Switzerland's Lake Geneva Region – encompassing the “Olympic capital”, Lausanne and Montreux Riviera – is known as a haven of high-quality food and wine.
Lausanne boasts a picturesque setting built on three hills that are surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet.
Spanning thirty kilometers from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne, the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux vineyards allow visitors to sample fresh produce from almost every cellar, making it an essential site for wine connoisseurs.
With a gorgeous backdrop set high above Lake Geneva, the vineyards contain eight places of production: Lutry, Villette, Epesses, Calamin Grand Cru, Dézaley Grand Cru, St-Saphorin, Chardonne and Vevey-Montreux.
Chasselas wines are primarily supplied here and produce a taste that is dry and fruity with subtle aromas.
Throughout the vineyard terraces, delightful pintes or mini-restaurants and open-air markets within small villages offer local food, meats and dairy products, all of exceptional standard and authenticity.
Within a panoramic coach, containing eight VIP seats at the front of the train, visitors can explore the Lake Geneva region on board the GoldenPass Line that links with Interlaken and Lucerne.
A Swiss Pass offers unlimited travel on the national network of trains, boats and bus lines and is valid on the public transport system of 75 Swiss cities and towns, including Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux within the Lake Geneva district.
Travellers also receive free entry to over 470 museums and exhibitions by using the Swiss Pass, plus a 50 per cent discount on most mountain top excursions.
Recently, Swiss Travel System has recently launched a new Swiss Peak Pass that entitles travellers, when purchased with a 4-day or 8-day Swiss Pass, unlimited access up eight of Switzerland’s most scenic summits – the Allalin, Brienzer Rothorn, Cardada, Corvatsch, Niesen, Rochers-de-Naye, Säntis, Stanserhorn CabriO.
Available from AUD $35 for a four day consecutive pass or AUD $71 for an eight day consecutive pass, this special offer is valid from 1 January to 23 December 2014.
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