Switzerland Bike Tour

Cheese to Chalets in Interlaken, Lucerne, and Beyond

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $6,095Collection: 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
  • Spend a day hiking from the summit of Wispile mountain in Gstaad to Lake Lauenen, braving its brisk waters for a post-hike dip
  • Ride to the famous Trümmelbach Falls, Europe’s largest network of subterranean waterfalls
  • Cycle through Alpine valleys of the Bernese Oberland, alongside forested rivers, and into quaint Swiss towns full of shoulder-to-shoulder chalets

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 guides will greet you in Aigle for a transfer to Le Col des Mosses where our journey begins. Famous for its towering vistas and decadent dairy, this region is best experienced over the shoulder of a Swiss cheesemaker. Indulge in a tasting of locally produced creams and cheeses while learning about the passionate craft of Swiss dairy. Fueled for our first ride, we’ll spin along the banks of the Sarine River through the charming villages of Rougemont and Saanen. Pedal past plenty of Switzerland’s emblematic wooden chalets all the way to the car-free resort town of Gstaad. Tonight, we tuck into sophisticated Swiss fare in the hotel’s cozy gastronomic restaurant. 

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Rougemont, Saanen, Gstaad
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 1,603 feet / 324 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 2,096 feet / 639 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 2

    Hiking Snowcapped Peaks to Alpine Waters

    After a classic Swiss breakfast, transfer to Wispile—the mountain that overlooks all of Gstaad. We’ll catch a gondola to the top for a panoramic trek along the ridgeline and enjoy views of snowcapped peaks stretching across the Saaenland as we hike down from the 6,000-foot summit. Cool off in the alpine waters of Lake Lauenen or bask in the dense pine forests on its bank before lunch at a local mountain restaurant. After, head back to town and indulge in a well-earned chocolate tasting. Your guides will take you to their favorite restaurant for a traditional meal this evening.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Gstaad, Launen
    Accomplished: 8 miles / 11 km hiking, elevation gain: 613 feet / 187 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 3

    Entering the Bernese Oberland

    Breakfast is served at our hotel before it’s time to depart Gstaad. We’ll cruise on a mix of asphalt and gravel roads through the Simmental Valley, an Alpine landscape in the Bernese Oberland. Our route snakes along the scenic Simme river, reaching the picturesque town of Spietz on the shore of Lake Thun where we stop for lunch. Afterward, keep on riding to our hotel or opt for a boat ride all the way to Interlaken. We’ll reconvene for a laid-back dinner in the heart of town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Thun, Interlaken
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 1,375 feet / 419 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 1,886 feet / 575 meters
    AccommodationsVictoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Day 4

    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, complete the ride back to the hotel, where you can take advantage of the world-class spa. Tonight, dine on your own back in Interlaken—we recommend seeking out some Swiss cheese fondue.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach, Interlaken
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 2,132 feet / 650 meters
    Shorter Option: 13 miles / 22 km, elevation gain: 2,027 feet / 618 meters
    AccommodationsVictoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • Day 5

    Lake Brienz to Sarnen

    Today’s ride begins with a bang as we cover 12 miles of stunning scenery along Lake Brienz. We’ll reach Meiringen, a town that is featured in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story of Sherlock Holmes, and board a gondola to Reuti. Prepare for some epic views as we get back on our bikes and ride across the high plateau of Haslital, ending with a descent all the way to our lunch in Sarnen. After lunch, choose to keep riding the rest of the way to our hotel or hop in the van and start relaxing sooner. Our farewell dinner will be an evening to remember at our hotel restaurant, where we toast to our week over imaginative cuisines and magical views.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lake Brienz, Sarnen
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 1,480 feet / 451 meters
    Longer Option: 53 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 3,245 feet / 989 meters
    Accommodations: Burgenstock Palace Hotel

  • 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, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland Pick-Up Location: Aigle Train Station Pick-Up Time: 11:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Zurich, Switzerland Drop-Off Location: Lucerne Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am
Travelers Take Note

For the hikes on this tour, we strongly recommend bringing hiking boots or trail shoes with good traction (not running shoes or sneakers). Moisture-wicking clothing or daypacks are also recommended, but not required.

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

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Weather by Month
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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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