We make brief stops at Rolle then Morges, a lakeside town known for its annual Fete de la Tulipe in spring in the Parc de L’Independance and the Dahlia festival along the lake side in summer. Then onto Lausanne for a stop long enough for a quick walk around the Ouchy area and the park in front of The Olympic Museum.
After lunch we dock at Vevey where we have time to get off and wander around this lovely lakeside market town. I love Vevey – the home of photography! there is a photographic museum here – Musée Suisse de l’appareil photographique and every 2 years a Photography expo is held all around the town, Charlie Chaplin lived here for 25 years and Nestlé have their headquarters here. The Alimentarium museum is an imposing and grand building on the lake front which documents and displays the history of food and has the wonderful fork sculpture in the lake in front. Then back onto the boat and heading towards our final destination of Montreux, passing by the fabulous Unesco World Heritage site of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux. Montreux of Jazz festival fame is an important and busy town on the lakefront. Second home to many musicians, it has a great boardwalk, fun sculptures all along the lake front with probably the most famous statue being that of Freddie Mercury.
After enjoying a walk along the lake and an apéro in Montreux we take the train back to Nyon. Train journeys in Switzerland are another blog post, but suffice to say this is a ‘not cheap’ but a fabulous and relaxing way to travel around and see this amazingly beautiful country.
This really is a most fun and memorable day out and a great way to briefly see the shoreline of the beautiful Lac Leman from Nyon round to Montreux. There are many different cruise options on the lake. We booked our trip online with CGN and there are many options for a day trip and dinner cruises on the Lac Leman.
CGN offers many different cruises: day or night, meal or no meal and more than 20 destinations or just a 50 minute tour on the lake without stop.
Check out this website for more details.
All photos © by Caro Blackwell