VIA ALPINA – GRUYERE COUNTRY & LAKE GENEVA REGION

  8 Day Independent Walking Tour   Gruyére cheese is famous the world over and here is your chance to explore the countryside it comes from. This is Swiss chocolate box scenery par excellence. Alpine inns and cheese making huts are waiting for you on your way over the green alpine pastures. Local cheese and […]

 

8 Day Independent Walking Tour

 

Gruyére cheese is famous the world over and here is your chance to explore the countryside it comes from. This is Swiss chocolate box scenery par excellence. Alpine inns and cheese making huts are waiting for you on your way over the green alpine pastures. Local cheese and local wine go hand in hand. Lake Geneva smiles up at you with its many winegrowing villages, all with melodious sounding names: St. Staphorin, Epesses, or Villette. Stop at one (or all) of them to taste the famous Lavaux wine.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Guggisberg

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Day 2

Guggisberg – Schwarzsee,

Walking time approx. 5 hours The „Guggershörnli“ – a rock escarpment high above the tops of the fir trees, which can be climbed by means of a wooden staircase, is a very popular destination for a day trip in Switzerland. The figurine “s Vreneli ab em Guggisbärg” almost has cult status. The route in Schwarzenburger and Sense country is quite abrupt with changes of altitude of several hundred meters being unavoidable From Zollhaus a new hiking path follows along the river Sense – very attractive!

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Day 3

Schwarzsee – Charmey,

Walking time approx. 4 hours;

Lake Schwarzsee is one of the jewels of the Alps – and your hiking tour through Gruyère country starts here. The ascent to La Balisa Pass is made enjoyable with its many alpine huts serving food and drink. On the way you encounter the mysterious Carthusian monastery La Valsainte and the charming little summer and winter sport centre of Charmey.

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Day 4

Charmey – Gruyères,

Walking time approx. 2.5 hours The delightful hiking path along Lac de Montsalvens and through the Jogne gorge was opened just a few years ago . This offers a charming hiking connection from Jaun Valley to Gruyères. The medieval town with its castle enthroned on a hill, greets the hiker from afar. The castle is one of the most frequently visited scenis sights in Switzerland.

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Day 5

Gruyères – Les Paccots, Walking time approx. 5 hours

Gentle ascent to the symbol of Gruyère: Mount Moléson. The characteristic summit can be reached by either funicular or on foot. Our tour goas as high as the middle station Plan Francey, from where the Trans Swiss Trail continues past many alpine huts to Les Paccots. These huts are usually open in summer for further refreshments!

 

Day 6

Les Paccots – Vevey,

Walking time approx. 5 hours, This is the crowning stage of the trail! In the morning you start from the lovely alpine holiday region of Les Paccots. Across green meadows and scenting forests to Les Pléiades, where narcissus flower in spring and during the whole year a breathtaking view over Lake Geneva and the high mountain ranges of Savoy can be enjoyed. An easy descent to Blonay and Vevey by rack railway.

 

Day 7

Vevey – Lausanne,

Walking time approx. 5 hours

The last stage of Trans Swiss Trail again brims over with superlatives! The climate on the southfacing slopes of Lake Geneva is much milder than anywhere else in Switzerland and the local wines carry the names of their villages into the world. The route from Vevey to Lausanne travels amongst the vineyards of Lavaux – a memorable conclusion to your hiking tour. Overnight in Lausanne.

Day 8

Individual departure from Lausanne

 

 

Schedule & Price

 

Daily departures from May through mid-October.

Price per person CAD $1135
Single Supplement $250
Extra nights pre or post tour $90

 

Tour Rating – moderate

Routes of medium difficulty on good trails and paths. Daily distance up to 5 hours. Good fitness level for some parts is recommended as you walk up to 17 km. Also summits of up to 2.000 m may be included if you wish. You walk on well kept trails and hillside paths so good hiking boots are recommended.

 

 

This tour includes:

* 7 nights in three star hotels, all rooms with private facilities buffet breakfasts

* Information Pack

* Luggage transfer

* Details on tourist attractions

* 7 day emergency help-line.