My husband and I are in the planning stages for a trip in 2022. We went to France in 2019 and spent time in Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, Monaco, Provence and Paris. We loved the French Riviera and thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Welcome Hotel which had been recommended by RS in his guidebook. My husband has said many time that he would go back there in a minute. So we are considering doing just that, but combine that with Switzerland, Chamonix, Annecy, Lyon as well as go to some of the places in the French Riviera that we didn't have time to do last time. We like to walk all over, tour castles and other beautiful architecture, light hiking (2-3 hours max round trip, we are going to be 69 and 70 by the time we do this trip!), river & lake boat rides, various tours, some of the gondolas we would have the opportunity to do and just people watching while having a few cocktails (I am a wine lover) and have a nice dinner. One other thing to note: My husband doesn't care for heights although he does fine with driving in the mountains, hot air balloons and gondolas. So his discomfort is more from walking along a drop-off or too near a drop-off. He has driven Trail Ridge Road in RMNP, Going to the Sun Road in Glacier, etc. so as long as he is holding on to the steering wheel he is ok. We also live in New Mexico at 4000 plus elevation.
Here is what I have come up with so far:
Day 1 This is actually Day 2 of the trip because of flight: Fly into Geneva. Take the train to Lausanne and check into a hotel there. Explore Lausanne the rest of the day and evening until we need to go to bed!
Day 2: Take train to Chateau de Chillon. There are also ways to go there by boat and we may want to do something where we can enjoy being on Lake Geneva anyway. There is a 15 minute boat ride from Montreux. We could also explore Montreux the same day.
Day 3: Chocolate Train, includes Gruyere cheese factory and village.
Day 4, 5, 6: Lauterbrunnen -3 hours by train, we will decide later whether to stay in Lauterbrunnen, Wengen or Murren; lots of good forum contributors on that subject!
Day 7, 8, 9: Take train from Lauterbrunnen to Chambrey and rent a car. Train takes 6 hours. We will probably stay in Annecy for 2 nights since it is in between Chambrey and Chamonix and do a day trip to Chamonix. We may stay the 3rd night in Chambrey so we can return rental car and take an early train to Lyon.
Day 10 & 11: Take train from Chambrey to Lyon. 2 hours and 20 minutes. Spend the rest of the day exploring Lyon. Day 11 we could take one of the Viator vineyard tours and do some wine tasting.
Day 12: Take train from Lyon to Nice: 4 hours. At Nice we would have to transfer to the train to get to Villefranche sur Mer and then walk to Welcome Hotel. The train station at Villefranche is a brisk 10-15 minute walk from the hotel which we did many times in 2019 with and without luggage.
Day 13: Eze: We didn't have time to devote to this in 2019 because getting to and from there seemed a little tricky and could take some time. So we are devoting a whole day to this although we may not need that.
Day 14: Nice, Old Town area and train to points West if we decide we want to go to Antibes. Any info or opinions on Antibes or areas West of Nice would be helpful.
Day 15: Menton? This village intrigues me so I would like to know if others have been there and what you thought of it.
Day 16: fly home
Thanks for your opinions, advice and tips!