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From the French to the Swiss Alps

A thrilling ten-night Alpine experience
 
Feel renewed and restored by dramatic high-mountain scenery and exhilarating, rewarding walking on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with your luggage transported to high-quality hotels along your way.
 
From the French to the Swiss Alps . 10 nights
From the French to the Swiss Alps . 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Chablais and Vaudoise Alps

Combine our walking holidays in the Chablais and Vaudoise Alps and you can experience the stunning mountain scenery of France and Switzerland in one thrilling Alpine adventure.
Beginning in the traditional French mountain village of La Chapelle d'Abondance, you spend the first few days exploring the quiet Préalpes of the Chablais region, then make the short journey across the border into the Swiss Vaudoise Alps.
With a classic Alpine landscape of jagged snow-capped peaks, wide green valleys and wooded ridges, the Vaudoise region is dotted with small, sleepy villages nestling amid some of Switzerland’s most spectacular scenery. Marvel at the views as you enjoy exhilarating walks between welcoming mountain hotels.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    On the upper slopes, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above. The best time for flowers is late June and early July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 1 3 7 11 15 19 22 21 18 12 6 2
    mm 75 75 67 68 78 96 82 106 82 67 92 80
  • Arrival in La Chapelle d'Abondance
    Night 1: at Hotel Les Gentianettes (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from La Chapelle d'Abondance: 15km, 6hrs
    During your day in La Chapelle d’Abondance, we recommend a route whose high point is a classic alpine walker’s refuge at Chalet de Trébentaz with wonderful views from the terrace; the walk takes in the Abondance river, waterfalls, deep mixed forest and high open country, returning via a series of mountain hamlets.
    The route around La Chapelle d'Abondance
  • La Chapelle d'Abondance to Châtel: 15km, 6hrs
    The route to Châtel follows quiet paths through varied terrain to reach Lac Arvouin; though it features a steady ascent, this walk is one of the highlights of the holiday. There's a sense of complete isolation as you pass through ancient forest and flower-filled meadows, with exceptional views of nearby Mont de Grange and, in the distance, the white glimmer of Mont Blanc floating on the horizon. Beyond the lake, a long traverse takes in high Alpine pasture and forest as you gently descend to the pretty village of Châtel where you spend two nights at the Hotel Macchi.
  • Choice of walks from Châtel: 10.5km or 15.5km

    Circular route via Chalets du Mouet: 10.5km, 4.5hrs
    You can take advantage of the ski lifts to access a stunning ridge walk where you literally have one foot in Switzerland and the other in France, walking via the Chalets du Mouet restaurant to enjoy views towards Lake Geneva and much of the western Alps.

    Circular route via Mont de Grange: 15.5km, 6hrs
    Another circuit offers an exploration of the nature reserve on the eastern flanks of Mont de Grange. You may be lucky enough to spot ibex and mouflon grazing on the rocky upper slopes before you descend beside a stream leading to the Cascades de l’Essert waterfall.
    Chalets du Mouet circuit on the route from Chatel
  • Travel to Leysin & circular route around Leysin: 9km, 3.5hrs
    Today you take a taxi to the railway station in Aigle and catch the train to Leysin where you stay one night at Hotel Le Grand Chalet.
    After you arrive, there's time to enjoy a circular walk which traverses the woodland and pastures above the village, and which offers some wonderful views both over the Leysin valley and towards Lake Geneva, the Rhône plain and the Dents du Midi.
    Circular route around Leysin
  • Leysin to Le Sépey: 12km, 4hrs; longer option: 14.5km, 5.5hrs
    Today's walk crosses open meadows framed by cliffs and high peaks before descending through woods to the small village of Le Sépey. To get to Lake Ai at 1,890 metres, you have a choice of taking the lift (pay locally) or making the longer, more strenuous ascent on foot. You stay in the Hotel du Cerf, Le Sépey.
  • Le Sépey to Les Diablerets: 14km, 5hrs
    From Le Sépey, it's a short bus ride (pay locally) to the start of the walk, from where you climb through woods to reach a series of pretty farming hamlets. As you traverse the south-facing slopes, you are rewarded with views of the mighty glacier-topped Diablerets Massif which dominates the region and whose eponymous village below is your destination. Your hotel for two nights is the Hotel du Pillon in Les Diablerets.
  • Choice of walks from Les Diablerets: 13km or 20km

    Glacier 3000 walk: 20km, 7hrs
    You may choose to visit the famous Glacier 3000 above Les Diablerets for a truly impressive view over much of the Western Alps. Follow the marked trail across the glacier, or cross the 'Peak Walk' suspension bridge between two summits for the ultimate views.

    Shorter option via Lake Retaud: 13km, 4.5hrs
    Alternatively, we suggest a walk that rises steadily through forest and flower-filled pastures past the Cascade du Dar waterfall and up to Lake Retaud before tackling the Voré and Andérets passes and on to the 2,170-metre peak of La Palette, descending via picturesque villages or by gondola to Les Diablerets. Walking in Les Diablerets and neighbouring Villars is made all the more easy with the included Free Access Pass, entitling you to free use of some of the local cable cars (although not up to the Glacier), bus and train services – excellent for shortening some of the walks.

     
    Beneath Les Diablaret Glacier on the route from Les Diablerets
  • Les Diablerets to Villars-sur-Ollon: 20km, 7hrs; shorter option: 7.5km, 3hrs
    Today's varied walk starts with a shaded climb through forest (which can be shortened by bus) with good views from the clearings of the Diablerets massif. You emerge into open alpine terrain for more splendid views, including Mont Blanc, as you head to the Bretaye Pass. Descend from here by mountain railway or through woodland and meadow into the village of Villars. You spend your final two nights in the Hotel Alpe Fleurie, Villars-sur-Ollon.
    The route from Les Diableret to Villars-sur-Ollon
  • Choice of walks from Villars: 14km or 15km

    Circular walk via Taveyanne Nature Reserve: up to 15km, 6hrs
    We suggest two very different routes from Villars, both starting and finishing with a short bus ride. The first descends from the Col de la Croix to the historic mountain village of Taveyanne, where there is an excellent restaurant which makes a great lunch stop.

    Circular walk from Solalex: 14km, 5hrs
    Alternatively, an adventurous circuit explores the famous rock-climbing massif of the Arte de l'Argentine. Starting from the village of Solalex, you climb into high-Alpine terrain and over a pass before looping south and west to cross two dramatic ridges – a thrilling walk through high-alpine scenery unlike any that you have explored during the rest of the holiday.
    Taveyanne Nature Reserve on a route from Villars
 

Accommodation

All your hotels offer warm hospitality, style and comfort, great food – and some superb views.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 10 nights: 28 June - 15 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    28 June - 4 July £1535 £545
    5 July - 18 August £1610 £555
    19 August - 5 September £1535 £545
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    10 nights: 28 June - 15 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    28 June - 4 July £1975 £545
    5 July - 18 August £2050 £555
    19 August - 5 September £1975 £545
    3rd & 4th person discount -£100
    Single traveller supplement £100

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Geneva (TGV) approx duration 6h50  plus taxi 1h10.
    Home, Villars sur Ollon -Geneva (regional rail/bus), Geneva - Paris (TGV), Paris - UK (Eurostar) approx duration 11h.
     

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Macchi, Châtel
    'Privilege' with valley view & balcony: 28 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £28
    Hotel Alpe Fleurie, Villars-sur-Ollon
    Superior with balcony: 28 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £20

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Macchi, Châtel (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 Jun - 02 Jul 2019 £105 £145
    03 Jul - 23 Jul 2019 £120 £164
    24 Jul - 20 Aug 2019 £130 £176
    21 Aug - 15 Sep 2019 £105 £145
    Hotel du Pillon, Les Diablerets (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £118 £156
    Hotel Alpe Fleurie, Villars-sur-Ollon (B&B) Double room Single room
    28 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £102 £172
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Geneva

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
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    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Geneva

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Geneva airport to hotel (1h45) £85 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Villars-sur-Ollon to Aigle (0h35), rail Aigle to Geneva Airport (1h25) £42 1200
    rail Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva airport via Bex (2h35) £42 1200
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 10 breakfasts
    9 dinners
    2 picnics
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • travel pass
  • Taxi and rail on day 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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