You know you'll be blown away by the Swiss Alps. These majestic mountains will paralyze you. Right where you stand. They'll humble you. Until your family rides, hikes, luges and Trotti bikes on them. Then you'll want to pack them in your bag and take them home. And the whole time you know what you're in for. Breathtaking views, turquoise alpine lakes, people living precisely, hearty meals and gracious hospitality. You'll sleep in the shadows of Eiger's north face. And somehow, you still won't believe what you see. Welcome to Switzerland.
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 & ShuttlesFor the best riding on Switzerland's rugged terrain, we've chosen a combination of small, quiet roads and a fair number of unpaved bike paths. Our bikes are equipped with wider tires to accommodate the paths, but you need to be comfortable with the alpine elevation and the sometimes slightly bumpy terrain. Navigating the small roads requires more attention to the directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make more stops than you usually would to ensure you're on the right track.
We'll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost as often as we can, but please note that the bike paths limit the amount of van support we're able to offer. While you might not see the van every mile, we'll intersect with the route regularly at strategic points to meet you with water, snacks or any other assistance you might need.
Day 1 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 Cross Lake Thun by historic paddleboat to Interlaken Easy pedaling leads past cheery wooden chalets to lakeside Spiez Ferry across the turquoise waters of Lake Thun from Spiez to Interlaken Hop aboard a cog rail train bound for Grindelwald An alphorn serenade: music to a cow's ears and perhaps yours too.
Day 3 The famed Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau towering above the emerald-green landscape Hike from First Peak to Bachalpsee, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes Kids are all smiles thanks to a thrilling luge ride, and adults enjoy some free time in the mountain resort of Grindelwald Let loose on an exhilarating descent by Trotti bikes into Grindelwald Valley.
Day 4 Fairy tale-perfect Swiss villages Pedal in Lauterbrunnen Valley, home to more than 70 glacier-fed waterfalls Mist kisses your face at magnificent Trummelbach Falls, tucked inside a cavern Spin to turquoise Lake Brienz, then ferry to Giessbach.
Days 5-6 Tour a historic water-powered sawmill, built in 1896 Hike along the river that drains the mighty Rosenlaui Glacier Amble through the peaceful forest of Iseltwald.
- Fresh alpine air amid glaciers, meadows and impossibly blue lakes
- Rides through archetypal Swiss villages with cheery wooden chalets
- Cross turquoise Lake Thun on a historic paddleboat
- Speed down the mountain in an authentic luge
- Feast on fondue to your heart's content
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria (1 night): Nestled in the heart of town, this family-run alpine oasis is surrounded by stunning snowcapped peaks. (pool, tennis)
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof (2 nights): Catch stunning views of Eiger's north face from this luxurious chalet-style hotel. (pool, spa)
Grandhotel 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, tennis)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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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).
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/15-20 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/22-27 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/6-11 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/13-18 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/3-8 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/10-15 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 7 years
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners, routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children, difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips
- 2 - 3 guests $6,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 4 - 5 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
- 6 - 7 guests $5,198 pp dbl. occ.
- 8 - 9 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
The memories of this trip for me and my son will last forever. Backroads took great care of all the details and everything ran very smoothly. Backroads even supplied gorgeous weather for the entire trip. Way to go! We will be back!- Millbrae, CA
I am looking forward to my next trip. This was our first family trip and I think that all of us had such a great time and for different reasons--friendships, adventures, doing things we have never done before. We will all remember the Alps!- Naperville, IL
I cannot say enough about what a great job the leaders did on this trip. They were great with the children and a pleasure to be around. If they weren't playing capture the flag with the kids they were helping the adults. You are fortunate to have such personable, knowledgeable, fun, and dedicated people in your organization.- Chagrin Falls, OH