Linking Lakes and Cultures: Geneva to Interlaken

Tour length: 6 nights/7 days

Fitness Level:

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Experience the essence of Switzerland on a one of our cycling tours in Switzerland, from the French to the German-speaking regions.

You’ll pedal through noted vineyards and famous cheese-producing villages, tour medieval castles and visit Gothic cathedrals. You’ll look up at towering mountain peaks and down upon shimmering alpine lakes. Each night you will lodge in top-rated towns, bursting with beautiful views and delicious dining opportunities.

Although your bike trip includes some climbing, it is do-able by riders of all levels thanks to e-bikes! Hence, this tour is ideal for families or groups of friends of different fitness levels. For groups of 4 or more, this trip can be tailored to your requirements (it can be shortened, extra nights can be added, etc…)

Trip begins in Geneva and ends in Interlaken. Geneva is well-served by train and air.

Self-guided tour available April through October 2021. Starts any Sunday.
Groups of 4 or more: Departure any day of the week is possible.

Daily cycling distance ranges from 35 to 71 km.

Accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties.

Starting at 1,185 euros per person sharing a double room.

Itinerary

Your trip starts from Geneva which is very well connected no matter whether you travel by air, train, or bus. If you choose to drive, it is possible to park in our office carpark (we are located in France, right across the border). We highly recommend arriving early enough to take a stroll through the old town or along the lake.

The bike portion of your tour begins along the banks of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). Pedaling east on mainly traffic-free roads, you’ll ride through a chain of sleepy lakeside wine villages before reaching Rolle, where you can board a ferry (with your bikes) for a leisurely cruise to Lausanne. You can of course ride all the way to Lausanne — the decision is yours.

Pedaling along Lake Geneva’s northern shore, you’ll soon enter the picturesque wine region of Lavaux. A cascade of terraced vineyards listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once in Vevey you’ll have the chance to test your leg muscles with a ride up to the town of Châtel-Saint-Denis — a 500-meter elevation gain over a 13 km stretch. This climb is only recommended if you’re in good physical condition; otherwise, you can ride Vevey’s funiculaire (cable car) to Mont-Pèlerin and pedal a much easier path into Châtel-Saint-Denis and then continue on to Gruyères, a medieval one-street village noted for its Cheese Museum its castle.

Take some time to visit Gruyères before getting back on your bike. You’ll follow a northerly path along the western banks of Lac de la Gruyère, pedaling through a Swiss showcase of tiny villages, lush green valleys and jutting mountain peaks. Eventually you’ll roll into Fribourg, long recognized as one of the Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities. If your arrival to Fribourg falls within opening hours, you may want to spend some time at the Musée Gutenberg, or at the Vélo-Club Musée (dedicated to bikes!).

To get to the charming village of Schwarzenburg, you can either bike or take the train.  If you want the view from the hills but would prefer a little boost to help with the pedaling, remember that we can offer e-bikes for this trip! Prior to reaching the village of Wattenwil, you’ll come across a panoramic viewpoint over Lake Thun (“Lac de Thoune” in French) below. In Thun, we highly recommend exploring the Old Town and the striking 12th century castle.

Your final cycling day will take you to Interlaken along a quiet, traffic-free route with constant views of the lake. Bridging Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken personifies alpine splendor. You can fill your time with just about any activity imaginable! Paraglide, tree climb, or even enjoy a Segway tour. For spectacular views, you can take a cable car (about 8 minutes) to Harder Kulm or enjoy a longer journey by train (2.5 hrs) to the Jungfraujoch (referred to as “the Top of Europe”).

Our services end with breakfast. We can arrange additional nights if necessary. 

Itinerary of bike tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Interlaken

Pricing

As with our other cycling tours in Switzerland, this tour is highly customizable, we can adapt it based on your requirements. Simply let us know more about dream cycling trip in Switzerland and we’ll tell you what can be done.

Details

4 nights in 3-star properties, 2 nights in a 4-star property

From 1,185 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 535 euros)

  • 6 nights’ accommodation (4 nights in 3-star properties and 2 nights in a 4-star properties)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Orientation meeting with one of our staff members
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability) or GPX files
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 120 euros. Full-carbon racing bikes are available at the rate of 210 euros. Electric bikes are available at the rate of 225 euros. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Geneva.

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