Today we meet in the lobby of our hotel at 12 pm for introductions and a light lunch followed by our bike ﬁtting and an afternoon ride. Our ride will take us up our ﬁrst climb of the trip to Sonnenberg looking over Lucerne and the lake. We’ll continue back along the lakeside to Lucerne.
Today we ride at the lakes Imensee and Lucerne circumnavigating the Rigi peak, one of the pioneering mountains of Alpine tourism. We pass through many historic areas, one of which is where Switzerland established the Old Swiss Confederacy. We’ll stop for lunch in Brunnen where the lakes Vierwaldstättersee (Lake Lucerne) and the Urnersee (Lake Uri) meet.
Lucerne to Interlaken
This morning we leave Lucerne for Interlaken. We’ll ride on the eastern ﬂanks of Mont Pilatus (2119 m) to the Alpnacher and Sarner “Sees” (lakes) on our way to Interlaken. We’ll take a short detour to Brienz at the foot of the Brienzer-Rothorn (2350 m) and see one of it’s streets the Brungasse, which was awarded the “most beautiful street in Europe”. As we arrive in Intelaken we behold the dramatic views of the Bernese Alps, including three famous mountains: the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
Interlaken to Bern
We leave Interlaken today and the Brienzersee and ride along the Thunersee. We’ll ride through this lake region with spectacular views of the Bernese Oberland Alps. Later we ride through Thun a medieval town on the western side of Thunersee. We ﬁnally arrive in Bern which has been for 30 years a UNESCO World heritage site.
Bern: Optional Rest/Ride
Take the day off to visit the Paul Klee Museum or the Bear park (the bear is the cities icon, and both are celebrated “icons” of the town) or stroll/shop on Europe’s longest “covered” promenade. The optional ride in the area around Bern, or take a tram and walk to see the Berner Oberlander’s spectacular Alp peaks in the morning. In the afternoon we’ll have a guided visit of the town and then you’ll have free time to take advantage of all Bern has to offer.
Bern to Gruyeres
Today we’ll pass through Fribourg, the educational and cultural border between the German and French Swiss border. We’ll follow the Saane/Sarine river, then the Lac de Gruyères, with moments of spectacular views of the Berner Oberlander Alps.
Gruyeres to Morges
Leaving the Canton of Fribourg we’ll ride through the pre alpine area taking in all the views of the Swiss and French Alps and fertile lands of the Haut Gruyere. We’ll then enter the terraced vineyards of Lavaux above Lake Geneva. Beautiful scenery from Mont Pelerin onto the small silver «sea» of Lac Léman. Astounding views of the lake, the vineyards, and the Alps.
After breakfast, we have a short group shuttle around 9 am to the train station in Geneva to make your next connections or to extend your stay in the area.