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Swiss trains are swift, swish and, for a week, are slashing their prices. Buy between 27 May and 07 June, with prices from £26, to enjoy travel between 01 July and 31 August on trains from Paris to Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Bern.
Paris to Geneva
Under 3 hrs from Paris, Geneva’s lake, proximity to the Swiss Alps, fine food and chic boutiques make this the most restorative of city breaks. Lac Léman, the proper name for Lake Geneva is the biggest lake in the Alps, with a 175km cycling route encircling it. Take on one stage or two stages of it to the likes of Montreux, and then come back by train as it is only an hour from Geneva. You will feel a world away when you are on your bike, however. Hire one at Genève Roule in the city.
Paris to Lausanne
Under 4 hrs from Paris, Lausanne is also located on Lac Léman, but on its northern side, with a glorious array of Alps beyond that. With summer approaching you can swim in the lake at Ouchy, or Vidy and Louis Bourget Parks are slightly wilder swimming spots. There are plenty of car-free zones so you can walk everywhere here, including the Old Town where a climb up to the top of the gothic cathedral is a must. The views are verging on ethereal.
Paris to Basel
It takes just over 3 hrs to get from Paris to the medieval Swiss town of Basel. Small and chocolate box sweet, head to the Old Town for ancient sites such as Basel Münster cathedral, St. Elizabeth church and the Rathaus town hall, Or ramble down to the Rhine where there are plenty of boat trips on offer. Local people swim in the Rhine too, so always pack your bathers for Basel. It is also worth taking a 40 mins train journey over the German border to Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest, also full of many sweet layers.
Paris to Bern
The capital city’s Old Town is elegantly enveloped by the River Aare. Two of the Bern's cultural gems are the Kunstmuseum and the Zentrum Paul Klee, the latter boasting the world’s largest collection of this Swiss artist’s work. Don’t miss climbing the 100m spire of Bern’s Gothic cathedral, with views across the city, river and the Bernese Oberland Alps, where hundreds of hiking trails await.
Day trips from Venice by train
With recent problems of overtourism in Venice, there are times when you may want to escape on a day trip. Of which there are many. Here are a few of our top tips.