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Tour highlights

  • Sample Swiss wine on the shores of Lake Geneva.

  • Watch as the setting sun paints the familiar Matterhorn shades of pink and gold.

  • Visit the longest glacier in Europe.

  • Marvel at the power of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau.

  • Spend time in Switzerland’s most indulgent mountain resorts.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Geneva. Arrive into Geneva and meet your private driver to be driven to your lakeside hotel. Once you’ve settled in, head out to get to know Geneva a little by strolling across to see the Jardin Anglais and its seasonal flower clock. From the pier you can join an hour-long boat cruise that heads out past the striking Jet d’Eau and then makes a circuit that passes a village on either shore before returning to the pier. An audio guide is available onboard.

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  • A short train ride transports you along the edge of the lake, providing views of the Alps and Mont Blanc until you reach Montreux, where you’ll spend the next three nights. This section of the lake is known as the Riviera, so-named for its Mediterranean-like climate. Previously home to notables such as Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury, the region has plenty of history and culture to be explored. Stroll along the waterfront to admire the collection of sculptures and statues.

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  • Your private guide will collect you from your hotel this morning for a half-day trip through the wine-producing region of Lavaux. Learn a little of the history of the region before tasting a selection of the local wines, accompanied by a typical Swiss lunch of cheese fondue or charcuterie board. Returning to Montreux, enjoy the afternoon at leisure — you might consider visiting medieval Château Chillon.

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  • Today, head away from the lake and up into the mountains to Glacier 3000, located at an altitude of 3,000m (9,840 ft). At the summit, you can soak up the 360-degree views and hike across the glacier for lunch at one of Alps’ many small, rustic mountain-top eateries known as refuges. Heading away from the glacier, your journey continues to Gstaad, playground of the rich and famous. Enjoy an afternoon strolling among the designer boutiques and opulent hotels before riding the GoldenPass panoramic train down through meadows and vineyards, finally arriving back in Montreux.

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  • Take scenic train through the countryside and into the Alps to the resort town of Zermatt, where you’ll spend the next three nights. Wander among the wooden chalets and visit the Matterhorn Museum to explore the mountain’s history. Spend the afternoon traversing the wooden walkways through the deep Gorner Gorge.

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  • Meet your private guide to spend half a day exploring Zermatt and its surrounds. You will head up by funicular to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise for far-reaching mountain views before being led through the Ice Palace and then head back towards Zermatt via forest trails, wild flower meadows and wooden huts.

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  • Head out early this morning to ride the first cog train up to the Gornergrat, a rocky outcrop with exceptional views of Gorner Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps. Take in the panoramic sweep from the observatory and, with the Matterhorn as your backdrop, enjoy a picnic lunch by a glacial lake before making your way back down to Zermatt on foot.

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  • Take the train to Geneva or Zürich for your flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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