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Switzerland Bike Tour

Swiss Delights from Montreux to Lucerne

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,599 pp dbl occ

($1,600 for sgl occ)

There’s a magic to Switzerland that begs to be experienced. Alpine valleys peacefully nestled among glaciers. Turquoise lakes and green meadows that glow. Medieval towns that feel straight from a fairy tale. And high mountain peaks that float above it all. Breathe the fresh air. Take in the sweeping views. And ride into Switzerland.

Switzerland Biking Tour
Switzerland Biking Tour

Switzerland

Start Montreux / End Lucerne

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

Highlights

  • Pedal against the backdrop of the Alps, among lush grasslands and clear lakes in one of the most bike-friendly countries
  • Ascend dramatic mountain ranges on scenic trains, funiculars and an exterior elevator to behold expansive views that you’ll never forget
  • Discover Switzerland’s history and culture with visits to ancient cities, tastings at cheese farms and stories of local traditions
  • Wander idyllic towns and chalet-filled villages that invite you onward with timeless architecture, charming roads and beautiful bridges

Itinerary

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

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 architecture 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.

Accommodations
Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad
Le Grand Bellevue
Gstaad
| Premiere Hotel

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

Days 2-3
Description

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.

Accommodations
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Interlaken
| 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
Description

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 forests and glaciers that meet its tranquil waters | Explore Lucerne’s medieval architecture, 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.

Accommodations
Palace Hotel, Obbürgen
Palace Hotel
Obbürgen
| Premiere Hotel

This inviting and sophisticated hotel perched above Lake Lucerne boasts sweeping lake views from the property along with warm and contemporary furnishings.

Dates & Prices

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

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 15 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles | 3700 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 41 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 2800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 3900 ft. gain
Other
Cheese Farm Visit (1 hour)
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 12 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 25 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 3 | 29 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 3300 ft. gain
Other
Lucerne Guided Tour (1 hour)
Other
Boat Ride to Bürgenstock (45 minutes)
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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip. (click the arrow to see all available options)

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, our most popular 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
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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. To access some of these routes, we sometimes ride on scenic public trains (a true Swiss experience). Our bikes are equipped with slightly wider tires to accommodate the path and trail surfaces.

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Have a question and need expert advice? Our team of Trip Consultants is here to help! You can also visit our FAQ's.

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