The Lake Geneva region is located in the French-speaking part of western Switzerland, a timeless, picturesque destination boasting classic mountain beauty and iconic hotels.
Visitors come from around the world for wine tastings in the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; outdoor activities including hiking and winter mountain sports; and the Vallée de Joux, the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking.
In October, the Aquatis Aquarium-Vivarium opened in Lausanne, an interactive cultural center, museum and educational institution. It’s the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe, containing close to 10,000 fish and reptile species from five continents.
Also this winter, the village of Château-d’Oex celebrates its 40th-annual Festival International de Ballons Jan. 27–Feb. 4, 2018. The town is famed as the start of the first successful around-the-world balloon journey in 1999 in the Breitling Orbiter by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. This year, more than 80 balloons from 20 countries will take to the skies.
If food is the main motivation for your trip to the Lake Geneva region, there is no shortage of world-class culinary experiences to be had this winter. Michelin-starred chef Franck Giovannini from Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier was awarded Best Chef of the Year, and chef Florian Carrard at Hotel Valrose in Rougemont was named Discovery of the Year in Switzerland by Gault&Millau. There are 97 restaurants in the Lake Geneva region in the Gault&Millau 2018 guide and 12 restaurants in the Michelin Guide 2018.
If you’re traveling around Christmastime, enjoy Switzerland’s renowned holiday markets. The month-long Montreaux Noel features 160 chalets arranged along the lakefront, selling handmade goods and local food specialties. The nearby city of Lausanne has its own holiday festival, Bô Noël — a market with local food, wines and handmade goods.
Glacier 3000 expands its ski area for the 2017–2018 season with the creation of Red Run, which opened Dec. 20. At nearly five miles long, it will be the longest ski run on the glacier. Visitors can also take the Peak Walk, go dogsledding and enjoy a meal at the renovated Restaurant Botta. Visit the Lake Geneva website to learn more about skiing, sledding and other winter sports in Les Diablerets, Villas-sur-Ollon, Les Mosses, Leysin and other ski areas.
CRUISING HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY over the past century, first providing travelers with a means of transportation and then ushering in a new era that attracted leisure travelers looking for variety in the midnight buffets and activity on the shuffleboard courts. The new generation of cruisers takes cruising to an entirely new realm, where passengers split their time on and off the boat for an equal mix of time on the water and on the shore.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
IT IS IN THE NATURE OF THINGS we love to want to trace them to their beginnings. It is also in the nature of things we love to enjoy sharing them with others. Put the two together, add a ship, and that is what wine enthusiasts can expect on a wine cruise. Sail along historic rivers, disembark to visit wineries, walk the vineyards, taste the wines and later, on the ship, enjoy dinner with other wine lovers while sipping wines highlighting your meal. A wine-rich day ends with a peaceful night’s sleep as the ship sails on to tomorrow’s vinous treat.
TIME IS NOT ON THE SIDE of taxpayers who failed to report their Bitcoin and other virtual currency transactions to the IRS. The IRS recently announced it is sending letters to virtual currency owners who have not reported transactions on income tax returns. By the end of August, more than 10,000 taxpayers received these letters.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Travelers flying out of Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) on Austrian Airlines have a new way to view seats during the booking process.