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Aare Cycle Route: Along the Jura, Aare, and Rhine Rivers

  • 3.8

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  • 8 nights | 30 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €899
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  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

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  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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Tour description

The Aare Cycle Route begins in Interlaken on Lake Thun against the backdrop of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains and is one of the most well-known cycle routes in Switzerland. You will pass through the Swiss capital of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous Toblerone chocolate is made.

Cycling along the Jura with its Baroque towns, you will come to the confluence of the Aare and Rhine Rivers and continue up-river towards the Rhine Falls, which you will be able to experience during a spectacular boat trip. The Council town of Constance on Lake Constance is your destination.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Interlaken
The town between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is a popular starting point for trips to the Aare ravine and the mountain world of the Berner Oberland.
Overnight in Interlaken.

Day 2: Interlaken – Bern (22 miles/35 km + boat trip)
The day begins with a boat trip on the Thunersee, before you cycle on to Bern. Goethe thought Bern was the most beautiful city in Switzerland. The old town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Overnight in Bern.

Day 3: Bern – Biel (31 miles/50 km)
Cycling along the Aare river and Lake Wohlen you will come to the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne. The Swiss watch-making industry made the town famous. In the Omega museum you can learn all about the industry.
Overnight in Biel.

Day 4: Biel – Solothurn (19 miles/30 km)
Today’s stage is only short so that you have enough time to enjoy the old town or the Lake. Solothurn is also a Canton capital city and is considered the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland.
Overnight in Solothurn.

Day 5: Solothurn – Aarau (37 miles/60 km)
The Aare river, which by this stage is powerful flow of water, marks the landscape. Villages and meadows line the way to Aarau, which still bears influences from the 16th Century and was once the capital city of the Helvetic Republic.
Overnight in Aarau.

Day 6: Aarau – Waldshut-Tiengen (31 miles/50 km)
On your way to the Rhine you pass the "moated castel of Switzerland" through which almost half of Switzerland's water resources flow. In Koblenz the Aare flows into the Rhine which you follow upstream to Waldshut-Tiengen.
Overnight in Waldshut-Tiengen.

Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen – Schaffhausen(40 miles/65 km)
You pass the Rheinau monastery which is picturesquely located on an island. The closer you get to the Rhine Falls the louder you will hear the noise of the water falling down 23 meters.
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. And admire the gables -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.

Dates

Daily: Apr 21-Oct 7, 2018
Low season: Apr 21, 2018 - May 04, 2018, Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 07, 2018
Shoulder season: Jun 03, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018, Aug 25, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
High season: May 05, 2018 - Jun 02, 2018, Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€899
Shoulder season surcharge
€120
High season surcharge
€180
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€240
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed unisex
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed men's frame
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed unisex
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed men's frame
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€175
26-inch child's bike
€40
24-inch child's bike
€40
20-inch child's bike
€40
Children's trailer
€40
Tag-along/trailer bike for children
€40
Extra Nights, Constance
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Transfer
Transfer to Interlaken, per person, including bike (departs Saturdays between 9-11am)
€85
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 6-13 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 14-17 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
25%
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Radweg-Reisen Terms and Conditions

The following provisions relate to, to the extent effectively agreed, the travel contract that will be concluded between the tour operator, referred to in the following as "the tour operator" and the customer. They supplement the legal provisions of §§ 651a - m BGB (German Civil Code) and the Rules on Disclosure for Travel Agents according to §§ 4 - 11 BGB-InfoV (Ordinance on Duties of Disclosure and Documentation under Civil Law) and complete them.

Cancellations may be cancelled in writing prior to arrival. In case of cancellation the following fees apply.

CANCELLATION TERMS:

  • Up to 28 days before arrival: 0 %
  • 27 days - 14 days before arrival: 20 %
  • 13 days - 7 days before arrival: 40 %
  • 7 days or fewer before arrival: 80 %
  • "No show" or failure to appear: 90 %

CHANGES: Should changes to existing bookings exceed normal standards, we will charge a fee of €25 per change up to 28 days prior to arrival (change of travel dates, length of journey, tour category, participants). Fees for more short-term changes to bookings, if they are possible, will be calculated according to effort and expenses incurred.

1. Conclusion of the Travel Contract, Customer’s Obligations
1.1. The following applies to all types of booking:
a) The basis of the tour operator offer and the customer’s booking is the description of the package offer and the supplemental information in the booking conditions to the extent that these are in the customer’s possession at the time of booking.
b) Travel agents are not authorised by the tour operator to conclude agreements or give assurances that would change the agreed-upon content of the travel contract.
c) If the booking confirmation deviates from the content of the booking, this constitutes a new offer from the tour operator. The contract comes into effect on the basis of this new offer if the customer declares his/her acceptance explicitly, makes a down payment or pays the outstanding balance or claims travel services.
d) The customer completing the booking is liable for the contractual obligations of those travelling with him for whom he completes the booking, for his own, to the extent that he has assumed a corresponding obligation through expressed and separate declaration.
e) The customer is advised that there is no right to revoke after the conclusion of the contract in accordance with the legal provision of § 312b Para. 3 No. 6 BGB.

1.2. The following applies for bookings that are completed orally, by telephone, in writing, by e-mail or by telefax:
a) With the booking, the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of the travel contract.
b) The contract is established with the receipt of the booking confirmation (declaration on acceptance) by the tour operator. No form is required with the consequence that both oral and telephone confirmations are legally binding on the customer. In the case of oral or telephone bookings, the tour operator will send a written copy of the booking confirmation to the traveller. Oral or telephone bookings by the traveller lead also to the conclusion of a binding contract with a binding oral or telephone confirmation, if the corresponding written copy of the booking confirmation is not received by the customer.

1.3. In the case of bookings that are completed by means of an online booking procedure without individual communication (contract in electronic business transaction), the following applies to the conclusion of the contract:
a) The procedure for online booking will be explained to the traveller on the tour operator’s internet site.
b) The customer will be able to correct his information, delete it or reset the entire online booking form; instructions on use will be provided.
c) The languages of the contract for completion of the online booking procedure will be indicated clearly.
d) To the extent that the contract text is stored by the tour operator in the online booking system, the customer will be informed of this fact and the option of downloading the contract text later.
e) By pressing this button (the radio button) “book and pay”, the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel contract. The receipt of this booking will be sent to the customer immediately electronically.
f) Transmission of the contract offer by pressing the button “book and pay” does not establish a legal claim on the part of the customer to the establishment of a travel contract conforming to his booking information. The tour operator is furthermore free to decide whether or not to accept the customer’s offer of contract.
g) The contract takes effect with the receipt of the booking confirmation from the tour operator by the customer.
3. Change of Services
3.1. Changes to essential travel services agreed on in the content of the travel contract that become necessary after conclusion of the contract and are made by the tour operator in good faith are only permitted to the extent that these changes are not significant and do not detract from the overall arrangement of the trip.
3.2. Any warranty claims remain unaffected to the extent that the altered services are affected with deficiencies.
3.3. The tour operator is obligated to immediately inform the customer of any significant change in performance immediately after they become aware of the grounds for the change.
3.4. In the event of a significant change in an essential travel service, the customer is entitled to withdraw from the travel contract without payment or to demand the right to participate in a trip of at least equal value, if the tour operator is able to offer the customer a trip of this kind from its range of products without any increased price. The customer must assert these rights immediately after the tour operator notifies of the change in the travel service or cancels the trip.
4. Withdrawal by the Customer Prior to Start of Trip/Cancellation Costs
4.1. The customer can withdraw from the trip at any time prior to the beginning of the travel. The customer must notify the tour operator of withdrawal at the address given below. If the trip was booked by a travel agent, notification of withdrawal can be affected with the agent, as well. We recommend the customer provide written notification of withdrawal.
4.2. If the customer withdraws before the start of travel or does not make the trip, the tour operator loses its claim to the price of the trip. Instead, the tour operator can, to the extent that the withdrawal is not its responsibility or is not attributable to force majeure, demand reasonable compensation for the travel preparations that it made up to the point of withdrawal and its expenses depending on the price of the specific trip.
4.3. The tour operator has taken into account the possible saved expenses and possible usual other use of the travel services in the calculation of compensation. The compensation will be calculated as follows according to the date of receipt of the customer’s declaration of withdrawal, based on the total price:
a) Standard trips:

  • Up to 28 days before arrival: 0 %
  • 27 days - 14 days before arrival: 20 %
  • 13 days - 7 days before arrival: 40 %
  • 7 days or fewer before arrival: 80 %
  • "No show" or failure to appear: 90 %

b) Trips with ship travel:

  • Up to 84 days prior to arrival: 20%
  • From 83 to 42 days before arrival: 30%
  • From 41 to 28 days prior to arrival: 60%
  • From 27 to 4 days before arrival: 80%
  • From 3 days prior to arrival or "No show": 90%

4.4. The customer is in any case free to prove to the tour operator that it incurred significantly lower than the sum demanded by the tour operator or no damages at all.
4.5. The tour operator reserves the right to demand a higher, concrete compensation for damages instead of the fees stated above to the extent that the tour operator proves that it incurred significantly higher expenses than the respective applicable fees. In this case the tour operator is obligated to list the compensation demanded in detail and take into account the saved expenses and any other use of the travel services and document this information.
4.6. The customer’s legal right to send a substitute traveller as stated in § 651 b BGB is unaffected by the provisions above.

In the case of changes to existing bookings we aim to find a solution which is as accommodating as possible. Should changes to existing bookings exceed normal standards, we will charge a fee of €25 per change up to 28 days prior to arrival (change of travel dates, length of journey, tour category, participants). Fees for more short-term changes to bookings, if they are possible, will be calculated according to effort and expenses incurred. Generally there is no right for reimbursement upon termination of a journey. However, in specific cases we will aim to find an accommodating solution.
5. Re-Bookings
After conclusion of the contract, the customer has no entitlement to changes with respect to the travel date, destination, place of embarkation, lodgings or mode of transportation (re-booking). If, however, a re-booking is granted at the request of the customer, the tour operator can charge a re-booking fee.
6. Service Not Claimed
If the customer does not claim specific travel serves that were offered to him properly for reasons for which he is responsible (e.g. due to early return or other compulsory grounds), he is not entitled to a proportional refund of the trip price. The tour operator will make an effort to refund the expenses saved by the service provider. This obligation does not apply if these services are completely insignificant or if legal or official provisions prevent such a refund.
7. Withdrawal due to Failure to Reach the Minimum Number of Participants
7.1. The tour operator can withdraw on failure to reach the minimum number of participants according to the following rules:
a) The minimum number of participants and the latest possible date of withdrawal by the tour operator must be stated in the actual description of the trip or, in the case of uniform rules for all trips or specific types of trips, in a general notice in the catalogue or a general description of services.
b) The tour operator must also state the minimum number of participants and the latest date of withdrawal on the booking confirmation or refer there to the corresponding information in the prospectus.
c) The tour operator is obligated to immediately notify the traveller when the trip is cancelled as soon as it is clear that the trip will not be completed due to failure to reach the minimum number of participants.
d) The tour operator may not withdraw later than 4 weeks before the start of travel.
7.2. The customer can, if participation in the trip is denied, demand another trip of at least equal value, if the tour operator is able to offer such a trip from its range of products without added price to the customer. The customer must assert this right to the tour operator immediately after notification of the cancellation of the trip by the tour operator.
7.3. If the trip is not carried out for this reason, the customer will immediately be refunded any payments already made against the travel price.
8. General Obligations of the Customer
8.1. The obligation of reporting any deficiency in the trip with the tour operator deriving from § 651 d Para. 2 BGB is concretised as follows:
a) The traveller is obligated to immediately report any deficiencies appearing to the local representation of the tour operator (trip guide, agency) and demand a remedy.
b) The traveller will be informed of the identity, availability and the communication data of the representative of the tour operator at the latest when the travel documents are sent.
c) If, under the terms of the contract, no local representation or trip guide is provided, the traveller is obligated to report any deficiencies directly to the tour operator at the address given below.
d) The traveller’s claims are only then inapplicable if the traveller, of his own liability, fails to submit the complaint.
8.2. Travel guides, agencies and employees of service providers are not entitled and not authorised by the tour operator to confirm complaints of deficiencies or to recognise claims against the tour operator.
8.3. If the trip is significantly compromised as a consequence of a deficiency in the trip, the customer/traveller can cancel the contract. The like applies if the trip is no longer reasonable to the traveller as a result of such a deficiency deriving from a significant cause for which the tour operator is responsible. This cancellation is only permissible if the tour operator or, to the extent that they are involved and are contractually recognised as contact partners, its assigned agents (travel guide, agency), allows a reasonable grace period set by for them by the customer/traveller to pass without providing any remedy. The specification of such a grace period is unnecessary if the remedy is impossible or is refused by the tour operator or its appointed agents or if the immediate cancellation of the contract is justified by a special interest of the traveller.
8.4. The customer must inform the tour operator if he does not receive the required travel documents within the period communicated to him by the tour operator or does not receive them in their entirety.
9. Customer’s Special Obligations
9.1. The participant is obligated to make sure of his health status and physical constitution prior to booking the trip and during the trip and is specifically required to consult a physician, if necessary, prior to booking and/or start of travel. The tour operator is not obligated to provide any contractual consulting, examination or supervisory services in this matter.
9.2. The customer is exclusively personally responsible for the road safety, technical function and all other conditions relating to the carriage of his bicycle. The tour operator is not subject to any consulting or supervisory obligations in this respect, either.
9.3. Both in the case of private bicycles that the travellers may bring with them as well as in the case of bicycles that are provided, the customer is responsible for continuously monitoring the technical integrity and road safety of the bicycle. In the framework of general legal obligations to report defects, the customer is obligated to immediately report any defects to the travel guide provided by the tour operator and – in the case of a bicycle that has been provided – to request assistance.
9.4. The customer is obligated to strictly observe all traffic regulations. Regardless of what information on this matter is provided by the tour operator, the customer is also required to get informed about the applicable traffic regulations in the specific country in which he will be travelling.
9.5.The customer is required to avoid causing any harm, detriment or endangerment to other person or to their property when riding his bicycle and must ride showing due consideration for others.
10. Cancellation due to Conduct
10.1. The tour operator can immediately cancel the travel contract if:
a) The customer does not adequately meet the physical preconditions for the specific travel event or the equipment that he brings along with him is not adequate for the intended purpose.
b) The customer culpably violates the special responsibilities listed in No. 9 of these travel conditions.
c) The customer continues to cause disruptions in some other way in spite of a warning from the tour operator or violates the contract in such a way that immediate nullification of the contract is justified.
10.2. If the tour operator cancels, it retains the claim to the trip price. However, it must give credit for the value of any saved expenses as well as those advantages that they achieve from any other use of the service not claimed, including any amounts paid to their account by  the service providers.
11. Liability Limitation
11.1. The tour operator’s contractual liability for damages that do not result from loss of life, bodily injury or detriment to personal health is limited to three times the trip price:
a) to the extent that harm to the customer was not caused through gross negligence or malicious intent; or
b) to the extent that the tour operator is responsible for damages incurred to the customer solely owing to the culpability of a service provider.
Possible claims going beyond this under the Montreal Convention and/or the Air Travel Act are not affected by these liability restrictions.
11.2. The tour operator is not liable for disruptions in service, personal injury or property damage in connection with services  that are only arranged in its capacity as an external service provider (e.g. excursions, sporting events, visits to the theatre, exhibitions, transportation services to and from the announced starting point or destination), if these services are explicitly and clearly labelled as external services in the trip announcement and the booking confirmation, with the arranged contract partner being identified in each case, so that the customer/traveller can recognise that these servers are not a part of the tour operator’s travel services. The tour operator is, however, liable for services that include the transport of the customer/traveller from the announced starting point of the trip to the announced destination, intermediate transport during the trip and lodging during the trip and/or if and to the extent that a breach of the tour operator’s obligations to instruct, explain or organise causes a loss or harm to the customer/traveller. Any liability on the part of the tour operator for failure to meet its obligations as an agent is not affected by the provisions above.
12. Exclusion of Claims
12.1. The customer must assert any claims due to failure to contractually fulfil the trip within a month of the contractually planned end of the trip. The period begins with the day after the day on which the trip ends according to the contract. If that last day falls on a Sunday, on a state holiday generally recognised at the location where the contract is declared, or on a Saturday, that day is the next working day.
12.2. The assertion can only be made in compliance with the deadline when made to the tour operator at the address given below. Once the deadline passes, the customer can only assert claims if he was prevented from meeting the deadline for reasons beyond his control.
13. Expiration
13.1. Customer claims under §§ 651c to f BGB owing to loss of life, bodily harm or detriment to health that result from an intentional or grossly negligent breach of duty by the tour operator or a legal representative or temporary employee of the tour operator expire in two years. This also applies to claims on compensation for other damages that result from intentional or grossly negligent breach of duty by the tour operator or one of its legal representatives or temporary employees.
13.2. All other claims under §§ 651c to f BGB expire in one year.
13.3. The expiration period under No. 13.1 and 13.2 begins on the day that follows the day on which the trip ends according to the contract. If that last day falls on a Sunday, on a state holiday generally recognised at the location where the contract is declared, or on a Saturday, that day is the next working day.
13.4. If there are pending negotiations between the customer and the tour operator concerning the claim or the conditions justifying the claim, expiration is suspended until the customer or the tour operator refuses to continue negotiations. The expiration will take effect at the earliest three months after the end of the suspension.
14. Passports, Visas and Health Regulations
14.1. The tour operator will instruct nationals of a state of the European Community in which the trip is offered concerning the provisions of law governing passports, visas and health regulations before the contract is concluded and will also inform them of any changes made prior to start of the trip. For nationals of other states, the responsible consulate will provide information. The operating assumption will be that there are no unusual factors at work in the person of the customer and any possible travelling companions of the customer (e.g. double citizenship, condition of statelessness).
14.2. The customer is responsible for obtaining and carrying all officially necessary travel documents, possibly required vaccinations as well as for compliance with customs and currency exchange regulations. Any penalties that result from the failure to heed these regulations, e.g. paying cancellation costs, will be borne by the customer. This does not apply if the tour operator did not provide any information, inadequate information or incorrect information.
14.3. The tour operator is not liable for the timely issue or receipt of any necessary visa by the specifically responsible diplomatic representation, if the customer did not contract the tour operator to obtain it, unless the tour operator culpably failed to fulfil its own obligations.
15. Agreement on Choice of Law and Court of Jurisdiction
15.1. For customers/travellers who are not nationals of a member state of the European Union or Swiss citizens, the exclusive application of German law is agreed upon for all legal and contractual relations between the customer/traveller and the tour operator. Such customers/travellers can only bring legal complaints against the tour operator at its headquarters.
15.2. For legal complaints brought by the tour operator against customers and/or contracting partners in the travel contract who are merchants, legal persons under public or private law or natural persons and who are domiciled or have their habitual residence abroad, or whose habitual residence is unknown at the time the complaint is brought, the headquarters of the tour operator is agreed to as the court of sole jurisdiction.

All photos used by permission. ©Radweg-Reisen

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 1
  • 4 Star 4
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.8
  • Value 3.7
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 3.8
  • Scenery 4.3
  • Ease of navigation 3
  • Tour documents 3.7
  • Local tour company services 4.2
  • Route selection 4.3

Reviews

apitzer October 19, 2017

Cycling in Switzerland is Way more Accessible than you think!

I went on a portion of this tour from Thun to Bern to Biel/Bienne as a BikeTours.com staff member. The route was super easy to follow, very flat, and almost always on bicycle paths. We covered the daily distance quickly and were rewarded with more time to explore the perfectly-preserved and lively medieval town centers each night. The northern part of Switzerland is on a plateau, so it is not at all like the Alps. I missed the mountain views, but I definitely appreciated the more flat terrain.

Don't miss the Old City, the Clock Tower, the Rose Garden, or the bizarre, centrally located Kindlifresserbrunnen (German for "Child Eater Fountain") in Bern. Allow time to explore Biel/Bienne's old town. It is smaller than Bern, just as charming, and with a more local vibe. The nightlife in Biel/Bienne was more lively than expected, and there seemed to be a large student population. This is a fully bilingual German-French city. Very unique!

I visited Konstanz for one day at the end of this tour, and it was beautiful! Very charming, red-tiled buildings dominated the historic district. Be sure to climb up to the top of the Cathedral in Konstanz, and definitely visit the Island of Mainau, which is a beautiful botanical garden.

Heidi August 17, 2017

Fun bike trip through switzerland

A different and fun way to experience Switzerland. About 90% on dedicated bike paths or bike lanes, which makes it a very safe way of biking. Hotels were mostly very comfortable, but most lacked air conditioning, which would have been greatly appreciated in temperatures of 90plus degree for most of the week.

Petexter October 10, 2016

Great all Round trip except for the maps

Route maps failed at the departure point from the main route to the hotel. Upside: met a lot of very helpful people. Downside: consistently irritating.

Responses from Biketours.com

Lindsay Nash April 26, 2018
Thank you for your 4-star review! We're glad you had a good overall experience, and we're sorry you had issues with the maps. That can indeed be frustrating! We're following up now with tour operator about this issue to improve this service going forward. Thank you again for taking the time to review your time and helping spread the love of bicycle tourism worldwide! Kind regards, Lindsay
Alpskier August 2, 2016

Easy Riding Across Switzerland! And Free Water!

This is my 11th ride with Biketours, and probably, oddly, the easiest! The ride starts in Interlaken and follows the Aare River to Constance, Germany. I'd recommend it for newbies, looking for a great ride. You simply followed the well-posted number 8 Aare River route. It's pretty difficult to get lost. And there are few hills, too. Along the way, you'll ride about 25 miles each day, arriving at a wonderful historic town or city whose Alstadt, or old town, remains perfectly preserved. Unlike most of Europe, wars haven't ravaged Switzerland's land in over 500 years. The medieval centers are unique, and a great opportunity for photographers. On the first day, you take a 3 hour boat ride from Interlaken to Thun, crossing the pristine and aqua-marine waters of Lake Thun, set against the glaciers and jagged peaks of the Alps. I'd strongly recommend that you take the meal plan. It's quite a bargain, trust me. Switzerland is very, very expensive. Make no doubt about that. I got breakfast and a 3-course dinner every night. Some of the hotels were built in the 16th century. If you're looking for Marriots and Holiday Inns, seek elsewhere, nor can you expect air-conditioning, a rarity in most of Europe's hotels. The local tour provider, Radweg Reisen, presented us with brand-new bikes, suitable for touring. Most of the ride follows dedicated bike paths or on gravel roads through forests and farmlands. Here's a top tip: either through Biketours, or through your own effort, get to the start city Interlaken a few days earlier and visits the Alps, taking a train to either Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald. That's what I did. There is no more beautiful valley in the world than Lauterbrunnen. Final thing: Switzerland is expensive, but the water is free! Every town and city features dozens of water fountains. You simply fill up when you need water.

John Parsons December 7, 2015

Can't recommend it

Food organization poor. Rhine River portion very industrial

Responses from Biketours.com

Lindsay Nash April 26, 2018
Hi John, thanks very much for your review. We're sorry to hear this trip did not meet expectations. Since this is a self-guided tour, only breakfast is provided. The rest of the meals are on your own, as is typical with self-guided tours. We're glad to see, though, the higher ratings for the local tour company services and bikes/equipment. Thanks again for your feedback.