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; ascents - 1,969-2,805 ft / 600-855m, descents - 1,640-2,411 ft / 500-735m)
From Vevey, take the rack railway up to the Mont-Pèlerin (ticket not included in tour cost; approximately CHF9 per person, including bike). 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. Before you head towards the hotel, have a sweet-break and visit the chocolate factory Maison Cailler in Broc (entrance included in tour cost; open hours are daily from 10:00am-5:00pm).
Day 3: Gruyère and surroundings – Gstaad and surroundings (25 miles/40 km; ascents - 2,411 ft / 735m,
descents - 1,345 ft / 410m)
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 (31-34 miles/55 km; ascents - 2,411 ft / 735m, descents - 1,345 ft / 410m)
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: Rest day at Lake Thun
Lake Thun is the portal to Grindelwald and to Wengen. The high peaks of the Bernese Oberland can be easily reached by train and a day off at this Lake gives you the opportunity to visit sights like Interlaken, Jungfrau Joch or the lively mountain villages Wengen and Murren.
Day 6: Lake Thun – Lake Sarnen (31-34 miles/50–55 km; ascents - 3,757 ft / 1,145m, descents - 3,937 ft / 1,200m)
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 (ticket not included in tour cost; approximately CHF7 per person, including bike). You reach Obwalden: a small Canton, a big Valley, a pre-alpine landscape with scattered villages, flat lakes and long traditions.
Day 7: Lake Sarnen – Lucerne (22 miles/35 km; ascents - 787 ft / 240m, descents - 1,017 ft / 310m)
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..
Day 8: Departure or extension