France: The Iconic Mountains Tour

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Start your stay in the famous resort of Chamonix, moving on to Zermatt via the picturesque Mont Blanc Express railway journey. For an extended stay, continue on to Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland and explore two or three famous resorts in awe-inspiring settings linked by one of the most spectacular rail journeys across the Alps.

Tour highlights

  • Spend a week enjoying the mountain scenery in France and Switzerland
  • Experience the scenic rail journey between Chamonix and Zermatt
  • Stay in the world-renowned ski resort of Chamonix, also popular in the summer
  • Marvel at the majesty of the Matterhorn in Zermatt
  • Explore Grindelwald: the gateway to the famous Jungfrau region, boasting stunning mountain views
  • Enjoy the numerous hiking trails in all of your destinations
  • Taste the delicious French and Swiss cuisine
  • Services of an Inghams Rep 

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Chamonix

Fly/train to Geneva. Transfer to Chamonix (1 hr) by coach with an opportunity to catch your first sightings of Mont Blanc.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Chamonix

Embark on one of the inspirational walks (unguided) among the spruce forests, stunning glaciers and rocky peaks. The area is well sign posted with diverse walking trails suitable for all families. We recommend taking the first Grand Montets cable car and walking to the Glacier Argentière to return via the Réfuge Chalet de Lognan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chamonix

Enjoy the breathtaking views from the best vantage point on a tandem paraglide (optional). This often lands in the Savoy area, next to the Hotel La Folie Douce! For those who like to stay grounded, discover one of the numerous hiking trails in the area and enjoy the local flora and fauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chamonix

Slow down the pace for the last day and take a day to discover the shops ofChamonix. Enjoy lunch at one of the many cafés or brasseries then indulge on one of the fabulous ice cream parlours or patisseries, most with delicious macaroons on offer!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Chamonix to Zermatt

The crowning highlight of your holiday, a scenic rail journey toZermattvia the famous Mont Blanc Express (approx. 4 hours connecting train to Martigny). Meandering through the Chamonix valley towards Chatelard and Martigny (three train changes), pass stunning scenery and encounter tunnels and high valley bridges on this red and white train.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Zermatt

A must trip is an optional journey on the iconic Gornergrat railway for stunning views of the glaciers and the Matterhorn. Then take a wander around the picturesque village, soaking up the atmosphere.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Zermatt

Take a ramble along the Matterhorn trail through meadows down to Staffelalp before catching the gondola down from Furi and spend the afternoon at Zermatt’s museum with details of the first ascent of the Matterhorn.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Zermatt to Grindelwald / Zermatt to UK

Guests staying 11 nights travel toGrindelwald(3 hrs with two changes), otherwise take the scenic rail transfer to the airport (3 ½ hrs to Zurich or 3 ¾ hrs to Geneva with up to two changes) for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Grindelwald

Not to be missed is Europe’s highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch (optional extra). Savour the views of the Eiger whilst enjoying the leisurely train journey.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Grindelwald

Why not explore the many walking trails around this beautiful region. Take a bus to Grosse Scheidegg and meander back enjoying the magnificent views of theBernese Oberland. Or for a more challenging walk, take the train to Kleine Scheidegg and walk the ‘Eiger trail’, which runs along the foot of the iconic Eiger North Wall.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Grindelwald

Staying local today, explore the beautiful village or for those feeling adventurous, have a go on Grindelwald-First’s Flyer zip wire!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Grindelwald to UK

Guests staying 11 nights transfer to the airport (3 hrs to Zurich or 3 hrs ¾ to Geneva with two changes) for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note that there is no luggage transfer on the train between resorts. Your Rep will help with luggage from the hotel to the train station and vice versa.

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Your holiday includes

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK 
  • Airport transfer to Chamonix and rail transfers from Chamonix to the Swiss resorts and back to the airport
  • Scenic rail journey between Chamonix and Zermatt
  • 7 or 11 nights in 3/4* accommodation on half board catering with private facilities, plus a balcony in Zermatt and Grindelwald
  • Free daily packed lunch in Chamonix & Zermatt
  • Services of an Inghams Rep in all resorts
  • Free use of local bus and train travel in Chamonix
  • Resort card for Chamonix
  • Walking opportunities in all resorts with the best mountain views

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any extras, drinks and personal expenses

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Hotels

★★★ Hotel La Folie Douce, Chamonix (4 nights)

★★★★ Hotel Alex, Zermatt (3 nights)

★★★ Hotel Derby, Grindelwald (4 nights)

Departure dates

  • Saturday departures throughout the summer

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information
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