Starting in Aigle, in the middle of the extensive vineyards of the Rhonetal valley, the round tour links all the major destinations in the Canton Vaud Alps. Leysin, Les Mosses, Château-d'Oex, L'Etivaz, Les Diablerets, Villars and Gryon create the circle, which closes at the starting point of Aigle.
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. Anyone wanting to set their sights higher, can take to mountain transport: the Kuklos aerial cableway station above Leysin affords sweeping views. The Glacier des Diablerets offers eternal ice and is accessed with the Glacier 3000 aerial cableway. A refreshing dip in one of the crystal-clear mountain lakes, such as Lac d'Arnon or Lac Retaud, is not icy cold, but comfortably cool.
Your wellbeing will also be well catered for in the typical alp dairies. Wheels of superb raw-milk cheese made over a wood fire are stored in old cellars for years. Sampling sessions are on offer in alp huts at Les Mosses and L'Etivaz, the home of the Gruyère cheese speciality of the same name. Famous far beyond Swiss borders, this is one of the best for far and wide.
The Vine and Wine Museum is the reference of the winegrowing culture and is headquartered at Aigle Castle.
Place du Château 1 - 1860 Aigle
+41 (0)24 466 21 30
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The Château de la Roche is in the heart of the wine-producing village of Ollon, in the Chablais mountains at the foot of the Vaudois Alps.
The Refuge de Solalex in Bex welcomes guests in a rustic setting with folk music in the background.
Alpage de Solalex - 1880 Bex
+41 (0)24 498 27 09
The gypsum pyramids are a geological curiosity formed by erosion, near the Col de la Croix.
The Auberge du Col de Soud in Villars-sur-Ollon focuses on terroir dishes and offers a lovely terrace.
Col de Soud - 1884 Villars-sur-Ollon
+41 (0)24 495 26 40
The Refuge of Taveyanne is located in an authentic and typical mountain hamlet historically classified which still lives today without power.
Route de Taveyanne - 1882 Gryon
+41 (0)24 498 19 47
Situated at the top of the Col du Pillon near the Glacier 3000 cable car, this restaurant is a lovely stop for skiers and hikers, summer and winter.
Route du Col du Pillon 251 - 1865 Les Diablerets
+41 (0)24 492 10 00
Maison de l’Etivaz is the place where you can learn all about this AOP cheese, made in summer in Pays-d’Enhaut mountain pastures.
La Maison de l'Etivaz
Route des Mosses 72 - 1660 L'Etivaz
+41 26 924 70 60
Whether cosying up to the fireplace or relaxing on the terrace with its dramatic view of the mountains, Les Fers is the place to be at altitude.
Crête du Fer
Case postale 49
1854 Leysin - 1854 Leysin
+41 (0)79 439 50 44