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Cycling Central Switzerland Against the Backdrop of the Swiss Alps

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  • 9 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €1149
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  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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  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
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  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This cycling holiday brings you to the heart of Switzerland. Zurich, Lucerne and Bern, Lake Thun and Lake Lucerne, the Hohle Gasse in Küssnacht and the Einsiedeln Monastery are attractions which everyone associates with Switzerland and which you will encounter along the route. You will explore numerous medieval and baroque towns, the breathtaking scenery of Central Switzerland against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Zurich
The city on the lake of the same name is seen as being the only metropolis in Switzerland and has a well-preserved old town. All tourist attractions can be found within walking distance in and around the old town, e.g. stained glass windows by Marc Chagall in the Fraumünster-Church. Relax on the shores of Lake Zurich or enjoy the cultural attractions and night-life of the city.
Overnight in Zurich

Day 2: Zurich – Einsiedeln (22 miles/35 km + train ride)
You cycle along the northern bank of Lake Zurich along the golden coast to Rapperswil. Take a break here and go up to the old castle. From there you have lovely views of Lake Zurich and the countryside. From Rapperswil, you cross the lake across a dam and then take the train from Pfäffikon to Einsiedeln.
Overnight in Einsiedeln

Day 3: Einsiedeln – Lucerne (47 miles/75 km)
Fortify yourself at breakfast ready for the day as it includes the route's crowning glory. On the ride to Lake Zug, you have to cross a range of hills. In Küssnacht, you can follow the traces of Wilhelm Tell. He is supposed to have shot the bailiff, Hermann Gessler, here in the “Hohle Gasse” lane.
Overnight in Lucerne

Day 4: Lucerne – Interlaken (40 miles/65 km+ train ride)
Take a stroll again across Lucerne's landmark -Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge. It is Europe's oldest roofed, wooden bridge. The mountains to the left and right of Lakes Sarnen and Lungern get higher and higher and ever more impressive. You cross the well-known Brüning Pass, at an altitude of approximately 1000 m, conveniently by train and then freewheel down to Interlaken, situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.
Overnight in Interlaken

Day 5: Interlaken – 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 Berneto be Switzerland's most beautiful town. Today, the old part of the town is world heritage site.
Overnight in Bern

Day 6: Bern – Biel (31 miles/50 km)
You cycle along the banks of the Aare and Wohlensee Lake to the bilingual town of Biel/Bienne. The Swiss clock-making industry made this town famous. In the Omega museum, you can find out more. Discover the many fountains the town has, which are mostly fed by Roman wells.
Overnight in Biel

Day 7: 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 8: Solothurn – Aarau (37 miles/60 km)
The River Aare, 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 9: Aarau – Zurich (37 miles/60 km)
Following the Aare, you reach Switzerland's "water castle" which is not a building but a protected area of riverside meadowland and where Aare, Reuss and Limmat merge. Via the spa resort of Baden, which has not only a beautiful old town, but also its own spa quarter with 19 thermal springs, and cycle on to Zurich.
Overnight in Zurich

Day 10: Departure
After breakfast, your cycling holiday in Switzerland comes to a close and you begin your homeward journey. We would be more than happy to help you extend your stay.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 27-Oct 5, 2019
Low season: Apr 27, 2019 - May 24, 2019, Sep 15, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019
Shoulder season: May 25, 2019 - Jun 07, 2019, Jun 23, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019, Aug 25, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
High season: Jun 08, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019, Jul 13, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1149
Shoulder season surcharge
€140
High season surcharge
€200
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€300
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed unisex
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed men's frame
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€175
Extra Nights, Zurich
Per person, double occupancy
€100
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€140
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  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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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.

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