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CYCLE TOURS

   

  

Switzerland is a wonderful choice for recreational cyclists, experienced cross country cyclists and mountain bikers alike! Cycle along the rivers (virtually downhill all the way), cross mountain passes, along lakeshores, through vineyards, the choice is yours.

Our bicycle holidays are designed for active travelers who take pleasure in exploring both the culture and the environment. The stunning scenery plus mix of cultures (German, French, Italian, and Romansch) make a cycling vacation in Switzerland a totally unique experience.

  

  

INDEPENDENT TOURS

  

RHINE ROUTE

  

RHONE ROUTE

  

AARE ROUTE

 

ST. MORITZ TO INNSBRUCK

     

LAKE CONSTANCE- 3 COUNTRIES, 1 LAKE

  

LAKE CONSTANCE AND THE RHINE

  

GUIDED TOURS BY E-BIKE   (group bookings only: 6 to 20 pax)

SWISS LAKES TOUR - l, ll, lll

  

GRAND UNESCO TOUR l - Matterhorn & Gotthard Experience

  

GRAND UNESCO TOUR ll - Mountain & Culture Experience

  

GRAND UNESCO TOUR lll - Magic Venice

  

In addition, we can also supply the following independent cycling itineraries in Switzerland. Contact us for details.

North to South - travel across the Alps from Basel to Locarno, via the famous Gotthard Pass.

Lakes Route - cross country cycle between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance, touching 17 lakes enroute.

Jura Route - easy cycle across western Switzerland from Basel to Geneva.

Shorties - we have 4 & 5 day versions of the Aare, Lake Constance, Rhone, Rhine, and North/South tours.

 


 

 

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RHINE ROUTE

7 day Independent tour

  

The most popular cycling route in Switzerland. Discover the Principality of Liechtenstein and its arty capital city of Vaduz and the Walser settlements high up over the Rhine valley. Cycle through the wine villages nestled in the beautiful Bündner Herrschaft countryside, held in esteem because of the red wines produced here and famous because of the Heidi books. Cycling downhill virtually all the way, we visit the ancient city of Chur, and finish by the shores of Lake Constance.

  

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Flat cycling along paved cycle paths by the river and through small villages and towns; suitable for novice cyclists as well as children. Some longer cycling days. Public transportation is readily available should you decide to cycle half days etc.

 

Day by Day Itinerary

  

Day 1 Individual Arrival in Constance
The largest town on Lake Constance still bears the stamp of medieval times. In 1414 it hosted the only church council to have ever been held north of the Alps.

 
Day 2 Constance – Chur, train journey
You will take the train to Chur, the cantonal capital and gateway to Graubünden (Grisons). You will be enchanted by the romantic atmosphere of the ancient city and the Bischofsburg Castle. Luggage and bicycles will be transported by us to Chur and will be available from midday on.

 
Day 3 Excursion to Disentis, approx. 60 km
To start off the day you'll take a train to Disentis. You will then cycle along the Vorder Rhine through the Rhaeto-Romanic Alpen Valley. You can cycle above the famous Rhine ravine Ruin Aulta or you can enjoy the view of the ravine by taking a short train trip (price not included).

 
Day 4 Chur – Triesenberg, approx. 45 km
First you cycle along the Rhine before entering the hilly vineyards of the Bündner Herrschaft countryside and its charming villages. Pinot Noir and the extremely rare Completer wine can be purchased here, before Liechtenstein and its Gutenberg castle bid you welcome. You are picked up in Triesen and brought to your hotel, which is located at a lofty height of 900 m. You have wonderful views over the Rhine valley.

 
Day 5 Triesenberg – Rorschach, approx. 67 km
Discover Vaduz by the city train. It’s worth visiting the highly respected art museum and the very well-sorted wine cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The Rhine soon takes you out of Liechtenstein and via the Austrian town of Hohenems to Lake Constance, to the Swiss town of Rorschach.

 
Day 6 Rorschach – Constance, approx. 40 km
Today you will cycle along the lakeshore through well-kept little villages and apple orchards. You can then spend a relaxing evening on the harbour- strip in Constance.

 
Day 7 Individual return journey home or extension of your stay
After breakfast your cycling tour comes to a close.

 

Transfers

Round-trip Swiss Rail transfers from/to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of $150 per person.

  

Upper Rhine

  

 

      

Schaffhausen

Schedule & Price

  

Departure Dates 2015 

Tours depart daily from late April to mid October

  

Price per person CAD $1280
Single Supplement   $350
Upgrade to Swiss Flyer e-bikes $130

Triple Rates:    

  On request
Optional dinner plan -  6 x 3-course dinners   $285
This tour includes:

• 6 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are small family run inns and 3 star hotels

•  Entrance to the Rosgartenmuseum Constance incl. 1 coffee
• Train journey from Constance to Chur excl. bicycle
• Transport of luggage and bicycles Constance - Chur
• Train journey from Chur - Disentis incl. bicycle
• Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, unlimited number of pieces of luggage, each piece must however weigh under 20 kg.
• Comprehensive tour information and maps

• breakfast daily
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier, or optional 7 speed comfort bike with back-brakes

• 7-Day Service hotline

  

Note ; A 10 day tour that includes 3 days circling Lake Constance is also available.

 

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RHONE ROUTE

8 day Independent tour

  

Follow the river Rhone through three very different forms of Swiss countryside. We start at Goms, deep in the heart of the Alps, then cycle along dedicated paths mostly downhill through the Rhone Valley as we pass through Brig into the sunny canton of Wallis. Entirely different scenery again as we reach Lake Geneva, with the wide lake on one side and vineyards on the other side, all the way to the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. The Rhone Route unites extremely varied scenery with the many cultural highlights of this part of Switzerland.


Rating: Easy to Moderate

Paved cycle paths along the river; mainly flat or slightly downhill, with just a few small hills; suitable for novice cyclists, families and experienced cyclists alike.

      

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Oberwald

Individual transfer to Oberwald.

Day 2:   Oberwald - Brig approx. 45 km

Follow the spring waters of the young river Rhone, past wooden chalets and a marvellous mountain panorama. Mostly downhill cycling the first day is varied and fun. For more fun: take the cable car and your bike up to Aletsch glacier and downhill from +2000 m into the valley (fare not included).

  

Day 3:   Brig - Sion approx. 65 km

The route gets flat and follows the banks of the river, sometimes criss-crossing through fertile fields. Stop at Brigerbath with the longest water-slide in Europe for fun and refreshment. The capital of Canton Wallis is Sion, with the fortresses Valère and Tourbillon waiting for you in evening.

Day 4:   Sion – Aigle/Monthey approx. 55 km

Vineyards, vegetable and fruit dominate the scenery the next day. Worth a visit is the subterranean lake St-Léonard, Saillon-les-Bains with its thermal spa and wellbeing centre, as well as Martigny with Foundation Giannada.

Day 5:   Aigle – Lausanne/Morges approx. 45 km

From Villeneuve onwards you can enjoy the views of sunny Lake Geneva, the panorama of the Savoy Alps and little wine producing villages of theLavaux region of the “Swiss Riviera”. Visit Château de Chillon and the lake-promenade of Montreux, with its famous jazz festival in July.

Day 6:   Lausanne – Nyon/Coinsins/Duillier approx. 50 km

A comfortable stage along the charming banks of Lake Geneva; sit on a shady terrace and have some fish and white wine – and perhaps visit the Olympic museum of Lausanne.

   

 

Rhone Valley

 

Aletsch Glacier

Day 7:   Nyon – Geneva  approx. 25 km

The lovely town and promenade of Vieilles Murailles in Nyon bid farewell and then the final tour-highlight Geneva approaches, as your cycle route meanders through fields, villages, and past vineyards.

Day 8:   Geneva

Individual departure or extend your stay in this cosmopolitan city.

 

Transfers

Round-trip Swiss Rail transfers from/to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of $150 per person.

  

Schedule & Price

  

Departure Dates 2015 

Tours depart daily from mid April to mid October

  

Price per person CAD $1550
Single Supplement   $350
Upgrade to Swiss Flyer e-bikes $130
Triple Rates:       On request
This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run inns and hotels of 3 and 4 star standard

• breakfast daily
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier, or optional 7 speed comfort bike with back-brakes

• 7-Day Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

   

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AARE ROUTE

8 day Independent tour

A classic cycling route in Switzerland. Although the Aare Route starts in Gletsch in a high alpine region, the river has carved a bicycle-friendly way through the rock. No climbs are worth mentioning. You cycle through the cantons Berner Oberland and Swiss Mittel-Land, across the Three Lakes Country and into the southern Jura region. Enjoy charming provincial Switzerland, native farms and unspoilt nature.

Rating: Easy

Paved cycle paths along the river; suitable for novice cyclists, families and experienced cyclists alike. Some stretches along public roads in the towns.

 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Meiringen

Individual transfer to Meiringen.

Day: 2   Meiringen – Interlaken approx. 30 km

A short stage to warm up along the traffic-free south bank of Lake Brienzersee. Enough time remains for a visit of Aare gorge, a refreshing visit of Giessbach falls, and a break at Iseltwald. Lake Brienzersee is your attractive companion throughout the day. The water is shimmering in all kinds of green, depending on the weather conditions.

Day 3:   Interlaken – Thun approx. 30 km

Take your time exploring Interlaken this morning as Thun is only a halfday distance away. On the tour you will enjoy an overwhelming panorama with snow covered peaks, deep blue waters and dark brown wooden chalets.

  

Day 4:   Thun – Bern approx. 30 km

The snow covered peaks are receding as you cycle with an undisturbed view over the plains of the Aare Valley. Fertile fields bearing rich crops herald the advent of Swiss Mittel Land. The well signposted Aare-Route brings you safely into the centre of Switzerland's political capital, Bern.

Day 5:   Bern – Biel approx. 50 km

Leaving Bern you are greeted by Lake Wohlensee. Now a constant mix of either natural paradise or power plants begin. Vegetable country Grosses Moos and then Lake Bielersee dominate the scenery.

Day 6:   Biel – Solothurn approx. 35 km

Between Biel and Büren the river Aare was “corrected” – but then it meanders through fertile coun-try to Solothurn. One special experience is the view of the storks of Altreu circling in the blue sky. Soon the spires of Solothurn’s cathedral greet from far away.

    

 

Lake Biel

Interlaken, Thunersee, Brienzersee

   Interlaken Valley

Day 7:   Solothurn –Aarau approx. 55 km

Continue your tour and cycle to the medieval town of Wangen. Through lovely river meadows between Berken, Aarwangen and Wolfwil a picturesque part of the river follows, then you cycle through pedestrian zones into the old town centres of Olten and Aarau.

 

 

Day 8:   Aarau

Individual departure or extra days may be added.

  

Transfers

Round-trip Swiss Rail transfers from/to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of $150 per person.

 

Schedule & Price

 

Departure Dates 2015 

Tours depart daily from mid April to mid October

  

Price per person CAD $1550
Single Supplement   $350
Upgrade to Swiss Flyer e-bikes $130
Triple Rates:       On request
This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run inns and hotels of 3 and 4 star standard

• breakfast daily
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier, or optional 7 speed comfort bike with back-brakes

• 7-Day Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

  

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ST. MORITZ TO INNSBRUCK

  

8 day Independent tour

The River Inn bike path: this down river tour offers the cyclist a combination of sensual impressions, from magnificent alpine panorama's, to cute mountain villages of the Engadin like Zernez, Susch and Lavin.

The Inn bicycle path leads through many outstanding landscapes: the wide Hochtal (valley) of the Oberengadin merging into the big forests of the Swiss National Park. As the scenery changes, you cycle into the Austrian province of Tyrol, welcoming cyclists with warm hospitality. The bike tour ends in Innsbruck, with a stay in this Olympic city one of the highlights of this wonderful bicycle trail.

   

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: St. Moritz

Individual transfer to St. Moritz

Day 2: St Moritz

Free day to explore the city, its surrounding mountains, or cycle upriver towards the source of the Inn.

Day 3: St. Moritz – Zernez approx. 35 km

Departing chic St. Moritz you bike through Samedan (Old Tower), La Punt (early gothic church San-Andrea with its frescos) and Zuoz (window paintings in the church San Luzi) to Zernez. You bike through the high valley of the Oberengadin. Zernez is the gateway to the only Swiss National Park.

Day 4:   Zernez – Scuol approx. 35 km

First you bike to Lavin, which preserves the character of an old mountain village. The name of the village Guarda (“Look!”) is based on the beautiful views from here. The aim of today’s stage is the town of Scuol, with the castle Tarasp, the majestic landmark of the Engadin.

Day 5: Scuol – Ried approx. 55 km

From Scuol to Martina, we then reach the Austrian border. We follow the route along the River Inn's Finstermünzer Schlucht (gorge), through the town centres of Stuben and Pfunds/Tirol, before reaching our desination, Ried.

Day 6:   Ried – Imst approx. 40 km

Through the “Obere Gericht (Upper Court)” from Ried over Prutz down to Landeck (castle with museum, ruin Schrofenstein, Gerberbrücke – a showplace of the Tyrolean struggles for freedom). We pass the monastery Zams and through to Imst (town of the wells, plus lots of churches and chapels). Recommended is a visit to Rosengartenschlucht (rose garden gorge).

  

 

St Moritz

 

Landeck Upper Inn Valley

 

Golden Roof, Innsbruck

Day 7:   Imst – Innsbruck approx. 65 km

There are many lovely, small villages on the Inn bike-path. Cultural highlight of today’s stage is the Zisterzienserstrift Stams (collegiate church with rose windows). Numerous small churches and ruins dot the hillsides of the Inn Valley. Along the Martinswand we come to Innsbruck with a very smart "old town" (Golden Dachl, town tower, Hofburg, Hofgarten, and Helbinghaus). The bikes are returned this evening.

  

Day 8: Innsbruck

Your tour ends after breakfast. Depart for home or extend your stay.

 

  

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Partly paved cycle paths along the river and partly hardpack gravel paths; a few moderate hills but mostly flat or downhill; suitable for all levels of cyclist.

 

Transfers

Round-trip Swiss Rail transfers from/to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of $150 per person.

   

Schedule & Price

  

Departure Dates 2015

Tours depart every Friday from mid May to the end of September.

Six night tour option departs every Saturday.

  

Price per person CAD $1220
Single Supplement   $300
High season surcharge: June thru August departures $80
Optional Swiss Flyer Electro Bike     $150
Optional dinner plan   $320

  

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run inns and hotels of 3 star quality (4 star in Innsbruck)

• breakfast daily

• luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier, or optional 7 speed comfort bike with back-brakes

• 7-Day Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

 

Note: Also available as a 6 night itinerary with Day 2 deleted.

 

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LAKE CONSTANCE - 3 Country Circle Tour

  

8 day Independent Tour

  

It would be difficult to find another European cycle route as popular as Lake Constance, with good reason! Three countries share this large lake in the heart of Europe: Austria, Germany and Switzerland, each adding its own special flair.

To mention a few of the art treasures encountered: the cultural heritage Island Rei-chenau, the baroque style pilgrim church of Birnau, or the historic old town of Stein on Rhine. Add the marvellous countryside along the lake, a cycle path winding its way through idyllic meadows, along glittering water, and in front of the stunning peaks of the Alps.

Rating: Easy to Moderate

The first stage is moderately hilly in the Höri region, otherwise the route is mainly even along sealed cycle paths. The path runs partially along the lakeshore and partially along lakeshore roads.
Sporadically there are short, unfortified sections. Near Friedrichshafen the cycle path runs parrallel to the highway. The lakeshore is mostly open to the public. Suitable for experienced and novice cyclists, as well as families.

 

 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1:   Arrival at Constance

Enjoy a stroll through the very well maintained old town of Constance, with Town Hall, the Munster, and the maze of little alleyways of Niederburg. Not to forget the Mediterranean harbour with its famous “Imperia”. Overnight in Constance.

  

Day 2:   Constance – Stein am Rhein. approx. 40 km

Collect rental bikes this morning, then cycle past Wollmatinger Ried to island Reichenau, UNESCO heritage of nature and culture since 2001. Take a boat to peninsula Höri and Gaien-hofen. Today you stay in Stein on Rhine, a medieval town with many fresco-decorated houses.

  

Day 3:   Stein am Rhein– Überlingen approx. 55 km

Before you set off you cross the small bridge to the island of Wird, home of a tiny Franciscan monastery. Along the lake you cycle through small Swiss fishing villages with beautiful half timbered houses. Via Constance you cycle to flower island Mainaut. By boat from Wallhausen into the old Emperor’s residence Überlingen. Overnight in/near Überlingen.


Day 4:   Überlingen – Birnau – Meersburg – Friedrichshafen approx. 40 km

Today you visit the baroque pilgrims church Birnau, pole-settlements in Uhldingen and then Meersburg, Hagnau and Immenstaad, before reaching Friedrichshafen. Visit the Zeppelin museum and the harbour. Overnight in/near Immenstaad or Friedrichshafen.

Day 5:   Friedrichshafen – island city Lindau – Bregenz approx. 40 km

Enjoy the large fruit orchards before you reach Bavarian metropolis Lindau. Special about Lindau is the protected old town on an island. After a few kilometres you reach Austria and cycle on the lake bank into festival city Bregenz with the unique lake-stage. Overnight in/near Lindau or Bregenz.

Day 6:   Bregenz – Rhine-Delta – Rorschach/Arbon approx. 35 km

Before you leave Bregenz visit the Oberstadt, which has been maintained in excellent condition. Near Hard you cross the Rhine, rushing down from the Swiss Alps. The mouth into Lake Constance is an important nature reserve. On Swiss territory, in Altenrhein, you can see the Hundertwasser-Hall. Via Horn you cycle along the lake to harbour Rorschach. Overnight in/near Rorschach or Arbon.

  

Day 7:   Arbon – Kreuzlingen – Constance approx. 30 km

The last day of this interesting cycle tour is dedicated to the Swiss Canton, Thurgau, also called the apple-canton due to the importance of apple orchards. You cycle through tidy little villages along the lake back to Constance. Overnight in/near Constance.

  

Day 8: Constance

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Extensions in Europe are possible.

 

Stein am Rhein

 

Lake Constance Ferry

 

Zeppelin Museum

 

Airport / Transfers

The nearest international airport is Zurich, with regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal.

Zurich Airport to Constance (1 1/2 hours) rail transfers are available at $55.00 one way.

    

Schedule & Price

  

Departure Dates

Independent tours depart every day from April to Oct.

Price per person CAD $880
Single Supplement   $250
Half-board surcharge (7 x evening dinners)   $250
Mid season surcharge (departures from 25.04 to 08.05; 07.06 to 25.06; and 23.08 to 03.10 )   $150
High season surcharge (departures from 09.05 to 06.06; 26.06 to 22.08)   $200
Optional electro-bike   $130

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run guesthouses and hotel's, generally of 2.5 & 3 star standard.
• breakfasts daily.

• luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier

• Boat tour Reichenau-Gaienhofen & Boat tour Wallhausen-Überlingen
• 7-Days Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, maps, and route descriptions of places of interest

Accommodation Upgrade:

On this independent tour you may upgrade your accommodation to superior 3 star quality.

The additional cost is: CAD $250.00 per person, double occ.

Notes:

A 4, 6, or 9 night itinerary is also available. Contact us for pricing and details.

  

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LAKE CONSTANCE AND THE UPPER RHINE

   

8 day Independent tour

  

The Upper Rhine region has been protected from the effects of wars for centuries and is therefore very well preserved. Small medieval villages and the old diocesan towns of  Constance and Basel complement the impressive landscape of the Lake Constance region, nestled between the foothills of the Black Forest and the Jura mountains. Experience the young Rhine with the famous Rheinfall waterfall and the highlight of the cultural metropolis of Basel.

  

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Mostly paved cycle paths along the lake and river; a few moderate hills but mostly flat or downhill; suitable for all levels of cyclist.

  

Day by Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 Bregenz, Austria - Individual Arrival

Take the chance to take a walk through the city of Bregenz, which was founded in the Roman period. The capital city of the Austrian province of Vorarlberg is famous for its annual drama festival on the largest lake theatre in the world. The cable car will bring you and your bicycle to the top of the Pfänder for panoramic views and a great cycle down.

 

Day 2  Bregenz – Rhine-Delta – Arbon (ca. 35 km)

Close to Hard you will cross the Rhine, which is descending from the Swiss Alps. The delta mouth of the Rhine is an important nature reserve. Already on Swiss soil, in Altenrhein, you find the Hundertwasser-Hall, the last work of the famous artist. Along the lakeshore you will continue to the old seaport Rorschach and further to the beautifully situated town Arbon.

Day 3   Arbon – Constance (ca. 30 km)

Today you will cycle through the Swiss canton of Thurgau, which is also known as “Cider India” due to its many orchards and its relative remoteness. Soon you will reach its clandestine capital, the medieval town Constance, which was the location for the church council and invites you to explore the historical Old Town.

Day 4  Constance - Schaffhausen (ca. 35 km)

Your tour leads you away from Konstanz through picturesque Swiss fishing villages. Your first stop should be in Gottlieben where you can admire one of the most beautiful village squares in Switzerland. You cross over the Rhein at Stein am Rhein with its houses from the middle ages. Pass multiple bridges and crossings between Germany and Switzerland before reaching the cantonal capital Schaffhausen with the fort of Munot. Overnight in Schaffhausen.

Day 5  Schaffhausen - Waldshut (ca. 60 km)
The first highlight of today is after only a few kilometres, the famous Rheinfall waterfall, which you will be able to get a close look at on a boat trip. The Rheinau monastery is located in a bend of the river, which was once a gathering place for mercenaries from all over Europe. You will pass through Kaiserstuhl, the smallest town in Switzerland, and in Bad Zurzach one of the most modern salt-water baths in Europe awaits you. In Koblenz, where the oldest iron railway bridge is located, you may cross over the Rhine and reach the well-kept, former Further-Austrian town of Waldshut. Overnight stay in Waldshut.

Day 6   Waldshut - Rheinfelden (ca. 50 km)
The double town of Laufenburg is worth a  visit today, which has even won a prize for its tidiness and well kept buildings. There was also once a waterfall here but it was blown up with dynamite in the 19th century. In Bad Säckingen the longest, covered, wooden bridge in Europe and a strange refuse museum.  You will then continue along the northern bank of the river to Beuggen Castle, the former seat of the order of knights, and on to Rheinfelden, whose historical centre is located on the Swiss side of the river. Overnight stay in Rheinfelden.

Day 7 Rheinfelden - Basel (ca. 25 km)
Today’s route is only short so that you have enough time to visit the Roman ruins in Kaiseraugst and the first city tour of the trip. Basel, as a diocesan town, has a rich history and an impressive walled medieval old-town.  It is the shopping and trading centre in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland and has lots of very interesting museums. Overnight stay in Basel.

 

 

 

Constance

 

Reinfalls

   

Basel

Day 8  Basel    Return journey home or extend your stay
After breakfast you may return by train to Constance or return home. We would be more than happy to extend your stay in Basel or in Europe.

 

Transfers

Round-trip Swiss Rail transfers from/to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of $150 per person.

 

Schedule & Price

  

Departure Dates

Tours depart daily from late April to early October

Price per person CAD $1085
Single supplement   $300
Optional halfboard dinner plan $250
Reduction for early (before 6th May) and late season (after 9th Sept.) departures $80
Optional e-bike rental      $130

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run inns and hotels of 3 star standard

• Breakfast daily

• Boat trip to the Rheinfall rocks

• Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Constance incl. 1 coffee

• Basel card
• modern hybrid bicycle with 21 gears & pannier, or optional 7 speed comfort bike with back-brakes

• 7-Day Service hotline
• Detailed travel material, guides, and route descriptions of places of interest

  

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SWISS LAKES TOUR - l, ll, lll

  

4 to 12 Day Guided E-Bike Cycling Tour across Switzerland from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance

The Lakes Route is aptly named because from its start in Vevey on Lake Geneva in the south, the route skirts 16 lakes before reaching its destination at Lake Constance in the north. We offer this tour in three stages, each four
days and three nights. Of course you can combine all three parts and cycle in 12 days across Switzerland. If you complete the Lakes Route you can pat yourself on the back and know that you've really experienced Switzerland..

*        Cycling along 16 Swiss Lakes.
*        Picture-Book Switzerland - Gruyères, Simmen Valley, Bernese Oberland, Lucerne, Heidiland.
*        Combine one, two or three stages.

  

Tour Rating - moderate
Longer stretches along rivers and lakes. Some moderate hills and passes. Average km travelled per day: approx. 55 km (min. 42 km, max. 73 km). Easily traversed by e-bike.

   

Swiss Lakes Part 1- Lake Geneva to Meiringen

   

Day to Day Itinerary

1st day Arrival in Vevey
Individual arrival in Vevey. Overnight in selected 3-Star-Hotel.

2nd day Lake Geneva - Gruyères    approx. 45 km
We meet at 08h00 in the lobby of your Hotel. Your guide welcomes you and you get your bicycle ready. Leaving sparkling Lake Geneva behind your ride takes the old Cheese Route to Gruyères. This pretty village perched on its hill attracts thousands of tourists every year who all fall prey to its medieval charms.

Chateau Gruyeres

 

3rd day Gruyères - Simmen valley / Bernese Oberland    approx. 64 km
The clanking of cow bells will be your constant companion on this stretch in Saanen country and the Simmen valley. This is dairying country at its best. We overnight in the heart of the Simmen valley, in Boltigen.

   
4th day Simmen valley - Meiringen     approx. 73 km
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are framed by the snowy peaks of the Bernese Alps – a panorama that doesn't get better than this! And as for Interlaken, the adventure capital of Switzerland, there’s no shortage of choice.

 
END OF ITINERARY  SWISS LAKES PART I - Individual onward journey or post-tour Swiss Lakes Part II.

 

Swiss Lakes Part ll - Bernese Oberland to lake of Zurich

  

Day to Day Itinerary

1st day Arrival in Meiringen
Individual arrival in Meiringen. Overnights in selected 3 or 4 Star Hotel.

 
2nd day Meiringen - Lake of Lucerne approx. 73 km
We meet at 08h00 in the lobby of our Hotel. Your guide welcomes you and you get your bicycle ready. The Brünig Pass is an exciting challenge for some, a steep obstacle for others. As long as you know that the cable car at Meiringen can also whisk you up to Hasliberg and from there it is pretty much a downhill ride all the way – along
Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen to the shores of Lake Lucerne.


3rd day Lucerne - Lake of Aegeri approx. 58 km
A short section today. You will surely want to stroll through Lucerne, enjoy the panoramic view from Mt Rigi or Mt Pilatus, or perhaps take a boat ride and discover the beauties of the lake. Later on, Lake Zug awaits with cherries in every variety and at Lake Aegeri we are reminded that here centuries ago the Swiss Confederates forced the
occupying Habsburg army to flee.

 
4th day Lake of Aegeri - Rapperswil/Lake of Zurich  approx. 45 km
The Rothenturm high moorland is a precious tract of open countryside; Einsiedeln is Switzerland's most-frequented place of pilgrimage. Both of these are on your route today. From Lake Sihl it's down valley to the shores of Lake Zurich and your overnight stay in the charming town of Rapperswil – definitely a highlight on the Lakes Route!


END OF ITINERARIY SWISS LAKES PART II - Individual onward journey or post-tour Swiss Lakes Part III.

 

Swiss Lakes Part III - Lake of Zurich to Lake of Constance
 

Day to Day Itinerary

 
1st day Arrival in Rapperswil
Individual arrival in Rapperswil. Overnights in selected 3 or 4-Star Hotel.

 
2nd day Rapperswil - Heidiland/Bad Ragaz    approx. 50 km
We meet at 08h00 in the lobby of our hotel. Along the shores of Lake Zurich and Lake Walen between towering rock faces on either side. Visit Heidiland, homeland of the famous Heidi story by Johanna Spirig..

  
3rd day Heidiland/Bad Ragaz - Rhine valley    approx. 42 km
The holiday region Heidiland is, as the name really tells us, a small area in eastern Switzerland which offers practically everything that implies holidays and recuperation, promotes calmness and wellbeing, leaving stress and discontent far behind one.

In Sargans the Lakes Route leads into the Rhine valley and from now on it's plain sailing along the Rhine dam, through the Principality of Liechtenstein, and into Altstetten.

 
4th day Rhine valley/Altstätten - Lake of Constance    approx. 45 km
A pretty and very pleasant finale to the tour – riding along the River Rhine to Lake Constance and your final Lakes Route destination of Rorschach.

 
END OF ITINERARIY SWISS LAKES PART III  - Individual onward journey or stay an extra night.

Schedule and Price

     

DEPARTURE DATES 

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES WITH A MINIMUM OF JUST 4 PERSONS!!  MAXIMUM 20 PARTICIPANTS.

Part 1, Vevey to Meiringen  

Part 2, Meiringen to Rapperswil 

Part 3, Rapperwil to Rorschach 

  

Price per 4 day section, per person, double occupancy CAD $1200
Single supplement   $150
This tour includes:
  • Accommodation in carefully selected Swiss 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner each day
  • Drinks and snacks on the bike tours
  • Gratuities in hotels & restaurants
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Entrance tickets and tours as per the programme
  • Rental of a Top-Quality touring bike or trendy E-Bike, incl. pannier for belongings and water bottle
  • English and German speaking travel guide
  • Extensive travel documentation.

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GRAND UNESCO TOUR l - Matterhorn & Gotthard Experience

8 day Guided E-Cycling / Walking Tour
  

This bike ride is packed full of cultural highlights and phenomenal wonders of nature. Beneath the spellbindingly magical Matterhorn, we will cycle through fabulous mountain scenery, enjoy delicious fondue and raclette, and discover more about the life of the local mountain farmers and the deeply rooted traditions of the original people of Wallonia. We will experience the Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO natural heritage site, in all its inexpressible beauty and magnitude. We will encounter the romantic and dreamy Binn Valley Nature Park and the spectacular Goms mountain scenery.

*        Zermatt – at the foot of the Matterhorn.
*        Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO world heritage site

*        Binn Valley Nature Park
*        Traditions and culture of the people of the Valais.

Tour Rating - Moderate

Hilly countryside with regular ascents and descents. Two longer ascents on day 1 (800 m altitude) and day 2 (1000 m altitude). Both are manageable thanks to our E-Bicycle. On day 2 you can ride a cable car instead of climbing by bicycle.


[ Matterhorn ]   

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1    Zermatt

Arrive independently in Zermatt today. The balance of the day is free to relax and explore this gorgeous town under the famous Matterhorn. Perhaps take the train up the Gornergrat Cog Railway to view the glaciers up close.

Day 2    Zermatt - Bürchen   approx. 25 km
Arrive independently in Zermatt. In the morning, we leave the Matterhorn behind us and travel with our trendy electric bikes along the Matter Valley as far as Stalden. The first climb, to Bürchen 1300m above sea level, awaits us. This typical Walser village is situated on a wonderful sun-drenched terrace. We will learn more about the unusual "Suonen", the historic irrigation channels.

  
Day 3   Bürchen - Bettmeralp   approx. 40 km
We descend speedily into the Rhone Valley as far as Visp. The Rhone has its source at Gotthard and flows through the canton of Wallonia into Lake Geneva. We cycle upstream along the river toward Brig, where we will visit the famous Stockalper Palace. The people of Brig are proud of the Stockalper Palace, which was built in the 17th century by Kaspar Stockalper. Visiting the cellars, arcades and halls of the palace, then dreaming in the palace garden under rose bushes, enjoying the view of the monastery, the Jesuit church and Brig's Old Town with their towers - simply delightful!. In the palace halls are wallpaper and silk-paintings designed in Paris in the 18th century.
After a quick look around and an energizing lunch, our electric bikes take us to Bitsch where our spectacular climb to Riederalp and Bettmeralp, 1900m above sea level begins. Thanks to our electric bikes, we will accomplish this challenge with ease. If anyone prefers to be transported to the top, there is even a cable car available.
At Bettmeralp, a fabulous view of 20 4000m mountain peaks awaits us, as well as a traditional Swiss cheese fondue!

Day 4    Aletsch Gletscher UNESCO  Walking time approx. 5 hours
Today we explore the massif Aletsch Glacier by foot. A small packed lunch has been prepared for all of us. With a length of 23 km, the Aletsch is the longest glacier in the Alps. It is surrounded by the Aletsch Forest, which, at an altitude of 2,200 meters is one of the highest stone pine forests in Europe. The popular Aletsch hike allows us to experience the glacier and the forest at close range. After a short cable car run we start our route on top of Bettmerhorn and walk along moraine trails through the natural park. There are breathtaking views all along the way. Then it leads to Lake Märjelen and from there to Fiescheralp and back to Bettmeralp.

 
Day 5    Bettmeralp - Binn   ca. 35 km
One last look at the wonderful view and then we cycle with our bikes along the mountain track as far as Fiescheralp. After another sprint back down to the Rhone Valley, we visit the picturesque village of Ernen. On a village guided tour, we will discover why Ernen is known as the "musical village" as well the histories concealed behind the old gallows.
A short cycling stage brings us into the heart of the Binntal Landscape Reserve. The Binntal (Binn valley) surprises at every turn. A world classic and award-winning gastronomy in a mountain village. World-ranking architecture in a primordial landscape.

  

Day 6    Binntal   Walking time approx. 3 hours
There’s no better way to enjoy nature more intensively than a discovery tour on foot. It was the smugglers who came here first. They used the old pack trail (mule trail) on their way to Italy. Then came the rock crystal prospectors. For the Binntal had already garnered earlier renown for its mineral wealth. And it was the tourists who arrived finally. The Binntal Landscape Reserve offers primal naturalness from the mountain peaks down to the periphery of the villages – which coincidentally are so authentic that they have earned a prize for this very
attribute.

 

 
Day 7    Binntal - Oberwald   approx. 30 km
The valley bottom is still in morning fog, later the sun appears over the mountain and warms clammy hands. It is so flat here that even an airfield has been built. Traditional villages such as Münster and Reckingen exude their own special charm. We do have plenty of time to enjoy the Goms Valley. Go for a swim in cool (max. 19° C) lake Geschinersee or relax on the well-groomed sunbathing lawn or during a restful walk along the shores of the lake. The valley ends in Oberwald.

Tonight we enjoy another local speciality. With our bicycles we ride to Obergesteln and taste local wines and a dish called "Cholera".

Day 8   Oberwald

Your tour ends this morning. We highly recommend our trip extension from Andermatt to St. Moritz.
A short train ride through the Furka Tunnel brings you to Andermatt where you board the famous Glacier Express! One of the world's most scenic train journeys brings you to another UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Albula Bernina railway lines. In the evening you disembark in St. Moritz. 

 

Schedule and Price

     

DEPARTURE DATES

 

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES WITH A MINIMUM OF JUST 4 PERSONS!!  MAXIMUM 18 PARTICIPANTS

 

Price per person, double occupancy CAD $2500
Single supplement   $260
Glacier Express extension - Andermatt to St Moritz 1st class $160
  2nd class $120

This tour includes:

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner each day
  • Drinks and snacks on the bike tours
  • Gratuities in hotels & restaurants
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Visit of the Stockalperpalast in Brig
  • Guided walk along the Aletsch Glacier incl. packed lunch
  • Guided walk in the Natural Park Binntal incl. packed lunch
  • Rental of a top-quality E-Bike, incl. pannier for belongings and water bottle
  • English and German speaking travel guide
  • Extensive travel documentation.

This trip can be combined with the Grand Unesco II - St. Moritz to Verona tour 

   

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GRAND UNESCO TOUR ll - Mountain & Culture Experience

  

8 day Guided E-Cycling Mountain & Cultural Tour from St Moritz to Verona

From the Oberengadin Valley to Verona by bicycle, the thought makes the heart of almost every cyclist beat faster! Thanks to the electric motor support of our Flyer bicycle, we are able to enjoy double the breath-taking Alpine panorama:  After crossing the Ofen Pass we are greeted by the stunning mountainous landscape of the Münster Valley with its famed UNESCO world heritage site, the convent of St. John. We travel through the apple orchards of Vinschgau, fly along the Etschtal Valley past Meran, Bolzano, Trento right to Verona, a grand finale - the highpoint of this richly varied tour by bicycle.

           Superb views from Oberengadin across the Ofenpass, along the Swiss National Park

           UNESCO heritage sites in Val Müstair and Verona

           Verona, the city of Romeo & Juliet and the famous

 

Tour Rating - Easy to Moderate

Soft rolling countryside with a few ascents (climb over Ofen Pass) and descents. Average km travelled: approx. 51 km / min. 34 km, max. 75 km (last stage).

Day to Day Schedule

Day 1    Arrival in St Moritz.

Individual rail travel to St. Moritz. Receipt of the Flyer e-bike and initial tester trip on the Inn cycle path to Zernez, the gateway to the national park.
We cycle along the young Inn on well developed cycle paths which are partly tarmac and partially hardpack tracks. We get used to the electric bikes and enjoy the fabulous landscape of the Engadin Valley.

 

Day 2    Ofenpass - Monastery of St. Johann - Vinschgau     approx. 52 km
In the morning we “fly” across the Ofen Pass to Müstair. The grand mountain views that await us in the national park compensate for the ascents and speed us on our descents. Lunch in Münstertal. Afternoon visit and tour of the convent of St. John (World Heritage listed). Afterwards we cycle on across the border into South Tyrol and to Obervinschgau.

Day 3     Vinschgau – Meran     approx. 65 km
All the cycle paths in Vinschgau are richly varied and very well developed: The turbulent River Etsch (Adige in Italian) is our constant companion on our route to today's target, Meran. Keeps, castles and expansive orchards lie along the route and we enjoy stunning views of the Ortlermassiv and Stilfserjoch.
Meran is surprising with its Mediterranean flair and imposing mountain backdrop.
  
Day 4    Bolzano     approx. 40 km
The wild Etsch was efficiently tamed and channelled in the 19th Century: Vast apple plantations thrive along its well drained banks. The hillsides are home to vineyards and these soft rolling passageways are perfect for our Flyers: We journey along the old wine route through the Etsch valley with its numerous orchards and vineyards to our destination, Bolzano. We enjoy the old town with its beautiful alcoves and cosy squares, where we relax in the evening with a refreshing beverage or a glass of local wine. Here in Bolzano we notice considerably more Italian than German being spoken.
  

Day 5      Kalterersee – Trento       approx. 62 km
In the morning we take the disused rail line through hilly environs to Kalterersee. The district of Eppan comprises nine small villages and is the largest vineyard community in the South Tyrol. However, we do not just see endless wineries but also numerous keeps, castles and farmsteads. We pass Tramin, Kurtatsch and cross the Etsch for Kurtinig. German-speaking South Tyrol ends in Salurn. The final stage of our trip takes us along the Etsch to the old Episcopal seat of Trento, with its interesting old town.

Day 6    Trento – Rovereto      approx. 30 km
In the morning we enjoy the picturesque old town of Trento with a visit to the cathedral. In the afternoon we fly through the hilly vineyards of Trentino. The Etschtal becomes increasingly narrow as we head south and the crags of the mountain range draw ever closer; the impressive peaks that still keep their centuries long guard over the most important trade and military routes of Europe. Rovereto, our destination, is the second largest town in Trentino after the main town of Trento. This city was developed into an important strategic staging post by the Venetians in the Middle Ages. Numerous palaces, churches and monasteries speak of this era.
  

Day 7     Verona       approx. 75 km
The topography of the valley forces us to follow the path of the Etsch canal: It takes us on a predominantly flat route via Belluno to Verona, the festival city and home of Romeo & Juliet. We discover this magical city of the Middle Ages during a city tour. We visit not only the world-renowned Roman amphitheatre of Verona but also the interesting Basilica "San Zeno" and the "Casa di Giulietta", where we enter the arena which was home to the play Romeo & Juliet.

  

Day 8      End of Tour

You have some time in the morning to go shopping in Verona. Individual onward journey or extend your stay in this lovely city.

  

Schedule and Price

     

DEPARTURE DATES

    

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES WITH A MINIMUM OF JUST 4 PERSONS!!  MAXIMUM 20 PARTICIPANTS.

  

Price per person, double occupancy CAD $3100
Single supplement   $375
     

This tour includes:

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner each day
  • Drinks and snacks on the bike tours
  • Gratuities in hotels & restaurants
  • Transportation of luggage
  • City tours of Trento and Verona
  • Tour of the convent of St John
  • Rental of a top-quality E-Bike, incl. pannier for belongings and water bottle
  • English and German speaking travel guide
  • Extensive travel documentation.

This trip can be combined with the Grand Unesco III - Verona to Venice tour 

   

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GRAND UNESCO TOUR lll - Magic Venice

8 day Guided E-Cycling Mountain & Cultural Tour from Verona to Venice

Venice – the stunning, dream laguna city is the destination on our bike tour, which leads us through the Veneto region with all of its delicious cultural and scenic highpoints. All of the globally renowned cities link together like a pearl necklace: Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice. We conquer the ridge of the "Colli Euganei", with their volcanic origins, thanks to "e-flyer power" and delight at the numerous thermal springs.

*         UNESCO – World Heritage at its best: Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice

*         Volcanic ridge of the Colli Euganei

 
  

Tour Rating - Easy

Soft rolling countryside with a few small ascents and descents. Average km travelled: approx. 46 km per day (min. 30, max. 60 km)

Day to Day Schedule

Day 1     Arrival / Verona
Individual arrival in Verona, the festival city and home of Romeo & Juliet. We discover this magical city of the Middle Ages during a city tour. We visit not only the world-renowned amphitheatre of Verona but also the interesting Basilica "San Zeno” and the “Casa di Giulietta”, where we enter the arena which was home to the play Romeo & Juliet.

Day 2    Vicenza    approx. 60 km
We receive our Flyer e-bikes and cycle west through the hilly vineyard region. The route takes us through small pretty villages such as Soave, Monteforte and Montebello. Depending on the location of the hotel, we travel first to Vicenza or directly to Montegrotto. Once in Vicenza (World Heritage listed), we discover the city of the great constructor Andrea Palladio. It is “his” city, and it is marked by his impressive Renaissance buildings: Outstanding among which are the Basilica Palladiana on the Piazza dei Signori and the Teatro Olimpico.

Day 3    Abano Terme     approx. 50 km
Cycle trip south from Vicenza via the Monte Berico and then further south west to the renowned Euganei hills. The landscape of the regional nature park of the Colli Euganei is enchanting with its hills of volcanic origins, the highest of which is around 600m. Even in ancient times the region was inhabited due to the milder climate on the hills and the rich vegetation growing there. Equally impressive is the rich abundance of thermal springs. We reach Abano Terme and Montegrotto, two of the most well-known spa towns of Italy.

Day 4   Round tour of the Euganei hills     approx. 40 - 60 km
Today we can enjoy the hotel complex with its spa facilities or ride the Flyer on a discovery tour. The Colli Euganei form a unique hilly landscape, dotted with small villages, idyllic farmsteads and towns dating from the Middle Ages which are well worth a visit, such as Este and Arqua Petrarca.
 

Day 5   Padua     approx. 30 km
A comfortable visit to the staging post Padua. Padua (World Heritage listed) is not just the town of the holy Antonius, who is often called upon for help, but is also the home of the university at which the famous Galileo Galilei once taught mathematics. We discover the town on foot with a local guide. We see the most beautiful sights of Padua, including a stately number of dreamy Venetian villas.
 

Day 6   Mestre    approx. 45 - 50 km
On the last cycling day we continue along the Brenta canal. The canal was constructed in the 16th Century in order to protect the flat region from being flooded. Along its banks one finds numerous magnificent buildings – villas of rich Venetians. And thus we arrive at Mestre, the dry land of Venice, where we stay for this night.
  

Day 7   Venice
We travel to Venice (World Heritage listed) by public transport and enjoy the stunning, dreamy laguna with its many cultural treasures on foot. “Bella Venezia” is the main city in the Veneto region and is spread across 118 close-proximity islands supported by wooden stakes which are rammed into the sea bed. Today, Venice is a floating museum because almost every Palazzo, every canal and every bridge is worth seeing, telling many tales of the city. The Doge’s palace, the Campanile, the Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Sighs, as well as the famous St. Marks Square.

Day 8     End of Tour
Today it is time to bid farewell to Bella Italia. Individual onward journey or extend your stay in Italy.
  

Schedule and Price

     

DEPARTURE DATES

   

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES WITH A MINIMUM OF JUST 4 PERSONS!!  MAXIMUM 20 PARTICIPANTS.

Price per person, double occupancy CAD $3475
Single supplement   $400
     

This tour includes:

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner each day
  • Drinks and snacks on the bike tours
  • Gratuities in hotels & restaurants
  • Transportation of luggage
  • City tour of Vicenza and Padua
  • Trip to Venice on public transport
  • Rental of a top-quality E-Bike, incl. pannier for belongings and water bottle
  • English and German speaking travel guide
  • Extensive travel documentation.

   

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