Lavaux's vineyard terraces stretch 30km along the northern shore of Lake Geneva. Dating from the 11th century, this region is well worth a walk to appreciate the natural setting and the engineering it took to grow grapes in this part of Switzerland.
The tourist information centre in Lausanne has maps to help plan your visit to the area. My tour started at Grandvaux, which is only a short 10-minute train ride away.
The village was fairly quiet in the early afternoon already. While this region is quite famous due to its UNESCO World Heritage status, they haven't heavily commercialized the area yet.
Trains don't run very frequently along these rail lines. Next stop is Chexbres-Village, which has even more vineyard terraces stretching along the hillsides.
The downhill descent into St-Saphorin was quite comfortable and there are many paved paths along the vineyards. With wonderful mountain and lake views all the way, pick a path and just head downhill. You can't get lost as long as you head downhill keeping an eye on the next town. The railway line runs along the coast with many stops along the way, although it might be a long wait for the next service.