Switzerland Bike Tour

  • Region: Greater Europe
  • Destination: Switzerland
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $5295
  • Single Supplement: $800


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Michelin Star Icon-01Join us on this Switzerland bike tour and cycle through the lush vineyards of the Chablais. Explore enchanting alpine villages dotted with charming chalets. Marvel at the endless vistas from a perch high in the stunning Alps. Riding the cog railway in Bex and hiking to the Lac de Chavonnes, you’ll be transported to a fairytale world. Sample excellent wines and cheeses from the local producers, and learn what makes Swiss chocolate so special. Dine at night with stunning views from your mountainside hotels, and try the famous Swiss cheese fondue.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Switzerland
Meet your guides at the Lausanne train station for a transfer to Epesses. Here, in the heart of terraced Swiss vineyards, our tour begins with a light lunch and introductory wine tasting with a local vintner. After a bike fitting and safety talk, we’ll set out on our first ride. Learn about the region’s colorful history as we pedal, then pass through historic Vevey, home of Nestlé, the world’s largest food company. Continue on to Montreux and hop off the bike for a visit to Château Chillon, a 12th-century castle that projects right into the waters of Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman). This evening, enjoy more Lake Geneva views during dinner at our hotel in Montreux.

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Epesses, Saint-Saphorin, Vevey, Montreux
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 390 meters
Accommodations: Hôtel Suisse Majestic

Day Two: Villars-sur-Ollon Via the Swiss Alps
Start the morning cycling to Yvorne along the gentle contours of the upper Rhône. We’ll spin through Aigle en route to Bex, a sweet town at the foothills of the Alps, then ride up the cog railway to Gryon. After a mountainside lunch at a quiet local eatery, complete the ride up in a gondola or challenge yourself to pedal all the way to the top—the descent through cool, pine-canopied forests is worth it. Before we reach our hotel, stop for a chocolate tasting and learn everything there is to know about this special Swiss confection. Dinner is served at our hotel in the Alpine village of Villars.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Yvorne, Aigle, Bex, Villars-sur-Ollon
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 266 meters
Accommodations: Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa

Day Three: Alpine Lake Hike
Take to the hills on foot today, hiking the Col de la Croix and enjoying the peace and quiet on its ancient, tranquil paths. We’ll trek past hillside hamlets and pause for a lunch of rösti on the banks of the Lac des Chavonnes. Choose to close the loop and hike back to Villars, or rest your feet on a scenic train ride that returns you to town. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in Villars—your guides have plenty of great suggestions.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Lac des Chavonnes, Villars-sur-Ollon
Accommodations: Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa

Day Four: Cheeses of Switzerland
Today’s ride leaves Villars and returns to the Col de la Croix to visit a cheesemaker. On an Alpine farm that specializes in a regional cheese called l’Etivaz, we’re privy to a generous tasting and a behind-the-scenes look at the secrets of caseiculture. With our appetite piqued, pedal to the ski resort village of Les Diablerets and the Col de Pillon, where we’re rewarded with lunch. On our exhilarating downhill, we leave the French-speaking part of Switzerland behind us and enter the German-speaking region as we cross into Gstaad. This evening, settle into our hotel before ending a cheese-centric day with the pièce de résistance: traditional and decadent cheese fondue.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Les Diablerets, Gstaad
Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 305 meters
Accommodations: Le Grand Bellevue

Day Five: Gstaad: the German Side
Today we’ll cycle along the banks of the Sarine river, which lead us to the towns of Saanen and Rougemont, both famous for their iconic wooden chalets. Continue pedaling to Château-d’Oex and take a break from the bike while we lunch at a local brewery. This afternoon, we focus on the tranquility of the mountain roads that lead us all the way back to Gstaad. Tonight, we dine at our hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant—a fitting farewell to our memorable week together.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Saanen, Rougemont, Château-d’Oex, Gstaad
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 428 meters
Accommodations: Le Grand Bellevue

Day Six: Auf Wiedersehen and Au Revoir
After breakfast, spend your final hours in Switzerland however you prefer: hop on the bike for a last ride around the village, or hike before heading to the train station in Gstaad. Our guides will accompany you to see you off. Until we meet again!

Meals: Breakfast