Sharing the Enlightenment
Many rich aristocrats, philosophers and artists from the European Enlightenment period contributed to the prosperity and refinement of Geneva. Born on June 18, 1712 in the old town of Geneva, Jean-Jacques Rousseau grew up to become one of the most influential philosophers of the Enlightenment and he left behind some remarkable legacies in his hometown. At the actual house of his birth, the Maison de Rousseau et de la Littérature museum is a tribute to his life, literary and musical passions, and enlightenment journey.
A striking statue of Rousseau also resides on an island named after him – l’Île Rousseau, located in the heart of Geneva between the Rhône River banks. Locals enjoy the calm and quiet atmosphere that the island brings to their everyday life.
An Enchanting Waterside Castle
Of course, when visiting Geneva, you cannot miss the enchanting opportunity to take in Lake Geneva’s dramatic scenery and a tidbit of medieval magic. With crystal waters and crisp, fresh air from the Swiss Alps, the lake offers a sense of calm for all who visit.
Perched on an island rock on this glistening lake, Chillon Castle enchants with its fairytale-like exterior and the snow-capped alps peeking from behind. During your land program, you will have the opportunity to visit this picture-perfect site. The medieval fortress was built between 1536 to 1798 with the purpose of protecting and gaining control between northern and southern Europe. From inside, you can admire its beautifully arched underground cellars, Gothic-styled windows and Great Halls with a perfect view of Lake Geneva. Inspired by the grand fortress, the famous poet Lord Byron wrote his poem, “The Prisoner of Chillon,” immortalizing the castle through his dramatic monologue.
As you can see, Geneva offers wonders to behold and serves as a shining example of peace between nations that connects people around the world.
Why Reserve Our Geneva Land Package
Add a bonus country to your Essence of Burgundy & Provence journey: Switzerland! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust by spending more time in Europe and exploring this fascinating city. Whether you are a chocolate lover, history buff or wristwatch enthusiast, or are simply interested in the beautiful scenery and castles of Switzerland, you will be inspired by your experiences during this 3-night land package, which includes visits to Dijon and Bourg-en-Bresse.
What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package
- 3 nights in Geneva at the Hotel Rotary Geneva-MGallery (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
- Guided tours
- The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry
Contact your preferred travel advisor to extend your Essence of Burgundy & Provence river cruise into Geneva today!