Excursions

Wednesday afternoon will be available to visit the Lausanne region. We are proposing three excursions that will be organised by Lausanne Tourisme. Below is a quick overview of each of them. The registration will be done through the Lausanne Tourisme online system.

Please note that the deadline to register for the excusions on the Lausanne Tourisme online system is June 13, 2015.

Lausanne city walking tour and wine-tasting excursion to Lavaux

Lausanne1The ideal option to discover the highlights of the city center of Lausanne! During this 2.5-hour city walking tour, you will discover many faces of Lausanne: the medieval district of the City, the visit of the cathedral which is a jewel of Swiss Gothic architecture. You will also discover the Castle, Headquarter of the authorities for six centuries, and the ancient Academy, the hotspot of the reformation in the 16th century. A visit to Saint François at the heart of the city and the Flon, the old craft district that became a key place of nightlife, will also complete this visit.

 

The Lavaux Vinorama, a unique center in the heart of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux (named World Heritage Site by UNESCO), is entirely dedicated to vines and wine. The complex built next to Lake Geneva has been designed for optimal integration into the sublime panorama. The highlight of the Vinorama is an audiovisual show available in eight languages and covering a full year in a local vintner family’s life. This document explains the rhythm of vine, reveals the secrets of oenology and presents the unique features of the Lavaux terraced vineyard. Neophytes and connoisseurs can subsequently apply this theoretical knowledge to more practical matters: several hundred wines can be tasted and bought on site.

Itinerary (provisional)

13h45 – Meeting point at “Place de la Riponne”, in front of the Tourist Office “Palais de Rumine” (metro stop Riponne M2).
14h00 – Departure for the city walking tour
16h30 – Coach transfer to Rivaz (from “Place du Tunnel”)
17h00 – Guided tour and wine-tasting
19h00 – Departure from Rivaz to Lausanne by private coach
19h30 – Arrival at Lausanne City Center “Lausanne Palace”
19h40 – Arrival at Lausanne Train Station

Price per person: 70 CHF

A minimum of 20 participants is required. Maximum 70 participants.

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Public cruise with the “Montreux” Belle Epoque paddle steamer

montreux_sbeImgShipSail on the oldest boat of the CGN fleet! Renovated in 2001, the «Montreux» is a real floating museum as its magnificent panelling in the first-class lounge comes from another steamer that has now disappeared, the «Valais» (1913-2003). The cruise will last approx. 3.5 hours. Please note that the boat has a very strict schedule and needs to leave at 14h15 sharp. For this reason, we kindly ask you to be at dock number 3 at at 13h45.

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Program (provisional)

13h45 – Meeting at Lausanne-Ouchy, dock number 3
14h00 – Boarding
14h15 – Departure
17h45 – Arrival back to Lausanne-Ouchy

Access

Metro M2, last stop “Lausanne-Ouchy”
Bus no2, stop “Ouchy”
More information available on the TL or CFF web sites.

Price per person: 50 CHF

A minimum of 20 participants is required. Maximum 60 participants.

Rochers-de-Naye, 2042 m. altitude

Rochers-de-NayeThe Rochers-de-Naye cog-railway hugs the side of the mountain as it climbs 1,600 meters to reach one of the most beautiful panoramic viewpoints in Switzerland. Nearly 1000 different mountain plant species from all over the world can be admired in the Alpine Garden “La Rambertia”, which was inaugurated in 1896. Visitors gain insight into the life of 14 different marmot species in the Marmot Paradise.

The tour includes a cheese fondue (or roast beef) at the peak’s panoramic “Plein Roc” restaurant, and a late evening descent in a private train.

Itinerary (provisional)

14h00 – Meeting point at Lausanne Train Station, in front of the Tourist Office “Lausanne Tourism”
14h21 – Train departure to Montreux, platform 5 in 2nd class
14h40 – Arrival in Montreux, platform 3
14h47 – Connecting train to Rochers-de-Naye, platform 8 in 2nd class
15h41 – Arrival in Rochers-de-Naye
15h45 – Leisure time
19h00 – Cheese fondue (or roast beef) at the peak’s panoramic “Plein Roc” restaurant
21h37 – Departure from Rochers-de-Naye by private train
22h30 – Arrival in Montreux, platform 8
22h53 – Connecting train to Lausanne, platform 1 in 2nd class
23h14 – Arrival at Lausanne Train Station

Price per person : 125 CHF

A minimum of 25 participants is required. Maximum 90 participants.

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Self-guided excursions

Many interesting destinations can be reached independently by public transport. Below are some suggestions. You can also get advice on interesting things to view or do by visiting the following forum.

Activities and sightseeing in and around Lausanne

You can bathe in the Lake, e.g. at Lausanne Bellerive, Vidy, Préverenges, Lutry, etc.

You can visit the Rolex learning center, located 500 meters West-Southwest of the ESEB convention center.

Nature reserves, birdwatching

History