LAKE CONSTANCE TO GENEVA

  9 day East to West independent tour   This cross country tour follows the Trans Swiss Trail #3, beginning at Lake Constance in the northeast, and finishing in Geneva at the far southest corner of Switzerland. A combination of hiking trails, Postbus, Swiss Rail, and mountain rack railways make for a great collection of […]

 

9 day East to West independent tour

 

This cross country tour follows the Trans Swiss Trail #3, beginning at Lake Constance in the northeast, and finishing in Geneva at the far southest corner of Switzerland. A combination of hiking trails, Postbus, Swiss Rail, and mountain rack railways make for a great collection of transportation to see you safely across this beautiful country. Highlights are following the Route of St James through the foothills of the Alps, including the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, a favourite stop on the pilgrims tour; plus the towns of Zug, Lucerne, and Geneva. And at all times the majestic swiss Alps are towering over you.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Rorschach

Overnight here after receiving your orientation kit.

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Day 2

Rorschach – Appenzell

Train to Heiden; Hike: Heiden – Trogan – Bühler (5 hours); Train from Bühler to Appenzell. The picture postcard countryside of this district is scatterred with farmsteads, villages and lovely cities such as St Gallen and Appenzell, your home for the night.

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Day 3

Appenzell – Toggenburg – Rapperswill

Train to Wattwil, then Post bus to Hemburg Hike: Hemburg – Wattwil – Ricken (4.5 hours) Post bus from Ricken to Rapperswil At Hemberg you enter a world of meadows, forests, hills, valleys and gorgeously decorated farmhouses. This is part of the Route of St James, a much frequented pilgramage route since the Middle Ages.

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Day 4

Rapperswil – Einsiedeln – Lucerne

Train to Einsiedeln, Hike: Einsiedeln – Lake Aegeri (2.5 hours); Post bus from Unterageri to Zug; Train to Lucerne The Benedictine Abbey of Einsedeln is Switzerland’s most visited pilgrimage destination, with more than 500,000 visitirs annualy. Cross the moors and marshland of Rothenthurm before reaching Lake Aegeri, a popular residentail area for the tax-free citizens of Zug.

 

Day 5

Lucerne – Napf – Lüderenalp 

Train to Menzau; Post bus to Menzberg; Hike: Menzberg – Napf – Lüderenalp (5.5 hours)

The walking track from Napf to Lüderenalp is not for the faint hearted, with steep drops of forest and rock. Once you arrive at the Lúderenalp Inn, you’ll be welcomed with a hearty plate of Swiss Rosti and a drop of fine wine, a well earned respite after a good days walk.

Day 6

Lüderenalp – Rüeggissberg – Schwarzerburg

Train to Köniz; Bus to Rüeggisberg Hike: Rüeggisberg – Schwarzenburg (3 hours) Todays hike is over very varied terrain: shortly after Rüeggisberg the track runs along a ridge with a marvellous view over Bernese Oberland. Then the trail drops steeply into the Schwarzwasser Gorge before emerging into typical Schwarzenburger countryside with its rolling hills and scattered farmsteads.

 

Day 7

Schwarzenburg -Les Paccots

Train to Chátel St Denis; Post Bus to Les Paccots Hike: Les Paccots – Les Pléiades Train: Les Pléiades to Vevey Les Paccots is both a summer and winter resort set right in the centre of a traquil forest region and a great place to relax. Our path winds gently downwards through forest, moor and meadow scenery to reach les Pléiades. The meadows are stunning in spring when the wild flowers are blooming! Savour the glorious views across Lake Geneva to wards the Haute-Savoie. You may save your legs and avoid a steep walk down to Lake Geneva by taking the rack railway to Vevey.

 

Day 8

Vevey – Lausanne – Geneva           

Train to Allaman; Post Bus to Aubonne

Hike: Aubonne – Vinzel – Begnins (3.7 hours) Post Bus from Begnins to Nyon; Train to Geneva Wine takes centre stage today! Your hiking route takes you through the vineyards of the Vaudois, sharing it with the vineyard workers themselves. Tiny villages such as Aubonne, Féchy, Mont-sur-Rolle and Vinzel line your route, with spectacular lake views across to France.

 

Day 9

Geneva

End of tour. You may elect to extend your stay in Europe.

 

 

Schedule & Price

Daily departures from May through mid-October

Price per person CAD $1395
Single Room Surcharge $350
Extra nights pre or post tour $90

 

Tour Rating – moderate

 

Routes of medium difficulty on good trails and paths. Daily distance up to 6 hours. Good fitness level is recommended as some days you walk up to 17 km. You walk on well kept trails and hillside paths so good hiking boots are recommended.

 

This tour includes:

* 8 nights in three star hotels, in a double room with private facilities

* Breakfasts

* Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

* Train/bus transfers according to program

* Route book and information pack

* Emergency service helpline