May 6 - 15, 2022
This is a club trip, put together and managed by the club. Limited to a maximum of 12 travelers. We don't like big!
Hold onto your hats, because this is going to be a barn burner. My father put together this trip for the family many years ago, and I want to repeat it with the club. We're going to rent a large chalet, in the Swiss Alps above Geneva. The little village is called Chateau D'Oex, and is famous for a previous resident, Charlie Chaplin, who lived out his final days here.
Like all club trips, the dates and itinerary are flexible and there will not be a firm agenda until we get input from travelers. But here's the plan:
Fly from Nashville to Geneva overnight on evening of Friday, May 6, 2022
Arrive in Geneva the morning of May 7, and immediately board train at the airport for the 3-hour trip along Lake Geneva and up into the High Alps. We'll arrange for luggage handling.
On arrival in Chateau D'Oex we'll check into our chalet for 7 wonderful days.
We'll decide as a group how much to eat out in local restaurants, and how much to cook in.
One day we'll explore Chateau D'Oex, the Museum of The High Alps, and check out the many shops.
Plan on taking the train or hiking to nearby villages on at least 2 days.
We'll focus on area hikes for at least two of the days, maybe more.
If we really get bored (!) we can go back down the hill to Montreux, Vevey, or Villeneuve, France. The world is our oyster.
We'll check out on the 14th, and make our way back to Geneva where we'll spend the night.
On the morning of the 15th, we'll board our plane for the trip home. I'm guessing we'll be catching up on our sleep.
We're also offering two excursions:
Paris - Leave the US on May 3, arrive in Paris May 4 and spend 3 nights in Paris and meet up with the rest of the group on the 7th in Geneva.
Rome - On May 15th, take a flight from Geneva directly to Rome where we'll spend 3 nights, flying home on the morning of May 17.
$1,950 - Includes round trip air from New York, cost of chalet Saturday to Saturday per person, double occupancy ($450 single upgrade), round trip transportation by train Geneva to Chateau D'Oex. Meals extra.
$995 - Paris pre-trip extension includes air to Geneva and 3-nights at my favorite Paris boutique hotel: Hotel Albe St. Michele, around the corner from Notre Dame and Isle de la Cite, and entry to The Louvre as well as an evening dinner cruise on the Seine. Price is per person double occupancy. Transfers and luggage handling extra.
$995 - Rome post-trip extension includes air from Geneva and 3 nights at the Damaso Hotel or similar. A tour of the Coliseum and the ancient ruins is included, as well as dinner at the home of a local.
Chateau D'Oex location
The picturesque village of Chateau De'Oex is a 3-hour train ride from Geneva along Lake Geneva.
Village of Chateau D'Oex
The village has some surprisingly good restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and incredible vistas.
Hiking for All
Pick your hiking intensity - from a casual stroll to an ambitious trek to the top of a nearby mountaintop.
We'll overnight in Geneva on our last night.
We'll use the reliable Swiss and European rail systems for all of our transportation.
Rome and Paris Options
There's a pre-trip to Paris and a post-trip to Rome.