Region Overviews: Europe Travel Guide: Overview
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Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-2
From: $6,499 - $6,799 pp dbl occ
($2,100 for sgl occ)
Switzerland reaches alpine heights. Add in a splash of the country's colorful and flavorful heartland, and you have a pairing as perfect as wine and cheese. E-bike through sloping vineyards overlooking the Mont Blanc. Dip into fondue in the shadow of Gruyères Castle. From stately Lake Geneva to fairy-tale Lake Lucerne. French to German. Cities to villages. Try a sampling of Switzerland at your own sweet pace.
Start Montreux / End Lucerne
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Pedal against the backdrop of the Alps and ascend dramatic mountain ranges on scenic trains, funiculars and an exterior elevator to behold expansive views.
Discover Switzerland’s history and culture with visits to ancient cities and châlet-filled villages, tastings at cheese farms and stories of local traditions.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Vacation at grand castle-hotels with world-class spas and experience European hospitality at its finest with gourmet meals in decadent dining rooms.
Begin in Montreux and enjoy a short journey to the region of Gruyère, world-famous for its cheese | Visit the medieval hilltop town of Gruyères, admiring its historic castle and enchanting location | E-bike between wildflowers and forests in the protected nature park of Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut | Inviting chalets adorned with flowers and flags await in the town of Gstaad.
Bright and tranquil chalet-inspired rooms offer luxurious, cozy furnishings with breathtaking alpine views. (pool, spa)
Rolling hills and wooden bridges lead past grazing brown and white cows on a mellow ride through the Simmental Valley | Behold the bright-blue waters of Lake Thun and pause to take in its beauty | Climb to the top of Harder Kulm in a historic funicular and bask in the panoramic views | Cycle from the red tile roofs of Thun through the green pastures of Emmental Valley, the heartland of Swiss cheese | Indulge in the art and precision of crafting cheese on a visit to a local cheese farm.
Classic, stately architecture is combined with chic, stylish décor at this historic hotel in the town of Interlaken. (pool, spa)
Embark on a scenic train ride up to Brünig Pass, gently winding past hillside farmlands before a smooth bike ride down | Round Lake Lucerne and marvel at the tree-covered slopes that meet its glacial waters | Explore Lucerne’s medieval architecture and stone streets and a bridge laced with flowers | Hike a picturesque loop before riding up the towering Hammetschwand Elevator, the highest exterior elevator in Europe, and look out on the chain of mountaintops on the horizon.
With a beautiful blend of warm wooden elements and local stone, the décor of this elegant property is as inviting as the hospitality.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.
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Our Dolce Tempo e-biking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-4 hours of e-biking per day. Our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.
The e-biking terrain on this trip varies from level to rolling. Most of our rides are on car-free bike paths; the Backroads support van will intersect with the routes at strategic points. Keep in mind that we'll be at high elevation, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e‑bikes (shown below). If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you’ll have the option after booking to select a different bike in your Backroads account.
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.
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 path and trail surfaces. There are also some sections of urban cycling on busier roads at the end of most rides; you can always hop in the shuttle to skip these.