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Our lovely hotel with a great free drinks package is based in the Swiss resort village of Leysin, set high in the Vaud Alps of Switzerland, you will enjoy magnificent views in all directions. This area of Switzerland has it all - snow-capped mountains, rolling green pastures and the gentle sound of cow bells. The 360° panorama of the Alpine peaks is unforgettable - Eiger, Mont-Blanc, Matterhorn & Dents du Midi. Below the town are the blue waters of Lake Geneva with Switzerland on one side and France on the other. The highlight of the tour is a day out on the Swiss Chocolate Train where you will ride in comfort with stunning views of the vineyards surrounding Montreux and medieval Gruyères along the way.
Saturday We collect you from home and take you to join your tour coach travelling to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing to France. Our journey continues to Troyes and our overnight stop. Dinner on arrival.
Sunday Following breakfast we continue south past Dijon, Dole, Salins-les-Bains & Pontarlier before crossing the border into Switzerland past Lake Geneva to Montreux, before climbing into the mountains & our hotel. Welcome drink & time to settle in before dinner.
Monday to Thursday We have included the following excursions:
» One of the highlights of our tour as we head to Montreux to board the famous Swiss Chocolate Train which winds its way through the majestic mountain countryside of Western Switzerland to the lovely town of Gruyères, celebrated for its cheese production. We have a visit to the Gruyère cheese factory before some free time to explore the town. In the afternoon we continue to the headquarters of Nestle in Broc, where we visit the famous 'World of Chocolate', for an insight into the history & methods of chocolate making, topped off with some chocolate tasting. Returning on the train to your waiting coach.
» Today we take the beautiful mountain road from Martigny across the border into France with outstanding views on route to Chamonix, in the shadow of the mighty Mont Blanc. Time for lunch and sightseeing, perhaps take a cable car ride or the glacier railway or just relax in one of the many cafes and enjoy the views of the valley all around.
» We have a more leisurely day today as we head around Lake Geneva with a visit to the picturesque town of Vevey, take a stroll along the lake shore and enjoy the views across the lake but for the true Lake Geneva experience you have to get on the lake! We hop aboard a steamboat and cruise to Chillon Castle, perched on an island outside Montreux. We end the day in lively Montreux where you can stroll the waterfront promenade, pose for photos with the Freddie Mercury statue and admire views of the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyards.
» We also have a day at leisure in Leysin, wander around this mountain village, relax & enjoy the hotel facilities. You may take a ride on the Berneuse Cable Car to take you up to the summit for perfect views of Geneva & Mont Blanc on a clear day. There is also a good bus service that runs around the village to aid access.
Friday Retracing our steps back across the border into France with some lovely scenery along the way back to our overnight stop in France.
Saturday Our journey takes us back to Calais for our return crossing and onward to our waiting taxis to return you to your home.
Hotel Central Residence, Leysin, Valais
The modern exterior of this hotel belies an interior with several cosy areas decorated in traditional Swiss style. The hotel has a large reception and bar/lounge area. The traditional style restaurant with terrace allows outstanding views across the whole valley. All 108 rooms are decorated in traditional wooden style with TV and hairdryer. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna & steam room. The hotel has a lift.
*Overnight hotel will be the Golden Tulip Hotel, Troyes.
Look what's included!
7 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum coach travel with extra leg room
Home pick up
Free bar in Switzerland 18.00 - 22.00 (Selected beers, wines & soft drinks)
Return journey on the Swiss Chocolate Train
Entrance to Nestlé Chocolate, presentation & sample of chocolate
Cruise on Lake Geneva
Visit to Gruyère cheese factory