ViaCook - A pioneering journey across Switzerland

Genève - Pontarlier

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

Tunnel 4

Tunnel 4

Route de Meyrin

Route de Meyrin

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Genève City

Genève City

La Terrasse

La Terrasse

Pont de la Machine

Pont de la Machine

Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

A1 - Perly

A1 - Perly

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 2

A1 - Dir Perly

A1 - Dir Perly

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 3

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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