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Via Francigena (Montreux/Lake Geneva-St.Bernard Pass-Aosta)

€855 per person

The historic self-guided hiking route Via Francigena crosses the most scenic parts of England, France and Switzerland just to reach the Eternal city (Rome)! Magnificent web of mountain paths, mule tracks, rural and secondary roads surrounded by cypress trees and majestic pines! A walking journey for a lifetime! Take an independent hiking tour to one of the most spectacular parts of the route located in Switzerland. The start will be marked with the calming blue waters of Lake Geneva where the mighty snow-covered peaks of Valais Alps and Chillon Castle come into sight. The beginning of this part of Via Francigena will be smooth and peaceful but soon the landscape will change into narrow paths and rough steep terrains that lead to the Great St. Bernard and the border with Italy. The self-guided hiking adventure will finish with a descent into the valley along old irrigation channels to the famous mountain village of Aosta – a home of rich history and dynamic modern life!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    9 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    middle-class hotels and mountain inns (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast; luggage transfers; detailed roadbook in English; GPS tracks available on request; pilgrim passport; emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals; tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price; Train ride St. Maurice - Martigny;
  • Best period
    end of June, July, August, mid-September
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Day 1: Arrival to Montreux
Arrival in the town of Montreux, located on the eastern shores of Lake Geneva.
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Day 2: Montreux – Aigle / Yvorne (19km, 4,30hrs, +240m/-210m)
Before starting your tour you can take some time to visit the famous Swiss Museum of Games in the castle at Tour-de-Peilz and Schloss Chillon. After you fill yourself with enough cultural experience, you can give a start to the first warm-up hike until you reach the Chablais wine region. Leaving the lake behind your back, the route continues levelly until you reach the entrance of Aigle. It then ascends to the pass Yvorne from where you can admire a lovely panorama towards Rhône Valley, before descending to Aigle.
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Day 3: Aigle / Yvorne - St. Maurice (19km, 5hrs, +480m/-470m)
After healthy breakfast leave Aigle and continue on a path that crosses many vineyards and suddenly you will reach a castle built in the 13th century. Continue along the way until you reach Ollon. Your final destination is Massongex and Saint Maurice, where since the Middle Ages, pilgrims have paused at on their journey to Rome. This is exactly the half distance from Canterbury to Rome.
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Day 4: St. Maurice – Martigny - Orsières (18km, 5,30hrs, +750m/-350m)
Take a train ride to Martigny. This stage marks the end of the climb to the Grossen Sankt Bernhard-Pass. Some steep paths winding over the narrow Les Trappistes pass will lead you to the medieval village of Sembrancher. Here the route follows the famous Napoleon trail.
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Day 5: Orsières - Bourg-Saint-Pierre (15km, 4,30hrs, +970m/-190m)
Take your time for a morning relax and then get ready for hiking along a forest path. It first starts from the west side of the river, then it crosses to the east on the historic path from Liddes to the small Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Chapel. Reach your final point of the day Bourg-Saint-Pierre for a well-deserved rest.
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Day 6: Bourg-St-Pierre – Col du Gd St-Bernard (13km, 4,30hrs, +1045m/-305m)
There is no doubt that today you will pass along the most symbolic stage of Via Francigena! One of the roads you are going to pass today served as the main connection for the whole Europe for 2000 years. A region rich in archaeological sites and from great importance with its cultural heritage! And for all of the dog-lovers - this is the homeplace of the popular fluffy giants from the breed St-Bernard
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Day 7: Col du Gd St-Bernard - Étroubles/ Echevennoz (15km, 4,30hrs, +60m/-1275m)
Get ready to cross the border and dive into the Italian part of the route. The descent to Aosta Valley begins immediately after the pass. The first stop will be the small village of St. Rhémy. Gradually going down until you start seeing the red roofs of the villages Étroubles and Echevennoz. A peaceful green color of the forests around you and the mighty snowy peaks in the distance will accompany you throughout the day.
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Day 8: Étroubles/ Echevennoz - Aosta (14km, 4,30hrs, +240m/-890m)
As a final ramble, you will test how much strength you have left in your legs as today will be the last challenge along the steep paths. You will pass along many old irrigation channels with the name “rus”. These were used to collect water from the streams and water the cultivated lands - recognized as a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Just before you reach Aosta the route will cross bright orchards with a pleasant odor.
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Day 9: Departure day.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
855 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (*65 Euro per person supplement for all arrivals during the period 04/7-11/9)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 360 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 430 Euros (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between the end of June and mid-September. Good stamina is needed in the beginning of the trip, surefootedness in the end. From the shores of Lake Geneva Via Francigena leads towards the peaks of the Alps of Valais. The walk up to Col du Gd St-Bernard and the descend down into Aosta valley are the highlights of this walking tour.
Accommodation
Middle-class hotels and mountain inns (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast

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