Following the traces of Archbishop Sigerich

The ViaFrancigena is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in Europe. This long-distance hiking trail leads along an old Roman trade route documented by Archbishop Sigerich. Switzerland presents itself along this pilgrimage route as idyllic and diverse.

From Ste-Croix you hike down to Lake Neuchâtel with wonderful views. The route continues idyllically along the banks of the river Venoge until you reach the shores of Lake Geneva. On one side the vineyards of Lavaux, on the other the snowy peaks of the Alps and before you the vineyards of Chablais. Who says that pilgrimage cannot be a pleasure?  

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Itinerary

Lugage drop-off in Ste-Croix. The ViaFrancigena reaches Swiss soil at La Grand'Borne near L'Auberson, crosses the Sainte-Croix plateau and descends to Vuiteboeuf with a magnificent view of the Swiss midlands.

approx. 5 h
approx. 19 km
450 m
1'080 m

After Orbe, the ViaFrancigena reaches the medieval town of Romainmôtier with its Clunysian abbey. Finally, one reaches the middle of the world, where part of the river Nozon flows to the Mediterranean Sea and the other part to the North Sea.

approx. 6 – 7 h
approx. 26 km
630 m
555 m

The poet Gilles described the Venoge, which follows this stage from Cossonay to Saint-Sulpice sometimes high above, sometimes along the river. The pilgrims path finally reaches Lake Geneva and continues via the Roman town of Vidy to Lausanne.

approx. 6 h
approx. 25 km
255 m
440 m

From the quays in Ouchy, the ViaFrancigena runs along the shores of Lac Léman to Villette. Then it winds its way through the terraces of Lavaux, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a fantastic view over Lake Geneva. Individual departure on arrival in Vevey.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 21 km
455 m
455 m

From Vevey, the trail follows the lake to Villeneuve. On the way, you can visit the games museum in the Tour-de-Peilz castle or the famous Chillon castle before reaching the Chablais wine region. 

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 27 km
300 m
280 m

Tour character

On pilgrimage routes through the Yverdon-les-Bains region to Lake Geneva. The paths are easy to follow, but for the long stages you need a good basic condition and some experience in long-distance hiking.

The Via Francigena at SwitzerlandMobility

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 6 overnight stays incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfers 
  • Pilgrim Pass  
  • Carefully elaborated route 
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room) 
  • GPS-data available 
  • Service-hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Parking at the train station in Ste-Croix, payable on site.
  • Return train journey via Lausanne and Yverdon-les-Bains to Ste-Croix. Duration: approx. 1.5 h.

 

Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

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