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Asa C
Asa C
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Aug 23, 2022 - 12:02 AM

Hello! I have two full days based in Lausanne and I was stuck planning what to do. I know at some point I wanted to do a cruise and I'm worried that my activities planned will take longer than I expect.

On Saturday Sept 17th I was going to do a trip to Geneva to visit the Carouge markets and Jet d'Eau. If I had time that day, I wanted to see the Lavaux vineyards, and go wine tasting. I saw somewhere that you can do that at visitor centers but I don't know exactly where that was. I'm not sure what towns to visit for that so I'd really appreciate some recommendations!

Then, on CNGs website I saw a boat departing Sun 18th from Lausanne at 9:10 for Montreux and was thinking I could walk along the promenade and maybe see Chillon. After that, I wanted to go to Gruyeres if it's worth visiting.

Is doing Geneva, Lavaux, Montreux, and Gruyeres possible in 2 days? If so, what would be the best way to do it?

I will have a first class Swiss Travel Pass, and from what I understand, it covers the cost of boat trips and I will be able to sit on the upper deck. Do I still need to get a ticket to get on the boat, or do I just walk on like I would other public transportation and show my pass if I get checked?

Please let me know your thoughts,

Thank you!

Anna
Anna
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Aug 23, 2022 - 3:58 AM in reply to Asa C

Hi Asa,

Yes, with the Swiss Travel Pass you can just simply get on the boat. There is no need to buy tickets or make prior reservation.

Your plan to visit Geneva, Lavaux, Montreux and Gruyeres in 2 days is certainly doable. I would combine the trip as follows:

Day 1 - Take a train from Lausanne to Geneva. Spend the morning exploring Geneva and walk to the fountain. In the afternoon, take the train to Lutry and explore the Lavaux vineyards from there: www.myswissalps.com/hiking/lutry-epesses. You can either hike or take the mini tourist trains which takes you around the vineyards.

Day 2 - Take a boat from Lausanne to Chateau Chillon. From the castle, it's leisurely 10-15 walks along the promenade to Montreux. Then you can take a train from Montreux to Gruyeres to visit the cheese factory and explore its medieval town.

It's up to you to plan this in the order you like. Be sure to use the timetable to check train and boat schedules.

Regards,

Anna

Last modified on Aug 23, 2022 - 4:01 AM by Anna
1960man
1960man
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Aug 23, 2022 - 11:51 PM in reply to Asa C

As with most wine tasting regions around the world, vineyard owners large and small have 'Caves' where you can taste and buy. There are numerous viticulteurs in the Lavaux, along the railway line by the lake. It is worth looking at the various on line mapping internet sites that will show these as links . You can go from Lausanne or Geneva to any station along the Lavaux coast (Lutry, Vilette VD, Cully, Epesses, Rivaz, St Saphorin

www.fahrplanfelder.ch/fileadmin/fap_pdf_fields/2022/100.pdf

Alternatively take the train from Lausanne up the hill to Grandvaux and walk down to the lake shore through the vineyards

Asa C
Asa C
10 posts
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Aug 27, 2022 - 11:26 PM in reply to Anna

Thanks for the response Anna, I think I'll do just that!

Also, is it alright if I were to bring my own lunch on to the boat, or is that seen as improper since there will probably be a restraunt?

Asa C
Asa C
10 posts
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Aug 27, 2022 - 11:31 PM in reply to 1960man

I looked up some places I'd like to check out in those towns along the way, thank you!

Last modified on Aug 27, 2022 - 11:32 PM by Asa C
Arno
Arno
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Aug 28, 2022 - 6:47 AM in reply to Asa C

Hi Asa C,

It's no problem to have your own lunch outside of the restaurant area. Many travelers do so. If you're in the boat restaurant, you're expected to order from their menu and not have your own food and drinks.

Last modified on Aug 29, 2022 - 10:49 AM by Arno

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