A Ski Trip through France, Switzerland and Italy

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Fly into Lyon France. Lyon France is a very charming city. I recommend spending your first night there since you will be tired from the time change. There is a very nice Relais and Chateaux hotel called Villa Florentine.

It is on top of the city with great views. The hotel is very charming with an amazing Restaurant, so I would recommend staying there for dinner. It is a fine dining restaurant and it is excellent!!!

Then after you’re well-rested night take a drive to Evian France which is where Evian water comes from. There is an amazing Leading Hotel in the World there called Hotel Royal, so you should stay there. It was recently renovated. Because we were Leading hotel Members, they left us a bottle of Veuve Champagne in the room, along with a nice fruit plate.

The breakfast is amazing there. Also, the restaurant is great for dinner. I was there on a Sunday night so most good restaurants outside the hotel are closed but the concierge can recommend you some great restaurants. If you like cheese then definitely stop at Le Temple Du Fromage cheese store which is just outside of Evian.

Next, you should drive to Le Crans Montan which is a ski town in Switzerland. Stay at Le Crans Hotel and Spa. It is a small boutique hotel on top of a small town and is a Leading Hotel in the World. Great restaurant for dinner and also the breakfast is amazing. This is a great ski town to try your first day of skiing in.

Then you can take a drive to Verbier Switzerland which is another ski town. There are two hotels that I would recommend there. The W Hotel if you want modern and then there is a Relais and Chateaux hotel which is more old world with a good restaurant (Relais and Chateaux hotels are known for their amazing dining experience). Verbier is a town known for having a younger crowd and good skiing.

The next stop could be Bern which is the capital of Switzerland. This is a very charming city and a great place to walk around and take in the beautiful scenery and has some shopping as well. Stay at Hotel Bellevue Palace which is in the best location, with great views, and is next to the Parliament. This is the Leading Hotel in the World. Try the Kornhaus Keller for dinner.

The great ambiance and food are good. There are also some other great restaurants in Bern, so just ask the concierge. I really enjoyed walking around the old town and there is a small park with some bears that you can go and see and a beautiful rose garden and Albert Einstein’s house.

To continue on your journey Head to Andermatt Switzerland and stay at the Chedi!! This hotel is so amazing. They have a room just for cheese. The restaurant is so amazing, so have dinner there. The common areas at this hotel are just unbelievable.

They also have a Chedi in Bali and Muscat. The room is amazing. This is a ski town so you can enjoy a day of skiing in this beautiful place. This is a Leading Hotel in the World.

If you feel like a spa day you can head to Bad Ragaz and stay at Hotel Hof Ragaz which is known for its spa. It wasn’t my favorite hotel but on the way to your next destination, you can stay here. I would go to the Swiss restaurant for dinner (Zollstube), or the one with the famous chef, but it is hard to get into unless you have made reservations weeks in advance. This is a Leading Hotel in the World.

The next stop should be the famous St.Mortiz, known for the Après Ski parties, nice hotels, and skiing. I tried two hotels out there. The first one is called the Suvretta House which is very nice. The rooms are small. The common areas are very nice!! Amazing pool! My favorite hotel in St.Moritz is Badrutt’s Palace.

It has been there for years. It is amazing in every way. They drive you around in a Rolls Royce. There is a great wine bar in the town called Pavarotti so make sure to go there. I tried a few restaurants out in the town.

One is called Cresa Veglia which has a few restaurants in it. This was pretty good and they also have a private club in the basement. It is part of Badrutt’s Palace. Also Da Vittorio was great. There are some other great restaurants in St.Moritz which the concierge at the hotel can book you into.

There is an amazing chocolate store across from Badrutt’s Palace so make sure to go there if you love chocolate. The skiing is great in St.Moritz so try and get a few days of skiing in. Both hotels are Leading Hotels of the World. The breakfast at Badrutt’s Palace was one of my favorites. They even have a harp player who plays music throughout the entire breakfast.

If you want to try a 3 star Michelin Italian restaurant then next you can drive Brusaporto and stay at the Relais and Chateaux property called Da Vittorio. This is a small hotel with 10 rooms and the original Da Vittorio 3 star Michelin restaurant. It is definitely a unique experience so I would recommend trying it out. The food is great and the little additions along the way are fun, especially the dessert and the end of the dinner with the candy cart. The rooms in the hotel are very nice and the grounds are beautiful.

Next drive to Breuil-Cervinia in Italy. This is a nice ski town where you can ski both on the Italian and Switzerland side. If you choose to ski down into Zermatt Switzerland make sure you get the chair lift back up by 330pm or you won’t make it back to Italy that night. The best hotel there is the Hermitage Hotel and Spa which is a Relais and Chateaux Hotel and is the half board so breakfast and dinner are included.

The food is very good. The town is charming to walk around and stop at a few of the local bars. As you continue on your journey, head to Chamonix France which was one of my favorite towns on this journey. Lots of little shops, cheese, and pastry shops and nice restaurants. Stay at the Mont Blanc 5 star hotel and try Le Chaudron for dinner. This is also a great ski town.

Then you can head to the famous town of Courchevel 1850 France. There are many 5 star hotels here. I stayed at Hotel Le Chabicou which is a Relais and Chateaux hotel. I also had dinner there since it is rated as a 2 star Michelin. It was pretty good. This hotel is right in town which is really convenient.

There are many restaurants in town and in all of the different hotels so just ask the concierge to recommend the best places. People come to Courchevel 1850 to ski and party. I didn’t understand why it is so famous and popular. For me it was overrated, but still, a nice place to check out!!!

Then you can end your trip off in the amazing city of Paris. You should drive back to Lyon France and drop your rental car off and then get the fast train which is at the airport directly into Paris. There are so many nice hotels in Paris.

Some of my favorites are La Reserve, the Bristol, and the Peninsula. They are all exquisite in every way!!! There are also so many amazing restaurants in Paris. This time I tried the Chinese restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel.

Tablettes restaurant which was very good and also Ze Kitchen and Gallerie. All three were amazing!! And check out this site for all the top restaurants and then you can fly home from Paris.