Montreux Holidays

Classic lakeside town on the Swiss 'Riviera'

Lake Geneva is an immense lake enjoying an unusually mild climate, and surrounded by gentle hillsides covered in vineyards & gardens. Montreux has a beautiful lakeside promenade lined with palm trees and flowers. and is a wonderful base from which to explore the region, either by boat, train, bus or on foot. Our hotels in Montreux offer a great choice of accommodation. There is plenty to see and do, all ready to be explored at your own pace. A visit to the charming ‘Château de Chillon’ is a must, whilst visitors can spend many relaxing days visiting other places of interest along the shores of the lake, such as the city of Geneva, or Evian-Les-Bains on the French side of the lake. Be sure to take the mountain train up to Rochers de Naye, one of Switzerland’s favourite viewpoints. Various festivals and events take place throughout the summer, including the famous Montreux Jazz Festival approx. 3-18 July.

In Montreux you'll have a telephone service - if you want to know more about the area or have any queries give us a call.

Added value

Discount Travel Card – worth over £100 per person - included in the price of your holiday

Free travel on Swiss Transport Network for Children up to 15 yrs incl

  • from£669pp
  • 75 rooms
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Just 5 minutes' walk from the town centre and boat landing stage at Territet, this traditional, family-run hotel enjoys a lovely position right on the lake promenade.

  • from£609pp
  • 30 rooms
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Run by the Sevegrand family for generations, this popular traditional house has a homely atmosphere and enjoys a quiet position approx. 25 minutes’ pleasant walk along the lakeside, or just 5 minutes' by bus from Montreux centre.

  • from£729pp
  • 152 rooms
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Right on the lakeside, only 3 minutes’ walk from the town centre, all bedrooms in this well-furnished, contemporary hotel enjoy superb lake views.

  • from£746pp
  • 60 rooms
Hotel Royal Plaza Montreux Switzerland Promenade

The only 5 star hotel located directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, this hotel is approx. 8 minutes’ walk from the centre and enjoys wonderful views. It offers first class hospitality and comfort with facilities to match.

Useful Information
Information about Montreux
Resort Code CHMT
Time difference GMT +1
Currency CHF
Latitude 46.431695
Longitude 6.910506
Travel and Transportation
Departure day Duration (nights) To Depart from
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday
3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14 Zurich Gatwick
Heathrow
Luton
London City
Manchester

Transfer Approx. 3hrs by rail. Your journey involves two changes of trains.

Departure day Duration (nights) To Depart from

Monday 

Wednesday 

Friday

Saturday

3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14 Geneva Gatwick
Heathrow
Luton
London City
Bristol
Edinburgh
Liverpool
Manchester

Transfer Approx. 1¼ hrs by rail. Your journey may involve a change of trains.

Flight supplements may apply and are based on 7 nights midweek/weekend departures. Other UK regional airports are available on indirect flights.

Luggage Services

‘Bagsahead’ - If you would like to have your luggage collected direct from your home, we recommend Bagsahead.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

 PRE-BOOKABLE

‘Riviera Tour ’ lake cruise

From £14, daily
A 2 hour cruise on the picturesque ‘Haut-Lac’ where the most beautiful scenery and impressive backdrops of the upper part of Lake Geneva can be enjoyed.

Great Value Travel Passes

Purchase a travel pass and only pay one inclusive price for your trips!
Prices shown include Travel Card discount.

Montreux Regional Pass

Lake Geneva Regional Pass best for unlimited travel on trains, boats and mountain railways in the Lake Geneva region including Vevey, Evian, Geneva and Rochers de Naye from £84 (any 3 days within 7, 2nd class)

Chocolate train & Gruyères Cheese Dairy

From £60, train will run from 11 June - 31 August 2021 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Travelling in authentic train carriages from the “Belle Epoque”, style the Chocolate Train allows passengers to discover the landscape and Swiss products. Starting in Montreux, train will cross sunny vineyards, mountain pastures and pass famous chocolate factory in Broc to arrive at the picturesque medieval village Gruyères. Upon completion of this gourmet experience, you will know all there is to know about traditional and tasty Swiss milk choco­late and the famous Gruyères cheese.

Included :

Belle Epoque train Montreux – Montbovon

• Coffee and chocolate bread served between Montreux and Montbovon

• Entrance to "La Maison du Gruyère" and entrance to "La Maison Cailler" with chocolate tasting

• Guiding

• Coach transfer from Montbovon between sites and travel back to Montreux

 

Other days out from Montreux

Visit  Glacier 3000

There is only one suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It is called Peak Walk by Tissot and it can be found at Glacier 3000. An adventure that you will not easily forget. Take a scenic train journey from Montreux to Gstaad and from there a Post bus to the station of Glacier 3000. Take two gondolas to the top from where views are far reaching to Jungfrau, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc mountains. Various activities from tobogganing, glacier walk, snow bus, alpine coaster, dog sled ride and place to have lunch will keep you occupied for hours.

 

The Olympic Museum in Lausanne

Learn all about the origins of the games, Olympic symbols, opening and closing ceremonies. Interactive tools allow you to put yourself in the shoes of an athlete and embody the Olympic spirit on 8000m2 of park area. Take a train from Montreux to Lausanne and plan approx. 4hours to visit the museum.

Prices shown include Travel Card discount.

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Resort Combination

Multi-Centres | You can combine your stay in Montreux with any one or more resort(s) of your choice in Switzerland. We recommend Lucerne or Interlaken, or Zermatt. Flexible durations available. Transfers between resorts via the Swiss transport network are included. Or try our recommended independent multi-centre rail holidays that also feature Montreux: ‘Golden Pass’.

Things To Do
  • Sightseeing
  • Lake cruises
  • Walking
  • Lakeside Strolls
  • Flora and fauna
  • History and culture museums
  • Festivals
  • Cinema
  • Cycling
  • Shopping
  • Watersports

Montreux, Switzerland is a wonderful base from which to explore the region, by boat, train, bus or on foot. Montreux has a beautiful lakeside promenade lined with palm trees and flowers. A visit to the well-known landmark, the charming 'Château de Chillon', is a must, whilst visitors can spend many relaxing days visiting other places of interest along the shores of the lake, such as the city of Geneva itself, or Evian-Les-Bains in France, either by charming lake steamer, or excellent rail links. Alternatively, take the little mountain train up to Rochers de Naye, one of Switzerland's favourite viewpoints.

Resort Card - Free to all guests

The Free ‘Montreux Riviera Resort Card’ is provided by your hotel upon arrival and gives you:

  • Free Travel on resort buses, including to Villeneuve nature reserve, Vevey and Glion viewpoint above the lake
  • Free Welcome drink at the tourist office upon arrival
  • 50% reduction on entrance to many local attractions, including Château de Chillon and Swiss Toy Museum
  • Reduced fares on some mountain railways

Subject to change.

Other things to do in and around Montreux

  • Famous 12th century Chateau de Chillon (50% reduction with resort card)
  • Visit the old town of Vevey, with its cobbled streets, little shops and local history museum (entrance Free)
  • Charlie Chaplin Museum in Vevey
  • ‘Lavaux Vinorama’ vineyards with wine-tasting and info about this UNESCO world heritage site
  • Lavaux Passion wine festival (approx 10-11 September) in nearby Vevey (approx. Sfr30 daily entrance)
  • ‘Marmotte Paradise’ (entrance free) observation area at Rochers de Naye
  • ‘Les Grangettes’ nature reserve in Villeneuve
  • Scenic boat trips to Evian, Lausanne etc.
  • Montreux Jazz festival with live music (approx 29-30 Jun)
  • Excellent train links to city of Geneva for shopping and sightseeing
  • ‘September Musical’ classical music festival (dates tbc)
  • Regular folk markets take place in Vevey on Saturdays Jul-beg Sep
  • Street Artists festival with free shows in Vevey (dates tbc)

DiscountTravel Card included for all Inghams guests

Save up to 50% with your travel card on trips of your choice across the Swiss transport network. Included in the price of your holiday, and worth over £100!

Travel card sent to you before departure with your rail transfer tickets.

Exploring on the Swiss Transport Network

Switzerland's excellent public transport network of mountain railways, cable-cars, steam boats and buses makes it a pleasure to explore the sights, at your own pace.

Great Value Travel Passes

Purchase a travel pass and only pay one inclusive price for your trips!
Prices shown include Travel Card discount.

Montreux Regional Pass (pre-bookable)

Lake Geneva Regional Pass best for unlimited travel on trains, boats and mountain railways in the Lake Geneva region including Vevey, Evian, Geneva and Rochers de Naye from £84 (any 3 days within 7, 2nd class).

Car hire is available.

Festivals

 

Montreux Jazz Festival

 

Montreux Jazz Festival

Over the years, the Montreux Jazz Festival (approx 29 Jun) has become an unmissable event for music lovers. It’s not just about jazz - almost every type of music is represented with many performances free of charge, although there’s a charge obviously for the big names. The festival is held along the lake side and in many smaller bars and clubs.

 

Walking

There is plenty of walking opportunity in and around Montreux from pleasant lakeside strolls to longer walks in the hills above the town, reached by small mountain train. There are several walks which meander through the UNESCO world heritage site of the terraced Lavaux vineyards, which stretch along the shores of Lake Geneva.

Easy ‘La Rambertia’ alpine garden at the summit of the Rochers de Naye is worth a visit, not just for the 1000 alpine plants which are protected there, but also for great views of the lake.

Moderate Head to the UNESCO site of Lavaux, where you can meander through its terraced vineyards along the shores of Lake Geneva. There are various levels of walk depending on how high you want to climb. Or visit the ‘Grangettes’ nature reserve rich in flora and fauna. Head to Villeneuve on and then take the short walk (approx. 15 mins) along the shore to Le Bouveret to admire the various plants and wildlife, including over 270 species of bird, which can be found here. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Good to know

  • Free "Riviera" Guest Card entitles you to free use of operating local buses and reductions on various attractions 
  • Visit Queen's old recording studio in central Montreux 
  • Take the cog railway up rochers-de-naye mountain and experience breath-taking views of the lakes, mountain , mongolian yurts & marmots (like squirrels but cuter)  
  • Award winning Charlie Chaplin world is interactive and features scene recreations
  • Take the Riviera tour, see vineyards on a trip to Lausanne where it possible to take a cruise to Évian in France
  • Cruise on a paddle steamer across Lake Geneva 
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