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Backroads Switzerland Multi-Adventure Tour
Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland
Hiking above Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland
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Trail leading to Kleine Scheidegg from Mannlichen with Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountain behind, Switzerland
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Switzerland Multi-Adventure Tour

Swiss Villages & Alpine Bliss in the Bernese Oberland

The grass really is greener in Switzerland. Just ask the dairy cows grazing in the lush alpine meadows. Or simply see for yourself while hiking and biking through spectacular Swiss landscapes encircled by snow-covered mountains and punctuated with sparkling lakes. From the idyllic peaks and valleys of the Bernese Oberland to the North Face's iconic skyline, experience the best of Switzerland's mountain playgrounds.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,899 - $5,199 pp dbl occ
($500 - $700 for sgl occ)

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Kayak
Switzerland Multi-Adventure
Switzerland Multi-Adventure

Switzerland

Start Kandersteg / End Interlaken

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

Highlights
  • Breathe in fresh alpine air amid impressive glaciers, endless green meadows and impossibly blue lakes
  • Bike and stroll through archetypal Swiss villages with cheery wooden chalets and friendly denizens
  • Journey across sparkling Lake Thun on a historic paddleboat before taking a trip on a cogwheel train
  • Savor raclette, fondue, apple strudel and local wines—Switzerland's comfort foods are unparalleled
    Itinerary
    Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
    6 Days Premiere Hotels
    Accommodations may vary based on departure.
    Day 1

    Savor breathtaking alpine scenery as you commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! | Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, surrounded by limestone cliffs, snowy peaks and hanging ice | Cold beer and hot cocoa await at a traditional alpine hut.

    Waldhotel Doldenhorn, Kandersteg, Switzerland
    Waldhotel Doldenhorn
    Kandersteg​
    | Premiere Hotel

    A family-run alpine retreat surrounded by verdant forests and soaring snowcapped mountains. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa) 

    Days 2-3

    From flower-laden chalets to milk cows adorned with brass bells, the scenery is quintessentially Swiss as you bike through a serene valley | Ride past teal-colored Lake Thun en route to Interlaken | Indulge in decadent fondue paired with regional wines | Bike through the Lauterbrunnen Valley, famous for its thundering waterfalls and towering rock faces | Hop aboard a historical cog-wheel train for a 1,300-foot lift to the resort town of Wengen | Tackle the breathtaking hike up to Kleine Scheidegg, the base camp for the famous Eiger Glacier climb.

    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof, Grindelwald, Switzerland
    Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
    Grindelwald​
    | Premiere Hotel

    Catch stunning views of Eiger's north face from this luxurious chalet-style hotel. (pool, spa) 

    Days 4-6

    Admire the iconic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau towering above the emerald-green landscape | Hike from First Peak to Bachalpsee, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes | Let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley | Walk on the impressive north face of the Eiger Trail, one of Switzerland’s most legendary hiking routes | Bike into Meiringen Valley past countless waterfalls, including seven-tiered Reichenbach Falls | Bike along Lake Brienz and kayak in its turquoise waters | Amble along the lake’s shore to the charming town of Iseltwald.

    Grandhotel Giessbach, Switzerland
    Grandhotel Giessbach
    Giessbach​
    | Premiere Hotel

    Elegance and old-world charm reign at this turreted beauty in a picturesque setting by Lake Brienz and the Giessbach Falls. (pool) 

    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

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    Activity Level: 1-4

    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 walking and hiking terrain on this trip includes a mix of dirt paths and paved and gravel roads. Most of our hikes take place at elevations of 4,000–7,000 feet, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. The biking routes vary 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.

    Daily Route Options

    Day 1
    Walking & Hiking
    Level 2 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
    Level 3 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
    Level 4 | 7 miles | 1500 ft. gain
    Day 2
    Biking
    Level 1 | 13 miles* | 400 ft. gain
    Level 2 | 26 miles | 500 ft. gain
    Level 4 | 41 miles | 1600 ft. gain
    Day 3
    Walking & Hiking
    Level 2 | 6 miles* | 500 ft. gain
    Level 4 | 10 miles | 2100 ft. gain
    Day 4
    Walking & Hiking
    Level 2 | 3 miles* | 800 ft. gain
    Level 3 | 6 miles | 2200 ft. gain
    Level 4 | 8 miles | 3200 ft. gain
    Day 5
    Biking
    Level 2 | 16 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
    Level 3 | 28 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
    Kayaking
    on Lake Brienz (1½ hours)
    Day 6
    Walking & Hiking
    Level 2 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
    * Includes shuttle.

    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.

    Backroads Performance Road Bike
    Backroads Performance Road Bike
    Performance Road Bike

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    Air-Conditioning

    While the hotels on this trip offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.

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