Hiking holidays Via Francigena North

Hiking: Via Francigena

Following the traces of Archbishop Sigerich

The Via Francigena 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. Who says that pilgrimage cannot be a pleasure?   


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. 5h
approx. 18.5 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

Tour characteristic

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.

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
every day
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
every day
Via Francigena North, 4 days, CH-WLWSV-04X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room

Category: Middle class hotels and Inns

Season 1
Apr 4, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020
Season 2
May 16, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Travel documents digital only (reduction per room)

Services & Information


  • 3 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline

Not included:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Costs for collecting luggage at the station. CHF 24.- per person.


  • 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 "analogous"

By default, your  travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit  you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details.
  • Official guidebook « Cycling Switzerland»
  • maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your  stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form. You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual  vouchers

En route  you will inform  yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free  apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 30.- per room is offered.

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