One day, three ways: Geneva

Cyclists and cafe bars at the Vieille Ville (Old Town) Geneva, Switzerland.
Cyclists and cafe bars at the Vieille Ville (Old Town) Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Alamy


One of the world's priciest cities doesn't have to be expensive. Get yourself a couple of croissants ($4) and a day bus ticket (; $9) and check out the Reformation Monument, 140-metre Jet d'Eau fountain and beautiful lake-shore parks. In the old town, learn about Genevese history at Maison Tavel (; free), parts of which date from 1303. Then duck into the Museum of Art and History

(; free) before enjoying cathedral tower views (; $4). Get the dish of the day at lakeshore Buvette des Bains (; $13). See the Museum of the Red Cross (; $15) and have an early dinner at Manora cafeteria (; $20). Sleep at the highly regarded youth hostel (; $35).

TOTAL: $100


After a breakfast of muesli and baguette at Le Pain Quotidien (; $25), wander along lakeshore promenades with views to the French Alps, and on through Parc Mon Repos before joining a tour of the Palais des Nations (; $13), the United Nations' European headquarters. Nearby Musee Ariana (; free) houses one of Europe's best glass and porcelain collections in a 19th-century villa. Have salad, steak and endless fries at Cafe de Paris (; $45). In the afternoon, take to a lake steamer for a cruise to the French mediaeval town of Yvoire (; $60). For dinner, the 1764 Brasserie de l'Hotel de Ville is so old-fashioned it's hip (; $57). Sleep at stylish boutique Hotel Tiffany (; $204).

TOTAL: $404


Have a fine breakfast at cosy Cafe Metropole (; $30) before admiring the splendid Brunswick Memorial and Geneva's old town, where you can enjoy a lake perch at Les Armures (; $39). After your morning walk, get around by taxi (; $46). In the afternoon, the Baur Collections (; $11) showcase superb oriental art. Then take in the Patek Philippe Museum's (; $10) antique timepieces. At dinnertime, the regional French food at Le Chat-Botte (; $140) is exquisite. For opera and ballet, head to the Grand Theatre (; $155 mid-range seats). Stay in style at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues (; $744).

TOTAL: $1175