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JEC Switzerland 2020

JEC Switzerland
25th September – 5th October 2020

JEC Switzerland is a ten-night driving tour that takes you through France and into the magnificent Swiss Alps, where you will enjoy four nights at a four-star hotel on Lake Brienz and then three nights at a five-star hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The tour will take in the Grimsel, Furka and Susten pass allowing plenty of time to take in the unspoiled nature, local cheese, chocolate and wine along the way. As a special treat, whilst on Lake Geneva, we will take part in the 29th running of the Swiss Classic British Car Meeting in Morges; an event that attracts over 1500 classic cars each year.

Friday 25th September
The tour starts at Folkestone for a late morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. We will clear the first part of the journey on the Autoroute before enjoying the final part of the journey on the d-roads. The hotel this evening is situated in the countryside by a lake. Dinner is included at the hotel. (Approximate driving distance: 160 miles / 3 hours plus stops)

Saturday 26th September
The plan is to depart the hotel together after breakfast, so that we arrive at the Reims circuit for a group photo opportunity in front of the historic pit buildings. Following this you have a scenic drive through the Champagne region and into Burgundy all via winding d-roads. Why not call in at the Dijon-Prenois circuit, as we pass by; the French Grand Prix was held here for many years. It is then just a short distance to our chateau hotel just south of Dijon. Dinner is included here this evening. (Approximate driving distance: 220 miles / five hours plus stops)

Sunday 27th September
After breakfast we continue on the picturesque back roads of France as we start our ascent into the Jura region. We will view the wild flowers and listen out for the cow bells, so reminiscent with this area of France. As we arrive in to Switzerland we’ll take a mixture of flowing Swiss motorways as well as enjoyable local roads to arrive at the four-star Grandhotel Giessbach, where we are based for four nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (Approximate driving distance: 209 miles / 4 & a half hours plus stops)

Monday 28th September
After breakfast we will drive to Gantrisch Nature Park. The road will lead you along the lakeside and through tranquil villages with breath-taking views of the mountainous scenery. There is time throughout the day to stop and visit such landmarks as a medieval monastery. The day is rounded off with a drive along the impressive road by the shores of lake Thun. Approximate driving distance: 125 miles / 4 hours plus stops)

Tuesday 29th September
Today’s drive will lead you to the famous triangle of Grimsel, Furka and Susten Passes. You will pass blue lakes while winding up the hillside to the moss-covered granite rocks of Grimsel Pass.
The journey continues towards the Furka Pass at an altitude of 2,429m. You will drive through the lush Rhône valley and will even be able to catch a glimpse of the Rhône Glacier. You will have time to enjoy the panoramic views, passing villages and small creeks on your way to the third and last mountain pass of the day, the Susten Pass. (Approximate driving distance: 110 miles / 4 hours plus stops)

Wednesday 30th September
You are at leisure today to rest the car and explore the area further. Why not exchange the car for a steam locomotive and join an optional excursion to Brienzer Rothorn, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the Bernese Alps and lakes. Alternatively, you can visit Schilthorn; the famous James Bond mountain. On this visit you can take the train and cable cars up to the summit with an intermediate stop at Brig for a photo opportunity. The summit offers panoramic views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and you can have lunch at the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria.

Thursday 1st October
Following breakfast we will check out of your hotel and depart to Lausanne, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The first part of the drive will lead you, via Interlaken, to the luxurious village of Gstaad. The chalet village of Gstaad welcomes the rich and famous and the centre of the village in recent years has developed into the most popular and shortest “shopping mile” in Switzerland. The route continues through the Gruyere Pays-d’Enhaut Regional nature park, known for its alpine dairy farming and agriculture. In the past, the traders of the region were referred to as “Cheese Barons”. You will eventually reach the city of Aigle, the heart of the renowned vineyards. In the heart of the Chablais AOC wine region, we will visit the ‘Vine and Wine Museum’ set in the exceptional setting of the Château d’Aigle, a must for wine enthusiasts and amateurs alike. The last stretch of road for the day will lead along the terraced Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2007. After an exciting day you will arrive in Lausanne and check into the Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne for the next three nights. (Approximate driving distance 110 miles / 3 & a half hours plus stops)

Friday 2nd October
Today’s drive will lead you along the lake of Geneva and to Yverdon-les-Bains. The town hosts the most important spa resort in western Switzerland and is nestling between the Jura region, the hills of the Broye and Lake Neuenburg. One of highlights of the day is definitely the view from Creux du Van. This giant natural Amphitheatre can be reached when doing a detour from Travers. Enjoy a special event here in Gruyere while learning to cook the specialty of the region – your own cheese fondue. (Approximate driving distance: 155 miles / 5 and half hours plus stops)

Saturday 3rd October
Picture a lovely lakeside setting in one of the most picturesque towns bordering Lake Geneva. Add many hundreds of some of the finest examples of classic British motorcars and motorbikes on display. In 2019, the event attracted more than 20,000 visitors and saw over 1500 classic British cars and motorbikes turn up from not only Switzerland, but many from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK as well. As you leave pick up our snack-box filled with local Swiss treats for the drive back from Morges for our final night in Lausanne. (Approximate driving distance: 20 miles / 30 minutes plus stops)

Sunday 4th October
Enjoy the last views of Lake Leman over breakfast before we take an enjoyable route back through the Jura region into Burgundy. We then head to the attractive town of Troyes. We have selected a central hotel with underground parking, so you are able to explore the town. We will have dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (Approximate driving distance: 225 miles / 5 hours plus stops)

Monday 5th October
From Troyes it is a four-hour drive via the Autoroute back to Calais. You can select your preferred time for your return Eurotunnel crossing. Either have a leisurely drive or make your way directly back to Calais for your return home. Approximate driving distance: 240 miles / 4 hours plus stops)

 

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Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz

Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz

Four star hotel set alongside the Lake and an impressive waterfall.
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