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Switzerland Bike Tour

Alpine Delights from Montreux to Lucerne

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,499 - $7,199 pp dbl occ

($1,900 - $2,250 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. 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.

Switzerland Bike Tour map
Switzerland Bike Tour map


Start Montreux / End Lucerne

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Pedal against the backdrop of the Alps in one of the most bike-friendly countries
  • Ascend dramatic mountain ranges on scenic trains, funiculars and an exterior elevator to behold expansive views you’ll never forget
  • Discover Switzerland’s history and culture with city tours, tastings at cheese farms and local traditions
  • Wander idyllic towns and chalet-filled villages replete with timeless architecture


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

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 | 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.

Exterior view of the Le Grand Bellevue
Le Grand Bellevue
| Premiere Hotel

Bright and tranquil chalet-inspired rooms offer luxurious, cozy furnishings with breathtaking alpine views. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3

Rolling hills and wooden bridges lead past grazing brown and white cows on a bike 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.

Exterior view of Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

Classic, stately architecture is combined with chic, stylish décor at this historic hotel in the town of Interlaken. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

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.

Waldhotel Burgenstock
Waldhotel Bürgenstock
| Premiere Hotel

With a beautiful blend of warm wooden elements and local stone, the décor of this elegant property is as inviting as the hospitality.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The biking terrain on this trip varies from level to rolling with a few steeper climbs. 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 riding at high elevation, and the substantial elevation gain and loss (as well as the rugged terrain) can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Level 1 | 15 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 29 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 1900
Day 3
Level 2 | 26 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 3900 ft. gain
Cheese Farm Visit (1 hour)
Day 4
Level 1 | 16 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 2 | 29 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Lucerne Guided Tour (1 hour)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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 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.

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