Epic Europe



Whenever traversing the northern shore of Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva), it’s hard not to be astounded by the terraced vineyards cascading into the lake, nearly 1000 hectares of grape vines, the densest concentration of viticulture in Switzerland. Dedicated a UNESCO Heritage site in 2007, these dry-stone walls have been used to grow wine since the 11th century.


While countless quaint vigneron villages are scattered throughout the Lavaux, the main towns are Vevey and Montreux, with grand belle-epoque hotels and world-class restaurants and shopping in both. Vevey is also famous for one of the best weekly markets in Switzerland, showcasing the seasonal best in local produce and products.


Montreux, on the other hand, is famous for its annual Jazz Festival, started 45 years ago by the late Claude Nobs, which has become a compulsory stop for the finest musicians in the world. Held every July for 2 weeks, the MJF is also a favorite of the artists, as they get to relax on the Leman Riviera, take in other concerts, and enjoy the Swiss summertime on the lake.

Above this region are countless hikes through the vineyards, some of our favorite bike trails from the cog-railed Rochers de Naye train, and inimitable views of the snow-capped Alps across the lake. With everything from high-alpine to an almost Mediterranean climate along the shores, the Swiss Riviera is a world apart from the rest of the Alps.


  • Unique location between Lake Geneva, the Alps and the vineyards
  • Mediterranean atmosphere
  • Famous Montreux Jazz Festival taking place every year in July
  • Dream destination for gourmets and wine lovers with more than 20 first class restaurants collecting a total of 345 Gault Millau points and 9 Michelin stars
  • Terrassed vineyards of the Lavaux wine growing region, part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
  • Chillon Castle, considered by many to be Switzerland's most beautiful castle


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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. 

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • “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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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


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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