Stunning Lake Geneva in Swirzerland
With Optional Golden Pass Rail Journey
Tuesday 2 February 2021 (4 Days)
From the lake to the mountains and vineyards, Montreux Riviera offers a postcard landscape. It’s an authentic little piece of paradise that has attracted many artists, writers and travellers in search of beauty, tranquillity and… inspiration.
It’s no surprise that Charlie Chaplin chose to spend his last 25 years on the hills of Vevey, that Freddie Mercury immortalised Lake Geneva with the peaks of Le Grammont on the cover of the album “Made in Heaven”, that Igor Stravinski composed “The Rite of Spring” in Montreux, or that Prince declared his love for Lavaux in a song named after the famous terraced vineyard, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The lakeside promenade with its palm-tree and flower adorned shore invites visitors to take a stroll at their leisure. Alternatively, use your included Montreux Riviera card giving you free transport in Montreux and the surrounding area.
A highlight for many on the trip will be the optional train journey from Montreux to Gstaad on board the Golden Pass Railway.
Starting with the Mediterranean ambiance of Montreux, the train climbs above the lake and passes through a tunnel. Coming out at the other side, you find yourself among alpine forests, mountain springs and picturesque mountain villages. The train continues to Gstaad transporting you through fairytale landscapes.
As you pass through Rossinière, see the Grand Chalet with its 113 windows that look out over this beautiful region. It is located next door to the train station. Balthus, the great painter also lived here. After Château-d’Oex, the names of the villages then change from French into German. You are now entering the Saanenland region, which is known throughout the world thanks to fashionable Gstaad. After free time in upmarket Gstaad, we shall retrace our steps on another memorable journey back to Montreux.
A tourist tax of 6.60 CHF per person (approx. £5.50) now applies to visitors to Montreux. This tax must be paid directly to the hotel on departure.
Single Supplement: £90
Day 1- Depart Manchester on your Easyjet flight to Geneva
Transfer to your hotel in Montreaux
Day 2 – Day at Leisure with included funicular ride to the top of Mont Pelerin
Day 3 - Day at Leisure or Optional Golden Pass Rail Journey from Montreaux (Approx. £60)
Day 4 - Day at Leisure then early evening transfer back to Geneva airport
Hotel Villa Toscane
Your hotel for three nights will be the 3* Villa Toscane, located in Montreux. Just a few steps from Lake Geneva, Villa Toscane is an Art Nouveau building with a beautiful interior design. There is free wifi throughout.
The rooms are decorated in a modern style and have a minibar, TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests have free access to the spa facilities and indoor pool at the 5* Royal Plaza Montreux & Spa hotel across the road.
Manchester - Geneva- Manchester
Flight Times (Easyjet)
Return: 21h40 - 22h35
All times shown are in the local times applicable to that country
Flight supplements: no other flight options
All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.
1 x Small Cabin Bag (56x44x25cm)
See “Extras” for additional luggage with charges
Included 1 large cabin bag (size 56 x 44 x 25 cms including handles) per passenger Due to space limitations, on busy flights you may be asked to check-in your (correct size) cabin bag into the hold (free of charge). Any hand-bags, camera bags etc are included within this 1 item of cabin bags, They are NOT in addition to the 1 item.
15kg Check-In Luggage £50 return
23kg Check-In Luggage £60 return
Door 2 Door Transfers
These are currently only available from Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield areas
Manchester Airport £80pp Return