Lake Geneva & the Swiss Alps


Spectacular lakeside scenery

Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as it’s known in French, sits across the border of France and Switzerland, seemingly tethered by the city of Geneva. Encompassed on the Swiss side by the region of Vaud and the majestic Vaudoise Alps, Lake Geneva sparkles with crystal-clear waters and its shore is strung with vibrantly charming towns. Terraced vineyards line the banks of the lake with verdant stripes of green in summer, yet the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of Vaud are never far away. With medieval castles, spellbinding vistas, luxurious lakeside architecture, and the delicious tastes of Switzerland’s chocolates and cheeses, this is the perfect destination to get away from it all and enjoy the crisp air.


Chocolatiers and cheese-makers in an Alpine paradise

From £1,149 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September

Suggested Hotel

Hotel Central Résidence, Leysin

  • Traditional Swiss hotel in the Alpine village of Leysin
  • Fabulous mountain views
  • Restaurant & terrace with views of the valley
  • Large and comfortable public areas for groups to relax in
  • Leisure facilities include an indoor pool and sauna

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.



The picturesque little town of Vevey sits at the heart of the Swiss Riviera – the stretch of Lake Geneva’s shore that lies between Lausanne & Montreux. Its wonderful lakeside location affords magnificent views of the Alps across the lake, and the flower-lined promenade and elegant hotels evoke Vevey’s heyday during the 19th century belle-époque. The charming streets of its old town are home to boutiques, bistros and craft workshops.

Paddle Steamer Cruise

What better way to enjoy the beauty of Switzerland’s largest lake, than from the deck of an elegant paddle steamer, evoking the golden age of the Swiss Riviera? These nostalgic and elegant ships from the early 20th century provide a unique way to travel from Vevey to Montreux and take in the magnificent scenery of Lake Geneva.


The elegant, scenic town of Montreux is nestled into the shore of Lake Geneva, and its grand belle-époque buildings are set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. A magnet for the rich and famous, this lovely lakeside town has inspired musicians, artists and writers for centuries. The wonderful Château de Chillon is an evocative sight – this fascinating medieval fortress is reflected in the glassy lake water at its feet.

Chocolate Train & Gruyères

Wind your way through the majestic mountains on a vintage train journey with a gastronomic destination. Alight at the charming fortified town of Gruyères, perched upon a hill and protected by a medieval castle. Learn how Gruyère cheese is made and enjoy a tasting, before moving on to the adjoining village of Broc for another kind of tasting – Broc is home to the factory of Nestlé, the historic chocolate producers.

Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 marks the highest point of the Vaudoise Alps. Travel by cable car to Scex Rouge, where you can access the glacier and enjoy spectacular panoramic mountain vistas for miles around. On a clear day, you can spot the peaks of the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, and Jungfrau.


With the world’s tallest water fountain and its location upon the shores of Lake Geneva, the Swiss city of Geneva truly sparkles. Home to the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organisation and the Red Cross, it truly is a world city. Sleek and cosmopolitan urban life rubs shoulders with the historic old town, a lovely place to wander amongst boutiques and chocolatiers.


Don't fancy flying?

This tour is also available by coach.


The elegant and convivial town of Chamonix sits at the base of the mighty Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the Alps. Take in the lovely atmosphere and incredible views of Chamonix via its tourist train, or hop on a cable car to get up close to the mountains. The Montenvers rack railway takes you up to France’s largest glacier, the Mer du Glace, with the fascinating ‘ice cave’ carved into its heart.


Attractive, cultured and energetic, Lausanne also enjoys an enviable position on the shores of Lake Geneva, with dramatic Alpine views. Overlooked by its Gothic, hillside old town, Lausanne is a lovely place to explore medieval streets, enjoy a waterfront café, or wander around a museum or gallery.

Want to stay closer to the lake?

The lovely, 4* Hotel Lavaux has views over Lake Geneva.

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