Bike Across Switzerland

A lush and lovely lake-to-lake journey.

The natural beauty of Switzerland is not taken for granted by the Swiss, and because of their respect for their nature, they have designed and maintained a very sophisticated system of hiking and cycling routes throughout the country.

Starting in the German-speaking cantons of Lucerne, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, we begin our journey across Switzerland, passing through many quaint Medieval town centers. We’ll pass through the cantons of Lucerne, Oberwald, Berner Oberland, and Bern as we continue through the valley and lake regions surrounded by Switzerland’s majestic “Alps”. Our two night stay in the small but bustling capital city of Bern, still has many activities waiting for us. We’ll then continue on and get absorbed into the French-speaking cantons of Fribourg and Vaud and… voilá, begin speaking French. After an overnight in the Quaint castle village of Guyrères, famous for her cheese, we’ll head over the hills of Jorat, overlooking the entire Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) backdropped by the snowcapped Alps, and finish our journey with a spectacular descent through the beautiful Unesco protected wine terraces of Lavaux, straight down to the lively lakeside town of Morges.

The tour passes through eight of Switzerland’s 26 cantons and provides you with unmatched natural beauty, insight into the political and historical foundations, and an up close and authentic experience of Swiss contemporary culture. Because most of this tour is on bicycle paths or designated bike routes, we are not only utilizing, but also contributing to the sustainability of the Swiss philosophy of human-powered travel. We are excited to be guest/hosts in this beautiful country as ambassadors to help promote this way of life.

Highlights

  • Experience the true meaning of ECO and BIO
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bern and ride through the UNESCO site/region of Lavaux wine country
  • Ride through many quaint Medieval towns, and through valleys and lake regions
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Berner Oberlander Alps, including the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau
  • Get absorbed into the French speaking cantons of Fribourg and Vaud

Trip Details

Price
$6,495
Single Supplement
$1,100
Length
8 days / 7 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
262 miles
Daily Average
37 miles
Terrain
Rolling with a few climbs
Start/End Locations
Lucerne/Morges
Trip Dates
07/27/19 - 08/03/19
08/17/19 - 08/24/19

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Luzern Loop

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 around the outskirts of Luzern and along some of the lakeshore. Before dinner, we’ll meet a local guide for a visit to the town.

Lake Luzern Loop

Today we ride at the lakes Imensee and Luzern circum-navigating the Rigi peak, one of the pioneering mountains of Alpine tourism. It includes the construction of the Vitznau-Rigi Railway, which went down in history as Europe’s first mountain railway. We pass through many historic areas, one of which is where Switzerland established the Old Swiss Confederacy, with some help of the legendary William Tell, a folk hero from the area.

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, located between lake Thun and Brienz. Sarnern is the capital of the Oberwald canton. The Sarnen town and lake lie at the base of the Giswilerstock peak. We’ll take a short detour to Brienz at the foot of the Brienzer-Rothorn (2350 m) and see one of its streets the Brungasse, which was awarded the “most beautiful street in Europe”. As we arrive in Interlaken 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. Today the Swiss capital still enchants its visitors with its charm and diverse attractions and events. In the early evening 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: Optional Rest/Ride

Take the day off to visit the Paul Klee Museum, Albert Einstein Museum or the Bear park (the bear is the city’s icon, and both are celebrated “icons” of the town). Or stroll or 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 Oberland’s spectacular Alp peaks in the morning.

Bern to Gruyeres

Today we’ll pass through Fribourg, the educational and cultural border between the German and French-Swiss border. Its historical importance starts from the Neolithic period. It has a great important history of churches and Monasteries (Franciscan, Cistercian, and Augustinian). 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.

Goodbye!

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.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Carbon bike equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Group shuttle at the end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • 1 wine tasting, 1 beer tasting and 1 chocolate demo/tasting
  • 2 guided visits: Lucerne, Bern

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 7 dinners

Meet the Guides