Via Francigena from Lausanne to Bourg-Saint-Pierre

Stage 8 of 16


8 days


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12.9 min | 18.3km average | 26.2 max


159.4 min |593.7m average | 1337.5 max


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Travelling through Switzerland and alongside the shore of Lake Geneva, the eighth leg 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 in the town of Bourg-St-Pierre.

Olympic Museum Lousanne

Olympic Museum in Lausanne

Located in Lausanne, near the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Museum is the world’s largest archive of the Olympic Games. It attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year. Founded in June 1993 the exhibition is organised 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 they represent.

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

It is easy to fall in love with the picturesque Lake Geneva. Under the jurisdiction of both 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 from walking by the shimmering lake and sit down on one of the beaches. Let your feet chill out in the crystal water or paddle around on a pedal boat and enjoy the sunshine and gentle waves.

Wine on Via Francigena

Unique Heritage of Wine

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 entirely to wine-making and its history. You will discover historic and architectural elements of producing different types of spirits but also learn how to really appreciate wine. Most recently the castle was renovated and modernised, so people can try making their own vintage of wine digitally!

Via Francigena from Lausanne to Bourg-Saint-Pierre

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Today you 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 that Lausanne is known for.



18.5 km


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. The boat will save you walking approximately 8km. 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 surrounding 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.



26.2 km


From Vevey, you can walk along the lakeside promenade adorned with flowers and palm trees before arriving at Château Chillon. This fairytale-esque castle is open for visitors 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 mediaeval castle that is now a Vine and Wine Museum.



12.9 km


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 1,500 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 the Grotte aux Fées (Fairy’s Cave), an underground cave with a small lake fed by a waterfall.



15.6 km


The walk from St Maurice to Martigny is through valley with the Rhône River on your left and the mountains towering sharply either side, providing spectacular scenery. This predominantly flat walk will pass through many small towns that will provide you with opportunities to take a break. 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. 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.



19.9 km


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 that is mainly on grassy tracks. Passing through woods and farmland, 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.



16.5 km


You will gain a fair amount of height today, climbing up paths 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.





After breakfast, we bid you farewell. There is much to see in Bourg St Pierre, so why not explore this mountainous town at your leisure? The Church of St Pierre, with its romanesque tower, and the town’s Hospice, with its outbuildings are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance.

How to Get There

Getting to Lausanne, Switzerland

To begin your Camino, fly into Geneva Airport or Bern Airport.

Fly into Geneva Airport

Geneva is a major airport in Switzerland, carrying airlines from Emirates to Aer Lingus. You can get a BlaBla Bus from the airport to Lausanne’s Prilly Centre bus station. This takes about 1 hour.

    Fly into Bern Airport

    Bern Airport is connected to a number of small regional airports in the Mediterranean. From airport arrivals, catch a bus to the nearby Belp, then switch to a train at Steinbach station and head into central Bern. From there, there’s a direct line to Lausanne. This journey will take 2 hours.

      Getting home from Bourg St Pierre, Switzerland

      It is easiest to return from Bourg St Pierre through Geneva Airport.

      Fly home from Geneva Airport

      To fly from Geneva Airport, catch a bus to the town of Martigny. From there, switch to the train station and head for Lausanne. From there, you can get directly to Geneva Airport. This trip will take 3 hours.

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        This section of the Via Francigena is in Switzerland and follows the shore of Lake Geneva before heading for the border with Italy.
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