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Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 2-4
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.
Start Montreux / End Lucerne
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
This inviting and sophisticated hotel perched above Lake Lucerne boasts sweeping lake views from the property along with warm and contemporary furnishings.
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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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.
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.
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)
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. 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.