Bike Across Switzerland
A lush & 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 ofLucerne, 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 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 utilising, 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.
- 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’s terraced vineyards
- 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
Day by Day
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.
- 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 cheese demo/tasting
- 2 guided visits: Lucerne, Bern
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 6 dinners