ViaCook - A pioneering journey across Switzerland

Genève - Pontarlier

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

A1 - Perly

A1 - Perly

Route de Meyrin

Route de Meyrin

Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

A1 - Dir Perly

A1 - Dir Perly

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 4

Tunnel 4

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Geneva, Switzerland 2

Geneva, Switzerland 2

La Terrasse

La Terrasse

Pont de la Machine

Pont de la Machine

Genève City

Genève City

Route: Geneva - Chamonix (F) - Martigny - Leukerbad - Gemmi pass - Bernese Oberland - Lucerne - Rigi - Olten - Neuchâtel - Pontarlier (F)

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What was a novelty for the first group of tourists to visit Switzerland has now become an everyday affair: in 1863, Thomas Cook the excursionist, embarked on his first conducted tour of Switzerland with a group of British tourists. They travelled from Geneva via Chamonix to the Valais district, visited the wonders of the Bernese Oberland, climbed the Rigi and returned to England by train from Lucerne via Neuchâtel. The ViaCook is a tribute to this pioneering journey: on foot, and by boat and train – exactly as in Thomas Cook’s time.

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