Day 1: Arrival in Montreux
Stroll along the promenade and enjoy the breath-taking views of the Lake Geneva and the snow white glaciers of the nearby Mont-Blanc massif.
Day 2: Montreux – Gruyère and surroundings (25-31 miles/40–50 km)
From Vevey, take the rack railway up to the Mont-Pèlerin. Tranquil roads lead you to the source of the most popular cheese of Switzerland: the Gruyère, which shares its name with the landscape. A recent symphony of green melancholy, cowbells and customs.
Day 3: Gruyère and surroundings – Gstaad and surroundings (28-34 miles/45–55 km)
Postcard country Switzerland: cheeseries, chalets, snowy mountains, cable cars, hotel scent and papercutting. Away from the idyll, the Pays d’Enhaut and the Saaneneland are a magnificent landscape, animated by the haze of celebrity and happy mountain goers.
Day 4: Gstaad and surroundings – Lake Thun (31 miles/50 km)
The artfully decorated wooden houses of the Simmental belong to the most beautiful of Europe. The Simme remains a wild river that demands a lot from dinghy riders. And Spiez, a water sports paradies on the cheerful lake Thun.
Day 5: Lake Thun – Lake Sarnen (31-34 miles/50–55 km)
A boat ride from Spiez to Interlaken in the morning. On the shore of Lake Brienz there is a steep rise to get to Meiringen where you take the train across the Brünigpass. You reach Obwalden: a small Canton, a big Valley, a pre-alpine landscape with scattered villages, flat lakes and long traditions.
Day 6: Lake Sarnen – Zug (37 miles/60 km)
As soon as you get a glimpse of the Lake of Lucerne the Pilatus is in your path. Bay after bay right to Lucerne, a fixed point for every tourist. Even lovelier is the Lake Zug, todays stage goal.
Day 7: Unterägeri – Rapperswil (34 miles/55 km)
Transfer up to Unterägeri in the morning. An orchid, peat and insect world in the Rothenthurmer moor and a busy place of pilgrimage called Einsiedeln. One last steep stretch up to the “Etzel” and then you rush down to the banks of the Lake Zurich.
Day 8: Departure or extension