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Tour du Haut Lac

Cycling · Port-Valais
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  • Le Bouveret
    / Le Bouveret
    Photo: Christian Perret, Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Swiss Vapeur Parc
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Aquaparc
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
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A nice route, easily accessible to everyone, which takes you through the Rhone Valley across farmland and forest belts. A journey on the water's edge: the Rhone, Lake Geneva and the Stockalper channel. Not to mention the picturesque villages and many restaurants.
moderate
52.4 km
6:15 h
575 m
575 m
The tour takes you from Le Bouveret train station towards Lake Geneva along the busy docks, up to the doorstep of Swiss Vapeur Parc and Aquaparc. Different restaurants at the border of the lake invite you to a culinary break before you continue your tour.

Author’s recommendation

Le Bouveret offers numerous activities for families such as the Swiss Vapeur Parc or Aquaparc

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Collombey-Muraz, 558 m
Lowest point
Illarsaz, 372 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

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More information

Start

Le Bouveret train station (377 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.386457, 6.852059
UTM
32T 334843 5139228

Destination

Le Bouveret train station

Turn-by-turn directions

From Le Bouveret, follow the river Rhone to the Château de la Porte du Scex. Built in 1597, it hosts the Chablais Museum, which offers regular cultural exhibitions. This route is closed to traffic. Afterwards, continue towards Vouvry. Follow the banks of the Rhone to Illarsaz where you have the opportunity to stop at the UCI World Cycling Centre. Before arriving at Collombey-le-Grand you pass near the refinery. Cross Collombey, which is dominated by the Bernardine monastery established in 1647. The tour continues through the heights of Muraz before following the Stockalper channel and the "Rigoles de Vionnaz" nature reserve and its peatlands. A short climb takes you into the old town of Vionnaz. After a small detour you arrive near the "Great Wall", where a bench invites you to take a break and enjoy a beautiful view of the Rhone Valley. Carry on towards Vouvry and les Evouettes, where you again continue along the Stockalper channel. Kaspar-Jodok von Stockalper built this channel in 1648 to improve the transportation of merchandise such as salt. Once at Le Bouveret, the route continues towards St-Gingolph through the hamlets of Esserts and Vignolles.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By car, by train, by boat or by bus: there are many routes and transportation facilities to choose from, all of which will bring you to Le Bouveret to enjoy the lake shores.

Getting there

Take the A9 highway and leave it at exit 16 (Villeneuve). Then continue on the Route Nr 21 in direction of La Carettes/Port-Valais. 

Parking

Le Bouveret station
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1264 Montreux

Equipment

We recommend: bicycle in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
52.4 km
Duration
6:15h
Ascent
575 m
Descent
575 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly

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