Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Swiss Christmas Markets

Europe
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99744

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

3 nights. November 2022 - December 2022. From £469.00.

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Few countries radiate the magic of wintertime more than Switzerland. In this the Alpine paradise of snow-capped mountains, cosy wooden chalets, and colourful towns and villages create a marvellous festive atmosphere – and a perfect pre-Christmas scene. Spend three nights in Château-d'Oex, visit Montreux and its colourful Christmas Market set out along the Lake Geneva shoreline, and perhaps join an optional excursion to the exquisite Swiss capital Bern, in the heart of the scenic Bernese Oberland.

What's Included

Three nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Roc et Neige, Château-d'Oex
A visit to Montreux Christmas Market
Return flights from the UK to Switzerland
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager

Holiday Highlights

Spend three nights in the wonderful alpine village resort of Chateau d'Oex, once home to David Niven
Shop for Swiss goodies at Montreux Christmas Market
Enjoy views of Lake Geneva
Stay in a delightful mountain village
Discover the Swiss capital, Bern, on an optional tour
PRICE FROM ? £469 per person
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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Geneva, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to Château-d'Oex. Beautifully set in a wide valley between the high Alps of the Bernese Oberland and the shores of Lake Geneva, this lovely resort was once home to British screen legend David Niven, and has a charming selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, a fascinating folk museum, and even a cheese-making centre.Settle in to your hotel, and depending on your arrival time perhaps take a stroll through the village before dinner is served. As this is a short break, we don’t include checked-in hold luggage but do include the airline’s base-level hand luggage so you can choose how much luggage you want to add on when you check in for your flight. Some airlines include a bag under the seat as their base luggage, others include overhead cabin bags – it varies from airline to airline – and there are always different options to increase the allowance. You may wish to add a hold bag if you anticipate buying lots of gifts at the Christmas markets or consider booking one hold bag between two people. The choice is yours, as we know everyone has different needs.

Day 2

Today you’ll head to Montreux on Lake Geneva, where a delightful Christmas market awaits in this chic, sophisticated town. The stalls of the market, arranged on and around the lakeshore, offer an array of locally produced goods, interesting items from across the Alps and festive Swiss treats like vin chaud and cinnamon crepes.You’ll also be able to explore the town’s shops, or perhaps pay a visit to nearby Château Chillon, one of Switzerland’s most famous landmarks (entry payable locally), where yet more Christmas stalls stand behind the ancient battlements, before we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3

Spend a relaxed day in Château-d'Oex, or join us on a trip to Switzerland’s capital city, Bern. Our journey will take us into the heart of the Bernese Oberland, past the exclusive ski resort of Gstaad, and past Lake Thun, to the banks of the River Aare.Barely changed since medieval times, Bern is often regarded as the world’s most attractive capital city. Its UNESCO-listed old town is a maze of arcades and cobbled streets arrayed around the Zytglogge – the elaborate clock and tower that was once the city's western gate. Soak up the festive atmosphere, and explore the Christmas markets in the shadow of the city’s towering Munster cathedral and on nearby Waisenhausplatz, where you'll find seasonal food and drink, beautiful hand-made trinkets and traditional Christmas gifts available to try and buy.

Day 4

Say goodbye to Château-d'Oex, today, as we return to Geneva airport to catch the flight home. Back to top

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We 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.

Special requirements

If 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 access

The 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.

Luggage allowance

As this is a short break, we don’t include checked-in hold luggage but do include the airline’s base-level hand luggage so you can choose how much luggage you want to add on when you check in for your flight. Some airlines include a bag under the seat as their base luggage, others include overhead cabin bags – it varies from airline to airline – and there are always different options to increase the allowance. You may wish to add a hold bag if you anticipate buying lots of gifts at the Christmas markets or consider booking one hold bag between two people. The choice is yours, as we know everyone has different needs.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, 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.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit 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.

Travelling to Europe

Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though. Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names. Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date"). These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay. Visa - If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total. European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure. Border Control - At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required. Healthcare Cover - You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information. You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Terms and conditions

Save up to 10% discount applies to specific 2022-2024 holidays and tours only. All tours are marked with the discounted percentage. The ‘Share it.’ offer applies to new bookings only for 2022 -2024 departures booked between 1 September and 11 November 2022 inclusive. The Offer does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing and excludes Ocean Cruise, River Cruise, Lapland, Andre Rieu, and Wimbledon. This offer cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other discount, promotion or concession. When booking a holiday as described above, prices shown will automatically have percentage discount applied on our website. The discount applies to the tour price (excluding extras and holiday insurance) at the time of booking. The Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top