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Switzerland Family Bike + Adventure Tour

All-in-One Adventure: Pastures to Glaciers in the Land of Four Languages

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price from: $5,295Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Clamber up a ropes course set in the thick of an Alpine forest
  • Hike to the woodland-surrounded Lac des Chavonnes for a picnic on its banks
  • Discover a diversity of culture and language as you cycle from the French-speaking part of Switzerland into the German-speaking one
  • Paddle down the Sarine River on a rafting expedition
  • Sample the country’s famous cheeses and chocolates right where they’re made

Eat

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

Drink

Outstanding Pinot Noir, Chasselas, and Gamay wines from the Valais, a continuation of the Rhône

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Switzerland

    Your guides will greet you at the Lausanne train station and the adventure begins. We’ll transfer to Epesses, in the heart of the terraced Swiss vineyards, where the fun begins with a light lunch and introductory wine tasting with winemaker Marina Bovard. After our bike-fitting we’ll cycle through the scenic vineyards and learn about the colorful history of the region. Pass through historic Vevey, home of food giant Nestlé. Ride on to Montreux for an historical visit of Chateau Chillon, which sits on an island in the lake. We’ll return to our hotel in Montreux for a gourmet meal overlooking Lac Leman.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Grandvaux, Epesses, St. Saphorin, Vevey, Montreux
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km
    Accommodations: Hôtel Suisse Majestic

  • Day 2

    Through the Swiss Alps

    The kids will enjoy a ropes course today followed by a ride along the Upper Rhône to Yvorne and Bex. The adults can join the kids or escape for a ride of their own around the lake. Riding the historic cog-train up the mountain, we’ll all meet in Gryon to take the gondola further uphill. We’ll descend to the hamlet of Taveyanne for an alpine lunch before riding together through the lush alpine forest, passing Barboleuse and Arveyes and arriving in the small alpine village of Villars to enjoy a chocolate tasting. We’ll spend the next two nights in one of the top hotels in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch /  Dinner
    Destinations: Yvorne, Aigle, Bex, Barboleusaz, Villars-sur Ollon
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km
    Accommodations: Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa

  • Day 3

    Hiking to the Alpine Lakes

    We’ll take to the hills on foot today, enjoying a gentle hike past summer hamlets and le Col de Soud to the emerald Lac des Chavonnes for a magical lunch. Indulge in local specialties like rösti and the many famous cheese based dishes. After lunch we will hike back to Villars or you can always jump on the train if you are tired! Enjoy dinner on your own in town tonight. Your guides have plenty of great suggestions.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Villars, Bretaye, Lac des Chavonnes
    Accomplished: 4 miles / 7 km hiking
    Accommodations: Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa

  • Day 4

    To Gstaad and the German Side 

    Start the day with a quick ride from Villars to les Diablerets. Admire the views of the glacier below from 3,000 meters up in the air. Changing states from the French speaking part of Switzerland to the German one, we’ll arrive at our destination in Gstaad to being our ride. Climbing up to les Diablerets, we’ll reward ourselves with lunch in town before climbing to Le Col du Pillon at the base of the Glacier des Diablerets. From here, the rest of the ride is an exhilarating downhill to reach Gstaad.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Villars, Les Diablerets, Gsteig, Gstaad
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km
    Accommodations: Le Grand Bellevue

  • Day 5

    Rossinière

    Today we’ll discover a whole new side to the Alps when we embark on a rafting trip! Start the day in Gstaad, paddling down the Sarine River and admiring a unique perspective of the mountains. Back on land we’ll warm up with a luscious hot chocolate before transferring to our friend and local cheese maker Pipo’s Alpine farm for lunch. Learn about the production of the traditional l’Etivaz cheese and enjoy a generous tasting. We’ll jump back on our bikes and cruise back to Gstaad. Tonight’s pièce de résistance: a decadent cheese fondue.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Saanen, Rougemont, Rossinière, Gstaad
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km; rafting
    Accommodations: Le Grand Bellevue

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to Switzerland 

    After breakfast and a final Alpine bike ride or hike around the village, your guides will see you off at the train station in Gstaad.

    Meals: Breakfast

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

Younger Travelers
  • For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike; trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles provided to all children on tour
Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland
Pick-Up Location: 11:45am at the Lausanne train station

Depart

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

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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