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Discover chocolate-box towns and journey on the elegant Mont Blanc Express

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7 days From £999 per person
No Solo Supplement

No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

2022 Tour code: 22GLL

About the tour

From your idyllic base in the Alps, get to the heart of chocolate-box resort towns bursting with traditional Swiss charms, marvel at the mighty Matterhorn and enjoy an iconic journey on the elegant Mont Blanc Express.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Leysin

From London St Pancras, take the Eurostar to Paris and continue by rail to Geneva. From here, journey to the ski resort of Leysin, your home for the next six nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Leysin

You're free to get to know Leysin, a lesser-known gem filled with charming chalet-style buildings, set at the eastern end of Lake Geneva under the watchful gaze of the Vaudoises Alps. Perhaps journey into the mountains with a cable car trip to the summit of Berneuse, a magical experience that allows you to admire the beautiful landscapes from above. Atop the Berneuse is the famous revolving restaurant, Le Kuklos where you could enjoy lunch amid the panoramic mountain views.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Mont Blanc Express

Board the Mont Blanc Express for a journey through the Chamonix Valley, on a line that dates back over a century. Sit back and relax as you're whisked past a Alpine backdrop of thick forests, azure mountain lakes and noble peaks on your way to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. You're free to explore. Chamonix is a classic Alpine resort and boasts glorious mountain panoramas, the jewel in the crown of which is the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. At its core, there are Baroque churches and idyllic chapels to explore, along with a charming main street filled with shops, restaurants and cafés. You could find a spot to unwind while sampling traditional Swiss fare. Fondue or raclette are must-try dishes for cheese lovers, or you could opt for a crispy potato rösti, one of the county's national dishes.

Please note, on some late season departures the Mont Blanc Express is occasionally changed over to the Montenvers Mountain Railway due to engineering works.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Zermatt

Today takes you to Zermatt, an idyllic town hidden beneath the peak of the mighty Matterhorn that showcases Switzerland at its chocolate-box best. You have free time to explore here, and the largely car-free streets make the town perfect for a relaxed stroll. For an insight into the history of the area and its most famous mountain, you could head to the Matterhorn Museum, or to make the most of the scenic panoramas you could take a journey on the Gornergrat Railway, rising into the clouds before emerging at the summit of the Gornergrat.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Leysin

Today is free to explore using your included Swiss Travel Card. Perhaps take the train to the lake, where you could visit the Lavaux vineyards; centuries-old terraced vineyards that line the slopes that rise from the waters. Here, you could enjoy a walk through the vines and stop to sample the excellent local produce. Alternatively, you could visit Lausanne, the second largest city on Lake Geneva, and wander through its quaint Old Town, dominated by a beautiful cathedral.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Montreux

Take the train to charming Montreux, situated in a beautiful, sheltered bay on the shores of Lake Geneva. It enjoys an incredibly picturesque setting, surrounded by vineyard-covered hillsides, the striking blue waters of the lake, and the snow-capped peaks of the distant Alps. The town also enjoys an unusually mild climate and is known for its Mediterranean feel, with palm and cypress trees lining the town's promenades. With free time, you might like to visit Château de Chillon, an impressive fortress just a short distance from the town. Sat beneath the ancient Dents du Midi Mountains, Château de Chillon dates to medieval times and resembles a fairytale castle. Back at the hotel, you enjoy a final dinner together.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - London

Leaving Leysin and Switzerland behind, travel by rail to Paris, via Geneva, where you board the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour 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

Hotel Central Résidence

Hotel Central Résidence, Leysin

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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 22 reviews

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Mrs Margaret Cook

5 stars

Submitted 4/Jul

The rail trips to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn were brilliant. As were the smaller cog railways up near the summits. A great holiday.

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Guest

4 stars

Submitted 4/Jul

Views from hotel were beautiful. Very good excursions to Chamonix ,Zermatt and Montreux.A lot of walking involved but worth it.

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Linda

5 stars

Submitted 4/Jul

Excellent tour manager

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Mr Dagg

4 stars

Submitted 4/Jul

This was a good holiday. The tour manager was very good, getting us various deals when travelling. He was sociable and made everyone feel welcome. The hotel was good but the choice of food at dinner was minimal, breakfast was fine with lots of choice. However, halfway through the holiday, school children arrived. We knew this was a probability and was not worried but the lack of control of them made mealtimes horrendous. We were sometimes unable to get to the servery and at times pushed. The desserts were chopped about which made them, although lovely, less unappealing. The noise was deafening and made the dinnertime uncomfortable . The last night when Graham wanted to speak to us he made arrangements for us all to eat outside because of the noise. This was less outside but still punctuated by children jumping balconies and running around. We know this was their holiday as well but there seemed no respect for the other guests. The lift became wet when they went swimming and for a couple of days biscuits were strewn over the floor. We did, however, enjoy our holiday. Hope this is useful for you.

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R Ranson

3 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Day trips very enjoyable. Hotel experience poor, too many school parties to fight around at meal time! Meal quality deteriorated when school parties arrived and staff were struggling to cope. We were informed about large numbers of schoolchildren being in the hotel, a day before we left!!

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Derek

5 stars

Submitted 29/Jun

Fabulous holiday from start to finish. Our tour manager went above and beyond to make our trip unforgettable.

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