A two-centre classic Switzerland tour combining three nights in Villars, with its glorious setting above the Rhône Valley and three nights in the Canton of Obwalden. To connect these outstanding locations, we include a rail journey in a panoramic carriage on the Golden Pass Line, travelling from the Mediterranean ambiance of Montreux through fairytale landscapes and into the Alps. golden
Day 1 Early morning collection from your home to join our coach for the drive to Dover for the short Channel crossing to Calais. We continue down through France to our overnight hotel near Forbach in time for our evening meal.
Day 2 Departing after breakfast we continue southwards, with a break from the motorway as we drive through the Alsace, and a stop over lunchtime in one of the villages of this beautiful area – Obernai, Ribeauville or Riquewihr. Our journey takes us through Germany, into Switzerland, past Lake Lucerne and we reach our hotel in Villars for our three-night stay.
Day 3 A day at leisure in Villars, where fantastic views extend in all directions and the fertile valley contrasts with the dramatic alpine peaks and pine forests. You will be given a Villars Access Card, allowing free use of the local trains, coaches, gondola lifts and more.
Day 4 Visit stylish Evian, nestled on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. The town has beautiful public gardens, an historic town centre and long lakeside promenade from which there are great views over the lake. We include a boat trip across Lake Geneva to Lausanne, arriving in the stylish Ouchy harbour area. Late afternoon we re-join the coach before returning to our hotel in time for dinner.n. See the narrow streets of the old town with their stylish shops, bars, restaurants and cafés and take time to stroll along the lake shore and busy harbour.
Day 5 Departing Villars after breakfast, we travel to Montreux, making a photo-stop at Chillon Castle en-route. After a little free time, join the Golden Pass Panoramic train for a spectacular journey climbing up from the shores of Lake Geneva to the heart of the Swiss Alps. Arriving at Zweisimmen, rejoin the coach and travel into the Bernese Oberland enjoying the contrasting views of sparkling Lakes Thun and Brienz and the mighty snowcapped peaks, including the Jungfrau and Eiger. We then ascend the Brunig Pass and travel towards Lake Lucerne to arrive at our hotel early evening for a three-night stay.
Day 6 Free time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air in Flueli Ranft. The village sits on a lush, green plateau above the Sarnen valley and there are breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and down into the valley and Lake Sarnen. In the afternoon we make a short excursion down to the village of Sarnen.
Day 7 We journey along one of Switzerland’s most dramatic lake shores, where mountains plunge directly to the lakeside, to arrive in Lucerne City. This beautiful old town with its city walls, famous Lion Monument and wooden “Chapel Bridge” is well worth exploration. See the narrow streets of the old town with their stylish shops, bars, restaurants and cafés and take time to stroll along the lake shore and busy harbour.
Day 8 We depart our hotel after breakfast and travel northwards into France and our overnight hotel in Forbach.
Day 9 Continuing through France to Calais we join the late afternoon sea crossing to Dover. We continue to the local area, arriving late evening where our door to door service will be waiting to return you to your home.
An historic three-star hotel in an idyllic location on a glorious mountain plateau, built in the dramatic Jugendstil style and lovingly restored and maintained with great attention to detail. It has several lounge areas where guests can relax, a small bar and beautiful outside terrace and gardens. Bedrooms are simple but comfortable (no TV), with emphasis on retaining the historic Alpine charm. The hotel has a lift.
A four-star hotel situated close to the centre of Villars, with breath-taking views over the Rhône Valley, boasting a bar, restaurant, pleasant sun terrace, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and a lift. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, internet access, safe, mini-bar and hairdryer.