Day 1: Individual arrival in Interlaken
The town between Brienz and Thun Lakes is a popular start for a tour of the Aare ravine the mountain-scape of the Bernese Uplands. A breathtaking panorama of mountains awaits you with views of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains.
Overnight in Interlaken.
Day 2: Interlaken – Thun – Bern (22 miles/35 km + boat trip)
You start the day with a pleasant boat-ride across Thun Lake. Sit back and relax and watch the countryside slowly passing by. From Thun, you cycle to Berne, a simple route and well-suited for acclimatizing to the days to come. Goethe thought Berne to be Switzerland's most beautiful town. Today, the old part of the town is world heritage site.
Overnight in Bern.
Day 3: Bern – Biel (31 miles/50 km)
You cycle along the banks of the Aare River and Wohlensee Lake to the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne. The Swiss clock-making industry made this town famous. Find out more in the Omega Museum. Discover the town's many fountains, which are mostly fed by Roman wells.
Overnight in Biel.
Day 4: Biel – Solothurn (19 miles/30 km)
Today's route is short so that you have enough time to spend in the old town or on the lake at the beach. Solothurn is the capital of the canton of the same name and is considered to be Switzerland's most beautiful Baroque town. The number eleven has particular significance here: there are 11 churches and chapels, 11 fountains, 11 towers, and 11 steps.
Overnight in Solothurn.
Day 5: Solothurn – Aarau (37 miles/60 km)
The Aare River, which has by now increased considerably in size, is what shapes the landscape here. Villages, fields and a magnificent castle are on your way to Aarau, which still bears features dating back to the 16th century and from when the town was once the capital of the Helvetic Republic. Walk through the town, and keep looking up! This town is famous for its lovely gables. Be inspired by their painted scenes.
Overnight in Aarau.
Day 6: Aarau – Waldshut-Tiengen (31 miles/50 km)
You cycle along the Aare to Brugg, where you should visit Habsburg Castle. The castle is the seat of the dynasty of the same name which once achieved the position of a true world power. Passing the "water castle" through which about half of the volume of Switzerland's water flows, you cycle on, via Koblenz, to where the Aare flows into the Rhine. The last section takes you to Waldshut-Tiengen.
Overnight in Waldshut-Tiengen.
Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen – Schaffhausen (40 miles/65 km)
You cycle up the Rhine, passing Rheinau Abbey, which is situated idyllically on an island in the river. The closer you get to the Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen the louder the roar of the water gets. Try out one of the boat trips that take you to the rocks of the Falls and experience the roaring mass of water all around you.
Overnight in Schaffhausen.
Day 8: Schaffhausen – Constance (31 miles/50 km)
In the morning, enjoy a stroll through the canton's capital, watched over by Munot fort. Admire the gables in town: the citizens of the town competed with each other in building gables on their houses. Now, continue cycling upstream to Stein am Rhein, where town square is surrounded by frescoed houses. A good place for a break. Next, you follow the southern bank of Lake Constance, passing pretty fishing villages, to Constance. The old diocesan town was the site for the only Council to elect a pope north of the Alps in the Middle Ages.
Overnight in Constance.
Day 9: Individual Departure
Your cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast- there are good train connections to ensure you arrive home safely.