The Smugglers' Way audio trail.

  • Lac de Vonnes
  • Paysage Châtel
  • Sentier sonore sur les traces des contrebandiers
  • groupe d'enfants sur le sentier sonore
  • Borne
  • Sentier sonore
Lac de VonnesPaysage ChâtelSentier sonore sur les traces des contrebandiersgroupe d'enfants sur le sentier sonoreBorneSentier sonore


Follow in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officials who once played cat and mouse in this mountainous border area between France and Switzerland.
The audio trail, on the footsteps of smugglers, is a family walk without any danger or difficulty.
Lasting less than 2 hours and with a departure at the Lake Vonnes, you will set off to discover the paths formerly used by smugglers.
From the salt trade in the 18th century, to tobacco and butter, many goods crossed the border in this part of Chablais. Game of cat and mouse between smugglers and «gabelou», name given to the Customs officers of that time, this walk will immerse you in the history of the territory of Chablais.

When you return from your walk, take the time to discover the "Centre d'Interprétation de la Contrebande en Montagne" (Old customs House) to learn more about the history of contraband.

Batteries can be rented either at the tourist office or at the Old Customs House.
Topo guides are for sale at the tourist office.
Car Park at the departure. Access by bus line 4, stop Vonnes.
OpeningsFrom 01/06 to 30/09.
Practical informations
  • Services :
    • 5 yrs old min
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • Levels of sporting experience :
    • Level green –very easy
  • Route :
    • daily duration (minutes) 150
    • type of route BOUCLE
    • marked route
    • elevation (m) 200
    • distance (km) 3.6
  • Accessible tourism :
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Section :
    • Cultural
  • Pedestrian sports :
    • Pedestrian sports
    • Course


Walkingmap: €1
Batterie rental: €3 + €30 deposit.
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The Smugglers' Way audio trail.
1277 route de Vonnes
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Phone : +33 4 50 71 75 11
Phone : +33 4 57 26 90 04
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


Car Park at the departure. Access by bus line 4, stop Vonnes.
Additional location
  • Environments :
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Mountain location
    • Ski resort
    • Village < 2 km away
    • Riverside
    • Waterside
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Forest location
    • Close to a public transportation