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Geneva into 2017!

With the Swiss Train service from Eurostar operating from London St Pancras to Geneva Cointrin via a change at Lille to a TGY Lyria service, getting to Geneva by train takes just 6hrs 15mins. And when you count how long before your flight you have to be at the airport etc, for many the train could actuallly be quicker than flying!


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And of course, Mountain Drop-offs will do pick ups at the main train station, or you can hop on a train to the Airport (they run every 10-15mins and take just 8 minutes) and get your usual MDO airport transfer from there. Tickets are booking now for the service that runs year round.

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Geneva loves to party!

Geneva city is full of arts, culture and museums with fetes and festivals all year round, so it's no surprising it has been voted one of the best short break locations in Europe. There's always lots going on and yes, it's an expensive city, but many of the events are free and entry to most of museums is free too.

Here's our pick of what's happening over the next few months:

Geneva International Film Festival on All Screens - 4-12 November 2016
The idea of this film festival is that it combines cinema, television and new media to celebrate the role of the image maker and film maker. There are lots of events to watch and take part in, many of which are at the hub of the festival, that's to say the Theatre Pitoeff in the bohemian Carouge area just outside Geneva centre.

Geneva Supercross International - 2-3 December 2016
The 31st edition of this international Supercross edition comes to the Geneva Arena near the airport. A special motocross circuit is built inside the huge arena and the sound of two stroke mx bikes fills the air. Be wowed by the incredible freestyle skills of the riders over the big jumps. A great spectacle.

Red Bull Flying Illusion - 9-11 December 2016
This is a never-before seen show that brings the universe of breakdance to the main stage. It’s an incredible production based around the battle between good and evil, featuring some of the planet’s best dancers. There’ll be body poppin’ rockin’ and lockin’ all over the shop at this show in the Geneva Arena.

Festival Antigel - 27 January-19 February 2017
It might be winter, but the whole idea of this multi-channel festival will melt your frozen heart (hence the name!). There is a total of 21 different communes taking part, hosting everything from live music and dance, to unusual spectacles, sport and chill out events. Browse the full programme at www.antigel.ch

Geneva - lots of lovely live music:

If you're a fan of live music here's a selection of gigs and concerts in the Geneva area that'll get you dancing in the aisles:

Killing Joke - 12/11/16 - PTR Usine

Youssou N’dour - 20/11/16 - Theatre Leman Genève

Jean Michel Jarre - 25/11/16 - Geneva Arena

Skunk Anansie - 29/11/16 - Salle des Fetes, Thonex

The Whitney Houston Show - 21/3/17 - Geneva Arena

Stomp - 27/12/16-08/01/17 - Theatre Leman Genève
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Geneva Has More Than You Think!

Many of us arrive at and depart from Geneva International Airport without even giving the city itself a second thought. Geneva centre, which is actually only 4km away from the Geneva airport, is easily accessible and if you thought Switzerland was all about cuckoo clocks, chocolate and secret bank accounts then think again - it's a multi-cultural vibrant city that is bursting with culture and history as well!

Transfers GenevaGeneva is a truly global city, with a number of international organisations present including the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross and the United Nation's 'Palais des Nations', which you can actually visit. No wonder the city is dubbed 'Peace Capital'.

Even the science geeks get a mention with the CERN physics laboratory and research centre, where English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented a little old thing they called the World Wide Web.

Transfers to GenevaThe city centre has grown around the point where the River Rhone exits the Lac Leman, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. When you fly in to and out of Geneva Airport the flight path either takes you over the picturesque Jura mountains, or you fly directly along the lake, passing France's lovely medieval Yvoire.

If you go over Yvoire, look out for the luxury lake-side villas with private swimming pools and enjoy a sneaky peak of Geneva's famous landmark the 'Jet d'Eau' water fountain that propels water up to 140m in the air over the lake.

Geneva is quite a hidden gem, with lots of things to see and do if you look hard enough (it's that Swiss discretion!). The old town (Vieille Ville) high up on the hill is very pretty, with the impressive St Pierre Cathedral and the Place du Bourg de Four with cafes, galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The area around Bel-Air (behind the busy main bridge called the Pont du Mont Blanc) is very bohemian and cool, with lovely little riverside bars with deck chairs and music venues like Usine.

Geneva shuttleCulture vultures will love the likes of the Patek Philippe Museum in the ornate headquarters of this luxury Geneva-based master watchmakers. Modern art is superbly represented with the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in a very funky industrial-style building and a great 'rainy day' option is a visit to the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle that kids absolutely love.

Geneva shuttlesLast but not least, those crystal clear waters of the lake are so inviting on a hot summer's day that it's well worth paying the 2chf entry fee to go to the Bains de Paquis, a lido that juts out onto the Lac Leman right next to the lighthouse and offers sunbathing, hammans and even live music from sunrise until sunset.

So there you have it. On the face of it Geneva might not be the most exciting city break destination, but dig a little deeper and this discreet lakeside city will open up it's world of music, food and culture for you. Why not book a weekend break to Geneva and let Mountain Drop-offs take you there from the airport?

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