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.
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.