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Geneva & CERN - Inside Dark Matter

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Join readers of New Scientist magazine to discover the world's greatest physics laboratory, including a lecture from particle physicist Dr Tara Shears.

One of the world’s most important centres of science and innovation, Geneva is also a charming lakeside town with a fascinating history. Our focus will be a visit to the CERN complex, where the European Organization for Nuclear Research operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, including the famous Large Hadron Collider. The largest machine ever constructed, with a circumference of 17 miles, the LHC is one of the most important research establishments in the world, and several areas are open


Day 1

Flying direct into Geneva, we will be transferred to our hotel in the centre of the city, the 3* Superior Hotel Edelweiss. The afternoon will be free for independent sightseeing and we will enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 2

This morning we will start with a walking tour of the old town centre of Geneva, including the Cathedral where John Calvin preached in the 16th century, and a visit to a traditional watchmaker where we learn more about one of the city’s most famous crafts. After lunch we will take a scenic cruise on Lake Geneva.

Day 3

Today is devoted to CERN, just outside the city centre, where we shall gain an insight into the work which takes place here. We will see the Universe of Particles exhibition inside the Globe of Science and Innovation – a 27 metre high wooden dome – and visit the Microcosm exhibition, opened in 2016, which displays a range of interactive exhibits including a model section of the Large Hadron Collider, and a simulation of a particle accelerator.

Day 4

Heading out of the city for the day, we will travel into the majestic Alps which provide Geneva’s striking backdrop. We will visit the charming small town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and take a cable car up to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi, at over 3,800 metres.

Day 5

Today we will start at the Museum of the History of Science, located by the lake, which opened in 1966 in the neo-classical Villa Bartholoni. The museum houses exhibits relating to astronomy, microscopy, meteorology and electricity, including a collection of old scientific instruments from the 17th to 19th  century, such as microscopes, telescopes, thermometers and astrolabes. We will continue to the Palais des Nations, built for the League of Nations and still an important UN centre, before reaching the Botanical Gardens, where will enjoy 69 acres of grounds which are home to more than 14,000 species including rare medicinal plants.

Day 6

This morning will be free for independent sightseeing before we are taken to Geneva airport for the flight home.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Accommodation including breakfast
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Guest lecture

Departure Dates and Prices

Graeme Coles

Graeme Coles

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