Tour length: 5 nights/6 days
Come and experience the magic that Switzerland has to offer! Cycling from Geneva to Montreux, metropolitan hub to musical wonderland, your ride will be filled with beautiful views of Europe’s second-largest freshwater lake, and of course, plenty of delicious Swiss chocolate. You will be treated to varying landscapes: bodies of water, mountain slopes, and man-made architecture, including Lausanne’s International Olympic Committee headquarters—where you’ll feel right at home with many other cyclists.
Quench your thirst for a swivel at the Swiss Alps, sample the local cheese and a dip of fondue at Gruyères, and experience a true Alpine setting in Gstaad. You decide how to end your tour: take the 1,240-meter climb to Montreux, or hop aboard the modern Swiss trains to get there. Cap off your journey with a relaxing glass of wine, a medley of Swiss chocolate and some jazz, as you gaze into the serene views of the Alps reflected on Lake Geneva.
Welcome to the global city of Geneva! As a worldwide center for diplomacy, numerous international organizations call Geneva home, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross. A melting pot of different cultures, the country embraces 184 different nationalities—you can easily be at ease once you arrive.
The airport and the train station are separated by a 10-minute ride. From here, you can visit the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), shop for a genuine Swiss watch, and of course, enjoy a bite or two of the world-famous Swiss chocolate! Don’t forget to visit the lake and marvel at the Jet d’Eau, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The fountain is situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River.
Pack some chocolate for the ride and get ready to begin your journey cycling from Geneva to Montreux! You’ll follow a scenic route, with the lake never far from sight. Your destination is Lausanne, also known as the Olympic capital. Lausanne is a picturesque city, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, with the Jura Mountains to its northwest. Nestled amongst the vineyards, the city is part of a noted wine growing region, so feel free to sample a wine, or two! An athletic city, you’re sure to see many people taking advantage of the natural playground that Mother Nature has supplied. From runners to cyclists, there’s always bound to be fellow athletes out and about. So relax and enjoy dinner with a view, while you fuel up for tomorrow’s ride!
Make your way to the village that lends its name to the famous cheese, Gruyères! Leave the lake behind as you make your way inland, gaining elevation as you go. Test your muscles as you climb from Vevey into the mountains, climbing 500 meters over a 13 km stretch!
If your legs just aren’t feeling it, don’t worry, you can skip this climb by taking a funicular. Reward yourself with a hearty lunch in one of the town’s café spots. Picturesque views and medieval architecture surround you; take the opportunity to enter the Castle of Gruyères — a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
Snap a picture, or step into the castle while indulging in local delicacies. With the pleasant views and rich food in Gruyères, you’ll never go hungry!
As you go upwards into the Swiss Alps, you’ll enter the genuine alpine village of Gstaad. Now, you’ve probably deduced from the name; no, Toto — you’re not in French-speaking Switzerland anymore, so get ready to “sprechen deutsch” with your best German accent! You have two options for this ride: a shorter option and a longer option that passes by Lake Gruyères. Either choice is sure to delight!
This alpine village is a popular destination amongst high society and international jet-setters. See hearty Swiss Chalets — some even have multiple underground floors which are connected by tunnels! Walk around town, do some shopping, or choose some quiet moments up on the hills.
There are plenty of hiking trails with varying difficulties, but the crisp mountain air and breath taking views will never disappoint!
Leaving the life of luxury and fame behind, get ready for a challenging day of cycling! If you’re not feeling up for an adventure, there is the option to take the train from Gstaad to Montreux and do a loop from town. For those of you feeling particularly strong, pick out your favorite jersey and get ready to pedal!
Montreux is a picturesque town, boasting one of the most beautiful walks along the lake. Running short on your castle views during your cycling tour? Quench your architectural thirst with the Château de Chillon. This castle provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily accessed via bus, train, bike, walk or even boat!
Spend the last night of your tour listening to relaxing Jazz music as you enjoy the view of the lake and a delicious glass of Swiss wine.
After breakfast, stock up on Swiss chocolate to bring home as presents (or for yourself!) and make your way home or to the next leg of your travels.
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5 nights in 3-star hotels
From 810 euros per person sharing a room (single supplement is 390 euros)