Christmas in Switzerland
- Visit Chillon Castle
Visit this picturesque medieval fortress.
- Montreux Alps
Marvel at beauty of the towering Alps.
- Montreux Christmas Market
Enjoy exploring this lakeside Christmas Market with 160 stalls.
- Travel the Golden Pass
Travel by rail as you admire the landscape.
- Half board
Enjoy a festive stay in the Swiss Alps!
Celebrate Christmas alpine style with a stay in the Swiss village of Villars-sur-Ollon. Enjoy picturesque mountain views and festive fare during your holiday, plus live music and dancing on Christmas Day. You can also look forward to riding the Golden Pass panoramic train to the upmarket resort of Gstaad. You’ll also see beautiful Chillon Castle, travel by cog railway up the mountains of Rochers-de-Naye and visit the Christmas village of Caux during your holiday.
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Gala dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
- Mulled wine or hot chocolate on Christmas Eve
- Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at your hotel
- Festive carriage ride on Christmas Eve
- Rochers-de-Naye and Caux (full day)
- Chillon Castle (half day)
- Montreaux, Golden Pass panoramic train and Gstaad (full day)
Eurotel Victoria Villars Hotel, Route des Layeux, 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. Tel: +41 24 495 31 31
Enjoy a festive break in the village of Villars sur Ollon, in the Vaud region. The hotel has fine views of the mountains and valley beyond and is just a five minute walk from the railway station and village centre, and 400 metres from the cable car station.
The locally rated 4-star Eurotel Victoria Villars is built in the style of an alpine chalet to blend harmoniously with its mountainous surroundings. Guests can relax in the spa, sauna or get active in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. The hotel’s 166 bedrooms have lovely alpine views.
Food and Drink
During your holiday look forward to dining in the hotel’s restaurant or relaxing with a drink in the hotel’s bar.
Indoor swimming pool
The resort of Villars Sur Ollon lies at 1300 metres, and enjoys wonderful mountain and valley views. It’s popular with skiers during the winter and usually enjoys a dusting of snow in December, so make sure you pack some sturdy footwear! Within the village you will find shops including a grocers, jewellers and bakery. There is also an ice rink.
22/12/2020 UK to Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Fly to Geneva and transfer by coach, enjoying scenic views of Lake Geneva as you travel, to the locally rated 4-star Eurotel Victoria Villars.
Settle into your cosy mountain retreat and its alpine surroundings, with free time this afternoon to explore the village and festive Christmas market. This evening enjoy dinner in the hotel and perhaps take the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. D
Today embark on a full day included excursion to Rochers-de-Naye and Caux.
The mountain of Rochers-de-Naye lies at over 6,500 feet and offers breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding countryside. You’ll step aboard the cog railway which will take you up the mountain travelling alongside the lake and passing fields, villages and forests before reaching the summit. From here take in the alpine panorama, watch for the marmots that inhabit this area, and perhaps enjoy some refreshments.
Afterwards, you’ll head for the Christmas village of Caux in the gardens of Chateau de Caux where you can enjoy fine views of Montreaux below, an ‘enchanted forest’, stalls, reindeer and a visit to Santa’s grotto! B, L, D
24/12/2020 Christmas Eve - Chillon Castle
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Montreaux to explore independently and take lunch at your own expense and to continue exploring the town independently.
This afternoon, set off for an included excursion to the picturesque Chillon Castle. This medieval fortress, which sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, is the most-visited historic building in Switzerland, and it’s easy to see why. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy. Remember to bring your camera, as this incredible island castle makes the perfect subject for your holiday snaps.
Return to your hotel for dinner this evening and perhaps some mulled wine or hot chocolate as you get ready for the big day! B, D
25/12/2020 Christmas Day - Villars-sur-Ollon
Awake on Christmas morning to a delicious breakfast, then spend the morning at leisure.
This afternoon is free to spend at leisure, or alternatively, join an optional excursion to Glacier 3000.
This evening look forward to a gala dinner, together with live music and dancing as Christmas Day draws to a close. B, L, D
26/12/2020 Golden Pass and Gstaad
After breakfast, set out on a full day included excursion by train.
Ride the rails aboard the Golden Pass panoramic train to the alpine resort town of Gstaad. You’ll have free time in Gstaad for lunch at your own expense, before returning to Montreux on the Golden Pass train to explore the Christmas market. Stretching for over half-a-mile along the lakeside promenade, look forward to browsing the 160 colourful stalls with their range of artisan products, crafts, local food and drink, gift ideas and more. Perhaps treat yourself to a ride on the big wheel or enjoy the light show.
Afterwards, take the train back to Villars-sur-Ollon for dinner at the hotel. B, D
27/12/2020 Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland-UK
After breakfast, depart by coach to Geneva airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Take a coach transfer to Col-du-Pillon and ride the cable car to the top of Glacier 3000, a must-see attraction in the region. Relax and admire the incredible views of the surrounding snow-topped peaks as you soar to the summit of this unique glacier world, then take your pick of the activities available. If your feeling adventurous, venture across the only suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks on the 107-metre long Peak Walk by Tissot, enjoy a dogsled ride with huskies through the snow, or ride the Snow Bus on a discovery tour across the glacier.
Optional on 5 nights itinerary