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Lake Geneva, Chamonix & Mont Blanc

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7 days From £1,349 £1,299 per person
4.3 stars(83 reviews)

Discover stunning alpine resort towns including beautiful Chamonix, Montreux on Lake Geneva, and journey on the classic Mont Blanc Express.

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2024 Tour code: 24GLL

About the tour

From your idyllic base up in the Alps, explore picture-book resort towns bursting with traditional Swiss and French charm, discover the Montreux Riviera on dazzling Lake Geneva, marvel at the mighty Matterhorn and take an iconic trip on the elegant Mont Blanc Express.

Unforgettable Experiences

Mont Blanc and The Matterhorn
Mont Blanc and The Matterhorn
Spend time in the shadow of two of Europe’s tallest peaks the iconic Mont Blanc and the familiar Matterhorn, the pyramid-shaped symbol of Switzerland.
Mont Blanc Express
Mont Blanc Express
Travel on the classic Mont Blanc Express through the Chamonix Valley to Chamonix, passing crisp alpine peaks, mountain lakes and traditional chalets enroute.
Visit Zermatt, at the foot of Switzerland’s emblematic Matterhorn, a peaceful, car-free mountain town with a fascinating history of Alpine exploration.
Discover Montreux, and walk along the flower-lined promenade beside sparkling Lake Geneva to the Château de Chillon.
Stay in the Swiss mountain resort of Leysin, set in breathtaking Swiss scenery and surrounded by the Vaudoises Alps.

What’s included


Day 1 - From London to picturesque Leysin

Meet your tour manager and travelling group at London St Pancras, ready to take the Eurostar to Paris. From the French capital we change trains and continue by rail to Geneva. From here, we journey by rail to the town of Aigle where we are transferred by coach up to the mountain resort of Leysin and to our hotel - your home in Switzerland for the next six nights.

Tonight and each evening of our holiday we enjoy a 3 course buffet dinner at our hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - A day to explore Leysin and your Alpine surroundings

Today you're free to get to know Leysin at your own pace. This lesser-known Alpine gem is set on the eastern side of Lake Geneva, overlooking the Rhône Valley, surrounded by the Vaudoises Alps and traditional Swiss chalets dotting the green hillsides. You could take a scenic cable car trip to the summit of the Berneuse, a magical experience with great views of the beautiful landscapes. At the top is the famous gently-rotating restaurant, Le Kuklos, where you could enjoy lunch along with mountain panoramas. For a lighter meal or snack there's also the Cable Bar.

The town of Leysin has a good choice of eating places for lunch, including chalet-style restaurants serving traditional Swiss food. Known for its goats' cheese, Leysin has a cheese museum and several restaurants feature cheese among their specialities.

After time enjoying the fresh air, you may like to spend some time relaxing in the hotel's spa area, which includes an indoor pool, a sauna, hot tub and a hammam. Wherever your day takes you, this evening enjoy a buffet dinner back at your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - A journey on the Mont Blanc Express

After breakfast, we set off on a journey that's a highlight of our trip. After taking the train to Martigny we board the Mont Blanc Express for a journey through the Chamonix Valley, on a picturesque line that dates back over a century. Our fantastic route is an Alpine backdrop of dense forests, azure mountain lakes and stunning peaks on your way to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Up in this fabulous setting you're free to explore. Chamonix is a classic Alpine resort with glorious mountain panoramas, the jewel in the crown of which is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. If you'd like to continue upwards into the peaks you could take an exhilarating journey on the Montenvers railway and travel in a vintage carriage of this rack railway to see the fantastic Mer de Glace glacier and enter the ice cave, an amazing sight! Please be warned that the steps to the gondola are quite steep.

In Chamonix itself are Baroque churches and idyllic chapels to explore, a main street filled with quaint shops, and a range of restaurants and French bistros or cafés to choose from. You may be tempted to tuck into a delicious sweet or savoury crêpe with a café au lait.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Montreux

This morning we travel by train to stylish Montreux, set on an idyllic, sheltered bay on the shores of Lake Geneva. Arriving late morning, you're at leisure to enjoy this French speaking Swiss town and its picturesque setting. Around Montreux, vineyard-covered hillsides contrast with the striking blue lake and snow-capped peaks of the distant Alps.

In summer the town has a Mediterranean feel, with palm and cypress trees lining the lakeside. On the promenade is a famous statue of Freddie Mercury, who had links to the city. From Montreux's lakeside you could take a sightseeing cruise on a vintage steam boat. When you have finished exploring you're free to make your own way back to Leysin by rail. This evening we have a 3-course buffet dinner at our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Day at leisure

Today you are at leisure to explore using your included Swiss Travel Card. One option is to take the train back to Montreux on Lake Geneva, where you could stroll along the pretty promenade to Château de Chillon, an impressive fortress which resembles a fairytale castle. A little further along the lake is the peaceful town of Vevey, where you can visit Chaplin's World, a museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin who lived here.

Alternatively, you could visit the small town of Martigny. Surrounded by vineyards the town has a fascinating culture and history, stretching back to the Romans, Celts and Napoleon. Situated in a fertile, sunny valley, Martigny is known for its fabulous fresh produce and great food. The town is also famous for its living museum which allows visitors to meet Saint Bernard dogs, endearing animals which are devoted to rescuing people in the mountains. The rail journey from Leysin to Martigny takes around an hour and 20 minutes. If you're looking for a bite to eat here, the restaurants and cafés in Martigny are mostly around the Place Centrale in the heart of the town.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The tranquil mountain resort of Zermatt

Today you and your group visit Zermatt by rail, an idyllic town beneath the peak of the mighty Matterhorn. You're at leisure here to look around. This car-free resort town has a remarkably serene atmosphere, the perfect setting for a relaxed stroll. To find out more about the mountaineering history of the area and its famous mountain, you could head to the Matterhorn Museum.

Alternatively, make the most of the scenic panoramas and take a journey on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway, which leaves from the village centre, and rises into the clouds before emerging at the summit of the Gornergrat. At the top enjoy wonderful views of the Matterhorn, maybe while enjoying some refreshments from the terrace of the summit café. You could also take a gentle ramble, or visit the highest Alpine Garden in Europe.

We return to Leysin, travelling the same route we took this morning. This evening, back at your hotel, you enjoy a final dinner with your group - the perfect chance to reminisce and share your holiday stories.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Homeward bound

This morning we leave Leysin and Switzerland behind, travelling by rail to Paris, via Geneva, where you board the Eurostar service to London St Pancras. As we travel homewards there's time to reflect on the highlights of your trip to Switzerland and to share memories with fellow travellers and new friends.

  • 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.


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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 83 reviews

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Mr Derek Lewison

5 stars

Submitted 25/Sep

Beautiful scenery, lovely people. An outstanding tour manager. We had fantastic weather. Within walking distance of village and railway. Thoroughly recommend this holiday.

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Valerie Crawford

4 stars

Submitted 25/Sep

Great trip apart from catering at hotel. Whilst food ok seating arrangements like being back at school dinners. Also they seemed to struggle with the 3 large parties that were dining at same time

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Mr Joy

3 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Disappointed with the hotel.

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4 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

Great trip with wonderful scenery and an excellent tour manager in Wendy. The base hotel at Leysin was ok but the evening meal was a disappointment and quite often in a very noisy dining room.

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Mr Williams

5 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

An excellent holiday in a lovely location. The tour manager (Wendy) was very good, well organised and a perfect personality. The hotel was very busy catering for a number of groups at meal times. Every bedroom had a balcony with superb views over the valley below. Bedrooms definitely needed new bed linen as one guest had the same bedding 12 years ago!

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4 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

A great holiday, super trips and scenery throughout. looked after extremely well by tour manager...and Swiss Rail.

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