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Summer 2019: ACE traveling to Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland, at night. Photo by Christophe Schindler via Pixabay.

When: July 31, 2019 to August 7, 2019

Many employers love graduates that have international experience, and we want to give you that opportunity. Geneva is the best place to start! Long known for its watches, chocolate, and banks, Geneva is a postcard-perfect city with a rich history. Geneva is the city of 1001 delights, and promises you an original and enriching stay.

Costs

Estimated Cost: $2,500 (possibility of sponsorship to lower the cost)
Deposit Cost: $500 (due May 3, 2019 to Cristy Kubara)

Contact Cristy Kubara at ckubara@rrc.ca or P414 if you are interested in going to Geneva and want to give your deposit!

Tentative Itinerary

July 31 Travel Day
August 1 Geneva City tour and Boat cruise
August 2 CERN Hadron Collider Tour
August 3 Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Tour
August 4 Swiss Chocolate Train Tour
August 5 Free Day
August 6 UN tour
August 7 Travel Day

Geneva City Tour and Boat Cruise

Photo by Mady Fierz via Pixabay

Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience in Geneva, the city hailed as Switzerland’s cultural capital, on a 3.5-hour tour by coach, tram and boat. See the city’s most spectacular attractions from a variety of vantage points and delve into Geneva’s rich history with commentary from a professional guide. Cruise on a coach and see natural landmarks like Lake Geneva and the Geneva Water Fountain; stroll the Old Town and listen to intriguing commentary as you take a tram tour down winding backstreets.

CERN Large Hadron Collider Tour

ATLAS calorimeter at CERN (© CERN)

We are booked on a guided tour of CERN to learn about the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on September 10 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.

Visit https://home.cern/ to learn more.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum Geneva. 2010. Photo by Henry Mühlpfordt

The museum focuses on three major challenges in today’s “Humanitarian Adventure” defending human dignity, restoring family links, and reducing natural risks. The exhibits are accompanied by a life-size videos of 12 witnesses sharing their personal stories that include surviving a landmine in Kabul and identifying tsunami victims in Japan.

The Swiss Chocolate Train

Chocolate Train Swiss Montreux Gruyère. 2015. Photo by
Norio Nakayama

The Chocolate Train is a first class trip that will take you to the Maison du Gruyère where the mysteries of the production of this famous Swiss cheese will be revealed to you. Then you visit the charming medieval town of Gruyères, with the possibility to visit its magnificent castle. Finally, you reach the legendary Maison Cailler in Broc. There, you will discover the secrets of the creation of Swiss chocolate and enjoy a high flavoured tasting.

United Nations Tour at Palais des Nations

Palais des Nations, Genève. 2005. Photo by Yann Forget 

Be one of the 120,000 visitors who take the tour of the Palais des Nations each year and learn about the United Nations and the United Nations in Geneva. Our tours are available in 12 languages and last for 45 minutes to one hour. Please check with us for languages other than English and French.

What you will see, depending on our daily schedule of meetings

  • The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò.
  • The Salle des Pas Perdus, from which you can see the Armillary Sphere and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space.
  • The Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palais des Nations.
  • The Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place, with murals by José Maria Sert.(available irregularly)
  • Gifts presented by various countries to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
  • During the tour, our tour Guides will inform about the current activities of the United Nations.

They will also talk about the history of the Palais des Nations, formerly the headquarters of the League of Nations.