|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||29 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jun 16, Jul 7, Aug 25, Sep 15, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)|
|Start city:||Lucerne, Switzerland|
|End city:||Thun, Switzerland|
The Heart Route is the most succesful biking route in Switzerland for E-Bikes. This route extends for 146 miles (235 kms) across solitary hills, cozy alleyways, shady forests and picturesque villages from Sempach through the Emmental Valley to Laupen.
Please note that children under 16 are not allowed on E-bikes.
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Day 1: Arrival in Lucerne
Arrive individually to Lucerne. In the afternoon, you will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby, after which you will take a sightseeing tour of Lucerne by foot.
Lucerne, a perfect balance of tradition and trend, is a cultural city with museums, theatres and festivals. Immerse yourself in this enchanting city and take in the magnificent view of the lake and mountains. Complete with gable paintings, the covered medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Another landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original well-fortified state.
Overnight in Lucerne.
Day 2: Sempach to Madiswil (16 miles/26 km)
In the morning, travel by train to Sempach from where you bike to the first historic village Willisau. After lunch, cycle to Madiswil where you stop for the first night. The tour passes through shaded woods and snug villages. Lush meadows surround the stretches and the alps make a grandiose backdrop. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Madiswil
Day 3: Madiswil - Burgdorf (35 miles/57 km)
Pass through the scenery of the Emmental, the upper Aar valley and the Lucerne backdrops. The highlight is the visit of a dairy farm. In the afternoon, try your hand at the Bernese traditional sport "Platzgen" before arriving at Burgdorf with its old town, a site worth seeing.
Overnight in Burgdorf
Day 4: Burgdorf - Langnau (25 miles/41 km)
The route follows a cozy trail along the edges of the slopes and promontories through the Emmental. In addition to cycling, we will try the Swiss traditional sport "Hornussen". Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Langnau
Day 5: Langnau - Thun (29 miles/47 km)
Today, cycle from the upper Emmental to the Lake of Thun. This section passes through landscapes of woods and meadows. The mountains are always close as well. After a thrilling descent, reach the shore of Lake Thun and visit Schadau with its elegent park and town center.
Overnight in Thun
Day 6: Departure
Note: Tour is subject to program and hotel changes. Biking times can vary depending on the weather and travel group.
Bikes available on this tour, and included in the tour price (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with:
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
This tour is pretty moderate, as it goes through generally rolling or hilly terrain.
Nearest airport: Zurich, Switzerland
Nearest train station: Lucerne, Switzerland
Nearest airport: Bern or Zurich, Switzerland
Nearest train station: Thun, Switzerland
It is your responsibility to arrange transfer between airports/train stations and the first/last tour hotel.
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Baumeler Travel provides an exclusive range of active guided tours. Baumeler hiking/walking and cycling holidays are designed for travelers who take pleasure in exploring both the culture and the environment.
Located in Lucerne, Switzerland Baumeler's journeys offer:
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2. PRICES AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Unless otherwise stated, all prices are stated per person based on double occupancy, in Swiss Francs inclusive of Value Added Tax.
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Final payment must be made at least 30 days prior to departure. If balance is not received, Baumeler Travel reserves the right to regard the reservation as cancelled. In the case of short-notice bookings the entire trip price must be paid immediately.
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The following charges will apply: If cancellation is received more than 60 days before departure, all monies will be refunded (except of the administration fee). 60 - 31 days before departure 50% have to be paid. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after 30 days before tour start date, for no-shows, and unused portions of the program unless the space can be filled. The date of cancellation or alteration counts as the day on which Baumeler Travel receives such cancellation or alteration from the client. In case falls on a Saturday, Sunday or statutory holiday, the next working day will apply.
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It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before trip departure. The trip leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he or she feels the trip member is physically or mentally incapable or if a trip member’s continued participation will jeopardize the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. Hospital facilities are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. Baumeler travel assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care.
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Will be according to the number of participants per program. Baumeler Travel reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in currency fluctuations and fuel surcharges.
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The cost of delays is not included if any trip is delayed due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which Baumeler Travel or its agents cannot make provision. Land Costs are subject to increase without prior notice, even after you have signed up on the trip. We often publish our prices more than a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trip’s actual trip departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb, i.e. international currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or increases in cost of services. We regret this situation, and we do everything we can to avoid raising prices, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We will do our best to limit such increases and will notify you at least two months before trip departure.
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Travel insurance is compulsory and you should arrange such in your country of origin. You should be covered in the event of cancellation or curtailment, death, any medical or rescue expenses, as well as for any loss of baggage, money or personal items.
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Our guides are mature adults who are young at heart and enjoy their work. They are chosen for their personalities, their interest in their envirionment, their experience and their ability to handle people.
17. Group size
Our group size usually numbers between 2 and 20 client per guide.
18. Spending Money
Each trip will require differing amounts of pocket money depending on the length of the journey, the individual's needs and the specific conditions of each tour. Money is needed for meals en route on the first and last day of travelling, curios, alcohol and soft drinks, specified restaurant meals, visas, transfers and additional excursions, not included in the tour price.
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