Swiss Alpine Glories
7 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £819.00.
Stunning scenery and mountain air
Join this wonderful holiday to the beautiful, breathtaking land of lakes and mountain scenery, clean air and enchanting settlements that is Switzerland. Based in a welcoming, internationally celebrated resort in an idyllic setting between Lake Geneva and the glorious Bernese Oberland, and with a host of marvellous included and optional excursions to savour and enjoy, this holiday perfectly captures the beauty of Switzerland.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend a week in the celebrated resort of Chateau d'Oex
Rest and relax in the idyllic surroundings of the Pays d'Enhaut (High Country)
Take to the hills on foot or by cable car
Visit the fascinating Hot Air Balloon and Cheese museums
Discover the Swiss capital, Bern, and the beautiful Bernese Oberland on included excursions
Visit medieval gem and cheese-making village Gruyeres
Seven nights' carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation, plus five dinners, in the three-star superior Roc et Neige Hotel, Chateau d'Oex
Return flights to Geneva
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
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 OneFly to Geneva, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer by coach to Chateau d'Oex and your hotel, travelling along the shore of Lake Geneva before heading up through green pastures to your beautiful holiday base. Settle in and get to know your surroundings, and, depending upon your time of arrival, take a stroll through the village before dinner is served.
Day TwoToday is free for you to get to know Chateau d'Oex and its surroundings. In the heart of the Pays d'Enhaut high country region, the village resort has been a favourite of Newmarket guests for over 30 years, and offers everything to ensure your stay is a memorable one.
For the energetic, there's a fine outdoor swimming pool (open mid-May until early September), riding stables, mini golf, ten pin bowling, tennis courts and miles of walking trails marked with the famous yellow signposts. For those who wish to relax, there are a trio of fascinating museums, one chronicling life in this little corner of Switzerland through the ages, another the history of cheese-making, and the last charting the village's world renowned reputation as a hot-air-ballooning centre.
Day ThreeSpend another day discovering the many delights of Chateau d'Oex, or join the first optional full day excursion to beautiful Central Switzerland, the country's historic heartland, where Wilhelm Tell shot the apple from his son's head - as legend has it. You'll also visit exquisite Lucerne, one of Europe's most delightful cities, with its famous Chapel Bridge and marvellous Transport Museum, and perhaps board a lake steamer to catch a glimpse of the historic landmarks from the water before returning to Chateau d'Oex this evening.
Day FourThe first of the included excursions is to the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Travelling through stunning countryside, the tour takes in scenic Lake Thun and the famous resort town of Interlaken, overlooked by the snowcapped peaks of the Jungfrau range, and one of Switzerland's most sparkling jewels. From here, journey to the spectacular resort of Grindelwald, famously set at the foot of the mighty Eiger, before making the scenic journey back to Chateau d'Oex at the end of a memorable day.
Day FiveToday's optional excursion heads to the sun-kissed shores of Lake Geneva, travelling through the heart of the Swiss wine-producing Valais region to the fashionable resort of Montreux. Basking in a microclimate, sheltered from the north wind by the Alps, this home to the famous Jazz Festival has a delightful lakefront promenade and a host of shops and stores. Close by, brooding Chateau Chillon, Switzerland's most famous landmark, guards the dark secrets of the past, and makes for a fascinating visit.
Day SixDiscover and explore Switzerland's historic capital city, Bern, on today's included tour. With its
medieval houses, great churches and wonderful covered shopping arcades all huddled together above a sweeping meander in the River Aare, Bern is one of the world's most picturesque capitals. One of its most unusual features its the fascinating mechanical clock - be sure to hear - and see - it strike the hour. We return to Chateau d'Oex in the late afternoon, time-permitting making a call in the charming town of Fribourg, an ancient university seat boasting an especially attractive old town, with haphazardly arranged houses on cobbled streets sloping steeply away from the River Sarine.
Day SevenMake the most of your last day in Chateau d'Oex, and join the final included half-day excursion to nearby Gruyeres, the famous cheese-producing village that is also a medieval gem with an exquisite flower-decked, cobbled main square. Enjoy a demonstration of the cheese-making process (entrance to the factory and museum payable locally), which combines ultra-modern technology with centuries-old traditions, and soak up the atmosphere of this typically Swiss village, before returning to Chateau d'Oex for a last evening in the resort.
Day EightBid farewell to your Alpine idyll, returning to Geneva Airport for the return flight back to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationHotel Roc Et Neige
''Centrally located with great facilities.''
In the heart of the village, the Roc et Neige is close to all the local amenities.
The hotel offers a comfortable lounge area and a restaurant.
The bedrooms all have private facilities, TV and internet connection.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from Geneva airport to your hotel is approximately 50 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Board basisPlease note that five nights will be on a half-board basis and two nights will be on a bed and breakfast basis to allow you the chance to sample the resort's selection of restaurants.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top