has housed at different times the International Labour Office the UN High Commissioner for Refugees the Secretariat of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and since 1995 the World Trade Organization. Guided tours last about one hour and focus on the history of the building and its works of art (not on the functions of the WTO or the world trading system).

Evening activites

  • Exploration of the local area