Epic Europe



The second largest city on Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a beautiful locale to explore on the way to the Alps, or for a short stay before going home. Only one hour from Geneva, the hillside town is surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes descending right into Lac Leman. The proximity to the wine country and the mountains also makes it ideal for day trips as well.


The old town is dominated by the cathedral, which is Switzerland’s most impressive example of early Gothic style. Avant-garde architecture amid historic 18th and 19th-century classic defines the old town, with its atmosphere of cafés and boutiques at once quaint and cosmopolitan. But pace yourself as you browse the shops on the pedestrian Rue du Flon and Rue du Rôtillion, as they are quite steep.


Lausanne is also a dynamic and lively university town with live music concerts all year long, great events like the Fête de Lausanne which offers diverse attractions staged on the different squares of the town, or just sit back in the garden of the 5* Beau Rivage Palace, enjoying a drink at sunset on the waterfront in Ouchy.


Gourmets can try many regional specialties such as cabbage-filled sausage with leek gratin called "Papet Vaudois", or at another level, dine at Philippe Rochat or at Anne-Sophie Pic - 3 stars Michelin. And wine lovers won’t feel short changed, as Lausanne sits adjacent to the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux UNESCO world heritage region. Enjoy a private wine tasting at a local “Caveau” and try the local Chasselas white.


Culturally, Lausanne has the world-renowned Fondation de l'Hermitage, the collection of marginal art (“Art Brut”) in Beaulieu Castle, the Musée de l'Elysée photo museum, and others. Lausanne is also home to the International Olympic Committee and also the Olympic Museum. Finally, Lausanne is home to the world-famous Béjart Ballet. 

  • Town surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes descending right into Lac Leman offering great opportunities for wine visits and tasting
  • Lively town with live music concerts, events throughout the year
  • Home to the International Olympic Commitee and Olympic Museum
  • 5* Hotel Beau Rivage Palace & Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant - 3 stars Michelin
  • Gourmet lunch cruises available on Léman Lake


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Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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