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From the bright lights of effervescent Zürich, to the gorgeous lakeside town of Lucerne, this tour lets you explore some of Switzerland's most attractive cities - with wonderfully tranquil cycling in between. Wending your way through blissful Alpine pastures, via picturesque villages and serene lakes, you'll experience the best of quintessential Switzerland - with jaw-dropping mountain views along the way.
Arrive at Geneva or Zürich. Transfer by train to your first hotel in Gruyeres, where you'll be equipped with your bicycle. Relax in Gruyeres, a pretty medieval town famous not just for Gruyère cheese which has been made for centuries in the surrounding Alpine pastures, but also its wonderfully light meringues, served with double cream.
Gruyères to Gstaad-Saanen: 31 miles (50km). Leaving picturesque Gruyères behind, the route now winds through Simmental and Saanenland. These idyllic pastures are dominated by the milk and cheese trade, the sound of cowbells clinking all around. Following the river Saanen, the route gently ascends along quiet, narrow roads with iconic Alpine views increasing in magnificence as you gain height. Passing picturesque villages such as Montbovon and Château d’Oex, you'll arrive in Saanen by late afternoon. Explore the village, or hop on your bike to Gstaad, just a few minutes down the road.
Gstaad-Saanen to Boltigen: 16 miles (25km). Today's journey starts with a relatively steep climb. If you'd prefer to avoid this, you can opt to take the train from Saanen up to the pass crossing of Saanenmöser. From here the route descends nearly all the way to Boltigen along National Cycling Route No. 9, through Zweisimmen, passing many historic farmhouses along the way.
Boltigen to Iseltwald: 25 miles (40km). Cycling through the Simmen valley today, dark wood chalets dotted amongst the trees, the route is downhill all the way to Spiez on Lake Thun, a pretty little market town well worth a visit. You could also opt for a trip by lake steamer to Interlaken (included) to avoid the busier road sections along Lake Thun. Situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, with the famous mountain trio Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as a backdrop, Interlaken has become a popular destination for paragliding, white water rafting and jet boating (if the mood takes you!), plus many more adventures. From here you'll cycle along the shores of Lake Brienz to the small lakeside resort of Iseltwald.
Iseltwald. Time to rest your cycling legs and enjoy a relaxing day on Lake Brienz, surrounded by rugged mountains covered in thick forest. Enjoy a lake cruise across serene turquoise waters, visit Interlaken or head to one of the beaches dotted around the lake for some sunbathing and lake swimming.
Iseltwald to Lucerne: 29-43 miles (47-70km) After your rest-day, enjoy a longer ride today, starting along the southern shores of Lake Brienz, with a few climbs along the way. The route takes you through the historic woodcarving village of Brienz and on to Meiringen, famous for its Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Reichenbach Falls where the famous detective fell to his death. From Meiringen we recommend taking the train to the Brünigpass (included) to avoid a steep climb, rejoining the cycle route for a lovely downhill stretch through Alpine pastures to Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen, towards Lucerne.
Lucerne. Indulge in another day of leisure, exploring this picturesque lakeside town, so quintessentially Switzerland: a beautifully preserved old quarter, great shops and restaurants, sun filled plazas and attractive waterside promenades framing the cobalt lake, complete with a stunning mountain backdrop.
Lucerne to Weggis: 13 miles (20km) Your final cycling day starts with a climb towards Meggerwald (which can be avoided with a train journey), where you'll be rewarded with wonderful views over Lake Lucerne. Continue mainly downhill from here via Küssnacht until you reach the idyllic lakeside resort of Weggis. A wonderful place to relax on your last afternoon, Weggis enjoys a mild climate (even boasting a few palm and fig trees). We suggest finding a lakeside café and enjoying a cool beer in the sun.
Weggis. Enjoy relaxing in this picturesque lakeside resort. Your hotel offers sun terraces and lawns, pools or lakeside beaches – a perfect way to end your cycling holiday. If you are still feeling active why not take a mountain excursion to Mount Rigi with its great views over Lake Lucerne and attractive hiking and walking trails.
Today we say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you back to Zürich by train.
A fine selection of options to choose from
Hotel Alexander and Gerbi is a modern hotel with panoramic views overlooking lake Lucern, and within walking distance to the traditional town of Weggis. The hotels spa is a real crowd pleaser which includes a heated indoor and outdoor pool. Rooms come with free WI-FI, Satellite TV and a minibar. The local area has several hiking trails around the lake or up into the Alps. The lake also offers water sports.
Hotel Alphorn is a charming chalet style hotel with cosy wooden rooms enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in snug rooms. The rooms come with views of the surrounding slopes. Enjoy culinary pleasures in the inviting "Möschgstube" or on the grand sun terrace.
Hotel Simmental is surrounded by the Swiss Alps. Its quiet location in Boltigen offers hiking trails and bicycle paths to explore the local area. Enjoy some fine wines at this hotel as it has an extensive wine cellar. The hotel’s restaurant also features traditional Swiss cuisine.
Hotel St Georges is situated in the heart of the medieval village of Gruyeres, which is still a car free town. The traditional Swiss rooms are each named after an important personality from Gruyeres from the past five Centuries. The rooms offer views of either the valley or the village itself.
Ibis Styles Hotel is a colourful decorated hotel in Lucerne’s historic city centre. Perfect for exploring the medieval town. Rooms come equipped with free WI-FI, flat screen TV and interconnecting rooms are available. The hotel’s restaurant and bar offers both international and traditions cuisine.
Standhotel Iseltwald is situated in the holiday village of Iseltwald and is next door to the boat pier, ideal for an evening cruise. The hotel has a large terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the views of Lake Lucerne. The rooms are modern and bright.
|2018 Departure Dates||
5th May 2018 - 13th October 2018
Flights and Transfers Included
|2018 Departure Dates||
|5th May 2018 - 13th October 2018||£1575|
Dates are subject to availability, please call for more information
If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, please call us for help and advice.
The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4055.
This tour is operated by our preferred local partners in Europe.
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