Winter Luxury Express
Premium first class rail journey London – Verbier
Three-course meals, private guides and transfers, cocktails at Le Train Bleu
Enjoy eight full days’ worth of skiing
Overnight at four-star hotel in Lausanne before and after Verbier
Stay at all-inclusive chalet with ski-in, ski-out
Premium first class
Le Train Bleu
It is nine o’clock on a Saturday morning and the ski lifts are just whirling into action as you arrive at Verbier. You have had a great night’s sleep, changed into your ski outfit in the comfort of your Lausanne four-star boutique hotel, then enjoyed a relaxed and beautiful one-hour train ride alongside Lake Geneva to the very foot of the Valais Alps. Here, a chauffeured car awaited to drive you to your chalet – or even directly to the ski lift.
The majority of your fellow ski-vacationers will only arrive late this afternoon. You, however, have had a perfect day on the slopes. And on next Saturday, when other skiers pack their boots and leave Verbier so early that any last skiing is usually out of the question, you have the mountains at your disposal the whole day. Only when the sun is setting behind Mont Fort will you finally hand in your skis and descend to the valley.
Enjoy two more days of skiing
That is eight days of skiing in one week. 33 percent more winter bliss than the usual ski vacation, if you want to be mathematical about it. And the magical key to gaining two extra days on the slopes is arriving at the mountains more leisurely and comfortably than you would have though possible. Instead of a long and eminently forgettable travel day of security lines and crowds, Silver Tray serves you a perfectly relaxed and luxurious day that embodies the romance of travel from a bygone era.
Champagne, three-course dining and cocktails
You depart from London Friday at lunch time, travelling on Eurostar in Business Premiere. Celebrate the start of a great journey as your steward welcomes you with a glass of Champagne, followed by an excellent three-course lunch as the train approaches France. At Gare du Nord, your private Silver Tray guide awaits you at the platform and escorts you to a chauffeured car for the drive to Gare de Lyon. Here, your guide treats you to a cocktail at the bar at the legendary Le Train Bleu, before she bids you farewell in front of the Business Premiere car of your TGV Lyria high-speed train to Lausanne.
The TGV Lyria offers a class of service above and beyond anything offered on the rest of the TGV network. Enjoy the comfort and service of the train’s premium first class, as you are served a three-course meal that is both inventive and delicate, crafted by a Michelin-star chef to combine Swiss and French culinary traditions. When you arrive at Lausanne after a memorable four-hour journey, a private guide awaits right at the car to escort you to your four-star hotel. It is so early in the evening that a stroll through the winding streets of the medieval centre beckons.
Next morning, the only thing between you and the slopes is the short and scenic one-hour train ride alongside the terraced vineyards, castles, and views of snow-capped Alpine peaks across the lake. One week later, the return trip to London is the same wonderful journey. You arrive at St Pancras International Sunday afternoon.
Depart London Friday at lunch time, return to London Sunday afternoon. Overnights pre and post ski vacation in Lausanne. Travel to Lausanne on Eurostar and TGV Lyria in premium first class with three-course meals and wine on both trains. Private arrival guides and chauffeured car transfers in Paris and Lausanne. Private transfer from train station directly to your chalet in Verbier.
Stay in charming, comfortable and centrally located four-star boutique hotels carefully curated by Silver Tray. Breakfast is included, as are transfers between the train station and the hotel.
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