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Magical Switzerland

A dramatic mountain landscape awaits you on this superb, eight-day holiday in Switzerland. Based in the beautiful resort of Chateau d'Oex, enjoy breathtaking Alpine scenery and fresh mountain air as we delve into a remarkable landscape to explore the Bernese Oberland, the shimmering shores of Lake Geneva, pretty capital Bern and the traditional cheese-making town of Gruyeres.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Roc et Neige Hotel, Chateau d'Oex
  • Five dinners
  • Included visits to the Bernese Oberland, Bern and Gruyeres
  • Return flights to Geneva
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Geneva, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer by coach to Chateau d'Oex, travelling along the shore of Lake Geneva before heading up through green pastures to your beautiful holiday base.
  • Sitting at the heart of the Pays d'Enhaut high country region, Chateau d'Oex is set in a beautiful spot among soaring mountain peaks and toppling hillsides. You're free to explore today, choosing to be as active or relaxed as you wish. For the energetic, there are a host of sporting activities and miles of pretty walking trails. For those who wish to explore at a more leisurely pace, take in the views of the sumptuous landscape on a cable-car ride, or enjoy the pretty alpine town, home to a trio of fascinating museums that collectively chronicle local life through the ages, the history of cheese-making and the village's world-renowned reputation as a hot-air-ballooning centre.

    From September 2019 onwards, you'll also have the chance to join a delightful guided walk along the bank of the 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.

  • Today's optional excursion showcases Switzerland's historic heartland, once home to legendary Wilhelm Tell. Perhaps take a boat trip on the lake to enjoy the marvellous scenery, visit the famous Chapel Bridge, and explore the Transport Museum in Lucerne, an enchanting city known for its medieval architecture.

  • A full-day tour today reveals one of nature's greatest masterpieces: the spectacular Bernese Oberland. Travelling through dramatic countryside, we'll visit Lake Thun and the bustling resort of Interlaken - overlooked by the snow-capped Jungfrau mountains - as well as spectacular Grindelwald, situated at the foot of the mighty Eiger.
  • Head 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 beautiful promenade that skirts the lake. Close by, brooding Chateau Chillon, Switzerland's most famous landmark, guards the dark secrets of the past, and makes for a fascinating visit.
  • Today we discover the historic Swiss capital, Bern. With its pretty, medieval houses, great churches and wonderful covered shopping arcades all huddled together above a sweeping meander in the River Aare, Bern is a city of great beauty. Allow time to see the famous mechanical clock before we return to Chateau d'Oex in the late afternoon, making a call 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.
  • Our final included excursion takes us to quaint Gruyeres, the famous cheese-producing town 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, before returning to Chateau d'Oex for a last, restful evening in the resort.
  • Bid farewell to your alpine idyll, and return to Geneva airport to check in for your flight home.

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Hotels

Hotel Roc Et Neige
This welcoming hotel stands in the heart of the mountain village of Chateau D'Oex.

Further Information

  • The transfer time from Geneva airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
  • 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.
  • Please 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Should 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.
  • 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.
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