Minimum 2 persons. Maximum 6 persons. ( Contact us prior to single person booking for availability)
Fitness Level: Easy (short hikes around places of interest).
Pickup from either Aigle, Leysin or Le Sepey. Tour start: 8.30 – 9.00 Tour end. 5.00 – 5.30
Picnic lunch of local produce, lift ticket and entry to museums included
We start with a walk around the historic Chateau d’Aigle, built on the site of bronze age settlement, a strategic location on the route over the Grand St Bernard Pass from Italy to France. Look along La Grande Eau up to the pastures and landmark peak of La Chamossaire.
Head to Martigny, the bronze age Celtic trading post on the route from the ancient world of Anatolia, Greece and Rome to Gaul. Visit the Roman amphitheatre, and the art foundation built on the site of the Celtic temple near the Roman Forum. Climb the earliest pass into the valley, Col de la Croix to the upper Ormonts Valley to village of Les Diablerets, visit the oldest settlement, Vers L’Eglise. Wander the reaches of La Grande Eau to the village of La Forclaz, another ancient settlement. descend to the Rhone Valley, finishing in Aigle.
Steeped in the mists of history, this unique hidden valley has been home to French Swiss mountain farmers for a thousand years and more. We take you to our favorite spots, from the rushing mountain stream at Les Diablerets (the little devils), and the tumbling Cascade Dar to the breathtaking alpine views from where you can see the valley history etched into the pasture. with chalets dotted about the verdant green mountain slopes. Walk in the footsteps of the Celtic ancestors as they escaped from the fiefdoms below to the freedom of the ancient paths trodden by generations of farmers, as they wandered from chalet to mayen (the high country huts) in May where they spent the summer with their sheep, goats and herds of cattle.
We drive back along the Ormonts Valley through the village of Les Diablerets, and the ancient village of Le Sepey . Drive up to Leysin, and absorb the magnificent views of Lake Geneva from Prafandaz, probably a gathering place for families since the Celts first wandered up from the Rhone plain before concluding the tour in Aigle. Or if you prefer, a ride on the Swiss funicular railway down the mountain is a lot of fun!