Swiss Alpine Glories
7 nights. April 2020 - October 2020. From £809.00.
Immerse yourself in the natural glories, and historic towns and cities, of the world's most beautiful Alpine paradise. Join this wonderful – and wonderful value – holiday to Switzerland, a beautiful, breathtaking land of lakes-and-mountains scenery, clean air and enchanting cities, villages and towns. Stay in Chateau d'Oex, a welcoming, internationally celebrated resort in an idyllic setting between Lake Geneva and the glorious Bernese Oberland, and explore your surroundings on host of marvellous included and optional excursions. It's a picture-postcard-perfect introduction to a place that is on almost everybody's "must-see; must-do" list.
What's IncludedSeven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Roc et Neige Hotel, Chateau d'Oex
Dinner on five nights
Excursions to the Bernese Oberland, Bern and Gruyères
Return flights to Geneva
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsDiscover the picture-book Swiss capital, Bern
The beautiful Bernese Oberland, including Interlaken and Grindelwald
Visit the world-famous cheese-making village of Gruyères
Spend a week in Chateau d'Oex
Rest and relax in the idyllic surroundings of the Pays d'Enhaut (High Country)
Visit Chateau d'Oex's fascinating Hot Air Balloon and Cheese museums
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 1Fly to Geneva, meet your tour manager and make the scenic transfer by coach to Chateau d'Oex and your hotel. Settle in and get to know your surroundings and, depending upon your time of arrival, take a stroll through the village before dinner.
Day 2Your stay in Chateau d'Oex begins with a half-day excursion, to nearby Gruyères the famous cheese-producing village that is also a medieval gem with a 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 most typically Swiss of all the villages you'll visit, before returning to Chateau d'Oex.
Day 3Spend a day discovering the many delights of Chateau d'Oex, or join our full-day optional excursion into beautiful Central Switzerland, the country's historic heartland. Here – as legend has it – Wilhelm Tell shot the apple from his son's head, and in 1291 the Swiss Confederation was proclaimed by the inhabitants of the first three of the Four Forest Cantons that surround Lake Lucerne. You'll also visit exquisite Lucerne, one of Europe's most delightful cities, with its famous Chapel Bridge and marvellous Transport Museum. Board a lake steamer to catch a glimpse of the historic landmarks from the water, or simply stroll to a lakeside café for afternoon tea, before returning to Chateau d'Oex this evening.
Day 4Discover Switzerland's historic capital city on today's 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 is its fascinating mechanical clock. So, be sure to hear – and see – it strike the hour. We'll return to Chateau d'Oex in the late afternoon, stopping in the charming town of Fribourg en route (time-permitting). This ancient university seat boasts an attractive old town, with haphazardly arranged houses on cobbled streets sloping steeply away from the River Sarine.
Day 5Today you're free to enjoy Chateau d'Oex and its surroundings. In the heart of the Pays d'Enhaut, the village has been a favourite of Newmarket guests for over 30 years, and boasts a range of interesting and inviting things to see and do. For the energetic, there's a fine outdoor pool (typically open mid May to early September), a super sports complex, riding stables, mini-golf, 10-pin bowling, tennis courts and miles of walking trails. A trio of fascinating museums chronicle life in this corner of Switzerland, the history of cheese-making, and the village's world-renowned reputation as a hot-air-ballooning centre. Bars, restaurants and shops, a cable car to the heights above, and a warm welcome from friendly locals complete a perfect holiday picture. You'll also have the option to join a delightful guided walk along the bank of the babbling River Sarine, which winds its way through the forests and green pastures of the beautiful valley. This gentle easy hike covers four miles at most, and will cross the historic Pont de Turrain suspension bridge en route to the beautiful Ramaclé waterfall. It's the perfect way to enjoy the idyllic countryside around the village. After a wonderful day, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day 6Head for the sun-kissed shores of Lake Geneva on today's optional excursion. We'll travel through the heart of the Swiss wine-producing Valais region to the fashionable resort of Montreux, which basks in a balmy microclimate thanks to its sheltered position beneath the Alps. This delightful town is home to a famous Jazz Festival and 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 7The last of our included excursions takes you into the beautiful Bernese Oberland. Travelling through stunning countryside, you'll see scenic Lake Thun and the famous resort town of Interlaken, overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau range, and one of Switzerland's most popular places to shop. From here, journey to the truly spectacular resort of Grindelwald, 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 8Bid farewell to your Alpine idyll, and return to Geneva Airport to board your flight home. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from Geneva airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
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