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Welcome to Bontour

At Bontour, we want your holidays to be fantastique and our friendly team brings you their expertise with, of course, a little bit of extra je ne sais quoi.

Part of C. I. Travel Group, Bontour is a local company established over 30 years ago. We pride ourselves on personalised service, in-depth knowledge, high standards and above all, excellent value.

We specialise in short breaks and group itineraries across France, the UK and the Channel Islands and expertly organise escorted tours close to home and further afield using direct flights where possible. Our website is here to inspire you and tempt you with special offers, however we can also tailor-make your holiday helping you turn a dream into the memory of a lifetime.

Join the journey, come to see us; we’re your one stop shop from air and sea travel to trains and concert tickets and everything in-between and beyond. Bon Voyage!

The Bontour Experience


The team at Bontour offer a wealth of knowledge and experience together with a friendly personal service. Whatever you long to do, wherever you’d love to stay, we would be happy to advise you – be it a short break, a special occasion, a group or family outing, we can make it happen.

Five Star Customer Service


We believe that our knowledge, friendliness and customer service are second to none - but don’t just take our word for it!

We consistently receive positive feedback from our customers via independent feedback forum, FeeFo, and maintain a positive rating of 4.5 stars!

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“It is all organised for you, all I had to do was turn up!”

“I will always use Bontour for my trips to France.”

“You'll feel that Bontour want to do the best for you.”

“Always friendly and helpful and extremely efficient.”

Our Featured Destinations

Independent Swiss Rail Journeys
St Moritz & Bernina Express - Glacier Express & Interlaken - Golden Pass Train & Montreux

Package Prices

7 night detailed itinerary + train + 3* B&B accommodation + flight:
depart Jersey from only £1,349 per person*
depart Guernsey from only £1,399 per person*

* Inclusive price. Price is per person and based on 2 people sharing a twin bedded room, single supplement from £159 applies in a single room. Flight from Jersey via Guernsey (Jersey clients stay onboard) and onto Zurich. Return flight direct from Zurich to Jersey with onward connection to Guernsey. All prices are subject to availability. If the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking. Prices for families are available on request.
Four star accommodation is available at a supplement starting from £200pp based on 2 people sharing and from £319 single supplement.

Panoramic Round Trip

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Saturday departures

8 day - 7 night package

Includes detailed travel itinerary, train tickets, B&B accommodation, return flights

Golden Pass seat reservation

Panoramic carriage seat reservations on Glacier Express & Bernina Express

Free transport on selected mountain railways in St Moritz

Jungfraujoch excursion

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Independent Swiss Rail Journeys

Discover the real Switzerland at your own pace as you explore independently. Scenic Railway Journeys offer comprehensive itineraries making sure you experience all the best bits of this beautiful country and at the end of each day of adventure, there is always a comfy bed waiting for you. They might be called rail journeys, but you’ll also ride local buses, cable cars and even paddle steamers.

The itinerary presented here is the Panoramic Round Trip itinerary and we also propose the Scenic Rail Adventure itinerary.


Switzerland by Train


Panoramic Round Trip

Discover the diverse regions and cultures of Switzerland on this 8-day tour. You will travel on the three most famous express trains from Central Switzerland to the Italian-speaking Ticino, taking in some spectacular countryside and staying in some beautiful Swiss towns on the way. It is a great opportunity to visit the best of Switzerland on some of the most exciting rail routes in Europe.

Panoramic Round Trip Map


  • Be charmed by the very chic St. Moritz
  • Glide along the majestic Bernina Pass and its glaciers onboard the Bernina Express
  • Explore Tirano (Italy) and visit its fascinating cathedral Madonna di Tirano
  • Marvel at the engineering prowess behind the Glacier Express railway line
  • Be mesmerized by the beauty of mountain lakes as you relax in Interlaken
  • Reach Europe's highest railway station at the Jungfraujoch
  • Admire the vineyards of Switzerland from the luxury of the Golden Pass Train
  • Enjoy the magnificence of Lake Geneva at Montreux.

Montreux Jazz Festival - 30th June - 15th July 2017

Montreux Jazz Festival takes places over 2 weeks each summer in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. With ambitious programming choices, the festival offers a haven of peace to both artists and public and time often seems to stop as the most improbable encounters become reality. Montreux has nonetheless seen historic performances by artists including Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder.

Please note that during the festival, rooms in Montreux are on request and an additional supplement might apply.

Accommodation:

Choose between 3* and 4* accommodation - if the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking.

Please be advised that double beds are unusual in Swiss hotels and double rooms will mostly have 2 single beds. Single occupancy supplements are based on single rooms with one single bed.

Hotels are located within walking distance of the train stations. 5* accommodation available on request.

3 * accommodation:

  • Hotel Helvétie, Montreux
  • City Hotel Oberland, Interlaken
  • Hotel Laudinella , St.Moritz
  • 4 * accommodation:

  • Golf Hotel René Capt, Montreux
  • Hotel Metropole, Interlaken
  • Hotel Steffani, St.Moritz
  • Flight Times

    Outbound

    Jersey departure to Zurich (Stopping in Guernsey. Remain on the plane for 15 minutes):

  • Flybe ATR 42-320 - 09:35 - 13:10
  • Guernsey departure DIRECT to Zurich:

  • Flybe ATR 42-320 - 10:10 - 13:10

  • Return

    Zurich departure DIRECT to Jersey:

  • Flybe ATR 42-320 - 13:40 - 14:40
  • Jersey to Guernsey:

  • Flybe ATR 42-320 - 17:50 - 18:10
  • Available upgrade

  • Upgrade to 4 star accommodation from £200 per person.
  • FREE upgrade to 1st class rail travel in May and June

  • Zurich Average Temperature

    Full Itinerary

    For the 3* and 4* accommodation options please see the Package Information tab above.

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    Day 1: Channel Islands to Zurich and St. Moritz

    From Jersey, clients will board their Flybe flight to Zurich with a stopover of 15 minutes in Guernsey where our Guernsey clients will board. Your flight is then direct onto Zurich. Your adventure will start here in Zurich as you take your first rail journey towards St. Moritz.

    Once in St. Moritz you will easily find your hotel located within a short walking distance of the train station.

    Welcome to Switzerland!

    Day 2: St. Moritz - Tirano - St. Moritz

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Today you will begin your trip in earnest and board the Bernina Express to take you over the Bernina Pass. The area along the train line has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will go past mighty glaciers as well as over the highest point at 2,253m (7,391ft). The line then climbs down to the mountain village of Tirano (Italy) where, unexpectedly and beautifully, palm trees and oleanders thrive. You have around 2 hours in Tirano, plenty of time to visit the catholic cathedral of Madonna di Tirano or to experience some of the exceptional local cuisine on offer in the many cafés and restaurants before starting your return journey to St. Moritz.

    Overnight in St. Moritz.


    Bernina Express


    Day 3: St. Moritz & Glacier Express - (Brig) - Interlaken

    After breakfast you will depart St. Moritz with the mighty Glacier Express and go on a thrilling ride to Brig then board a 'normal' train to Interlaken. This journey will allow you to take in some of the most dramatic scenery Switzerland has to offer.

    The journey is narrated (in English) explaining the amazing engineering feat of overcoming extreme altitude temperature variations and the challenges that constitute for building such a railway line.


    Glacier Express Scenery


    As you gaze out at the stunning alpine panorama, you can choose from a range of culinary specialities and traditional dishes. All meals are freshly prepared on board and served at your seat. You can reserve lunch in as an optional extra with Bontour before you travel. Lunch can also be purchased on the train directly however we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment as supplies are limited.

  • Glacier Express, Dish of the Day, 1 course lunch - £26pp
  • Glacier Express, 3 course lunch - £38pp.
  • Late afternoon arrival in interlaken. Overnight in Interlaken.


    Interlaken


    Day 4: Interlaken - Excursion to Jungfraujoch

    Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to the Jungfraujoch.

    The journey to the Jungfraujoch Station will take you up to 3,454 meters - Europe’s highest altitude railway station - and a highlight to every visit to Switzerland. The Jungfrau Railways is an extraordinary engineering masterpiece with the last section built inside the mountain itself. You will stop for views through the panoramic windows at the "Eigerwand" and "Eismeer" stations in the middle of the North Wall, a thrilling way to experience some spectacular scenery.


    Sphinx Observatory


    Once at the top, you will be able to visit the Sphinx astronomical Observatory which one reaches from the Junfraujoch Station via a series of tunnels carved through the rocks. The tunnels are attractions in themselves with the 'Ice Palace', an ice-made corridor to slide along and the 'Alpine Sensation', a subway inside the rock which marks the centenary of the Jungfrau Railway and links the Ice Palace to the Sphinx Observatory.

    Outside the Observatory viewing platform goes right above the Aletsch Glacier, a sight of sheer beauty.


    Aletsch Glacier


    Late afternoon return to Interlaken via Kleine Scheidegg pass and the world-famous glacier village of Grindelwald.

    Overnight in Interlaken.

    Day 5: Interlaken - Jungfrau Region

    Breakfast at hotel. Full day at leisure.

    Interlaken nestles between the two beautiful lakes of Thun and Brienz inviting you to a lazy cruise accompanied by stunning views. A favourite is to combine a cruise on lake Brienz with a visit to the picturesque wood carving village of Brienz and a trip by the steam railway to the top of Brienzer Rothorn. Your included half fare card will give you 50% discount on this excursion.


    Lake Thun


    Overnight in Interlaken.

    Day 6: Montreux - Interlaken & Golden Pass Line

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Board the Golden Pass train from Interlaken and relax as the train sweeps through the many vineyards and country estates on its way to Montreux. For a special experience pre book a VIP seat (supplement) affording you the train driver’s view on the stretch from Zweisimmen to Montreux.


    Golden Pass Train


    Overnight in Montreux.

    Day 7: Montreux - free day on Lake Geneva

    Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure in Montreux, the heart of the Swiss Riviera.

    Visit the famous Château de Chillon, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe, take a cruise on Switzerland’s largest lake, Lake Geneva or enjoy a mountain excursion to the Rochers-de-Naye peaks for fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding French and Swiss Alps.


    Montreux


    Overnight in Montreux.

    Day 8: Montreux - Zurich - Channel Islands

    Departure by rail transfer to Zurich airport for your flight departure at 13:40.

    What's included:

    • Rail tickets in 1st or 2nd class for rail travel as per itinerary (Swiss Card includes half fare discount)
    • 7 night accommodation in selected hotel category, standard rooms
    • 7 x breakfasts
    • Local taxes
    • Golden Pass seat reservation
    • Glacier Express seat reservation in panoramic carriage
    • Bernina Express seat reservation in panoramic carriage
    • Jungfraujoch excursion (roundtrip via Wengen & Grindelwald)
    • Free transport on selected mountain railways in St. Moritz
    • Souvenir gifts in selected locations
    • Detailed travel itinerary and documentation.

    What's not included:

    • Meals not specified
    • Personal expenses.

    Important information:

    Montreux Jazz Festival

    The Montreux Jazz Festival will take place between 30th June - 15th July 2017.

    During the festival, rooms in Montreux are on request and an additional supplement might apply for 4 star accommodation.

    Glacier Express Lunch:

    • It is highly advisable to pre-book lunch with us prior to departure to guarantee dishes availability:
    • Glacier Express Dish of the Day £26 pp
      • Glacier Express 3 course lunch £38 pp

      Seat reservations and transport:

      • Please note that seat reservations on the Glacier Express or the Bernina Express can only be confirmed about 90 days prior to the travel date. For earlier bookings we shall confirm all other services and advise the train reservations at a later stage
      • Seat Reservation on the Bernina Express includes coach and train
      • Free transport on selected mountain railways in St. Moritz is included

      Rail Travel:

      • 2nd or 1st Class Rail Travel available
      • Please request a "Family Card" at time of booking.

    Terms & Conditions

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    • Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement applies in a single room
    • A non-refundable deposit of £100 per person is due at time of booking
    • Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to departure
    • You will need a valid passport to travel
    • We recommend you take out fully comprehensive travel insurance
    • There is no charge for payment by debit card. Credit card transactions will be charged at 2.5% of the amount being paid
    • Baggage allowance: 1 hold luggage at 20kg per person plus 1 piece of hand luggage (Max weight 10kg, and max dimensions of 50 x 35 x 20cm)
    • Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking.

    7 night detailed itinerary + train + 3* B&B accommodation + flight:
    depart Jersey from only £1,349 per person*
    depart Guernsey from only £1,399 per person*

    * Inclusive price. Price is per person and based on 2 people sharing a twin bedded room, single supplement from £159 applies in a single room. Flight from Jersey via Guernsey (Jersey clients stay onboard) and onto Zurich. Return flight direct from Zurich to Jersey with onward connection to Guernsey. All prices are subject to availability. If the suggested hotels are not available alternatives will be offered at time of booking. Prices for families are available on request.
    Four star accommodation is available at a supplement starting from £200pp based on 2 people sharing and from £319 single supplement.