USC Mann: Switzerland (2024)

May 19 - 29, 2024
Available: 40 seats
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Los Angeles
Max People : 40
Tour Details


May 19 – 29, 2024

Departure & Return Location

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)


USC Mann Students


Subject to change
Day 1

Fly from Los Angeles to Geneva

Day 2

Upon landing in Geneva, transition seamlessly into your journey.

Check into your hotel and take a moment to relax. Unwind and recharge for the exciting days that lie ahead.

Day 3
Education Sessions/Old Town Walk

Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast as you prepare for an enlightening visit to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN). Immerse yourself in the global significance of these institutions and gain insights into their impactful work.

In the afternoon, wander through the charming Old Town streets. Lose yourself in the history and beauty, making sure to visit the iconic Place du Bourg-de-Four. Round off your day with a delightful stop at a local cafe , treating yourself to the tempting flavors of Swiss pastries.

Day 4
Education Sessions/Red Cross/Lake Geneva Promenade/Jet d’Eau

Begin your day with a nourishing breakfast, gearing up for an engaging Education Session at Lattice Point. Immerse yourself in knowledge and insights, expanding your understanding of important topics in a dynamic and interactive setting.

Following the educational session, transition to a visit to the International Red Cross. Explore the profound humanitarian efforts and global impact of this iconic organization. Gain a deeper appreciation for their work and the principles that guide them, contributing to a meaningful and enlightening afternoon.

Later in the day, head to the Lake Geneva Promenade for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Revel in the breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

Next up, make your way to the iconic Jet d’Eau, one of the world’s tallest water fountains. Take a moment to relax in the nearby Parc La Perle-du-Lac, surrounded by tranquility

Day 5
Geneva to Zurich Excursion

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you prepare for an exhilarating journey from Geneva to Zurich. Embrace the anticipation of the upcoming adventure as you embark on a train ride through picturesque landscapes, connecting two vibrant Swiss cities. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic views during your train journey. Marvel at the changing landscapes and charming towns that unfold along the way, immersing yourself in the beauty of Switzerland’s countryside.

Arrive in Zurich, a city brimming with culture and modernity. Take some time to settle in and explore the immediate surroundings.

As the day transitions to evening, consider indulging in Zurich’s culinary delights. Explore the local dining scene, savoring Swiss specialties or international cuisine. Take a leisurely walk through the city’s illuminated streets, absorbing the vibrant energy that Zurich exudes at night. Reflect on the day’s journey and embrace the unique charm that Zurich has to offer.

Day 6
Education Sessions/Niederdorf District

Kickstart your day with a satisfying breakfast, preparing for a day of exploration and learning. Immerse yourself in engaging Education Sessions at the Swiss Biotech Association, gaining valuable insights into the biotechnology landscape. Following the sessions, embark on a visit to Biogen, where science and innovation converge.

Later in the day, let the charm of the Niederdorf district in the Old Town captivate you. Stroll through narrow cobblestone streets, explore local shops, and savor a moment with a coffee at a quaint cafe .

Day 7
Zurich Unveiled: A Day of Culture and Adventure

Start your day with a delightful breakfast, gearing up for a day of exploring Zurich’s iconic landmarks. Begin with a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s premier shopping streets. Enjoy some retail therapy or take a leisurely stroll along this bustling avenue.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage at Grossmu nster, an iconic twintowered church that has stood as a symbol of Zurich for centuries. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the beautiful Limmat River.

Later, discover the historical charm of the trendy Kreis 5 district, known for its industrial-chic vibe and vibrant street art scene. Explore the unique shops, galleries, and cafe s that contribute to the area’s dynamic atmosphere.

As the day transitions into evening, make your way to Lake Zurich. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, enjoying the serene views and perhaps considering a relaxing boat ride on the lake. Explore the vibrant Bellevue Square before choosing a cozy restaurant for a delightful dinner, savoring Swiss cuisine or international delights.

Day 8
Travel to Basel/Basel Minster

After a delightful breakfast, catch a train for a scenic journey from Zurich to Basel.

Upon arriving in Basel, smoothly check into your hotel, giving yourself a moment to unwind and relax.

Later in the day, dive into exploration with a visit to the Basel Minster—a stunning Gothic cathedral. Climb to the top to enjoy panoramic views, capturing the essence of the city and the majestic Rhine River.

Day 9
Novartis HQ Exploration

Embark on a visit to the Novartis Headquarters, a global hub of innovation and pharmaceutical excellence. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, energizing yourself for an insightful journey into the world of healthcare and research.

Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge facilities and advancements at Novartis. Explore the state-of-the-art laboratories, learn about groundbreaking research initiatives, and gain a deeper understanding of the company’s commitment to shaping the future of medicine.

After your visit to Novartis HQ, take some time to reflect on the impactful discoveries and innovations you’ve witnessed. Consider enjoying lunch at a nearby restaurant, discussing and absorbing the knowledge gained during your tour.

As the day transitions into evening, consider exploring the surrounding area. Whether it’s taking a leisurely stroll through a nearby park or discovering other cultural attractions, let the day’s experiences at Novartis inspire further exploration in the vibrant city

Day 10
Interpharma Education Session and Artful Exploration

Engage in an enlightening Education Session at Interpharma, delving into the dynamic landscape of pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Kickstart your day with a satisfying breakfast, preparing your mind for a morning of learning and discovery.

Following the educational session, embark on a visit to the UB Pharmacy Museum. Immerse yourself in the rich history of pharmacy, exploring fascinating exhibits that showcase the evolution of pharmaceuticals and medical practices.

As the day progresses, venture to Theaterplatz to witness the captivating Jean Tinguely Fountain. Marvel at the intricate and dynamic kinetic artwork, allowing the artistic expressions of Jean Tinguely to come to life in the heart of the city. Take a moment to appreciate the intersection of art and technology, creating a unique and mesmerizing experience.

Day 11
Basel to Zurich Train Journey and Departure

Start your day with a seamless train journey from Basel to Zurich. Relish a leisurely breakfast before stepping onto the train, taking in the breathtaking views of the Swiss countryside along the way.

Upon arriving in Zurich, make your way to Zurich Airport in preparation for your flight back home.

Wishing you a smooth and pleasant journey! Carry with you the fond memories of Switzerland and the enriching experiences that have adorned your time in this picturesque country. Safe travels!


Price Includes

  • All Inclusive
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Translator
  • Museum/Historical Site Admission Fees
  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide(s)

Price Excludes

  • Private ExpensesSnacks, gifts, shopping, etc.
  • Alcohol not included

Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.

Total Price




Due:  March 15, 2024

Final Payment


Due:  April 15, 2024