The famous German poet, Johann Wolfgang Goethe was enamoured by the alpine landscapes of Switzerland and the ideal balance between well ordered hamlets and grand mountain views. Today, the snow capped mountains, wide lakes and green pastures with traditional wooden houses continue to be a highlight of any travel through the country. Witnessing the unfolding countryside at handlebar level from the charming lakeside city of Zurich to the alpine wonderland surrounding Interlaken is both unique and inspiring. Following a mainly dedicated cycle path the route winds its way between the towns of Lucerne, the capital city of Bern and the baroque city of Solothurn, past castles, thermal springs and the picturesque Rheinfall waterfall near Schaffhausen. At night stay in comfortable family run hotels to truly soak up the famous Swiss hospitality.
DAY 1 Arrive Zurich DAY 2 Cycle along the shores of Lake Zurich then by train to Einsiedeln (35km) DAY 3 Cycle through typical Swiss countryside to Lucerne (60km) DAY 4 Continue cycle through stunning mountain vistas, then train over Brüning mountain pass to Interlaken (60km) DAY 5 By boat on Lake Thun then cycle to Bern (35km) DAY 6 Cycle to the Swiss watch-making town of Biel/Bienne (50km) DAY 7 Short cycle to the Baroque city of Solothurn (30km) DAY 8 Cycle along the Aare River to the town of Aarau (60km) DAY 9 Continue cycling along the river to the "Wasserschloss" or water castle and the spa town of Baden, before concluding in Zurich (60km) DAY 10 Trip concludes
Daily from 27 Apr to 13 Oct
High season is from 3 May to 31 Aug and a supplement applies.
*9 breakfasts *9 nights in 2-3 star family run hotels on a twin share basis *luggage transfer (max 20kg per piece) *boat trip from Interlaken to Thun, train journeys from Pfäffikon to Einsiedeln and Giswil to Brienz including bike *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline *bike rental