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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights youth hostels
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1290USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SCH

Trip highlights


  • Visiting the Lindt & Sprüngli and Aeschbacher Chocolatiers
  • Cycling along dedicated bikeways and quiet rural roads through classic Swiss landscapes
  • Exploring the cities of Zurich and Lucerne and smaller picturesque towns along the trail
  • Experiencing natural landscapes such as Lake Lucerne and the Sihlwald Nature Park
  • Tasting local culinary delights such as fondue and chocolate

If life is like a 'box of chocolates' then this is one for the bucket list. Cycling through the sublime landscapes of central Switzerland on well signposted bike paths, this imaginative route takes you from one chocolate box scene to another. There are countless chocolatiers in Switzerland producing high quality treats and, setting out from Zurich, you visit two chocolate factories including the world-famous chocolate factory of Lindt & Sprüngli, with an opportunity to create your own bar and learn the secrets of Swiss chocolate production. And whilst chocolate is in itself a great reason to cycle through Switzerland, there are many more drawcards. Exploring the charming town of Rapperswil, the monastery of Einsiedeln, a Lake Lucerne boat trip and visiting Zug with its lakeside promenade, to name just a few. Staying in comfortable Swiss youth hostels and a 'sleep in the hay', or upgrade to comfortable hotels. Rounding off this engaging experience is time in the picturesque Zurich.

Trip Grading

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On arrival in Zurich, make your way to your accommodation (take the S-train from central Zurich, 15 minutes). At check in you will receive your tour documents and rental bike. The rest of the day is free to explore the historic centre, relax by the lake or enjoy a visit to one of the many chocolate shops in town.

Meals:  Nil

Leaving town you will ride through the suburbs of Zurich to Kilchberg which is the hometown of the world-famous Swiss Chocolate brand Lindt & Sprüngli. After a guided tour through the Chocolateria you will decorate your very own chocolate bar! With this souvenir in your lunch bag, continue through the rolling hills of the so-called “Hirzel”, from where you descend back to the shores of Lake Zurich to Rapperswil, 'the town of roses'.

Meals:  B

This morning you take the train up to Einsiedeln (not included, allow CHF37 pp). If you are in the mood for some history, you can visit the famous monastery before starting your cycle tour through the swampy shores of Lake Sihlsee. Today's challenge is the ride up to the Ibergeregg Pass (at 1,406m), from where you will have fantastic views of the surrounding alpine peaks and Lake Lucerne. The ride takes you through the small village of Schwyz and ends on the shores of the lake in Brunnen. *If you are not ready for the pass we suggest renting an e-bike (available from age 16 only in Switzerland). There is a bus that goes up to the pass but unfortunately it does carry bikes (at time of publishing - Oct 2020). Alternatively a private transfer from the Rapperswil hotel up to Ibergeregg Pass is available on request - please ask for our rates (must be pre-booked and pre-paid).

Meals:  B

Today you will take the boat to the other side of the lake, to start cycling in Beckenried. This part is easy and flat, you will ride past a small airfield and through the village of Stansstad. The trail leads you back to the lake and it's a peaceful ride on the shores of the Kastanienbaum peninsula to the centre of Lucerne.

Meals:  B

Today's mostly flat stage connects the cities of Lucerne and Zug. You will follow a mainly flat bike trail along the Reuss river to the town of Root, where you have your next chocolate experience, visiting the exciting world of Chocolatier Aeschbach. Then continue to Zug, where you can ascend its landmark historic tower for a sweeping view of the old town and stroll along the lakeside promenade for a different perspective.

Meals:  B

The last day of cycling takes you through the forests of Sihlwald natural park, a contrasting experience to the previous few days. Continue to the heart of Zurich, where you can celebrate completing your cycling circuit with a hot chocolate! A short final stage to your hotel and overnight accommodation.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts – continental style and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, meats, yoghurt, muesli, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 5 nights in youth hostel rooms with ensuite facilities, 1 night 'sleep in the hay' with shared facilities (Cat B) or upgrade to 6 nights in 3-4 star hotels on twin share basis - supplement applies (Cat A)
  • 27 speed rental bike equipped with a pannier, bike computer, anti-theft device and repair kit (electric bike available on request - supplement applies). Children's bikes also available.
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room (GPS data files available on request)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Guided tour at Lindt & Sprüngli (including chocolate bar creation) and visit Aeschbach Chocolatier
  • Boat trip Brunnen to Beckenreid

  • Travel to and from Zurich
  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees - unless specified
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tourist tax - if applicable is payable locally

Bike information


Grading

  

INTRODUCTORY to MODERATE – GRADE 2 Daily cycles are between 30 and 45km / 18.6 or 28mi on reasonably level to undulating terrain, except on day 3, when the cycling to Ibergeregg Pass is more challenging. The cycling is mainly on paved surfaces on a combination of dedicated cycle ways and low traffic roads. Around Zurich and Lucerne, care is required with more traffic encountered arriving and leaving these cities. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. E-bikes are available and are recommended if you are uncertain about the pass (available from age 16 only in Switzerland).


Departure dates

Daily from 30 Apr to 16 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 21 May to 23 Sep - supplement applies
DN2
The train ticket for Rapperswil to Einsiedeln is not included (allow approx CHF 37)

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Total Priceper person from

$1290USD

Options & Supplements*
  • e-bike supplementUSD$160
  • single supplement - Cat AUSD$440
*Prices listed are per person

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