Journey from the French town of Vevey on the shores of Lake Geneva to Chamonix on the Mont Blanc Express. Cross the France-Switzerland border on a paddle steamer or explore Vevey's Old Town; the finer points of your journey with GRJ independent are up to you.
Your journey begins at London St Pancras as you board the Eurostar to Paris where you'll connect for your journey to Vevey, via Lausanne. The charming town of Vevey has an idyllic setting on the north shore of Lake Geneva. Perhaps begin your time here with a gentle stroll alongside the sparkling waters of the lake or head to the pretty Old Town.
After spending time by the lake, you may decide to take an excursion by trolley-bus to the 13th Century Château de Chillon, which rises dramatically from the waters of Lake Geneva against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery.
Today, why not enjoy a leisurely morning cruise around the eastern part of the lake on a wonderful vintage paddle steamer (or small cruise ship depending on departure date). On the southern shore of the lake, stop in the delightful village of St Gingolph to explore the pretty lakeside promenade, port and castle.
Whilst in Vevey, don't miss an exciting journey on the fabulous Mont Blanc Express. After travelling through a wealth of jaw-dropping landscapes, you'll reach the bustling town of Chamonix. Take time to relax amidst spectacular scenery before rejoining the Mont Blanc Express for the return journey.
For more spectacular views today, take a ride on the Mont Pèlerin funicular railway which runs between Vevey and the summit of Mont Pèlerin via Lausanne and Montreux.
After a short journey to Lausanne, you'll connect with the high-speed TGV to Paris, joining the Eurostar to London.
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.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
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.
Vevey's 4-star Astra Hotel has been under the personal
supervision of Christophe and his family for over half a century,
and their friendly and welcoming service has delighted GRJ
customers for many years. Located opposite the railway station and
just a short walk from the shores of Lake Geneva, the hotel is an
ideal base from which to explore Vevey and the surrounding
The Astra Hotel features two restaurants and a Brasserie, a snack bar and the cosy Orient Express Bar, which has a theme of railways from a bygone age. It also has a roof top Panoramic Spa overlooking the vineyards above the hotel. Its superb facilities include a sauna, solarium, fitness suite and jacuzzi.
The comfortable rooms have all been individually decorated and are well-equipped with a television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and air conditioning. Upgrades to deluxe rooms and Junior Suites are available on request.
Typical meal arrangements when dining at the hotel:
The hotel is a consistent favourite and has won many of our hotelier awards, with recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012 it won the GRJ Silver Award for excellent customer service across the Switzerland and Austria region, following this up in 2013 with a Gold Award for best food.
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.