Hiking holidays Via Francigena 9 days TO

Hiking: Via Francigena

From Ste-Croix to Col St. Bernard

Lake Geneva sparkles in the sun and, after the first few kilometres, the snow-covered peaks of the Valais Alps and Chillon Castle come into sight.

At the beginning, Via Francigena is scenic and idyllic. But soon the landscape becomes rougher and the paths narrower. Mule trails wind high into the mountains and lead you to the Great St. Bernard and to the border with Italy. The descent into the valley leads you along old irrigation channels in the footsteps of the Romans to the heart of the region: the well-known mountain town Aosta.   

Itinerary

From Montreux the route follows the lake to Villeneuve. The Swiss Museum of Games in the castle at Tour-de-Peilz and famous Chillon Castle are worth a visit before you reach the Chablais wine region

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 19 km
240 m
210 m

The route leaves Aigle via the vineyard to reach Gryonne and later the Rhone, which it crosses at Massongex, the old capital of Celtic Valais. At St-Maurice, pilgrims have covered exactly half the distance from Canterbury to Rome.

approx. 5 h
approx. 18 km
475 m
470 m

By train to Martigny. This stage marks the end of the climb to the Grossen Sankt Bernhard-Pass. From Martigny a steep path leads over the narrow Les Trappistes pass to the medieval village of Sembrancher.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 18 km
745 m
335 m

This stage leads first along a forest path, first west then east of the river, on the historic path from Liddes to the small Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Chapel before Bourg-Saint-Pierre.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 15 km
970 m
190 m

Undoubtedly the most symbolic stage on the Via Francigena! The way to the pass leads along a road which has served the whole of Europe for 2000 years. Countless archaeological sites line the ascent, above all in L’Hospitalet and on the Barasson-Pass.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 13 km
1'045 m
305 m

The descent to the Aosta Valley begins immediately after the pass. A pilgrim's path leads down the valley flank to Italy and takes you to the small village of St. Rhémy. Shortly afterwards the roofs of the villages Étroubles and Echevennoz come into sight.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 15 km
60 m
1'275 m

Old irrigation canals called "Rus" lie along your way today. In addition to the flat passages along these canals, steep descents await you today. In Roman times, Aosta was a flourishing trading town. Today, the village is famous for its alpine experiences.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 14 km
240 m
890 m

Tour characteristic

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.  

Die Via Francigena bei SchweizMobil

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 27, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
every day
Season 2
Jul 4, 2020 - Sep 11, 2020
every day
Via Francigena South, 9 days TO, CH-WLWMA-09X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1.045'-
379'-
1.125'-
379'-

Category: Middle class hotels and mountain inns

Season 1
Jun 27, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020
Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020
Season 2
Jul 4, 2020 - Sep 11, 2020
Montreux
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Aosta
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
85'-
125'-
65'-
125'-
85'-
125'-
65'-
125'-

Services & Information

Included:

  • 8 nights with breakfast
  • Thorough route guidance
  • luggage transfer
  • Pilger pass
  • Detailed travel documents (1x per room)
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Not included:

  • Train ride St. Maurice - Martigny
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Parking at the railway station of Montreux. CHF 10.- per day.
  • Return travel by bus and train via Martigny to Montreux. Further information and timetables www.autobus.it.

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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