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Switzerland Family Bike + Adventure Tour

All-in-One Adventure: Crossroads of Culture, Language, and Flavor

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,095Collection: Family, +Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Hike to woodland-surrounded lakes and cycle Alpine landscapes, from lushly forested paths to wildflower-strewn countryside where cows are more common than people
  • See why Switzerland is an all-ages playground: clamber on a ropes course, raft together down the Sarine River, and spark imaginations in ancient castles
  • Discover a diversity of culture and language as you travel from the French-speaking part of Switzerland into the German-speaking one
  • Dig into famous Swiss fondue, take a hands-on lesson in cheesemaking, and indulge your tastebuds with super-rich Swiss chocolate

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 for a transfer to Epesses, in the heart of the terraced Swiss vineyards. After a light lunch, bike fitting, and safety talk, we set out on our first gentle ride through the vineyards. Pass historic Vevey where the world’s largest food company, Nestlé, is headquartered, then ride onto Château de Chillon in Montreux. Its stronghold on the shores of Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva) will transport you back to the 12th century, with vast dungeons for children to explore. Dinner is served at our hotel in Montreux, where the twilit views of Lake Geneva make for a memorable first meal together.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Epesses, Vevey, Montreux
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 235 meters
    Accommodations: Eden Palace au Lac

  • Day 2

    Through the Swiss Alps

    Kids of all ages will enjoy today’s ropes course, followed by a ride along the Upper Rhône to Yvorne and Bex. Descend into the village of Taveyanne for lunch, then keep pedaling through the cool alpine forests to Villars, a well-known winter destination for superior skiing. We wrap up our ride with a chocolate testing, then settle into our hotel for the next two nights—it boasts the best mountain view in town!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch /  Dinner
    Destinations: Yvorne, Bex, Taveyanne, Villars-sur-Ollon
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 345 meters
    Accommodations: Les Mazots du Clos

  • Day 3

    Hike to the Alpine Lakes

    We’ll take to the Swiss hills on foot today, trekking past summer hamlets right to the emerald Lac des Chavonnes. Its shores are the perfect location for our picnic lunch of local specialties like rösti and an array of famous cheese-based dishes. After lunch, hike back to Villars or opt to kick up your heels on a train ride. Dine on your own this evening—our guides are equipped with excellent restaurant recommendations where you can try some scrumptious, melty raclette!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Lac des Chavonnes
    Accomplished: 5 miles / 8 km hiking
    Accommodations: Les Mazots du Clos

  • Day 4

    A Bit More Swiss Cheese and Gstaad

    Start the day with a ride from Villars to Col de la Croix where we’ll visit a dairy farm to learn the secrets of Swiss cheesemaking—with plenty of samples, of course! Then, it’s back to our bikes until we reach the village of Les Diablerets and Col du Pillon. After a lunch, we zoom downhill on an exhilarating ride that crosses from the French-speaking part of Switzerland into the German-speaking town of Gstaad. Willkommen to the Bernese Oberland and our home for the next two nights—get ready for a hands-on fondue feast for dinner!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Les Diablerets, Gstaad
    Accomplished: 13 miles / 21 km, elevation gain: 600 meters
    Accommodations: Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 5

    River Rafting

    Today we discover an even more adventurous side of the Alps on a river rafting excursion. Paddle down the Sarine River and admire an entirely new perspective of the mighty mountains. Back on dry land, warm up with a Swiss hot chocolate and take a stroll through the charming village of Château-d’Oex. We’ll have lunch in town, then hop on our bikes and ride the quiet mountain roads that weave through Rougemont and Saanen before returning to Gstaad. Tonight’s dinner is served at one of our favorite local restaurants.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Rougemont, Saanen
    Accomplished: 12 miles / 19 km, elevation gain: 320 meters; rafting
    Accommodations: Le Grand Chalet

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to Switzerland 

    After breakfast, there’s time for one last Alpine ride or a leisurely hike around Gstaad before your guides send you off from the train station in town. Auf Wiedersehen!

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland Pick-Up Location: Lausanne train station Pick-Up Time: 11:45 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland Drop-Off Location: Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am
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

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 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
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