Splendid Paris and Scenic Switzerland
Experience the best of what Paris has to offer and peaceful slow paced Switzerland. This trip combines history and culture, wine and food and beautiful scenery.
What we like
- World class laid back fine dining and hotels
- Culture, charm, excellent food and beautiful scenery
- Unique dining on Seine River and Lake Geneva
- Wineries, light hiking activity, Castle and Palace Visits
- High Speed train between Paris and Switzerland
Who is this destination for?
- Ideal for couples, singles, friends and families as well as corporate retreats, events and honeymooners.
- This trip is for those seeking a laid back , slow paced holiday. Perfect fit for foodies, arts and culture lovers, outdoor lovers , wellness and spa seekers as well as history buffs.
Depart Canada or USA and travel to Paris. Arrive next day and private transfer to your centrally located hotel. Check in your hotel and enjoy a our suggested self guided or private walking tour of monumental Paris. Enjoy dinner at one of our recommended restaurants.
Our Hotel Suggestions
- Relais Christine for those who enjoy timeless Parisian Elegance with left bank vibes.
- Chou Chou Hotel for young couples or those who like a vibrant vibe.
- Park Hyatt Vendome or Four Seasons George V for classic 5 star attention to details.
- Edouard 7 for those who want a well situated 4 star with stellar service.
- Hotel des Grands Hommes for those looking for a 3 star superior hotel experience with great views.
Day 3- Louvre Visit with Napoleon III Appartments
Head to to the Louvre this morning and enjoy people watching while sipping an on a café allongé on the terrasse at Cafe Marly before heading inside the Louvre .
Enter the Louvre with your pre purchased tickets or with your local private guide. Spend time soaking it all in and make sure to visit the splendid Second Empire styled Napoleon III’s apartments within the Louvre itself.
Following your Louvre visit, opt to head out to rue des Francs Bourgeois and enjoy late afternoon shopping in the area. Enjoy a pre evening cocktail at the beautiful Places des Vosges where in 1559, King Henry II was fatally wounded in a tournament.
Later tonight, enjoy yet another world treasure, the Sainte- Chapelle, while attending an evening concert. See the world famous stain glass windows in all of their glory. Enjoy dinner in the area after your concert.
Day 4- More Paris or Optional Day Trip
Enjoy more of Paris and do some local shopping at Galleries Lafayette’s or Printemps Paris . Pause for lunch atop these famous department store’s rooftops before heading to Rue St Honore and Avenue Montaigne near the Champs- Élysées for more shopping. If you haven’t had time for lunch yet, stop by Monsieur Dior’s on avenue Montaigne or head straight to Galerie Dior to discover unique haute couture exhibits and history.
If shopping is not on your wish list today, use this day to for a visit at Palais de Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau or Vaux le Vicomte just outside of Paris. Those who are feeling a bit more adventurous can opt for a quick TGV train to the Champagne region for tastings at the Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon Champagne Houses followed by a lunch at Hotel du Marc or at the Jardin Les Crayeres.
For those wanting to enjoy more culture in Paris today, we recommend a visit at The Rodin museum or choose to customise your free time.
Tonight, head to Tour Montparnasse for drinks and spectacular sunset views of the Eiffel Tower and all of Paris atop the 56th floor. Dine at one of our recommended restaurants tonight.
Day 5- Full Free Day or Customized to Your Needs
Enjoy a full free day in Paris.
Tonight is your last night in Paris and we can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to the city of lights than enjoying an onboard evening dinner cruise on the Seine River.
Day 6- Travel by TGV to Switzerland
Board a mid-morning TGV high speed train to Switzerland and arrive in late afternoon in Vevey, Switzerland.
Enjoy the comforts of France’s world renowned high speed train from Paris to Geneva. Connect in Geneva and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Lake Geneva and the Swiss wine region before reaching your final destination, Vevey.
Check in to your hotel and enjoy a local dinner at one of our recommended restaurants.
Our Hotel Suggestion
Grand Hotel du Lac, classical styled with relaxed elegance approach.
Day 7- Gruyère's charm and Chocolate Tastings
This day trip can be done by rental car, private driver or by joining a small group.
Enjoy the peaceful scenery of the Gruyère region, home to the black and white Fribourg cows which provide the milk for the strongly flavoured Gruyère cheese. In the middle of this picture postcard scenery nestling rises the medieval, traffic-free little town of Gruyères, with its castle, surrounded by a fortified wall.
Inside the 13th century castle is a museum covering eight centuries of the architecture, history and culture of the region.An important part in the picturesque overall scene in the little town is played by the several restaurants serving specialities from the Gruyère region: fondue, raclette and, especially, desserts made with the excellent Gruyère double cream.
In the modern showroom cheesery at Gruyères you can see how the tasty Gruyère cheese is made. And to round off the tour of culinary delights: for those with a sweet tooth it would be worth taking a guided tour round the Maison Cailler The Swiss Chocolate factory in nearby Broc.
Dinner in Vevey at one of our recommended restaurants.
Day 8- Montreux and Chateau de Chillon and Hiking
Morning train ride to nearby Montreux , the Swiss Riviera.
Reach Montreux in 8 minutes and visit Lord Byron’s Castle, Chateau de Chillon. After your visit, enjoy a stroll in town where you can admire ten miles of sheltered bays, bordered with flower-lined promenades, exotic plants and palm trees.
After your visit opt to board the Montreux Oberland Bernois train and enjoy an outdoor Raclette ( fondue) experience. Your restaurant is also the starting point to explore one of many hiking trails in the area.
Dinner at one of our recommended restaurants tonight.
Day 9- Lake Geneva Lunch Cruise
Slow paced day today. Enjoy a Lake Geneva luncheon cruise from Vevey aboard a Belle Époque ship.
Later today, enjoy the spa facilities at your hotel followed by a dinner at Esprit par Guy Ravet.
Travel to Geneva by private car transfer or directly to Geneva airport by train to board your flight back home. After check in , head over to the 4th floor to enjoy one last view from the outdoor panoramic lounge open to everyone.
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