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Around the Vaudoise Alps

Majestic mountain scenery near Lake Geneva
 
Explore panoramic Alpine scenery on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported and free use of mountain transport in Les Diablerets and Villars.  Stay in traditional, welcoming hotels and enjoy exhilarating trails through iconic landscapes containing an abundance of flora and fauna.
 
Around the Vaudoise Alps . 7 nights
Around the Vaudoise Alps . 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Vaudoise Alps –

exhilarating walking amid grand scenery
Rising abruptly from the Rhône Valley beyond the eastern end of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), the Vaudoise Alps is a beautifully green mountain region that reaches impressive heights. With classic Alpine landscapes of jagged limestone peaks, wide green valleys and wooded ridges, the Vaudoise is dotted with small, traditional villages nestling amid some of Switzerland's most spectacular scenery. In the furthest reaches of the range, deep within the forests of Norway spruce, European larch and Arolla pine, small numbers of the elusive brown bear, wolf and lynx make their home, though you are far more likely to see marmots, bearded vultures and chamois. Above the treeline, the high meadows are awash with flowers in the spring and summer months, including the rare and delicate Edelweiss.
Walking here is an absolute delight, with the option, if you so wish, of taking advantage of the efficient mountain transport network to shorten some routes. The paths afford some of the most scintillating panoramas you can imagine – gaze out across the countless jutting peaks that form the 'roof of Switzerland', all the while feeling the dramatic presence of Les Diablerets Glacier which dominates your immediate surroundings. A popular ski area in winter, this corner of the Alps is relatively quiet at other times, meaning you often have the trails to yourselves – another reason, if one were needed, to choose this idyllic region.
 
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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 Leysin
    Night 1: at Le Grand Chalet (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 Leysin: 9km, 3.5hrs
    For your first day, we recommend a circuit that traverses woodland and pasture on the slopes above the village, offering some wonderful views both over the Leysin valley and towards Lake Geneva, the Rhône plain and the Dents du Midi.
    Circular walk from 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; 1000m ascent/descent
    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; 600m ascent/1000m descent
    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.
  • Les Diablerets to Villars-sur-Ollon: 20km, 7hrs; 850m ascent/800m descent; shorter option: 7.5km, 3hrs; 250m ascent/800m descent
    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 the next two nights in the Hotel Alpe Fleurie, Villars-sur-Ollon.
  • Choice of walks from Villars: 14km or 15km


    Circular walk via Taveyanne Nature Reserve: up to 15km, 6hrs; 720m ascent/1040m descent
    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; 760m ascent/descent
    Alternatively, an adventurous circuit explores the famous rock-climbing massif of the Arte 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
 

Accommodation

You are warmly welcomed to four traditional Swiss hotels, offering comfort and good food.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 June - 15 September 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 31 August £985 £325
    1 - 8 September £960 £315
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    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.

    Included travel: A Swiss Half-Fare Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    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.

    7 nights: 15 June - 15 September 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 31 August £1345 £325
    1 - 8 September £1315 £315
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    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–Leysin (TGV/regional rail/bus), approx. duration 10h30 plus 0h05 walk to the hotel.
    Home, Villars sur Ollon–Paris (TGV/regional rail/bus), Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 11h plus 0h02 walk from the hotel.

    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.

    7 nights: 15 June - 15 September 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 June - 31 August £1050 £325
    1 - 8 September £1025 £315
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Alpe Fleurie
    Superior with balcony: 15 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £20

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

    Hotel du Pillon (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 15 Sep 2019 £118 £156
    Hotel Alpe Fleurie (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 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 flying via 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 
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    Manchester - Geneva easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via 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
    rail Geneva airport to Leysin-Grand Hôtel (2h), walk to hotel (0h05) £34 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus Villars-sur-Ollon to Aigle (0h35), rail Aigle to Geneva Airport (1h25) £32 1200
    walk to station (0h01), rail Villars-sur-Ollon to Geneva airport (2h35) £32 1200
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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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 >
  • 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 Switzerland, 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 languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss 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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