Discover what Switzerland is all about
Cheese, chocolate and Alpine views, these are a few of our favourite things. They are also things that have long been associated with Switzerland, an undeniably beautiful country awaiting your visit on this Stay and Discover experience. Spend time visiting Chillon Castle, located beside Lake Geneva, travel along the suitably named Golden Pass and traverse a suspension bridge between two glacial peaks on a leisurely programme of included excursions. Also included is a visit to a chocolatier, a cheesemakers and the mansion that Charlie Chaplin called home for 25 years.
Your home for this Stay and Discover experience is the Best Western Plus Hotel Mirabeau (4Q) in Lausanne. It is a city in which the International Olympic Committee is based and boasts an impressive 13th-century cathedral.
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Excursions and visits
Day 1 Lausanne
Arrive into Lausanne and check into your hotel, theBest Western Plus Hotel Mirabeau(4Q). Enjoy a welcome drink followed by an evening meal served in the hotels restaurant to get to know your fellow traveller a little better. D
Day 2 Lausanne
On todays tour, you will discover how Lausanne came to be and why it was chosen to be the home of the International Olympic Committee. Your guided walking tour will reveal that the settlement was originally founded on the other side of Lake Geneva and moved to its current position when its inhabitants fled in the face of a fourth-century invasion.
Discover how the city became a haven for radical thinkers throughout the 16th century and see several of its most notable landmarks. Rest your feet and purchase lunch during some time at leisure before visiting the Olympic Museum. Opened in 1993, the museum offers an opportunity to experience the excitement of the games first-hand. Trace Olympic history from ancient antiquity through the ages and into the modern era. It is the largest centre of information relating to the Olympic Games in the world. B, D
Day 3 At leisure
The day is yours to fill however you choose. By staying at one of the citys hotel you will be provided with a free Lausanne Transport Card, allowing you to travel for free on public transport (bus, train, metro) and giving discounts to many museums and shops. B, D
Day 4 Chaplins World and Chillon Castle
The district of Corsier-Sur-Vevey, with access to the Montreaux Riviera, has a unique way of captivating its visitors.
Charlie Chaplin, the iconic bowler hat-wearing film star, was one such visitor who fell in love with the area. He spent 25 years of his life here and his mansion has subsequently been turned into a museum, Chaplins World, complete with a purpose-built interactive studio offering a window into silent movies. Your exploration of Chaplins home will reveal original furnishings and personal belongings, painting a picture of the legendary figure and his unusual upbringing. In the studio, you will experience all the fun of the fair on the set of The Circus and recognise the machinery from Modern Times, two of Chaplin’s most famous films.
Leaving the lights of Hollywood behind, travel to Chillon Castle. The fortification stands on the shoreline of Lake Geneva and for four centuries provided residence for the Counts of Savoy, who would monitor and tax traffic that passed by. It is a stunning and historical site, brought to life by your guide. B, D
Day 5 Glacier 3000 and Golden Pass
Today will showcase what Switzerland is all about. Alpine views enjoyed from the comfort of a trundling train and glacial peaks that disrupt the horizon and make for great photographs.
Begin with a cable car journey to Glacier 3000. Located at the highest point of the Vaudois Alps, the summit station is a modern construction that offers an extensive panorama. Make sure your camera has plenty of battery as the views are simply irresistible, featuring 24 peaks including Mont Blanc visible in the distance on a clear day. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to walk across the bridge suspended between two mountain peaks, a truly unique experience.
Take the cable car back down and transfer to Gstaad. Having arrived, its all aboard the train that will take you along the Golden Pass. Sit back and let the stunning scenery slip by. You will then transfer onto another train back to Lausanne, where dinner is served at the hotel. B, D
Day 6 Gruyre
Today you will explore the splendour of the Gruyre region and discover its ability to create Switzerlands most famous cheese and of course the countrys fabulous chocolate.
At Maison Cailler, a chocolate factory in Broc, you will follow the story of this popular product, from Aztec cocoa ceremonies to modern creations, and indulge in a tasting afterwards. Spend some free time in the town of Gruyres, where houses have retained their medieval characteristics and are overlooked by an impressive 13th-century castle. La Maison du Gruyre is your final destination, a cheese factory at which master cheesemakers create the hard, yellow Swiss cheese named after the region. Twice per day farmers deliver their milk to the factory to be turned into 48 wheels of cheese. Follow the process of creation and enjoy a tasting of Gruyre cheese. B, D
Day 7 At leisure
Today you have the opportunity to explore independently and see the sights on Lake Geneva at your own pace. B, D
Day 8 Lausanne to UK
Check out of your hotel for the return journey back to the UK, having experienced Quintessential Switzerland. D