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 historic quarter. 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 – Pfäffikon – 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 – Giswil – Brienz – 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 – 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 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.