A Taste Of Switzerland
- Duration: 7 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TCRU8392
- Travel Type: Coach
7 daysThis great value tour introduces you some of the authentic Swiss specialities of the region from your base in the Alpine resort village of Leysin, set high in the Vaud Alps of Switzerland. Sample the delights of Swiss cheese, chocolate and wine, all set against a backdrop of 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. This region really does have it all!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue to your overnight stop at the 4* Golden Tulip Troyes. Bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - Sit back and relax and enjoy rural France today before passing through the Belfort Gap and crossing into Switzerland at Basel. Not long now before the wonderful mountain and lake land scenery comes into view on your way to Leysin for your 4-night stay. Buffet dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - 5 - At leisure in Leysin with two included excursions.
During your freetime, why not take the rack railway down to the historic town of Aigle or perhaps, on a clear day, take the Berneuse cable car for wonderful views of Geneva and Mont Blanc.
Wine tasting at Lavaux Vineyard's Vinorama and Lake Geneva
A day of more splendid mountain scenery as you head first to elegant Montreux, home of the famous jazz festival, for time at leisure to stroll the lovely waterside promenade before continuing along the lakeside to the renowned Lavaux Vineyards with the impressive terraces which sweep down to the lake-shore. Here you will have an included wine tasting at the excellent Vinorama - the perfect opportunity to sample the 'Chasselas', Switzerland's typical grape variety. From here, drive to the Swiss 'Riviera' town of Lausanne with its floral lakeside quays. Subject to schedules, your driver may offer an optional lake cruise to the picturesque town of Vevey where your coach will be waiting to take you back to your mountain resort.
Nestlé's World of Chocolate, Gruyères Cheese Factory & Fribourg
Board the coach for the journey across the Col de Mosses through the scenic countryside to the pretty town of Gruyères, famous the world over for its cheese production. On arrival, there is an included visit to the wonderful Gruyères cheese factory before free time to explore. Continue to Maison Cailler (part of Nestlé) in Broc and its famous 'World of Chocolate' for a factory visit which is topped off with some chocolate sampling. Last stop of the day will be in, Fribourg, a handsome medieval city built upon a dramatic gorge carved by the Sarine River, which cleaves the city in two. Remnants of the city walls, turrets and bastions are still preserved and the Cathedral with its 74m spire and extraordinarily beautiful stained-glass windows is most impressive.
Day 6 - Today it's farewell to the Vaud Alps as you return northwards the final overnight stop at Hotel Simon's Plaza in Luxembourg. Bed & breakfast.
Day 7 - After breakfast, head back to Calais for the return to England.Back to top
Hotel Central Residence, Leysin
The 3 star plus Central Residence Hotel is situated in Leysin, a mountain village at 4100 feet altitude. It is a modern hotel with traditional Swiss wooden features and furnishings, set in the centre of the resort close to all amenities. Guests enjoy free WiFi and access to the spa and fitness centre, complete with indoor pool. There is a traditional restaurant within the hotel, as well as a lobby bar, outdoor terrace and a garden. All bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TV, hairdryer and great views. Some have balconies. There is a lift to all floors.