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Switzerland Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Fresh alpine air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes
  • Pedal and stroll through archetypal Swiss villages with cheery wooden chalets
  • Cross sparkling Lake Thun on a historic paddleboat
  • Embrace your inner kid on a Trotti Bike push scooter 
  • Decadent raclette, fondue, apple strudel, local wines...give into temptation!

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Massif Thrills in the Swiss Alps

Escape with us to greener pastures, where waterfalls tumble and soft-eyed cows graze. Where alpine lakes dazzle you with outrageous shades of blue and gondolas carry you within yodeling distance of glaciated peaks. And where a fine day's ride or hike brings the reward of hearty cuisine and gracious hospitality in truly spectacular surroundings. You'll even sleep in the shadow of Eiger's north face. And somehow, you won't quite believe what you see. An altitude-induced mirage? Just another moment of alpine bliss in Switzerland. 

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Shuttles

For the best riding in Switzerland, we've chosen a combination of small, quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with short stretches of limited van support. Our bikes are equipped with slightly wider tires to accommodate the paths and trail surfaces.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Shuttles

For the best riding in Switzerland, we've chosen a combination of small, quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with short stretches of limited van support. Our bikes are equipped with slightly wider tires to accommodate the paths and trail surfaces.

Itinerary

Day 1 Savor fresh mountain air amid glaciers, meadows and pristine lakes  Commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, its crystal waters surrounded by limestone cliffs capped with snowy peaks and hanging glaciers Ready for a cold beer or cup of cocoa? Refreshment awaits at a traditional alpine hut.

Day 2 Decadent raclette and fondue paired with regional wines  From cheerful flower-laden chalets to milk cows adorned with leather collars and brass bells, the scenery is quintessentially Swiss as you pedal through a serene valley  In the lakeside town of Spiez, board a historic ferry and cross Lake Thun to Interlaken Hop aboard a cog railway train bound for Grindelwald An alphorn serenade: music to a cow's ears and perhaps yours too.

Day 3 The famed Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau towering above the emerald-green landscape  Hike from First Peak to Bachalpsee, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes  Continue to the enclave of Bussalp or let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley.

Day 4 Postcard-perfect Swiss villages  Pedal in the idyllic Lauterbrunnen Valley, home to more glacier-fed waterfalls than you can count  Be awed by the sight of magnificent Trummelbach Falls, set deep inside a slot canyon  Spin to turquoise Lake Brienz, then ferry to Giessbach.

Days 5-6 Explore the hidden Reichenbach Valley and marvel at the Rosenlaui Glacier and the Engelhörner Mountains Hike to the top of Reichenbach Falls  Amble along the shores of Lake Brienz to the charming town of Iseltwald.

Premiere Inns*

Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria
* Casual Inn

Kandersteg (1 night) Nestled in the heart of town, this family-run alpine oasis is surrounded by stunning snowcapped peaks. (pool, tennis)

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Grindelwald (2 nights) Catch stunning views of Eiger's north face form this luxurious chalet-style hotel. (pool, spa)

Grandhotel Giessbach
Grandhotel Giessbach

Giessbach (2 nights) Elegance and old-world charm reign at this turreted beauty in a picturesque setting by Lake Brienz and the Giessbach Falls. (pool, tennis)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Where better to enjoy majestic mountain beauty than in the land where five-star service was invented? I hope you’ll join us to discover this stunning landscape - spectacular summits, wildflower-strewn meadows and sparkling lakes - by bike, on foot and with the help of an impressive network of gondolas, cable cars and funiculars. Evenings, settle into eminent old-world hotels beloved for their elegance and classic alpine ambience.
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Europe

This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 4 400 6 1000 7 1300
2 Biking 24* 400 38 500
3 Walking/Hiking 5 300 10 1500
4 Biking 14* 500 23* 700
Biking 27* 1000
Biking 30 1300
5 Walking/Hiking 3* 800 4 800 8 800
6 Walking/Hiking 4 300
 
note:

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).

The altitude can make hiking and biking more challenging than the mileage suggests.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Switzerland tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large multisport tours, Europe At Large biking tours and Europe At Large walking and hiking tours.

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Kandersteg, Switzerland/Giessbach or Iseltwald, Switzerland

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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