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Five-Star Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc Express

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

7 days From £1,945 per person

2021 Tour code: MOL21

About the tour

Explore the idyllic scenery of Switzerland on this spectacular holiday. Discover verdant vineyards, visit the fairytale Château de Chillon, cruise across Lake Geneva and enjoy an unforgettable journey on the Mont Blanc Express.


What’s included


Day 1 - London and Montreux

We meet at our dedicated St Pancras Departure Office before boarding the Eurostar service to Paris, and continue to Montreux, via Lausanne. Our base in Montreux is the luxurious 5-Star Royal Plaza Montreux, directly on the shores of picturesque Lake Geneva, where we stay for the next six nights.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Château de Chillon and Lake Geneva

Today we travel to 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 this 13th-century château, considered to be one of Europe's best-preserved medieval castles. We make our way to the lakeshore afterwards, where we board a boat for a cruise across Lake Geneva to Montreux. The rest of your day is free.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Zermatt

We travel by rail to the mountain resort of Zermatt today, which you are free to explore. With a unique location at the base of the notorious Matterhorn, the town is a vibrant and picturesque gateway to the mountains. Numerous walking and hiking trails lead from the town towards the Matterhorn, while a series of cable cars carry passengers to the summit of Klein Matterhorn, boasting the highest observation platform in Europe.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - At leisure in Montreux

You are at leisure today to explore using your included Montreux Riviera Travel Card. 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. The promenade extends as far as Château de Chillon and makes for an ideal walking route.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - The Mont Blanc Express

We journey on the Mont Blanc Express, riding the length of this scenic line across the French border to Chamonix. The route meanders through rows of vineyards before crossing the border into France. Passing over the charming landscape of the Rhone Valley, the train climbs higher into the mountains. Using a rack-and pinion mechanism, the Mont Blanc Express climbs past snow-capped mountains and deep valleys before reaching the Trient Gorge. Crossing the valleys below, we enter the Chamonix Valley, culminating in the spectacular sights of glistening glaciers and majestic Mont Blanc. We enjoy free time in Chamonix before making the return journey.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Lavaux vineyards and 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 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Home

After breakfast, we travel by rail to Lausanne, then Paris. In Paris, we connect with the Eurostar service to London St Pancras, where our tour concludes.

  • 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.


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Mrs R Marco

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Submitted 05 Jul 2019

Always well organised and lovely small group. Everyone so friendly.

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Five-Star Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc Express

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