Staying in a popular mountain village high above the Rhône Valley, you can enjoy amazing views on this 7-day tour around the Alps of France and Switzerland. Climb to the dizzy heights of Rochers de Naye for stunning vistas of Lake Geneva, journey aboard the Mont Blanc Express to visit the Alpine Capital of the World, admire the scenery from the Golden Pass Line panoramic train and absorb the unique atmosphere of Montreux.
Day 1: London - Leysin
We travel aboard Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Paris and join the TGV to Geneva and connecting trains to reach the mountain village of Leysin, our base for the next six nights.
Day 2: Leysin
Relax and enjoy a free day in resort. Leysin stands 1250m above altitude, on a sunny ledge above the Rhône Valley. The town is a popular tourist centre, which dates back to the Middle Ages, and attracts people throughout the winter and summer. Highlights include the Berneuse Cable Car, where you will find a glass revolving mountain top restaurant, and there are many hiking paths which offer panoramic views.
Day 3: Montreux
Nestled in a sheltered bay on Lake Geneva, the quaint town of Montreux is known as the capital of the Vaud Riviera because of its exceptionally mild climate. We travel here by rail for plenty of time at leisure; stroll along the promenade, visit the beautiful Château de Chillon or take a cruise on the lake – there’s so much to enjoy.
Day 4: Mont Blanc Express - Chamonix
We join the Mont Blanc Express for a magical return journey which ascends to the breathtaking heights of Chamonix Mont Blanc. This French resort lies at the foot of Mont Blanc and is known as the alpine capital of the world after it hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924. The lively town is great to explore, with many shops and restaurants, and there are a range of cable cars and mountain railways which follow some of the most spectacular routes in the world, such as the Aiguille Du Midi.
Day 5: Rochers de Naye
We return to Montreux by rail and join the rack railway which takes us past forests, meadows and rocks up to Rochers de Naye. At 2045m above sea level, this is one of the most beautiful vantage points of the region where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Vaud Riviera, Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps – on a clear day you can see the Eiger, the Mont Blanc Massif and Geneva’s famous waterspout.
Day 6: Golden Pass
Today we enjoy two scenic railway journeys. The first travels from Brig aboard the 100 year old Lötschberger Express, which offers wonderful views of the Rhône Valley as it passes through narrow gorges and high mountains. At Spiez we change trains and travel to Zweisimmen to join the Golden Pass for a panoramic journey to Montreux, which passes green pastures, forests, streams and vineyards, with views of Lake Geneva.
Day 7: Leysin - London
We depart our hotel in the morning and retrace our route to Paris, where the Eurostar connection returns us to London.
Return Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Paris and TGV connection to Geneva
Rail journeys as described
Six nights’ half board accommodation in the Swiss Mountains
Free time in Leysin
Visits to Montreux and Chamonix Mont Blanc
Journey on the Mont Blanc Express
Journey on the rack railway to Rochers de Naye
Journey on the Golden Pass line
Journey on the Lötschberger Express
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