Cruise on Lake Leman

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If you want to feel the wind on your face and feel the relaxing mist of the sea, go to Switzerland and have a look see at Lake Geneva. Cruising on the lake is a very nice way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Lake Leman which is one of the biggest lakes in Europe.

Lake Geneva (named lac Léman in French) is the largest lake in Western Europe. It lies between France and Switzerland. The southern shore belongs to France. The lake is 70 km long, and is skirted by vineyards and beautiful sun-drenched towns (many with shore side castles) on the Swiss side, and dominated by the French Alps on the south side.

There are many options ranging from simple cross-lake passenger ferries in Geneva to longer sightseeing trips ans dinner cruises departing from various lake-side towns, including Geneva, Nyon, Yvoire, Evian, Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux.

The largest number of departures is from Geneva on the southwestern point of the lake while cruises also operate regularly from towns on the opposite end of the lake such as Montreux, Vevey, and Lausanne.

I experimented two boats : first, I took the CGN ferry from Evian-les-bains to Lausanne. The trip lasts about half an hour. I took a few pics with my Diana Mini.

In Lausanne, I photographed a beautiful Belle Epoque paddle steamer from 1927, named The Rhône. I didn’t take it because it goes from Lausanne to Vevey, and I hadn’t enough time. I had to go back to Geneva and had two choices: either the train, or by the boat. There is only one boat per day from Lausanne to Geneva. The boat is much longer (3 hours) than the train (30 minutes), but she offers more scenic views.

written by azurblue on 2010-08-05 #places #france #travel-destination #lake #location #evian #ferries #diana-mini #switzerland #cruise-crusing #boat #leman-lausanne #lca #geneva #steamers

One Comment

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Superbes embarcations !

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