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Switzerland Bike Tour

Cheese to Chalets: Crossroads of Culture, Language, and Flavor

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price from: $4,995Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Sample Swiss cheese and chocolate right where it’s made
  • Experience the abundance of outdoor landmarks in Interlaken and the jet-set appeal of Gstaad
  • Conquer the Brünig Pass, which links the cities of Interlaken and Lucerne
  • Cycle the shores of Lake Lucerne through quaint communities, Alpine pastures, and vineyards of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc

Eat

Emmental, Gruyère, Raclette, and Appenzeller cheeses; fondue, rösti, and excellent Swiss chocolates

Drink

Outstanding Pinot Noir, Chasselas, and white wines from the Valais, Lake Geneva, Ticino, and Seeland; kirsch, a fruit brandy made from cherries, or pflüml, made from plums

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  • Day 1

    A Very Swiss Beginning

    Your DuVine guides will greet you in Aigle for a transfer to L’Etivaz, where our tour begins. L’Etivaz is famous for its eponymous cheese, so we’re treated to a tasting with a local cheesemaker before a light lunch. Fueled for our first ride, we’ll spin beside the banks of the Sarine River through Rougemont and Saanen. Pedal past plenty of Switzerland’s emblematic wooden chalets all the way to the car-free town of Gstaad. Tonight, we tuck into sophisticated Swiss fare in the hotel’s cozy restaurant.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Rougemont, Saanen, Gstaad
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 400 meters
    Longer Option: 25 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 779 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 2

    Entering the Bernese Oberland

    After a classic Swiss breakfast, it’s time to depart Gstaad and cruise on a mix of asphalt and gravel roads through the Simmental Valley, an Alpine landscape in the Bernese Oberland. We’ll be pausing along the way to taste the chocolate that has earned Switzerland its confectionary repute. Our route snakes along the scenic Simme river to Lake Thun, where we stop for lunch on the shores. Afterwards, keep on riding to our hotel or opt for a boat ride all the way to Interlaken. We’ll reconvene for a fine dining experience at the hotel’s bright and elegant restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Thun, Interlaken
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 790 meters
    Longer Option: 48 miles / 77 km, elevation gain: 915 meters
    Accommodations: Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Day 3

    Chasing Waterfalls

    Encircled by the iconic mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, Interlaken is a playground for outdoor pursuits. Today, our own adventure takes us to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We’ll ride to the famous Trümmelbach Falls which drain over 20,000 liters of water every second, then continue to the end of the valley for lunch. This afternoon, choose to go paragliding over the Alpine peaks for an additional fee, or participate in a beloved Swiss pastime—hiking. Dine on your own back in Interlaken—we recommend seeking out some Swiss cheese fondue.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Trümmelbach
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 480 meters; 4 miles / 6 km hiking
    AccommodationsVictoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Day 4

    The Climb to Lake Lucerne

    Today’s ride begins with a bang as we climb the Brünig Pass high above Lake Brienz. Pause at the summit to pat yourself on the back and relish the stunning views, then take off on a long downhill through orchards all the way to our lunch stop. Our ride ends in the lakeside city of Lucerne, nestled beneath a mountainous panorama dominated by the massif Pilatus. Take a pre-dinner stroll to Chapel Bridge, one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe, then dine at a charming restaurant in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Brienz, Lucerne
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 650 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Château Gütsch

  • Day 5

    Lucerne Inside and Out

    Spend the day cycling the Lake Lucerne region on a route that takes us above and around the water, into fragrant apple orchards, and across rolling hills until we reach our lunch spot right on the shore—we may even have time for a swim! The afternoon is yours to explore historic Lucerne, perhaps visiting the chocolate museum, people watching in an old city square, or peering into the windows of watch shops. Our farewell dinner will be an evening to remember at our hotel restaurant, where the views are truly magical.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Lucerne
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 750 meters
    Longer Option: 40 miles /64 km, elevation gain: 970 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Château Gütsch

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, and Addio!

    After breakfast, say goodbye to Switzerland when you guides deliver you to the Lucerne train station and on to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland
Pick-Up Location: 11:30am at the Aigle Train Station

Depart

Airport City: Zurich, Switzerland
Drop-Off Location: 11:00am at the Lucerne Train Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $1,000

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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Synapse Carbon 105

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Custom DuVine Hybrid

Manufacturer: Duratec

Type: Hybrid

E-Wheel

Type: E-wheel

E-Bike

Type: E-Bike