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Indulge in the idyllic scenery and famed culinary delights of Switzerland on this spectacular tour

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2022 Tour code: MOL22

About the tour

Explore the idyllic scenery of Switzerland on this spectacular holiday. Discover verdant vineyards, visit the best-preserved medieval fortification in Europe, Château de Chillon, cruise across Lake Geneva and enjoy an unforgettable journey on the Mont Blanc Express.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Montreux

We meet at London St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar to Paris. Continuing to Lausanne, we change trains for Montreux, checking into the 5-Star Fairmont Le Montreux Palace on arrival.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Château de Chillon

We transfer to elegant Château de Chillon, which rises dramatically from the waters of Lake Geneva and sits against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. Crossing the wooden drawbridge, we meet our guide for a tour of this 13th-century château. Following our exploration, we enjoy a very special tasting of wines made from grapes grown in the castle's very own vineyard. Served with locally-produced bread flutes, afterwards, we make our way to the waterfront for a scenic boat cruise back to Montreux. The rest of your day is free. Surrounded by vineyard-covered hillsides, the striking blue waters of Lake Geneva, and the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps, Montreux enjoys an unusually mild climate and is known for its exotic Mediterranean plants, including the palm and cypress trees that line the promenade that runs along the lakefront, linking the town with neighbouring Vevey.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Gruyères Castle and journey on GoldenPass Train

Travelling by coach to Gruyères Castle, we have free time to immerse ourselves in over eight centuries of history and local legends, all set within wonderfully-preserved medieval fortifications amid the foothills of the Alps. There's also time to independently look around the picturesque town of Gruyères itself, a destination famed for its sweet, nutty cheese. Continuing to Gstaad, where there's free time, we make the return journey aboard the GoldenPass Panoramic train. One of the country's most scenic routes, relax as we enjoy views of pristine forests, Alpine valley meadows and clusters of traditional chalets dotting the green hillsides.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Montreux

Your day is free. You could use your Montreux Riviera Travel Card to visit some of the local attractions or explore further afield. Nearby Lausanne has been the home of the International Olympic Committee for over 100 years, so perhaps make a visit to the Olympic Museum, built to commemorate the city's proud sporting heritage. You'll find exhibits exploring the founding of the modern games as well as interactive displays reliving moments that have gone down in history. As the second largest city on Lake Geneva, you may also be tempted to enjoy a relaxing boat ride or stroll through the charming Old Town, dominated by its beautiful cathedral and regarded as Switzerland's most impressive example of early Gothic architecture.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Mont Blanc Express

Boarding the Mont Blanc Express, we ride the length of this spectacular line across the French border to Chamonix. The route meanders through rows of vineyards before entering France. Passing through the charming landscapes of the Rhône Valley, the train climbs high into the mountains. Using a rack-and pinion mechanism, the Mont Blanc Express ascends past snow-capped peaks and deep valleys before reaching the Trient Gorge. As we approach the Chamonix Valley, we're welcomed by the breathtaking sight of glistening glaciers and majestic Mont Blanc itself. There's some free time in Chamonix before we make the return journey.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Lavaux wine tasting

We travel by rail to Cully, in the Lavaux region, where ancient terraced vineyards rise from the shores of Lake Geneva. Setting out with a local guide, we enjoy a tour of the vineyards, set against the backdrop of UNESCO-listed foothiils, by charming land train before visiting a local winery for a talk about the speciality grapes harvested and fermented here. Afterwards, we get to sample a variety of vintages at an expert-led wine tasting accompanied by some Swiss nibbles.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

Catching the train to Lausanne after breakfast, we travel to Paris where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux

Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux

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Trains

Eurostar
The GoldenPass Line
Mont Blanc Express
TGV

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Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 15 reviews

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Barbara & Tony Winslet

5 stars

Submitted 4/Oct

We had a wonderful time, everything was well planned and executed from the first contact to the last. Tour manager Justin made it easy for the whole group and did a very good job making the whole experience enjoyable.

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S Stafferton

5 stars

Submitted 29/Sep

A very well managed tour. Great hotel and delightful cruise on Lake Geneva. High point, Mont Blanc !

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Roger

5 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

A wonderful holiday, packed full of great experiences, superbly led by Justin. The hotel is top rated, worth paying for a lake view. Meals & drinks are slightly expensive, but the location is wonderful and you are on holiday, after all. The hotel has great indoor and outdoor pools, wifi throughout at no extra charge. This is one of the best GRJ holidays.

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Neil from Gloucester

5 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Amazing holiday, thank you! Hotel was of the highest standard, staff were friendly, efficient, & most helpful. Reception staff were brilliant in assisting us recover a lost mobile, could not have been more helpful. Breakfast was superb, with amazing views of the mountains from the dinning room.Dinner served for our small group was also excellent. Trips were interesting & varied. Maybe spend less time on the Gruyere & Gstaad excursions, too much time to stand around. Both castles were interesting, & our guide Anna at Chillon Castle was the best ever. Train journeys ran like clockwork. Finally our Tour Manager, Ian, was brilliant, ensuring our small group had the most wonderful holiday.

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J Drummond

4 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

Excellent holiday. Only one thing I found disappointing was the lack of choice on the included meals at the hotel... in fact, no choice at all. Everyone had to have the same thing and, on the second meal especially, any requests for allergies or intolerances were met with poor service, myself and my wife included. Apart from that the hotel, its breakfast, the room and facilities were excellent, as were all the organised trips. Top marks for Jackie too for her suggestions and knowledge of everywhere we went. Overall, a fantastic holiday.

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Brian Kimberley

5 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

A wonderful trip on the whole. Ian, our guide was excellent and ensured that everybody knew the plans well in advance, as the itinerary was changed. The last day was supposed to be a half day trip to a vineyard which would have been ideal considering the early start and the long journey home the next day, but this was swapped with a full day to Chamonix. Thus, we had two full days together. The App was not kept up to date with any changes, which really defeats the reason for using it. Other than these two issues, everything was fine. The hotel was great with an excellent choice of sumptuous food each morning for breakfast.

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