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Lake Geneva & the Mont Blanc Express in Winter

(Tour code: VEW17)The Mont Blanc Express and the Dramatic Alps

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.

Tour Highlights
  • Vevey
  • Château de Chillon including a guided tour
  • Narrow-gauge railway journey from Vevey to Les Diablerets
  • Mont Pèlerin Funicular Railway
  • The Mont Blanc Express
  • Chamonix
  • GoldenPass Line panoramic train
  • Montreux-Vevey Riviera Card
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Switzerland by First Class rail

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks on board. Our journey continues by First Class TGV Lyria to Lausanne. We change trains and travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to Vevey, where our base for seven nights is the welcoming 4-star Astra Hotel. On arival, we are greeted with a glass of warming mulled wine. Vevey is a genteel market town boasting a medieval Old Town, elegant arcades and picturesque squares. As well as being the home of Nestlé, who began manufacturing chocolate here in the 17th century, Vevey is also known for its famous former resident, Charlie Chaplin, whose statue overlooks the lake. 

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Chateau de Chillon
Day 2

Château de Chillon

On our first morning we travel by trolley-bus to the elegant Château de Chillon, which rises dramatically from the waters of Lake Geneva and sits against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. We cross the wooden drawbridge for a guided tour of the 13th century château, considered to be one of Europe's best preserved medieval castles and a fine example of early Gothic architecture. You are free to return to Vevey at your leisure, perhaps calling at Montreux to explore its delightful lakeside promenade and lively centre. Another popular option is the pleasant lakeside village of Villeneuve, just five minutes from the château. In the evening we have dinner together in the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Château de Chillon
Day 3

A day at leisure in Vevey

Today is free for you to enjoy Vevey and its beautiful scenery, or perhaps to explore the local area further using your included Riviera Card. Vevey is home to a number of interesting museums that are well worth a visit. Other options include the picturesque town of Lausanne, or visit the sophisticated city of Geneva. Alternatively, you could take a rack-and-pinion railway up to either Rochers de Naye or Les Pléiades. The view at the summit of both sites is tremendous; on a clear day you can see the Eiger Mountain from Rochers de Naye, whilst Les Pléades offers a splendid panorama of Lake Geneva.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Les Diablerets
Day 4

Les Diablerets

Our excursion today takes us from Vevey to the charming mountain village of Les Diablerets. The train makes its way up the sweeping, thickly-wooded valley, using horseshoe bends in places to gain height as it climbs through the increasingly dramatic scenery. A lovely Alpine village of wooden houses and traditional farm buildings situated high in the mountains, Les Diablerets is an idyllic place that remains popular with visitors. A local guide describes the flora, fauna and geology of the area to us, and takes us on a gentle guided walking tour through the wintry alpine meadows. Following our walk we enjoy a fondue lunch in the Auberge de la Poste, a typically welcoming Swiss mountain inn.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Les Diablerets
Lake Geneva view
Day 5

Mont Pèlerin

Today we enjoy a journey on the Mont Pèlerin Funicular Railway. Departing from Vevey, the line climbs steadily up the mountainside, passing through the vineyards and sweeping forests that line the rolling hillsides, all dusted with snow. We arrive at the summit station, where you can admire the excellent views over your beautiful surroundings, including the mighty Alps and a magnificent panorama of Lake Geneva. After time to explore we descend back to Vevey.

  • Breakfast
  • Mont Pèlerin Funicular Railway
Day 6

Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Express

Today we enjoy one of the Alps' most exciting and rewarding railway journeys as we travel on the fabulous Mont Blanc Express - a tourist train from its inception over 100 years ago, designed purely to exploit the region's stunning views and mountain scenery. We begin our day with a short journey around Lake Geneva to the small, pretty town of Martigny. Here we board the Mont Blanc Express train to begin the journey to Chamonix. The line from Martigny climbs gently and serenely as we pass through the pretty vineyards which cover the hillsides throughout much of the Rhône Valley. Before long, the train begins its ascent into the mountains, climbing steeply and quickly towards the snow-capped Alpine peaks. The small electric train makes its way effortlessly upwards through the forest as the views across the valley becoming increasingly impressive with every passing minute. The route takes us across the wild, rugged Trient Gorge as the train clings to the mountainside, crossing over countless bridges and through dozens of tunnels and avalanche shelters. In winter, the Trient Gorge is a snow-bound landscape with frozen waterfalls and cosy villages encased by deep snowdrifts. In spring, the gorge transforms as the thaw begins; melting water cascades over waterfalls and new flowers emerge on the slopes. As we approach Chamonix, the mighty Mont Blanc towers above the train and dominates the skyline of the entire Chamonix Valley. We finally reach Chamonix, a bustling town and major winter sports resort that rose in prominence with the opening of the Mont Blanc Express and cemented its place in history by becoming the host of the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924. Chamonix is one of the most picturesque locations in Europe; majestic rock spires and snow-laden peaks tower above the town. Chamonix's pedestrianised centre has a wide selection of attractive boutiques and cafés.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Mont Blanc Express
  • Chamonix
GoldenPass Line train
Day 7

Through the Golden Pass

Today's excursion begins with a short coach ride to Gruyères, famous for its cheese production. The picturesque medieval town has been wonderfully preserved and retains its medieval charm. You have plenty of time to explore this pretty town with its medieval hilltop castle - a fairytale building with high walls and turrets which is now a museum showcasing 800 years of the region's architecture, history and culture. We continue by coach to the chic resort of Gstaad, a picturesque town located between four sloping valleys and surrounded by towering peaks. Renowned as one of the most exclusive and luxurious ski resorts in the world, Gstaad is filled with traditional Swiss chalets, exclusive shops dotted along the promenade and an array of excellent restaurants. After time to explore we board the GoldenPass Line panoramic train for the scenic rail journey to Montreux. As we travel, relax and admire the views of majestic mountain peaks and deep, snow-covered valleys as the train descends slowly through frosted vineyards and country estates towards the waters of Lake Geneva. The train arrives into Montreux, from where we return to Vevey.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Gruyères
  • Gstaad
  • The GoldenPass Line
Eurostar Winter
Day 8

Vevey to London by First Class rail

Today we travel to Lausanne, where we connect with the TGV Lyria for a journey in First Class to Paris. We connect with the Eurostar service to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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