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Lake Geneva and the Golden Pass

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6 days From £1,545 per person
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2024 Tour code: LGI24

About the tour

With the wondrous peace of Lake Geneva and the medieval city of Lausanne as your base, this inspiring trip takes you to some of the region's most thrilling destinations and the most calming experiences, in one go. Aboard the Golden Pass Express from Montreux to Gstaad, the panoramic views gift travellers a sense of awe as the mountains, valleys, meadows and lakes drift by your window. Taste the wine, explore the castles and simply soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful alpine tour.

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Unforgettable Experiences

Lausanne
Lausanne
Stay in the French speaking Swiss city of Lausanne.
Vintage Paddle Steamer to Chillon Castle
Vintage Paddle Steamer to Chillon Castle
Take a Vintage Paddle Steamer to Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva.
GoldenPass Express
GoldenPass Express
Travel aboard the GoldenPass Express with panoramic views
Swiss Riviera
Swiss Riviera
Explore the stunning Swiss Riviera & beyond with an included 6 day Swiss Travel Pass

What’s included

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Outbound Travel

Getting to Zurich

Flight from London to Zurich

Your journey begins today with your flight from the UK to Zurich airport. On arrival in Zurich, you'll take the train to Lausanne, where you'll be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Regional departures available

Rail London - Lausanne

Alternatively, take the train all the way. Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Nord, and from Paris Gare du Lyon take the train to Lausanne.

Upgrades to First Class available

Arrival in Lausanne

Day 1 - Arrival in Lausanne

Arrival in Lausanne

In this French speaking city, on the banks of Lake Geneva, you'll find a quaint hilly old town, a gothic cathedral, and art galleries and science museums. Take some time to have a wander around the old streets and pop in and out of the boutique shops.

Choose from our handpicked hotels, 3*, 4*, or 5*, on a B&B basis.

Paddle Steamer Cruise to Chillon Castle

Day 2 – Paddle Steamer Cruise to Chillon Castle

Paddle Steamer Cruise to Chillon Castle

Today you'll enjoy a lake cruise on a paddle steam boat to the historic ChiIlon Castle. One of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe, Chillon Castle is Located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva and is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. As each courtyard, hall or room unveils a part of the castle's history, this special tour is like stepping back in time, as you stroll through the history of this incredible building. Following your tour, you'll travel back by boat to Lausanne, where you'll spend your second night in your chosen hotel.

Discovering Switzerland

Day 3 – Discovering Switzerland

Discovering Switzerland

Enjoy a free day in Lausanne today and get to know the city a little better. In this city of many different faces you can stroll around the medieval old town, take a kayak out on the still lake, take in the majestic views of the mountains, and visit the hip and trendy coffee shops and bars around the city. You might wish to make use of your included Swiss Pass which gives you free train and bus travel (on standard routes) throughout Switzerland for the duration of your stay. Or, choose one of our optional excursions for something different.

The Golden Pass Train

Day 4 – The Golden Pass Train

The Golden Pass Train

The next part of your epic journey begins with a picturesque train ride from Lausanne to Montreux along the shores of Lake Geneva. You'll then board the enchanting Golden Pass Express to Gstaad, as the scenic landscapes roll by your window. From Gstaad, a bus ride takes you to the valley station of Glacier 3000, where you can immerse yourself in the snowy alpine landscape and cross the iconic Peak Walk suspension bridge with incredible panoramic views. You'll return to Gstaad in the afternoon, when you can explore the charming village, before you once again board the Golden Pass Express in the evening. Relax on your journey back to Montreux, and round off your day with a train ride from Montreux back to Lausanne.

Exploring Switzerland

Day 5 – Exploring Switzerland

Exploring Switzerland

Enjoy a second free day in Lausanne today and visit some of the city's intricate arts and design museums. For something different, head to the Olympic Park where you'll see medals and torches and sculptures amid the manicured gardens. Or, try out some of the city's many restaurants and discover Lausanne through its complex food scene. Alternatively, choose one of our optional excursions.

Inbound Travel

Day 6 – Homeward Bound

Flight from Zurich to London

Your journey comes to its end today, but first you can enjoy the scenic train ride from Lausanne to Zurich airport, where you'll catch your flight back to the UK.

Rail from Lausanne to London

Alternatively, travel by rail from Lausanne to Paris Gare du Lyon, and from Paris Nord to St Pancras Station aboard the Eurostar.

Upgrades to First Class available

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