Scenic Switzerland - The Lakes,

Roads & Mountains of the Swiss Alps

30th July - 5th August 2021

In 2021 we will be returning to one of our all time favourite hotels and this tour will give you the chance to take in some of the most stunning scenery and mountain roads in Switzerland from a selection of cables cars, boats, trains, the coach and on foot.

After an overnight stop in France we travel on to Emmetten and the Hotel Engel, a traditional family run Swiss hotel where we are always made to feel welcome by Jacqueline and her team.

Our first excursion will start with a visit to Interlaken, situated at the base of a fa-mous trio of peaks - the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. This traditional resort town is built on a narrow stretch of valley, between the emerald-coloured waters of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and it’s old timber houses and parkland are surrounded by mountains, dense forests, alpine meadows and glaciers.

Our return journey will be via the Susten Pass (weather permitting). Built during WW2 it is widely considered to be the greatest driving road in Switzerland, as it has an amazing variety of road styles, starting with sweeping valley roads with amazing uninterrupted views, hairpin bends that take you to the 2224m summit of the pass and returns through forests, and across stunning stone bridges.

Our second excursion will start with a local bus journey to the little resort of Seel-isberg, set on a peninsula, surrounded by Lake Lucerne and with beautiful views of the lake and mountains. A nostalgic funicular railway leads down to Treib on the lakeside where we will then board a boat for a cruise on Lake Lucerne to Becken-reid. From there we will board the longest cable-car in Central Switzerland, which takes you from the centre of the village up 1593m to Klewenalp. There is then a gentle walk of about 90 minutes through meadows and pine forests to the Stockhüt-te. From here you can rest on the cable-car back down to Emmetten.

Our final excursion includes another stunning scenic alpine drive. After travelling through the Gotthard tunnel, the longest in the world when built in 1980, we return
via the Gotthard Pass (weather permitting) before stopping for lunch in Andermatt. The Gotthard Pass is one of the highest in the alps, at 2106m and is a vital link be-tween the Northern and Southern parts of Switzerland. Although first known for many years, it became an important pass after being established in roughly its cur-rent form in around 1300 with the addition of several bridges, including the fore-bodingly named “Devils Bridge”.

Andermatt, 1,444m above sea level, is famed for its cobbled main street and well preserved old town centre. Throughout its rich history the area has been a key stag-ing post for travellers in the Gotthard massif. Its central location among the main Alpine passes was well known even in Roman times. Back then, the massif was the easiest route between north and south, as only one mountain pass had to be negoti-ated. Our final stop is at Engelberg, which stands around 1000m above Lake Lu-cerne and has a distinct and rustic character. The town is home to a Benedictine monastery, founded in 1120, which even today has a great impact on the life of the village as Monks still live, work and teach there.

Tour price includes:-

Deposit £50 per person

Overnight hotels

The Mercure Reims Parc Des Expositions

This 4 star modern hotel is situated on the outskirts of the town. All rooms are air-conditioned, en-suite and come with satellite TV and complimentary toiletries and Wi-Fi.

The Ibis Hotel, Laon

The is located in a quiet suburb on the outskirts of the historic town of Laon, and is just a short walk from the nearby Carrefour Hypermarket.