Zermatt and Gornergrat
Through the fertile Rhône Valley (wine, apricots, asparagus, strawberries, pears) and up to Täsch, where you connect with the train to Zermatt (every 20 minutes).
The Gornergrat Railway, Europe’s highest rack-and-pinion railway, takes you up to 3100 m above sea level and into the impressive mountain world of Zermatt, with views of ten 4000-metre peaks. Enjoy the beauty of the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s greatest landmark and the dream of all mountaineers. On the return journey you will visit Europe’s largest subterranean lake at St. Léonard, near Sion.
Mont Blanc Express and Emosson dam :
From Martigny you travel on the Mont Blanc Express through the Trient Valley to Le Châtelard-Giétroz. From there you take Europe’s steepest funicular railway (87 % incline) up to the water-tower, then the panoramic train to the foot of the dam and finally by the mini-funicular to the top of the dam – a difference in altitude of 1500 m!
These special means of transport were used during the building of the enormous 180-m high, 554-m long and 9 to 54-m thick dam from 1967 to 1975. The total volume of the construction is 1’100’000 cubic metres. The motor-coach picks you up here and takes you back to Chamonix, well known for its mountain location and views. You will have time to get to know the town on your own – don’t forget the Alpine Museum!
The return jouney takes you over the Col de la Forclaz and then back to Martigny.
Tour round the lake of Geneva :
You travel by motor-coach on the Autoroute to Lausanne and then follow the lakeside road through Morges, Nyon and Coppet to Geneva, the city of international meetings and seat of the United Nations (UNO).
A guided tour of the city of Calvin is well worthwhile. Then you take the CGN ship to Yvoire, the most beautifully flowerdecked town in France, with its mediaeval castle, maze and vivarium.
Your journey continues to the world-famous spa resort of Evian, where you can fill your bottle with the well-known mineral water, directly from the spring.
Great St.Bernard :
By motor-coach to Le Châble and then by cable-car up to the Mont-Fort (3300 m). Enjoy the panorama of the nine 4000-metre peaks or carry on to Champex-Lac with its turquoise-coloured mountain lake.The alpine garden, with more than 3000 different native plants, or just a leisurely stroll offer relaxation and peace.
In the afternoon the journey continues to the Great St. Bernard Pass which from time immemorial has been one of the most important and most used mountain passes in the whole Alpine region. The Roman military road and the Hospice of St. Bernard have made it famous.
Gstaad and Gruyere
Either you take the Panoramic Express train from Montreux or travel by motor-coach via Aigle and the Pillon Pass to Gstaad, then through Château d’Oex to Gruyères, which is also known, in German, as Greyerz.
The demonstration cheese factory gives a very informative insight into how cheese is made. The old town of Gruyères can only be visited on foot and the old houses, the cobbled streets and the castle take you back into the Middle Age.
The return journey is by the Motorway, via Bulle.
Olympic games tour :
The Olympic Museum in Lausanne shows everything connected with the Olympic Games, from the Games of ancient Greece to the Modern Games of today. You then take the CGN ship from Lausanne via Vevey and Montreux to Le Bouveret. Here you will visit the Swiss Vapeur Parc, where you will ride a coal-fired train through a miniature Switzerland.
Then on to the Casle of Chillon, with its foundations firmly planted in the Lake of Geneva and which is one of the best preserved monuments from the Middle Ages. In the dungeon of the casle the poet, Lord Byron, was inspired to write one of his best known works, “The Prisoner of Chillon”.
Before returning to the hotel you will have the chance to stroll along the lakeside promenade of Montreux, with its beautiful gardens and flowers.
Three-countries tour :
By train or motor-coach to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Then up to the Aiguille du Midi with its wonderful view of the Mont Balnc massif (4807 m).
The jouney continues through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy and Aosta, also called the Rome of the Alps.
The return journey takes you through the St. Bernard Tunnel.
A journey through three regions united through friendship and history, where the same patois is still spoken today.