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Dependable travel

By carefully choosing our airline partners, airports and slot times we are able to ensure you a comfortable and reliable service from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester to the Alps. We can’t pretend that the fun of the holiday begins at the airport (particularly if you are travelling with young children) but we can try and get you to your chalet with the minimum of fuss.

Alternative regional flights

Where possible we will endeavour to meet your needs and will happily book regional and scheduled flying to suit your party (supplement payable).
If the timings of any bought in flights coincide effectively with our charter flights we can also reserve seats on our coach transfer to (and from) resort. If your flight times do not fit with our coach transfers we can organise alternative public or private transfers on your behalf at a supplement. 

Flight details for the 2016/17 season

 

All of our flight details are subject to confirmation (including departure/arrival airports, carriers, schedules & services).

The flights below are a guide for the coming season

VAL D’ISERE - Flights from Gatwick, Heathrow or Manchester with coach transfer. Into Geneva or Grenoble, choice of times.

  • Gatwick – Grenoble, BA; 1145-1430 / 1530-1610 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp* 
  • Gatwick South – Geneva, Aer Lingus; 1120-1355 / 1430-1520 
  • Manchester T1 – Geneva, Jet 2; 0655-0955 / 1100-1200 (£40pp supp)
  • Manchester T1 - Grenoble, Jet 2; 0815-1115/1200-1300 (£50pp supp)
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, BA; 0835-1115 / 1220-1250 (£50pp supp) excl 5, 12 & 19 Feb
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, Swiss; 0855-1135 / 1250-1335 (£50pp supp) – 5 & 19 Feb only

LA PLAGNE - Flights from Gatwick or Manchester with coach transfer.

  • Gatwick South – Geneva, Aer Lingus; 1120-1355 / 1430-1520 
  • Gatwick – Grenoble, BA; 1145-1430 / 1530-1610 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp* 
  • Manchester T1 – Geneva, Jet 2; 0655-0955 / 1100-1200 (£40pp supp) 
  • Manchester T1 - Grenoble, Jet 2; 0815-1115/1200-1300 (£50pp supp)

MORZINE, LES GETS & AVORIAZ - Flights from Gatwick or Manchester with coach transfer.

  • Gatwick South – Geneva, Aer Lingus; 1120-1355 / 1430-1520 
  • Manchester T1 – Geneva, Jet 2; 0655-0955 / 1100-1200 (£40pp supp) 

ALPE D’HUEZ - Flights from Gatwick with coach transfer.  

  • Gatwick – Grenoble, BA; 1145-1430 / 1530-1610 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp*
  • Manchester T1 - Grenoble, Jet 2; 0815-1115/1200-1300 (£50pp supp)

MERIBEL - Flights from Gatwick or Manchester with coach transfer. Into Geneva or Grenoble, choice of times.  

  • Gatwick South – Geneva, Aer Lingus; 1120-1355 / 1430-1520 
  • Gatwick – Grenoble, BA; 1145-1430 / 1530-1610 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp* 
  • Manchester T1 – Geneva, Jet 2; 0655-0955 / 1100-1200 (£40pp supp)
  • Manchester T1 - Grenoble, Jet 2; 0815-1115/1200-1300 (£50pp supp)
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, BA; 0835-1115 / 1220-1250 (£50pp supp) - excl 5, 12 & 19 Feb
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, Swiss; 0855-1135 / 1250-1335 (£50pp supp) – 5 & 19 Feb only

COURCHEVEL - Flights from Gatwick or Manchester with coach transfer.  

  • Gatwick – Grenoble, BA; 1145-1430 / 1530-1610 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp* 
  • Manchester T1 - Grenoble, Jet 2; 0815-1115/1200-1300 (£50pp supp)
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, BA; 0835-1115 / 1220-1250 (£50pp supp) - excl 5, 12 & 19 Feb
  • Heathrow (T5) – Geneva, Swiss; 0855-1135 / 1250-1335 (£50pp supp) – 5 & 19 Feb only

ST ANTON & LECH - Flights from Gatwick with coach transfer.

  • Gatwick – Friedrichshafen, BA; 0720-1005 / 1100-1150 – CLUB Seats Available £120pp supp* 

VERBIER & ZERMATT - Flights from Gatwick with coach transfer.

  • Gatwick South – Geneva, Aer Lingus; 1120-1355 / 1430-1520
  • Manchester T1 – Geneva, Jet 2; 0655-0955 / 1100-1200 (£40pp supp) 

Please note regarding flights:

All flights are booked on a first come first served basis, and are subject to availability. On occasions we may allocate alternative flights for certain resorts over and above those listed above. Please double check your allocated flight at the time of booking and on receipt of invoice.

As our travel arrangements are made many months in advance, flight details are provisional and may change up to the date of departure. Exact details of your flight numbers, carriers, baggage allowances and timings will be confirmed when tickets are issued via email approximately 1 week before departure.

*BA CLUB Class upgrade - £250pp supp on w/c 26 Dec 2016 & 12 Feb 2017. £120pp supp all other dates.

Departure details;

  • Departure terminals for the 2016/17 season are still to be confirmed.
  • Check-in is minimum 2 hours prior to departure 
  • Check-in desks will close 45 minutes prior to the departure take off time. Any passenger who tries to check in later than this time will be denied access to the flight, regardless of circumstances. It is therefore essential that you allow ample time to reach the airport and to check in 
  • Luggage allowance on our Gatwick flights is one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg. Manchester flights allow one bag per person weighing no more than 22kg. Hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person weighing no more than 10kg. Full details of baggage allowance will be detailed in pre-departure information and in the 'luggage' tab on this page. 
  • Ski carriage is charged at £30 return per set of skis/board (£50 for MAN-GNB) and must be pre-booked to ensure there is space on the aircraft. Our BA CLUB Class upgrade includes ski carriage. Ski carriage is not included for the BA Heathrow flight - see full details on the ‘luggage’ tab on this page.
  • If we have bought in seats for you either on the flights above or on a separate scheduled flight please check the departure and baggage allowance information on your boarding pass/flight itinerary and on the aircraft carrier's website prior to travel.

Transfers

 

Airport Transfers

Our holiday prices include return transfers between your overseas airport and resort when flying on our charter flights. Your transfer will normally be by coach depending on your resort and flight. We also offer private transfers to all our resorts with a supplement payable.

Coach Transfers

We endeavour to operate coach transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Although occasionally it may be necessary to ask you to wait for guests arriving on other flights we are committed to keeping waiting times to a minimum. Please note:

  • Feeder services may sometimes be used.
  • Adverse weather, unusually heavy traffic or flight diversions may cause delays beyond our reasonable control. On peak holiday dates it is sometimes necessary to arrange your homebound transfer earlier than normal to allow for extra traffic.
  • Transfer journey times between overseas airports and resorts are shown on resort pages. Please note that times may vary due to traffic conditions, especially at peak holiday times.
  • Please note that whilst seats are allocated to every party member, we cannot provide car seats for infants or small children on coach transfers. 
  • At some airports, you may be required to make your own way between separate terminals
  • At Geneva we may occasionally, for operational reasons substitute rail travel to our Swiss resorts for coach travel or vice versa.
  • Third party shared transfers may be used on occasion.

Transfers with bought in regional flights

Where possible we will endeavour to meet your needs and will happily book regional and scheduled flying to suit your party (supplement payable). If the timings of any bought in flights coincide effectively with our charter flights we can also reserve seats on our coach transfer to (and from) resort.  Please note, our coach transfers do run in conjunction with our charter flights only and cannot be re-scheduled for passengers on alternative flights. It is important you double check that our coach transfers timings both to and from resort are suitable for your flights. It may mean a longer wait to depart from the airport, or a shorter time for check in when returning from resort.  If the VIP SKI charter flight is delayed and this causes our coach transfers to resort to be delayed accordingly, then guests who wish to travel earlier and by alternative means do so at their own expense.

If your flight times do not fit with our coach transfers we can organise alternative public or private transfers on your behalf at a supplement.

Swiss Rail Transfers

Swiss Rail offers a cost effective, comfortable, efficient and stress free travel option for anyone travelling to Zermatt, Verbier or St Anton.

You may be able to upgrade your transfer from coach to rail, subject to flight timings, for a supplement from £80 per person Second Class return, or from £140 First Class return.
We regret that no amendments or additions to Swiss rail arrangements can be accepted within 14 days of departure.

Private Transfers

Whilst our coach transfers are very comfortable and efficient, we recognise that they may not suit everybody so if you wish to treat yourself, for a little bit extra, we offer private taxi transfers. This is a very popular service especially at peak times, when the supply of taxis can run out.  In order to avoid disappointment, we recommend you confirm at time of booking or at any rate as soon as possible. Guide prices are shown below. Please note that Infants are counted as a full passenger as special arrangements apply.

Luggage Allowance

 

Luggage allowance does vary from flight to flight, and the rules are often confusing with regards to skis, snowboards and boots. As a guide to what is included within our holiday booking when travelling on our Charter flights please see the details below. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call us on 020 8875 1957.

Baggage Allowance

  • Each passenger is allowed one piece of hold luggage, maximum weight of 20kg on all our flights from Gatwick, 22kgs on our chartered allocation from Manchester
  • Excess baggage over this limit will be charged per kilo at check-in
  • No single piece of luggage can exceed 32kgs (this is an international airline standard)
  • Hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person weighing no more than 10kg on our flights to Geneva and Grenoble and 6kg on our flight to Friedrichshafen 

Ski / Snowboard Carriage

  • Equipment carriage is £30 return per bag (£50 for MAN-GNB) and must be pre-booked. Our BA CLUB Class upgrade includes ski carriage.
  • Equipment carriage covers ONE set of skis and poles in ONE bag, or ONE snowboard in ONE bag. Ski boots are also included in your pre-booked ski/snowboard carriage if you are also bringing skis with you on all of our flights. If you have skis/snowboard then ski boots can be brought in a separate bag.
  • The airlines allow approximately 6-7kgs in weight for ski/ board bag, so you should NOT pack additional luggage in ski or snowboard bag
  • Ski carriage is not included for the BA Heathrow flight. British Airways have advised that they will not charge ski carriage if you use a recognized ski/ snowboard bag whereby you can pack your suitcase items and ski equipment into the one bag weighing no more than 23kgs. If you are planning on bringing a separate bag for your ski equipment then the charge for this is £70.00 each way payable at each airport to the check in staff. They advise to pack ski boots separately to your skis however they will charge for an extra bag if you prefer not to pack these in your suitcase (£70.00 per additional bag each way).

Ski Boots – if you are only bringing ski boots and no skis

  • If you do not wish to pay for additional Ski Boot Carriage all our flight accept ski boots to be included in the overall hold weight allowance but they must be packed into your one suitcase/bag. If you wish to carry Ski boots in a separate bag then this must be pre-booked at £20 return per bag
  • Our flights to Geneva & Grenoble also allow for ski boots to be carried in a separate bag if purchasing Ski Carriage. Carriage is £30 return per bag on all our Charter flights. 
  • Alternatively, ski boots may be carried on board as your one piece of hand luggage provided that the bag keeps within dimensions instructed by the flight operator.

Bought-in Flights
If we do buy in seats on a scheduled service for you, even if the flight has the same flight numbers as our chartered flights, your seats will have been booked as per the Flight Operator's scheduled services terms and conditions and thus your baggage allowances and charges may differ to those set out above. We therefore advise that you look at the Flight Operator's website for information on their baggage policy. If you have any questions or queries on how their policy differs to ours please do call us on 0208 875 1957.

Airport Parking

 

We are working in partnership with I Love Meet and Greet to offer you a discount on your airport parking at Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow. On the day you travel, simply drive to the terminal where one of the I Love Meet and Greet drivers will take your car back to their secure car park. On your return, you telephone them when you have passed customs and they will bring your car right back outside the terminal for you.

Pre-booking with I Love Meet and Greet means you can enjoy the additional benefits of:

No queuing in the car park

No scrambling onto buses with ski gear

Driving direct to the terminal forecourt  

10% discount on bookings as a VIP SKI referral

Simply click here to make your booking and take advantage of our discounted rates.

Private taxi transfers

 

Be whisked into resort in the most glamorous and exciting way possible - in a helicopter! Click here for more details.

If you would prefer the comfort or intimacy of a private taxi straight from the airport terminal to your chalet, we can arrange this for you. Pre-booking is essential.

The costs detailed below are guide prices per person, for return transfers. Prices shown below are a guide and may fluctuate due to exchange rates.

From GRENOBLE             4 Passengers 8 Passengers 
Meribel (via autoroute)  £180 £116 
Courchevel  £180 £116 
Val d'Isere  £187 £117 
La Plagne  £187 £117 
Alpe d'Huez  £123 £80 
From GENEVA                  4 Passengers 8 Passengers
Val d'Isere £153 £104
La Plagne £153 £104
Meribel (via Anncey)  £149 £98
Courchevel £149 £98
Alpe d'Huez £237 £153
Morzine/Les Gets £83 £42
Avoriaz £92 £46
Zermatt £279 £165
Verbier £245 £142
From BOURG ST Maurice 4 Passengers 8 Passengers
Val d'Isere       £48 £21 
From FRIEDRICSHAFEN   4 Passengers 8 Passengers
St Anton                        £115 £58
Lech £117 £59
From INNSBRUCK              4 Passengers 8 Passengers
St Anton                        £89 £45
Lech £91 £46
From ZURICH                     4 Passengers 8 Passengers
St Anton                        £153 £77
Lech £156 £79

Train transfers

Swiss Rail offers a cost effective, comfortable, efficient and stress free travel option for anyone travelling to Zermatt, Verbier or St Anton.

The costs detailed below are for tickets pre-booked through us at least 1 week prior to travel. Prices are per person, for return train tickets. 

From GENEVA to VERBIER via Chable (bus from Chable)

• First class - £161 pp 
• 2nd class - £100 pp

From GENEVA to VERBIER via Tasch

• First class - £152 pp 
• 2nd class - £95 pp

From ZURICH to ST ANTON

• First class - £140 pp 
• 2nd class - £80 pp

Please call us on 0208 875 1957 with any questions or to book.

Taking the stress out of independent travel

 

Interested in making your own way out to resort but not sure how to go about it? 

We’ve done the preliminary leg-work for you to make it that much easier. We hope you find the information below helpful but please note that is only a guide and may be subject to change.

We have collated a list of regional and scheduled flying to help you source the flights, please click here. 

Flying from London to Geneva 

Flying from regional airports to Geneva

Flying to Grenoble

Car hire

Car hire at Geneva airport is split into two sectors, Swiss and French. Car hire companies operate in both sectors of the airport. The Swiss sector is the international sector but it is possible to cross over to the French sector if you have hired a car there. Please make sure you check when you hire your car whereabouts in the airport you are going to collect it. 

Car hire companies operating at Geneva airport; 

Transfers from Geneva Airport Geneva coach station

Bus information

Private transfers

Taking your own car

If you would rather drive out to resort you can either book your ferry crossing direct with the operator or through an agent. Click here for self drive advice and directions to our chalets.

Crossings from Dover to Calais 

Crossings from Dover to Dunkirk 

Alternatively, if you would rather have an agent search through more options for you, here are a few to try; 

Important Note

Due to Christmas day falling on a Sunday this year, the departure dates for the first four weeks of the season will be Monday - Monday, until 8th January when they will return to our usual Sunday - Sunday departures.

Flights on Sunday

Our usual week operates Sunday to Sunday. We fly on a Sunday morning to avoid the crowds at the airport and the cars on the road. We operate smaller aircrafts that are quicker to load and unload. All this helps.

Regional Flights

Where possible we will endeavour to meet your needs, therefore we we have collated a list of regional and scheduled flying to help you source your desired flights, please click here.

Travel details & tickets

We will send you your travel documents and essential pre-departure information via email approximately one week prior to departure. Please check these carefully and read all pre-departure information as it contains essential information regarding your holiday. It is also essential that you pass on all information to each member of your ski party as some details may have changed since the booking was made, and the website may have been updated.

Non-VIP Flights & regional flights

Our flights sell out fast on busy dates, and we may sometimes purchase seats and transfers with other operators to satisfy demand. There is usually a supplement payable for these flights and we will always advise you prior to booking if this is the case. In addition to our main flights from Gatwick and Manchester, we can sometimes offer other regional departures for a supplementary charge. This is always subject to availability and naturally we have no control over the timings or levels of service provided by any alternative carriers.

Flight only sales for independent travellers

We charter our own aircraft and so from time to time we have seats which can be sold as 'flight only'. Travelling on a Sunday also means that you benefit from quieter airports. All round it's a much more pleasant experience than most independent traveller options. If you are interested in buying a seat on one of our flights please email ski@vip-chalets.com or alternatively call us on 0208 875 1957.