From vineyards through Alpine pastures to ancient mountain villages, alp dairies with tasty raw-milk cheese, lonely mountain lakes, sweeping views and deep gorges. The 8-day round tour combines the most beautiful highlights of the Canton Vaud Alps. Impressive natural landscapes ensure unique backdrops: worthy of mention are the plaster pyramids at Col de la Croix, where over thousands of years, water and wind have produced a diversity of weathered shapes.
8 Days / 7 Nights
The key sites of the Alpes vaudoises that you will discover along the route.
The Alpes vaudoises are also a goldmine for fans of narrow-gauge mountain railways: four panoramic lines, some of them with cogwheel trains, include the Montreux-Zweisimmen line passing through Château-d’Oex, as well as Aigle-Leysin and Aigle-Les Diablerets or Bex-Gryon-Villars, which continues as far as Bretaye.
- Aigle castle from 12th century
- Geological formations Pierre du Moëllé
- Nature park La Pierreuse in the Parc naturel régional Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut
- L’Etivaz AOP cheese
- Gypsum pyramids at Col de la Croix
- Green setting in Taveyanne
- Vineyard and salt mine in Bex
Traveling alone or with a friend is nice, but it is even better and cheaper in group thanks to preferential rates as from 8 persons
The main resorts of the Alpes vaudoises are easily accessible.
A holiday in the Alpes vaudoises offers a gastronomic interlude of the highest quality, from vineyards and wine cellars to Alpine cheese-making such as L’Etivaz AOP. Other attractions include traditional paper-cutting, salt mines, thermal springs, charming mountain villages, fantastic mountain lakes and impressive panoramas.
- Difficulty level 40%
- Height difference 70%
- Trails 80%
- Routes 20%
- Signaling 90%
DAY 1 AIGLE – LEYSIN
The starting point is Aigle, at the foot of the mountain slope and with a picturesque old town, narrow winding lanes and a 12th century castle. The climb up to Leysin is steep but mostly shady. The views become more sweeping the further you go.
DAY 2 LEYSIN – LES MOSSES
The route crosses forests and pastures up to Les Fers. It continues in the direction of the Tour du Famelon, then to la Pierre du Moëllé. Along the trek, you can admire splendid geological formations. The way goes along the Mont d’Or until Les Mosses.
DAY 3 LES MOSSES – CHÂTEAU-D’OEX
Attractive trails lead down into the Pays-d’Enhaut, crossing wide pastureland. Descent from La Lécherette to Les Moulins, a tiny, picturesque mountain village. The section ends in Château-d’Oex, the main town of the Pays-d’Enhaut.
DAY 4 CHÂTEAU-D’OEX – L’ETIVAZ
The route wends its way alongside the river Saane before climbing to the L’Etivaz plateau, famous for its cheese L’Etivaz AOP. The rocky nature reserve of La Pierreuse in the Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut Regional Nature Park affords a rich variety of impressions.
DAY 5 L’Etivaz – Les Diablerets
The route climbs gently, touching on the Canton Bern region. Views sweep to Scex Rouge and the Diablerets Glacier. The language border is passed on the Col de Voré, where a small stone wall also marks the spot.
DAY 6 Les Diablerets – Villars
In Trechadèze, troops from Ormont joined Bern in the 1798 battle against the Vaud Republic. A geological highlight follows on the Col de la Croix: the plaster pyramids are a natural masterpiece created by thousands of years of weathering of old limestone.
DAY 7 Villars – Gryon
The trail links Villars and Gryon, two tradition-rich Vaud Alpine destinations, and leads to the architectural bijou of Alp Taveyanne. In Solalex, views extend across to the huge rock ledges and climbing paradise of L’Argentine.
DAY 8 Villars / Gryon – Aigle
Much of the route to Aigle is lined with vineyards. On the way, it’s well worth making a detour to the well-known salt mines in Bex, an extensive cave system. The section ends at Aigle, the starting point of the tour.
The price is mentioned in EUROS for information purposes, the only legal change is the swiss franc CHF, its conversion is proned to the fluctuation of the exchange rate.
Tours & Prices
TOUR 4 DAYSStarting from Aigle
From 8 persons CHF 470 / € 405
Days 1 à 4 according to program
3 nights in 2-3* hotels or B&B
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TOUR 8 DAYSStaring from Aigle
From 8 personnes CHF 990 / € 845
7 nights in 2-3* hotels or B&B
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TOUR 5 DAYSStarting from Château-d'Oex
From 8 persons CHF 630 / € 695
- Days 5 to 8 according to program
4 nights in 2-3* hotels or B&B
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Dogs are welcome on the tour and the hotels charge a contribution of around CHF 15.00 per dog / night.
The luggage transfer service between each hotel is included up to a room of 20kg per person. You drop your luggage at the hotel reception at the time of check-out and you will find them at the following hotel no later than 16:00. If you do not want this service, please indicate it in the remarks of the booking form.
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