|| While most people recognize Lake Geneva as central Europe's second
largest fresh water lake, we also recognize it as central Europe's most
beautiful. Framed by the French Alps to the south and Switzerland's
Jura Mountains to the north, it towers as one of Mother Nature's true
masterpieces. Just as impressive are the cities and villages that
ornament Lake Geneva's shores, especially along Switzerland's northern
banks, which many call the "Swiss Riviera" (and rightfully so.)
Geneva, the starting point of our tours, meshes Old World with New, creating an electrifying cosmopolitan atmosphere steeped with
international charm. Lausanne, Switzerland's cultural center, treats
museums like most cities treat Starbucks - they're everywhere - 16 in
all. And the massive Cathedral of Notre Dame, a
monument to Gothic architecture, looms over Lausanne like a visual
Montreux, site of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, is also best
known for its proximity to Chateau de Chillon. Dating back to the 12th
century, this castle's storybook beauty is magnified by its waterfront
location upon a rocky crag that juts into the lake.
This entire route is also recognized as Switzerland's second largest
wine-producing region. D́zaley, the region's best known vineyard,
towers above a terraced slope overlooking Lake Geneva, making for a
perfect setting to clink a toast.
Nearby Saint-Saphorin, a shockingly beautiful village hemmed by steep
banks of vineyards, also serves as a great perch to sip and savor and
maybe even catch creative inspiration of your own.