On this suggested itinerary from GRJ independent, travel through Paris to the crystal clear waters of Lake Annecy and board the Mont Blanc Express to the Swiss town of Vevey. Waterfalls, fields of flowers, vineyards, and snow-capped mountains; this superb holiday is a delight for the senses all year round.
Your Alpine adventure begins as you depart London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris where you'll connect for the journey to Annecy. On arrival, perhaps begin with a stroll through the delightful Medieval centre with its pretty canals, cobbled bridges and winding streets.
Today you could visit Annecy's restored castle and museum, or perhaps take a cruise on the crystal clear waters of Lake Annecy. You'll be spoilt with stunning vistas in every direction as the lake, one of the cleanest in the world, rests at the foot of the Alps, surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
Take some time today to explore the city, its lovely historic buildings, gardens and fountains. Maybe visit the 17th Century Palais de I'lsle, a former prison, which resembles a small château and is connected to Annecy by a bridge.
Today your journey takes you from Annecy to Lake Geneva aboard the iconic Mont Blanc Express. This narrow-gauge railway was built over 100 years ago as a tourist attraction, designed to make the most of the region's mountain scenery. Enjoy sensational views of waterfalls, flower-filled meadows, pretty villages, dark-green forest, and vineyards en route to the peaceful market town of Vevey.
Today you'll take the high speed TGV to Paris where you'll connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras.
The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Designed to make the most of the beautiful scenery and wonderful mountain vistas, the superb Mont Blanc Express offers one of the best railway journeys on offer in the Alps. Our journey on the tourist line begins in the small Swiss town of Martigny. On departure, the line begins a gentle ascent, passing through the neat rows of vineyards which line the fields running down to the tracks. We continue into France through the charming landscape of the pretty Rhône Valley, and then our train begins to ascend in earnest - here it makes use of the rack-and-pinion mechanism to climb higher into the mountains. The views in this section are outstanding; with snow-capped mountains towering over the sloping valley below. Our electric train then reaches the dramatic Trient Gorge, crossing the wild rocky canyon using a series of bridges. Soon we catch our first glimpse of the mighty Mont Blanc - France's highest mountain - as we approach the Chamonix Valley. After a final climb along one of the line's steepest sections, the Mont Blanc Express arrives in the resort town on Chamonix, a wonderfully popular holiday destination due to its amazing mountain panoramas and picturesque location.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.