- Catalonia Discovery
- Coastal Cycling in the Algarve
- Essence of Slovenia
- Châteaux of the Loire
- 'Flat Out' from Amsterdam to Bruges New!
- Lake Constance - Three Countries on Two Wheels New!
- The Golden Pass Line
- The Sicilian Experience New!
- Alsace and The Rhine Valley
- Amsterdam and the Charms of Holland New!
- Bavaria's Allgäuer Alps
- Cycling the Istrian Peninsula
- Lake Garda - Family Cycling and Activities New!
- Lake Garda, Verona, Soave and Venice
- Côtes du Rhône in Provence
- Garmisch & the Romantic Castles
- St. Moritz and Lake Como
- Perfumes of Provence
- Südtirol, Lake Garda & Valpolicella
Bike and Boat Holidays
11 Day Tour
Arrive at Genèva airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel in Gruyères.
Gruyères. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore Gruyères, a well-preserved medieval village with an 11th century fairytale castle and dazzling alpine backdrop. Why not relax by dipping into an authentic fondue here? Alternatively, you could explore Lake Gruyère and meander through its idyllic pastures to a soundtrack of ringing cow bells (after all, this is the home of the famously nutty Gruyère cheese); or even take the train to Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s smartest resorts, and follow the National Cycle Route back to Gruyère through dramatic valley scenery.
Gruyères to Fribourg: 24 miles (38km). Following the tranquil shoreline of Lake Gruyère, we ride along quiet lanes and forest tracks before crossing picturesque farmland with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. Finally, we arrive at Fribourg, an atmospheric medieval centre perched upon a rocky spur overlooking the River Sarine.
Fribourg. Explore the steep cobbled streets of Fribourg. Lined with ancient buildings, the many attractions here include the 13th century St Nicolas Cathedral, covered wooden bridges decked with brightly-coloured flowers, and the city fortifications with a mile and a half of ramparts, 14 towers and a huge bulwark (Switzerland’s most important medieval military architecture). We also recommend a cycle excursion into the breathtakingly beautiful surrounding landscape of lakes, valleys and shady forests dwarfed by towering mountains.
Fribourg to Murten: 20 miles (32km). Soak up the spectacular alpine scenery as we trundle downhill past lakes, valleys and forests stopping en route at friendly Gasthofs in delightfully traditional villages.
Murten. On the edge of the Great Marsh, Murten is one of the best preserved Swiss medieval towns, and still encircled by its 15th century walls. From the castle to the historic arcaded high street, this is a charming place to stroll around. You could also opt to make a splash at Lake Murten which is ideal for swimming - or cycle across the causeway at nearby Lake Biel to St Peters Island, where an excellent restaurant will reward you with fabulous views.
Murten to Yverdon les Bains: 27 miles (43km). Today we embark on a truly epic ride along the shore of Lake Neuchâtel (the largest lake entirely in Switzerland) with views across to the picturesque peaks of the Swiss Jura Mountains. Best of all, there will also be several opportunities for a reviving swim en route.
Yverdon les Bains. Centred between the Jura Mountains, the Orbe Plains, the Broye Hills and Lake Neuchâtel, Yverdon les Bains is famous for its thermal springs. The spa waters here are renowned for their healing powers. The imposing 13th century castle features four round towers. Our recommended cycle excursion to the shores of Lake Neuchâtel can also be combined with a worthwhile boat trip.
Yverdon les Bains to Lutry: 25 miles (40km). Taking the national cycle route that links Yverdon and Lake Genèva, we weave along peaceful lanes and forest tracks through the scenic landscape. As we reach Lake Genèva, the wonderful vistas of the Mont Blanc massif reward our efforts.
Lutry. Unwind in stylish Lutry - this chic resort of pavement cafés, atmospheric bistros and ancient buildings is at the heart of the Swiss Riviera. Other nearby attractions include the sophisticated city of Lausanne; and Château de Chillon, an enchanting medieval castle.
We say “Au Revoir” before transferring you direct from Lutry to Genèva airport by train or minibus.
One Night Or Two?
Most of our holidays are available in two formats: BSpoke Original (two-night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days), and BSpoke One Night Stops (two nights in your first hotel, followed by just one night in each subsequent hotel, for those who want to cycle a distance every day).