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Swiss Christmas Markets

4 days from £303.20pp

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Alpine Christmas charm

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 does this price include?

  • 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

Your Itinerary

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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Hotels

Hotel Roc Et Neige, Chateau-d'Oex

This welcoming hotel stands in the heart of the mountain village of Château-d'Oex.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the 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.

  • 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.

  • This holiday includes hand luggage on your flights. Additional hold luggage allowance can be purchased direct from the airline when you check in for your flight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • From 1 January 2021, new rules apply on travel within Europe.

    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.

    New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure:

    Passport
    British passport holders need to have at least six months left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old.
    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.
    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 may also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.
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