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Switzerland Family Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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Biking
 
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In the Land of Chocolate, Cheese & Cowbells

  • Fresh alpine air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes
  • Rides through archetypal Swiss villages with cheery wooden chalets
  • Pedal or take a scenic train ride along turquoise Lake Thun
  • Kids speed down the mountain in an authentic luge
  • Feast on fondue to your heart's content

Ready to play in the Swiss Alps? Soar to majestic peaks on gondolas. Ride cogwheel trains to charming towns. Spin past glacier-fed waterfalls, hike through green valleys and ferry across alpine lakes. Ride Trotti bikes and taste the world's best fondue. After a day of adventure, relax in luxurious chalets, hot chocolate in hand. Come explore Switzerland's playground!

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Itinerary

Day 1 Enjoy fresh mountain air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes  Commute the Swiss way: by chairlift! Hike on a ridge above Lake Oeschinen, where snowy peaks cap limestone cliffs Ready for a cup of cocoa? It's already steaming at the traditional alpine hut.

Day 2 Ride past the turquoise waters of Lake Thun en route to Interlaken  Easy cycling leads past cheery wooden chalets to lakeside Thun  Hop aboard a cogwheel train bound for Grindelwald  An alphorn serenade: music to a cow's ears and perhaps yours too.

Days 3-4 The famed Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau tower above the emerald-green landscape  Trek from First Peak to Bachalpsee, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes Kids are all smiles—is it due to the Pfingstegg toboggan run, a thrilling summer luge ride, or the Seilpark, a challenging high ropes course? Adults explore the mountain resort of Grindelwald Let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley  Ready for a Swiss classic? Hike among giants on the impressive north face of the Eiger Trail, one of Switzerlands most famous trails.

Days 5-6 Bike to Meiringen Valley, the setting for Sherlock Holmes' epic last battle against his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem  Families see stunning Reichenbach Falls then take to the water on kayaks  Amble through the peaceful forest of Iseltwald.

I took my 7 year son on this trip and we had a blast! Great mix of activities, nice accommodations, and super mix of families. Of course, Switzerland itself is amazing on its own. Wonderful scenery & people and so safe and secure. Great memories!
Bob - Salt Lake City

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 paths and trail surfaces.
$4,298 - $4,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$660 to $720 for sgl. occ.)

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6 days, 5 nights
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Kandersteg, Switzerland/Interlaken, Switzerland

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All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Inns*

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Waldhotel Doldenhorn

Waldhotel Doldenhorn

* Casual Inn
Kandersteg (1 night)

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

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Grindelwald (2 nights)

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

Grandhotel Giessbach

Grandhotel Giessbach

Giessbach (2 nights)

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

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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from Salt Lake City

Comments about Switzerland Family Multisport Adventure Tour:

I took my 7 year son on this trip and we had a blast! Great mix of activities, nice accommodations, and super mix of families. Of course, Switzerland itself is amazing on its own. Wonderful scenery & people and so safe and secure. Great memories!

 
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Trip filled with good memories for all in the family .

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from Beaconsfield , Quebec , Canada

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Wonderful active 3 generations travel experience , guided by enthusiastic leaders .

 
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BR Guides Rock the Swiss Alps Family Trip

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from Menlo Park, CA

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Comments about Switzerland Family Multisport Adventure Tour:

Thank you again for an incredibly happy family vacation! From beginning to end we all felt the we were in the best, most trustworthy hands possible with Travis and Anya. We appreciated the critical behind-the-scenes planning and advance work that made our trip such a smashing success! Our kids loved every minute of the hiking and biking and also enjoyed spending time with the other BR guests. I loved being worlds-away from the stresses of my work-place and felt completely rejuvenated when I returned thanks to your team's steadfast attention to every possible detail. I will treasure my memories from yet another fabulous BR family multi-sport vacation for years to come! A heartfelt thank you for enriching our lives!

 
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Our trip was truly a tip of lifetime.

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from Garden City, NY

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This trip was amazing. Of course the location was beautiful and we had mostly great weather, but the Backroads team made this trip beyond wonderful. We tell friends all the time about the this amazing week - the bike rides and hikes were fantastic, the hotels were gorgeous, and we still dream about the food and the chocolate! We also really connected with the other families on the trip. Our children are still in touch on social media three years out. Most importantly, our guides were fantastic.

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 5 400 7 1000 8 1500
2 Biking 12* 200 25* 500 40 1600
3 Walking/Hiking 6 500 10 2100
Kids Ropes Course or Summer Luge (2 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 3 800 3 1400 6 2200
5 Biking 8* 300 17 1000 28 1800
Kayaking on Lake Brienz (2 Hours)
6 Walking/Hiking 4 300
 

Note: To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved). The walking and hiking terrain on this trip follow 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 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.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Switzerland

Skip to the Good Parts

Our mountain hikes are designed with plenty of options to suit varying abilities and interest levels. And we've followed the classic Swiss approach by using strategic short shuttles – in aerial gondolas with spectacular views – to cut out parts of some trails that we imagine you'll be happy to miss. To keep everyone engaged and make the most of your precious time together, we get you to the Alpine outlooks that you'll remember forever.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Switzerland with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Switzerland trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Switzerland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Switzerland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Switzerland live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Switzerland, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,598 pp dbl occ

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