For 2019 it gives us pleasure to repeat a super Christmas holiday in the winter wonderland of the Swiss Mountains with a ride on the Golden Panoramic Express and a visit to the colourful Christmas Market in Montreux on Lake Geneva. Our base is the delightful town of Villars. Standing on a wonderful mountain side facing south, above the famous vineyards in the Rhone valley, Villars is situated on a vast sunny plateau at 1300 m. All this, combined with true Swiss hospitality, makes it an excellent base for a memorable and Happy Christmas.
Located close to the centre of the pretty village, the 4 star Eurotel Victoria enjoys a super location. All of it’s spacious ensuite rooms have balconies with either mountain or valley views. Public facilities at this great hotel include an elegant bar and lounge area, a spacious restaurant serving superb a la carte cuisine and an indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Saturday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning shuttle a glass of Prosecco and snacks set the holiday mood. On through Reims to our overnight hotel, the 4 star Victor’s Residenz, in Saarbrucken on the French German border.
Sunday A buffet breakfast before we set off once again through France, over the Vosges Mountains to historic Colmar. We enter Switzerland at Basle, then pass the capital city of Bern to reach our holiday resort, Villars, late afternoon. This evening a welcome drink precedes dinner followed by time spent relaxing and unwinding to the sounds of the resident pianist in the bar.
Monday A free day in our holiday resort, spend time familiarising yourselves with this pretty place, a visit the buzzing little Christmas market is an absolute must. This evening dinner is followed by a magical torch lit walk around the village.
Tuesday – Christmas Eve A visit to Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Christmas Market, known in this Swiss French speaking region as 'le Marché de Noël', is reputed to be the finest Christmas Market in all of Switzerland – presenting over 120 richlydecorated wooden chalet-style stands, manned by craftsmen and shopkeepers who will be offering a host of unique, original and highquality Christmas gift ideas, hot wine, and traditional foods of Switzerland. Later the hotel provides music, cakes, hot wine and hot chocolate. This evening chef presents his superb Christmas buffet, it really has to be seen to be believed!
Wednesday – Christmas Day A relaxing morning in our snowy alpine resort, a chance to exchange season’s greetings and un-wrap gifts before a Swiss Turkey lunch with all the trimmings! In the afternoon we include a cable car ride with time to relax back at the hotel before dinner which is followed by music and dancing to bring a memorable Christmas day to a close.
Thursday – Boxing Day Possibly the highlight of our tour when we board the Panoramic Express for the wonderfully scenic rail journey to Montreux. We spend time in the impossibly chic, world re-known resort of Gstaad before we board the Panoramic Express train. We travel in the comfortable observation cars, allowing one to relax and watch the dramatic views over the beautiful snow-covered peaks and valleys as we pass through Gruyere and stylish Chateau d’Oex on our way toward shimmering Lake Geneva. Upon reaching Montreux we disembark and return to the hotel by coach.
Friday Reluctantly we leave our alpine resort and Switzerland to cross into France at Basle. We visit the picturesque wine villages of the Alsace before crossing the Vosges Mountains and returning to our overnight hotel, Victor’s Residenz, in Saarbrucken arriving well in time for dinner.
SaturdayWe depart our hotel after another buffet breakfast. We drive west towards the historic city of Reims then make for Calais and our afternoon shuttle train back to Folkestone, we arrive home mid evening after a most enjoyable Christmas tour.
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