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Escorted Rail Tours to Chamonix

Home to Mont Blanc and the first Winter Olympics

Chamonix, set high in the Arve Valley amongst the magnificent mountainous landscape of the Alps, is internationally renowned both for its winter sports facilities and as a fantastic mountain resort.

The dramatic valley was first mentioned in 1091, when it belonged to a Benedictine Priory. Very little else is known about Chamonix's early history; in fact it only became more widely known in the 18th century, when scientific explorers Dr Richard Pococke and William Windham published an account of their time in the area, during which they explored the Mer de Glace glacier. A few years later, the first successful ascent of Mont Blanc - Europe's loftiest peak - was made from Chamonix.

The beauty of the area had not gone unnoticed by either of these parties, and as a result there was a great increase in the number of people that came to visit. Chamonix was soon a chic resort - and the town cemented its place in history by hosting the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924.

Today the pretty town remains as popular as ever, and with its historic core of baroque churches and idyllic chapels, along with a charming main street, it is easy to see why.

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Lake Annecy, Chamonix & Mont Blanc

Glorious lakes and mountains form the backdrop of this relaxing French retreat. We combine the picturesque scenery of Lake Annecy with the Alpine charm of bustling Chamonix. We travel high into the mountains by rail and enjoy a leisurely cruise across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Annecy.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £1,545per personView tour details
Festive Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express at Christmas

A superb combination of memorable Christmas celebrations in one of our favourite hotels and unforgettable excursions by train as we climb on narrow-gauge and mountain railways to reach the dizzy heights of the frosted Alps.

Departs in December 2016.
8 days from £1,895per personView tour details
Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express in Winter

Based beside the crystal-clear waters of Lake Geneva in the elegant town of Vevey, this fantastic tour explores the incredible mountain railways and breathtaking scenery of this fabulous region of the Alps, including an excursion through the dramatic Trient Gorge to Chamonix on board the historic Mont Blanc Express.

Departs in February 2017.
8 days from £1,695per personView tour details
Lake Geneva & The Mont Blanc Express

Relax by Lake Geneva and explore the dramatic scenery from our base in the market town of Vevey. Funicular and mountain railways, lake steamers and the excellent rail network bring the sights of the area within easy reach on this leisurely holiday, crowned by a superb journey on the stunning Mont Blanc Express.

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Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express at New Year

A superb combination of memorable New Year celebrations in one of our favourite hotels, beautiful lakeside scenery and unforgettable excursions by train as we climb on narrow-gauge and mountain railways to reach the dizzy heights of the frosted Alps.

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