Hiking holidays Via Francigena 9 days

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. 19 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. From here the route follows the Napoleon-Weg.

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 2'000 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 character

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.  

The Via Francigena at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data at a glance
Place of arrival: Montreux
  Season 1
10.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

every day
Season 2
02.07.2022 - 09.09.2022

every day
Via Francigena South, 9 days TO, CH-WSWMA-09X
Base price
1'109.-
1'169.-
Surcharge Single Room 325.- 325.-

Category: Middle class hotels and mountain inns

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
every day
Via Francigena South, 9 days TO, CH-WSWMA-09X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1'109.-
325.-
1'169.-
325.-

Category: Middle class hotels and mountain inns

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Montreux
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Aosta
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
79.-
114.-
75.-
110.-
79.-
114.-
75.-
110.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Montreux
  Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

every day
Montreux
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.-
Extra night single room (BB) 114.- 114.-
Aosta
Extra night double room (BB) 75.- 75.-
Extra night single room (BB) 110.- 110.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 8 overnight stays incl. Breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Pilger pass
  • Carfully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents(1x per room)
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Note:

  • Train ride St. Maurice – Martigny not included, approx. CHF 7.- per person.
  • 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 railway station of Montreux. CHF 10.- per day.
  • Return travel by bus and train via Martigny to Montreux. Duration: approx. 2.5 hours.
  • Information about the busses to Switzerland and onward travel: www.tmrsa.chwww.savda.it and www.sbb.ch.
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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