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The Lakes Trail by Bike

The Lakes Trail by Bike

6 nights from
AU$3,915 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    01 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2019
6 nights from
AU$3,915 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    01 May 2019
  • Travel Until
    31 Oct 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 6-night accommodationInclusionInclusion Bike rentalInclusionInclusion Free use of spa facilities (where applicable)InclusionInclusion Personal meet & greet at airport and luggage transport between hotelsMealsMeals Daily breakfast and 5 gourmet dinners (4 to 5 courses) at the hotels’ superior restaurantsTransferTransfer Transfers between hotel & airport

Summary

Follow well-marked trails along Lake Geneva to Lake Lucerne with this 7-day cycling tour. At your own pace, take in Switzerland’s extraordinary, dreamy landscapes, pedalling along small and enormous lakes on the foothills of the great Swiss Alps. Pass by the medieval town of Gruyères, Gstaad’s soaring mountains, the alpine valley of Simmental, which features beautiful Swiss chalets, Interlaken’s meadow, admiring the mountain giants Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, and the peaceful lakeside village of Weggis. The Lakes Route offers some steep and some less steep hills, posing a challenging yet exciting journey. You can always load your bike on to a train if it gets too tough.

2019 Departure dates: Daily, 1 May to 31 October (subject to availability)

Highlights

  • Accommodation in first-class hotels with daily breakfast
  • Free use of spa facilities
  • Personal meet & greet at airport and luggage transport between hotels
  • Easily accessible bike trails

Inclusions

  • 6-night accommodation in 4-star superior and 5-star Private Selection hotels, standard room category
  • Daily breakfast at hotel
  • 5 gourmet dinners (4 to 5 courses) at the hotels’ superior restaurants
  • Free use of spa (where applicable)
  • Private Selection service, including:
    • Personal meet & greet by Private Selection representative and ‘Lake Route’ specialist at the airport
    • Tour briefing
    • Transfers at the start and end of the tour
    • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
    • Bike Rental - standard bike (e-bike available for a small additional supplement)
    • English-speaking support
    • Comprehensive travel documentation including maps

Exclusions

  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary or list of inclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Switzerland – Zurich
Arrival in Switzerland. Transfer by minibus to downtown Zurich.

Personal meet & greet at Zürich Airport with the representative and ‘Lakes Route’ specialist. Transfer by minibus to your hotel in downtown Zurich. After check-in, meet with your representative for a personal briefing.

Evening is at leisure. You are free to use the hotel facilities.

Overnight at the Hotel Glärnischhof Zurich.

Day 2, Zurich – Chatel St. Denis - Charmey (Lakes Route 9) 35km
Breakfast at the hotel.

At 9:00 am, transfer by minibus to Chatel St. Denis, high above Lake Geneva.

Start on the scenic number 9 route cycle into the Gruyere region. Famous for its lush vegetation and rolling green landscapes, the region offers cyclists a relaxing ride. It is also home to the world-famous Gruyère cheese and the black and white Fribourg cows, which provide the milk for the strongly flavoured Gruyère cheese.

Nestling between the slopes of the Moléson and the Dent du Chamois, rises the medieval, traffic-free little town of Gruyères, with its castle, surrounded by a fortified wall. The picture-book little medieval town is perched atop a small hill where the peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps can be seen.

Your hotel tonight is in Charmey. The Hotel Cailler is a charming chalet style hotel and is closely related in name with the famous chocolate. This hotel offers a traditional setting with warm hospitality. The mineral baths ‘Bain de la Gruyere’ is located nearby and is accessed through an underground tunnel.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Charmey.

Day 3, Charmey – Jaun – Ablandschen (Lake Routes 59) 34km
Breakfast at the hotel.

Start your cycling from the Hotel Cailler.

Continue on regional cycling route number 59 to Jaun and Ablandschen. You are now firmly in the heart of the Gruyere Region, where the landscape is now marked by rolling hills and cattle pastures.

Continuing your journey, you reach Gstaad. This picturesque and bustling resort is famous for summer activities and is home to a host of high profile events, including the Swiss Open. The traffic-free village offers a plethora of gourmet restaurants, bars and exclusive brand name stores.

From Gstaad, continue your ascent to Schonried Pass where you will soon arrive at your hotel.

Your hotel tonight is the Ermitage Wellness & Spa Hotel. This typical Swiss Chalet style hotel is located just above Gstaad in Schonried. If offers many highlights including a relaxing piano bar which has one million sparkling Swarovski-stones. Enjoy the many amenities at the spa including an indoor and outdoor salt water pool, as well as a sauna centre.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Schonried.

Day 4, Gstaad – Saanermoser to Spiez (Lakes Route 9) 47km
Breakfast at the hotel.

Start your cycling from the Ermitage Wellness & Spa Hotel.

Today, you re-join cycling route number 9 from Saanenmoser to Spiez at Lake Thun. The cycling is mainly downhill through picturesque Simmental. Here, you will pass by many ornately decorated chalets, which are amongst the most beautiful in Europe. Soon, you will arrive at your next stop in Spiez, which is situated on the southern shore of Lake Thun, at the pyramid-shaped Niesen Mountain.

Your hotel tonight is the Hotel Eden Spiez. This hotel has beautifully maintained gardens and offers superb views of Lake Thun and the peaks of the Bernese Alps.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Spiez.

Day 5, Spiez – Lake Thun – Interlaken (Lake Route 9) 65km
Breakfast at hotel.

Start your cycling from the Hotel Eden Spiez.

Continuing on cycling route number 9 from along the shores of Lake Thun to Interlaken, cycle along Lake Brienz to Meiringen onwards through the Brünig Pass following the downhill trail to the Lakes of Lungern and Sarnen. On the way, you will see the majestic Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.

Your hotel tonight is Seehotel Wilderbad Seminar & Spa in Wilen am Sarnersee. This hotel combines Swiss tradition with a modern flare. Enjoy the wellness centre and spa for relaxation.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Wilen am Sarnersee.

Day 6, Wilerbad – Sarnen – Alpnach – Lucerne – Weggis (Lake Route 38) 45km
Breakfast at hotel.

Start your cycling from the Hotel Eden Spiez.

Cycle along the shores of Lake Lucerne from Wilderbad to Sarnen. Lucerne is the gateway to central Switzerland and is surrounded by an impressive mountain panorama. Mountain excursions to Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn are nearby or perhaps enjoy a lake cruise on board a traditional paddle steamer.

From Lucerne, continue on regional cycle route 38 over the hill of Meggen to Kusnacht and along to Lake Weggis.

The small holiday resort of Weggis lies at the foot of the renowned Mount Rigi. Take the cableway to Rigi-Kaltbad for outstanding views of the region.

Your hotel tonight is the Alexander & Gerbi Hotels in Weggis. The hotel offers two styles of accommodation, either in a modern setting or traditional Lucerne style. Both hotels are equipped with all of today’s comforts. Relax in the wellness and beauty area with swimming pool, vitality bar sauna and rose-steam baths.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Weggis.

Day 7, Weggis - Zurich
Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer by minibus from your hotel to Zurich Airport.

Accommodation

Deluxe Package (4 & 5-star)
Zurich: Hotel Glärnischhof Zurich or similar
Charmey: Hotel Cailler or similar
Gstaad: Ermitage Wellness & Spa Hotel or similar
Spiez: Hotel Eden Spiez or similar
Wilem Am Sarnersee: Seehotel Wilderbad Seminar & Spa or similar
Weggis: Alexander & Gerbi Hotels or similar

All prices are subject to availability. If the above hotels are not available, alternative accommodation will be offered. Supplements or reductions may apply. Prices for families are available on request.

Important Notes

  • Extension nights available
  • This cycling route is graded as intermediate. It is flat along the lakes but has quite a few ascents along the way. An E-Bike option is available to help with the ascents.
  • Upgrade to electric bike is upon request, supplement applies. Contact us for details.
  • Hotels are located within walking distance of train station.
  • Optional excursions can be booked locally, however, we recommend pre-booking in order to integrate the required information into the travel documentation and to ensure that rail timetables are coordinated.

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