Lord Byron's late arrival in Geneva was not in accord with his habitual, temperamental preference for a leisurely mode of travel. The Shelley party took the direct route to Switzerland by going through France. Byron opted to sail from Dover to Ostend, making his way to Cologne before following the Rhine down to the Swiss border. With him were William Fletcher, who had worked on the Newstead estate, Robert Rushton, the son of one of his tenants, a Swiss called Berger, and John Polidori, his own private physician. From Murten, Byron probably took the road to Lausanne and then made his way towards Geneva along the lake, arriving at the Hôtel d'Angleterre on May 25, 1816, exactly a month after he had embarked on his journey. During his travel, Byron was able to compose a poem entitled Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
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