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Swiss Lakes by Ebike: Lake Geneva to Lake Zurich

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  • 7 nights | 34 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: CHF889
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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
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  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.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  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

The Lakes Route deserves its name because many lakes touch the route from its beginning at the Lake Geneva to its goal at the Lake Zurich. The route leads through some of the outstanding touristic regions with great sounding names: Montreux, Gruyères, Gstaad, Interlaken, Lucerne, Einsiedeln, and Rapperswil. Whoever completes the Lakes-Route, has seen the most beautiful corners of Switzerland.

To make this tour more accessible to all cyclists, we recommend renting an electrically assisted bike for this trip.

Daily program

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 (ticket not included in tour cost). 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, today's stage goal.

Day 7: Unterägeri – Rapperswil (34 miles/55 km)
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

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Daily: May 4-Oct 13, 2019
Low season: May 04, 2019 - May 24, 2019, Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Shoulder season: Aug 17, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
High season: May 25, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019

Prices

Category A

Selected 4-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
CHF1139
Shoulder season surcharge
CHF56
High season surcharge
CHF106
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF379
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
CHF99
Electrically assisted bikes
CHF215
Extra Nights, Montreux
Per person, double occupancy
CHF125
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF55
Extra Nights, Rapperswil
Per person, double occupancy
CHF85
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF40
Category B

3-star hotels

Per person, double occupancy
CHF889
Shoulder season surcharge
CHF36
High season surcharge
CHF70
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF285
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
CHF99
Electrically assisted bikes
CHF215
Extra Nights, Montreux
Per person, double occupancy
CHF85
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF40
Extra Nights, Rapperswil
Per person, double occupancy
CHF85
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
CHF40
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • 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.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Eurotrek Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION BY THE CUSTOMER / CHANGE / REBOOKING / TRANSFER TO ANOTHER PERSON

The valid date of change or cancellation is the day on which the tour operator receives the explanation during normal working hours. In case of Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, the next working day is considered (this also applies to messages received via email, on the homepage, answering machine etc.).

Cancellation by the Customer

The customer can cancel the booked trip anytime before the start of the trip. The cancellation must be made in writing to the tour operator. A processing fee of CHF 40.00 per person (max. CHF 80.00) will be charged. In addition to the processing fee, the following cancellation costs will be charged as a percentage of the total amount.

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%
  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%
  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%
  • 07 – 01 days before start of the trip: 90%
  • 0 days before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

Small Changes
If the customer demands small changes in the contract after the booking confirmation (e.g. transfers, extra overnight stay, bicycle rental), charges up to CHF 60.00 will be charged per order, depending on the extent of the change.

Rebooking
The tour operator endeavors to fulfill customer requests with regard to change in travel date, travel duration, travel destination, mode of transport, type of accommodation, class, etc. If the tour operator is able to comply with the request, the change in the booking will be treated as a cancellation according to Section 5.1 and a simultaneous new registration. The cancellation charges listed under Section 5.1 and the charges for the newly booked services are billed to the customer.

Person to whom trip is transferred (replacement)
The customer has the right to name another person as replacement who enters into the contract. The traveler and the replacement are jointly responsible for the payment of the travel cost and any additional charges. The replacement must fulfill the travel requirements. A processing fee of CHF 60.00 will be charged. Due to the change in traveler, additional costs may be incurred which are to be paid by the customer or the replacement.

SERVICES
The services included in the price are given in the Program Description in the points mentioned under «Services». If the services or the travel program has changed, this will be communicated before confirmation of the trip.

All programs are available without round trip. Transfers during the trip are included as long as they are listed under «Services».

The travelers will receive one set of travel documents per room. Maps and general information material will be made available as far as possible.

PRICE AND PROGRAM CHANGES BEFORE THE TRIP
The tour operator reserves the right to change the travel cost, the travel program or individual services before the start of the trip, provided it was necessary due to unforeseeable or unavoidable reasons. The effect on the price is communicated along with the change in the travel program or service.

The prices can be increased due to the following reasons: if the transport costs increase subsequently, fees or taxes are increased or if the relevant exchange rates change. Increase in prices is communicated latest by three weeks before the travel start date. The price increase is apportioned to the travel cost accordingly.

If the price increase is more than 10% of the total price or if the program change leads to a substantial change in the contract, the tour operator shall notify the traveler as soon as possible about it. The traveler can accept the change, participate in an alternative trip or withdraw from the contract. In case of cancellation of the contract, the travel cost already paid is refunded. Any further claims are excluded.

CANCELLATION BY TOUR OPERATOR
For certain trips offered by the tour operator, a minimum number of participants is required, which is stated in the travel description. If this minimum number is not reached, the tour operator can cancel the trip latest by 2 weeks before the decided start date of the trip. The travel cost already paid will be refunded. Any additional claims are excluded.

The tour operator can cancel the trip, if, before the departure, the travel is made considerably difficult or rendered impossible on account of force majeure, official measures, political unrest, strikes or other unforeseeable or unavoidable circumstances. The travel cost already paid will be refunded. Any additional claims are excluded.

The tour operator reserves the right to cancel the trip of the customer, when there is a justified reason to do so (for instance, when it can be seen that the customer does not meet the participation requirements). In this case, cancellation charges as per Section 5.1 are charged.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND OBLIGATION TO COOPERATE
The traveler must meet the requirements of the booked trip. In case of unguided tours, the traveler will receive a daily schedule as recommendation. The traveler decides whether his own fitness and/or the external circumstances (e.g. weather) allow him to undertake the scheduled activities and whether he can successfully follow the program. In case of group tours, the participant must inform the tour guide about difficulties. The instructions of the tour guide must be followed.

If the traveler is unable to perform the daily activities due to personal reasons, weather conditions, etc. and if he uses a mode of transport that is not included in the travel cost, to reach the next place of the trip, then these costs will be borne by the traveler.

In case of group tours, if the traveler disturbs the travel persistently or endangers himself, the other participants or a third party, the tour guide can suspend the traveler from participating in the trip. The travel cost will not be refunded and any additional charges shall be borne by the traveler.

If any equipment is provided to the traveler or if he has rented it, he is responsible for using it carefully. In case of any damage, the tour guide or the office listed in the travel documents must be informed immediately. Damages caused by careless use are to be paid by the participant.

If a traveler is unable to participate in an activity fully or partially, the travel cost is not refunded, even on a pro-rata basis.

ENTRY & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
In order to travel with the tour operator, citizens of Switzerland and Lichtenstein need a valid passport or a valid identity card. Citizens of other countries should consult the concerned embassy about the applicable rules at and must carry the necessary identification cards with them.

CHANGES IN PROGRAM DURING THE TRIP
Weather conditions and other circumstances can force changes in the travel program. In the interest of the customer, the tour operator reserves the right to change the program, if unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances so demand. Nevertheless, the tour operator strives to offer equivalent services as substitute. If the remedial measures involve excessive costs or disproportionate effort, the tour operator can refuse the remedy. In this case, the additional costs shall be borne by the traveler. The same is valid in case of force majeure.

CUSTOMER DROPS OUT of the trip OR UNRELATED SERVICES
If the participant drops out of the trip before completion or does not obtain all the booked services, then the travel cost will not be refunded. Any costs (e.g. for the return transport) shall be borne by the participant. The tour operator recommends buying a travel insurance policy.

COMPLAINTS DURING THE TRIP, ASSERTION OF CLAIMS
If the customer has any complaints during the trip or incurs damages, he must promptly contact the local representatives. If they are not available, the tour operator is to be informed directly. If the remedy is not possible or if it is insufficient, confirmation from the tour guide or from the local representative is to be requested. Neither the tour guide nor the local representatives can accept claims on behalf of the tour operator.

Claims must be registered at the tour operator in writing within 30 days from the contractual end date of the trip. If the participant does not report the shortcomings or the damages suffered on the spot and does not have any confirmation from the local representatives, or does not assert his claims in writing within 30 days from the contractual end date of the trip, the participant loses all rights.

LIABILITY

General
The tour operator is liable within the framework of legal provisions and international conventions, whereby the liability is excluded as far as legally permissible.

Exclusions of Liability
The tour operator is not liable, particularly in the following cases (not an exhaustive list):

If the damage is attributable to the customer’s neglect before or during the trip (e.g. insufficient equipment, disobeying the instructions of the tour guide or the instructions given in the travel documents, overestimating one’s ability to perform).
Damages on account of force majeure or unforeseeable or unavoidable circumstances that arose despite due diligence by the tour operator or the service provider.

Damages due to unforeseeable or unavoidable failures by third parties, who are not involved in the performance of the contract.

Valuables and Own Equipment
If the traveller uses his own equipment, he is responsible for its transport, suitability for the purpose, careful use and safekeeping. This applies particularly to bicycles. The tour operator is not liable for these items.

Delays in Public Transport
The tour operator is not responsible for adherence to timetables or delays in public transport. The tour operator advises travelers to take such delays into account while planning the trip.

Events during the Trip
If travelers participate in events or excursions (external services) outside the agreed travel program, it is their own responsibility. The tour operator is not liable for external services from third party companies.

Non-Contractual Liability
The non-contractual (tortuous) liability of the tour operator is governed by the applicable laws and international conventions. This liability is excluded as far as permitted by law.

Other
The tour operator is not liable for idle vacation time, lost holiday enjoyment, frustration.

GUARANTEE
The tour operator is a participant in the guarantee fund of the Swiss travel industry and guarantees that the amounts paid in connection with the travel package booked by the customer and the costs of the return trip are guaranteed.

Insurance
Cancellation insurance is mandatory for travelers. It is not included in the travel arrangement. The traveler can forgo this insurance, if he can demonstrate an equivalent insurance cover. The traveler can take out cancellation costs as well as return trip insurance at the tour operator. The insurance benefits depend on the insurance policy.

LIMITATION
All claims against the tour operator lapse within one year of the end date of the trip. Shorter limitation periods are reserved according to applicable laws and international conventions. If the laws and international conventions contain longer, mandatory, contractually unchangeable limitation periods, then these are applied.

Ombudsman
Before any judicial dispute, you should contact the Ombudsman for the travel industry. It strives to achieve a fair and balanced settlement. Ombudsman of the Swiss Travel Industry, Etzelstrasse 42, 8038, Zurich.

APPLICABLE LAW, PLACE OF JURISDICTION
Swiss Law applies to the legal relationships between the customer and The tour operator. For complaints against the tour operator, the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of the City of Zurich (Switzerland) is agreed.
These general contract and travel terms and conditions re subject to mandatory, contractually unchangeable provisions in applicable laws and international conventions.

All photos used by permission. ©Eurotrek

Ratings

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

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.7
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.7

Reviews

Traveling Jackie November 28, 2018

Cycling doesn't get more beautiful than this!

I can still hear the cowbells! I thought I knew what to expect coming into this tour, but I completely underestimated almost everything about this trip. The scenery blew my mind every second, the hotels were MUCH better than I realized they'd be (Category A all the way), the hills were steeper, the fondue tastier, and the rejuvenation and "reset" for my well-being... I just didn't even realize how GOOD I would feel just from saying yes to this experience.

I loved it and would recommend making it longer if you can, add a day to the middle somewhere (possibly Lucerne) to allow yourself more time to soak in the beauty that is Switzerland. My only complaint is that it went too fast.

I've been on 3 bike tours and used a hybrid touring bike for each of them (I opted NOT to use an e-bike on this trip). This was definitely the most challenging itinerary I've experienced with a hybrid bike, but I would choose a hybrid again if given the chance to do it again, because I loved the challenge. If you aren't a strong rider, definitely get an e-bike, we are talking about the Swiss Alps!

I also recommend buying a picnic lunch everyday (there is a store called Coop that is found all along the route) because timing your hunger with open restaurants and backcountry trails is almost impossible. And the picnic views are unbeatable.

Also, be sure to download the Swiss Mobility app and I also recommend Maps.me, both work offline and with the two of them we found our way just fine. Definitely choose Category A hotels, don't think twice! Also I would skip Zug and stay in a different town instead. Find more tips and stories from my experience at https://travelingjackie.com/swiss-alps-by-bike/

CarleyC November 16, 2018

Outstanding!

I didn't know how much I would fall in love with a trip by bike. In fact, I hadn't even been on a bike in years, but when your friend says "come to Switzerland and bike with me," you go. This region of Switzerland is so very beautiful, it wowed me at every turn. And if I was worried about biking over the ALPS, well, e-bike for the win. An electrically-assisted bike really made this trip for me, since I am not in biking shape. I was able to fly right up those alps with ~almost~ no problems at all (some are pretty steep). I am absolutely in love with the pace of a bike trip. Wind in your face and views all around, but can stop for a scenic vista or a cup of coffee whenever you like. I cannot recommend this route enough. If you are even considering it, just go. You will not regret it.
Having your luggage transported for you every day is great! You just take what you need with you for the day, and when you arrive at your hotel on the other end, your stuff is waiting for you. Also, we had one bad weather day, and we were able to send our bikes with the luggage with no problems, which was a treat. I highly recommend downloading the app of the route, it was very helpful for figuring out where we were at times. All in all, a stellar trip, and I would do the exact same trip again right now.

apitzer October 19, 2017

I went on a portion of this tour as a BikeTours.com staff member from Geneva to Lausanne and Vevey. The Lavaux Vineyards, on the Swiss side of Lake Geneva, are a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. The wine has been produced in this region since the 11th century. Alpine views and the stunning, clear Lake Geneva are other highlights. This level 2 tour is relatively flat with a few hilly sections up by the vineyards. You can experience Switzerland without having to pedal up mountains, and an e-bike makes the journey even more accessible for all. The Schweiz Mobil national network of cycling paths is well-maintained and clearly marked. In my 8 days of cycling, we were confused about signage only a handful of times. Be sure to plan for lunch or attractions before you begin cycling, as restaurants are generally only open from about 11:30 - 2:00 for lunch and they may not be able to serve lunch at 2:00. We had to do a lot of research ourselves about site-seeing, lunch stops, and directions to each point of interest along the way. Don't miss the Old City in Geneva, the Promenade du Lac with the famous Jet d'Eau (Jet of Water), the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, or Charlie Chaplin's estate in Vevey. The combination of the lake, vineyards, mountains, French-inspired cuisine and culture, and well-marked bike route make this tour a wonderful first tour in Switzerland.