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Switzerland Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Fresh alpine air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes
  • Rides through archetypal Swiss villages with cheery wooden chalets
  • Pedal or take a scenic trian ride along turquoise Lake Thun
  • Kids speed down the mountain in an authentic luge
  • Feast on fondue to your heart's content

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Alpine Exploration in the Land of Chocolate, Cheese & Cowbells

Ready to play? The Swiss Alps are waiting. Soar to majestic peaks on gondolas and funiculars. Ride cog wheel trains and cable cars to charming towns. Spin past glacier-fed waterfalls, hike through green valleys and ferry across alpine lakes. Try Trotti bikes and luge tracks. Learn the secrets of the alphorn and the world's best fondue. And after a day of adventure, wind down in luxurious chalets, hot chocolate in hand.  It's Switzerland's playground - come explore!

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.

Day 1 Fresh mountain air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes  Commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, where snowy peaks cap limestone cliffs Ready for a cup of cocoa? It's already steaming at the traditional alpine hut.

Day 2 Ride past the turquoise waters of Lake Thun en route to Interlaken  Easy pedaling leads past cheery wooden chalets to lakeside Spiez 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 Kids are all smiles thanks to a thrilling luge ride or high ropes course, and adults enjoy some free time in the mountain resort of Grindelwald Let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley.

Day 4 Fairy tale-perfect Swiss villages  Pedal in Lauterbrunnen Valley, home to more than 70 glacier-fed waterfalls Mist kisses your face at magnificent Trummelbach Falls, tucked inside a cavern Spin to turquoise Lake Brienz, then ferry to Giessbach.

Days 5-6 Tour a historic water-powered sawmill, built in 1896  Hike along the river that drains the mighty Rosenlaui Glacier Kids take to the water on kayaks while adults see stunning Reichenbach Falls  Amble through the peaceful forest 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)

Guests Reviews About This Trip

The memories of this trip for me and my son will last forever. Backroads took great care of all the details and everything ran very smoothly. Backroads even supplied gorgeous weather for the entire trip. Way to go! We will be back!
Darren C deBaca - Millbrae, CA
I am looking forward to my next trip. This was our first family trip and I think that all of us had such a great time and for different reasons--friendships, adventures, doing things we have never done before. We will all remember the Alps!
Susan Janssen - Naperville, IL
I cannot say enough about what a great job the leaders did on this trip. They were great with the children and a pleasure to be around. If they weren't playing capture the flag with the kids they were helping the adults. You are fortunate to have such personable, knowledgeable, fun, and dedicated people in your organization.
Mark Mead - Chagrin Falls, OH

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2014 FAMILY DATES
August
2015 FAMILY DATES
June
July
August

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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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 12* 300 24* 400 38 500
3 Walking/Hiking 5 300 10 1500
Kids Ropes Course or Summer Luge (2 Hours)
4 Biking 14* 500 23* 700
Biking 27* 1000
Biking 30 1300
5 Walking/Hiking 3* 800 4 800 8 800
Kids Kayaking on Lake Brienz (2 Hours)
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. On this Family trip, liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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 dinner

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