Where to go with Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps?

Where to go with Regional Pass Lake Geneva - Alps?

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Aug 19, 2017 - 2:50 PM

I will purchase the 5 or 7 day pass. Besides Chillon Castle (with a short Montreux visit) and Gruyeres, where should I travel on my additional "free" travel day? A suggestion for another scenic village along the lake perhaps? Which boat trip on the lake would be the best? These will be 1 day trips, as I will be based in Geneva. Merci beaucoup.

Arno
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Aug 19, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Hi Fagaly, welcome to MySwissAlps!

I'd prefer a boat trip on the eastern part of the lake, between Lausanne (Ouchy) and Villeneuve. A wonderful scenic train ride is the one to Rochers-de-Naye. Please see here for what's included in the pass.

Have fun!

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Aug 20, 2017 - 1:35 AM in reply to Removed user

Hi Fagaly

<<"where should I travel on my additional "free" travel day?">>

When? Some trains through the vineyards between Lausanne and Vevey could be nice. Or, a visit to Ouchy for lunch. Depends on time of year.

Slowpoke

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Aug 20, 2017 - 2:24 AM in reply to Slowpoke

We will be there in September. Just not sure about travel times between sites, as I would like to squeeze in two "visits" to places in one day. It seems that the roctrain trip would probably take a full day, since we're starting from Geneva? Maybe Gruyeres and chocolate factory one day? I appreciate all suggestions. Thank you for the quick responses to my post.

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Aug 20, 2017 - 1:09 PM in reply to Removed user

Hi Fagaly,

From Geneva I wouldn't do more than Gruyeres and the chocolate factory no.
You can use the Swiss railways timetable here to plan out your visits.

What is the roctrain?

Lucas

Slowpoke
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Aug 20, 2017 - 1:46 PM in reply to Removed user

Hi Fagaly-

September is probably the best month of the year to visit Switzerland, I get there almost every year in September.

<<"We will be there in September. Just not sure about travel times between sites, as I would like to squeeze in two "visits" to places in one day.">>

Lucas said it all.

Use the timetable:

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

It covers all the trains, buses, public transport cableways, and lake boats in Switzerland.

Be sure to read the instruction page at that link, and note that the computer defaults to the fastest route.

You can enter intermediate stops in the"via" box to force the route to a slower one....as mos of the scenic ones are.

Boats are slow, so you sometimes have to work the menus to force it to show ships.

Map-

If you use this map, you can see the train lines (zoom in):

map.search.ch/index.en .html?retry=1&pos=571608,157 752&z=32

Trains -

The first part of the Golden Pass route, between approximately Montbovon ( or maybe Zweisimmen) and Montreux is very scenic. You could go partway and turn around to come back down to the lake. Or, if you go to Gruyeres, return via Montbovon and Montreux to get to the lake, then a fast train to Geneva.

www.myswissalps.com/go ldenpass

In September, especially late in the day withe the slanting sunlight, the views from the "Wine Train" going up from Vevey to Puidoux can be very nice, if brief.

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/wine-train-lavaux-please-advice

www.myswitzerland.com/ en-us/by-train-across-the-vineyards.html

It connects at the bottom with trains through Vevey, and at the top with local trains to Lausanne, and thence back to Geneva.

Slowpoke

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