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Via Francigena- From Lausanne to Bourg-Saint-Pierre

Stage 8
8 days
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Lausanne to Bourg-Saint-Pierre Map
Travelling exclusively through Switzerland and alongside the shore of Lake Geneva, the eighth portion of the Via Francigena includes hiking through Alpine terrain. Some of the hiking highlights include the Bernese Alps, the ascension of the Pennine Alps, with the final stop at the gateway to Italy Bourg-St-Pierre.


Olympic museum in Lausanne

Located in Lausanne, near the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Museum (TOM) is the largest archive of the Olympic Games. It attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year. Founded in June 1993 the exhibition is organized into three parts: Olympic World, Olympic Games, and Olympic Spirit. During your visit, you will be amazed by the history behind the Olympic Games and by all the things that the Olympic games represent.

Lake Geneva

It is easy to fall in love with the picturesque Lake Geneva. Under the jurisdiction of Switzerland and France, Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Western Europe. It is surrounded by mountains and seems to keep going forever. Take a break by the shimmering lake and sit down on one of the beaches. Let your feet relax in the crystal water or paddle around on a pedal boat and enjoy the sun.

Wine on the journey

After Lausanne, you will be surrounded by mountains. Hidden among them you will find the Castle of Aigle and its excellent wine museum. This strong fortress, built in the 12th century, is dedicated to wine-making and its history. You will discover historic and architectural elements but also learn how to really appreciate wine and how to make it.

Most recently the castle was renovated and modernized so people can try making their own wine digitally! So, who wants to make their own wine?

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  • Bed & Breakfast
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  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
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  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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Day 1

LAUSANNE (Arrival)

Arrive into Lausanne, city of the Olympic Committee. Here, there are many attractions for you to visit as well as a plethora of restaurants for you to sample the sumptuous blend of French and traditional Swiss cuisine.

Day 2


You have two options today, you can walk the whole way around the shore of the lake to Vevey or you can take a short ferry ride from Ouchy to Cully which is only about half an hour. The boat will save you walking approximately 8 km.

If you choose to walk, you will have the lake on your right and steep hillsides of vineyards on your left. These vineyards are part of the Côtes de Lavaux, the largest vineyard area in Switzerland. Passing through various resort towns, you will have ample opportunity to grab a bite to eat or sample the locally produced wine. Arriving into Vevey, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the lake and Alpine landscape. 

Vevey was also home to Charlie Chaplin for the last 25 years of his life so be sure to find his statue on the promenade.

Day 3


From Vevey, you can walk along the lakeside promenade that is adorned with flowers and palm trees before arriving at Château Chillon. This fairytale-esqe castle is open for visiting if you have the time. Continuing on, you will head into Villeneuve a lakeside town dating from Celtic times. It is renowned for its culinary delights and excellent wines. We would recommend treating yourself to a relaxing lunch here as the last section of today is flat and flanked by a mountain on either side and doesn’t have any services until you get to Aigle. The town of Aigle, where you will spend your night, is in the middle of a vineyard and has a medieval castle that is now a Vine and Wine Museum. Here you can relax enjoy some fine cuisine and sample wine from the Aigle vineyards.

Day 4


Head across the plain towards the river Rhône, and then follow a pathway along the river to St Maurice. Visit the Abbaye de Saint-Maurice which celebrated 1500 years of existence in 2015 and has relics of Saint-Maurice. Having had a short day walking, you will have plenty of time to explore this charming town so why not visit Grotte aux Fées (Fairy’s Cave) wherein the underground cave there is a small lake fed by a waterfall.

Day 5


The walk from St Maurice to Martigny is through the valley with the Rhône River on your left and the mountains towering sharply either side and providing spectacular scenery. This predominantly flat walk will pass through many small towns that will provide you with opportunities to take a break and have a snack. One particular town you might wish to stop in is Evionnaz, which has the world’s largest labyrinth. Passing by orchards and vineyards, you will then arrive into the town of Martigny which is located on a bend of the Rhône. This town’s winning feature is its tasty Mediterranean inspired food, so you will be in for a treat no matter where you eat! There are also many sites to visit. Dog lovers may want to visit the St Bernard Dog Museum.

Day 6


Set out through the valley before you ascend through the woods and around to the small town of Bovernier. Follow the La Dranse River through the deep valley under forested paths before emerging at the town of Sembrancher. From Sembrancher, you will have two options to get to Orsieres. There is a lower level route that follows minor roads or a higher level route called the Chemin Napoléon and is mainly on grassy tracks and is the Via Francigena marked way. Passing through woods and farmland, while gently going up and down, you will then end your day arriving into Orsieres. Treat yourself to a meal in Samuel Destaing’s Restaurant des Alpes which was awarded a score of 15/20 in the international restaurant guide Gault Millau.

Day 7


You will gain a fair amount of height today, from Orsieres to Bourg-St-Pierre. However, the walk is more pleasant and more undulating than you might expect through forests and meadows. Your stop for the night is the Alpine village of Bourg-St-Pierre, which is the gateway to Italy and is well-known for its welcoming character.

Day 8


Today we say “Uf Widerluege”, or welcome you to the next part of the Via Francigena pilgrimage to Rome.

Lausanne to Bourg-Saint-Pierre Elevation

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