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Ketoeato
Ketoeato
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Oct 23, 2022 - 4:39 PM

Hi MySwissAlps members,

Our family (2 adults and a 9 year old) is working on the last part of our 3 Dec to 16 Dec 2022 trip, and would appreciate your comments to our draft for the Montreux to Geneva leg of our trip.

14 Dec 2022, Wednesday

Morning

Train from Zermatt to Montreux train station (reach by 11am).

Afternoon

Lunch at the Forum Montreux Centre.

Bus 201 to Air B and B at "Veytaux-Gare" stop. Drop off bags at apartment.

2.30 pm to 4.30pm: Chateux de Chillon (visit for at least 2 hours).

From 5.00 pm: Take the bus 201 to Montreux promenade (towards the central station) and walk along the Montreux Lakeside Promenade.

Queen: The Studio Experience (9am to 9pm)

Dinner and shop at Montreux Christmas Market (Montreux Noël).

Overnight at Air B and B apartment (Veytaux-Chillon station)

15 Dec 2022, Thursday

Morning

Travel by train from Montreux to Chexbres-Village train station, and walk down to Rivaz (Vinorama to taste wines; opens from 10.30 am). Walk to St Saphorin to explore the pretty village. Train to Lausanne.

We want to see a postcard view of Lavaux from up hill (and going downhill for easier walks) with vineyards (understand that it would be bare during winter) and blue water below. Not keen on much hiking at this area. Husband would like to have some wine tasting.

Questions:

Would the above mentioned route be suitable?

Is Chexbres-Village train station the correct stop for Chexbres?

Saphorin seems to be a very small village? Is it worth a visit? How much time should we allocate here for sight seeing?

Afternoon

Travel by train from St Saphorin to Lausanne (20 minutes).

Lunch at Lausanne.

Olympic Museum and Olympic Park (Opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m).

Stroll along Lake Genava Ouchy.

Place de la Palud, the heart of Lausanne’s Old Town

Escaliers Du Marche (old staircase)

Lausanne Cathedral

Dinner and shopping at Lausanne Christmas Market (aka Bô Noël) (12 p.m.-10 p.m.)

Train from Lausanne to Veytaux-Chillon station (Overnight at Air B and B apartment)

16 Dec 2022, Friday

Geneva old town (Cathedrale St-Pierre, La Place du Bourg-de-Four)

Museum of Natural History

Carouge, Geneva’s “little Italy”

Patek Philippe Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Arrive at Geneva airport 3 hours before flight leaves at 8.40pm.

Question:

Is it worth a little detour to Carouge?

Thank you!
1960man
1960man
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Oct 23, 2022 - 5:20 PM in reply to Ketoeato

15 December:

yes, Chexbres-village is the station for Chexbres village

You have to change trains in Vevey.

St Saphorin is a very small village, there isn't a great deal to 'sightsee'. The little station is perched next to the lake so it is quite a fun place from where to travel to Lausanne

Bear in mind Lausanne is on a the steep hillside above the lake - there are lots of hills and steep climbs between things near the lake and things higher up in town. As a city it has a comparative rarity in a main street on a viaduct which towers high over another main city street below.

16 December

Yes, Carouge is well worth a visit but not necessarily for any supposed 'little Italy' status - it is a historic village/town in its own right (it is not legally/politically part of Geneva)

Anna
Anna
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Oct 24, 2022 - 10:20 AM

Hi Ketoeato,

Thanks for sharing the details of your itinerary. I think this is very well-planned and you're ready to go. As 1960man mentioned, St Saphorin is indeed a small village. Travellers usually just do a quick stop and continue to the next village.

I've included a few links on your post so you can just click on them if you need further infomation.

Regards,

Anna

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