Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express

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25 May 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
Duration: 6 nights departing 25th May, 15th Jun, 21st Sep or 5th Oct
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Staying in a popular mountain village high above the Rhône valley, you can enjoy incredible views on this tour around the Alps of France and Switzerland. Climb by rail to the dizzy heights of Rochers de Naye for stunning vistas of the Swiss and French Alps and further to Lake Geneva, journey aboard the Mont Blanc Express to visit the ‘alpine capital of the world’, admire the scenery on the GoldenPass Line and absorb the unique atmosphere of Montreux. All excursions are included along with half board accommodation, making this a truly rewarding experience.

DAY 1: LONDON-LEYSIN

We travel aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and join the TGV to Geneva and connecting trains to reach the Swiss mountain village of Leysin, our base for the next six nights.

DAY 2: LEYSIN

Relax and enjoy a free day in resort. Leysin stands 1,250 metres above altitude, on a sunny ledge above the Rhône valley. The town is a popular tourist centre which dates back to the middle ages and attracts people throughout the winter and summer. Highlights include the Berneuse cable car, where you will find a glass revolving mountaintop restaurant, and there are many hiking paths which offer panoramic views.

DAY 3: MONTREUX

Nestled in a sheltered bay on Lake Geneva, the quaint town of Montreux is called the capital of the Vaud Riviera because of its exceptionally mild climate. We travel here by rail for plenty of time at leisure; stroll along the promenade, visit the beautiful Château de Chillon, or take a cruise on the lake – there’s so much to enjoy.

DAY 4: MONT BLANC EXPRESS – CHAMONIX

We join the Mont Blanc Express for a magical return journey which ascends to the breathtaking heights of Chamonix Mont Blanc. This French resort lies at the foot of Mont Blanc and is known as the ‘alpine capital of the world’ after it hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924. The lively town is great to explore, with many shops and restaurants, and there are a range of cable cars and mountain railways which follow some of the most spectacular routes in the world, such as the Aiguille Du Midi.

DAY 5: ROCHERS DE NAYE

We return to Montreux by rail and join the rack railway which takes us past forests, meadows and rocks up to Rochers de Naye. At 2,045 metres above sea level, this is one of the most beautiful vantage points of the region, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Vaud Riviera, Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps – on a clear day you can see the Eiger, the Mont Blanc Massif and Geneva’s famous waterspout.

DAY 6: GOLDENPASS

Today we enjoy the scenery of the GoldenPass Line. Our journey includes the Lötschberg Line between Brig and Spiez where we join the GoldenPass Line for a panoramic journey to Montreux, passing green pastures, forests, streams and vineyards, with views of Lake Geneva.

DAY 7: LEYSIN-LONDON

We depart our hotel in the morning and retrace our route to Paris, where the Eurostar connection returns us to London.

PRICES:

25th May 2018: £1199 per person
15th June 2018: £1199 per person
21st September 2018: £1299 per person
5th October 2018: £1099 per person

Single supplement: £125
Deposit: £150 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Return TGV from Paris to Geneva and connecting trains to Leysin
  • Six nights’ half board accommodation in Leysin
  • Free time in Leysin
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visits to Montreux and Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • Journey on the Mont Blanc Express
  • Journey on the rack railway to Rochers de Naye
  • Journey on the GoldenPass Line

HOTEL CENTRAL RÉSIDENCE, LEYSIN

Enjoy 3 star accommodation with a family atmosphere in the heart of Leysin, surrounded by magnificent views of the Alps. All of the bedrooms face south with a balcony and have an en suite, TV, safe and hairdryer. Relax in the lobby bar, read in the library, play table tennis or pétanque in the garden, or take advantage of the spa and fitness centre which includes an indoor swimming pool, log wood sauna and Jacuzzi. There’s also a restaurant where you can enjoy an excellent choice of dishes together with the wonderful ambience.