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Swiss E-Bike Tour

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Switzerland and its mountains have, thus far, been off limits to all but the most sporting of cyclists. That is all about to change with the introduction of our new E-Bike tour in 2019. For those looking for a serious challenge we can of course offer road bikes.

Expect lots of yodelling (not from your guides), chocolate, Alpine lakes & valleys, typical Alpine villages, local vineyards & wines, fabulous cheeses as we make our way from our starting point of the capital city of Bern, to the ski station of Gstaad and the town of Lausanne facing the tremendous Lake Leman.  We will also stay in the great village of Thun offering breathtaking postcard landscapes and bring you to the top of Europe!  Perhaps you'll hear an alpenhorn player while on your e-bike and this might become a soundtrack to your trip. And, being Switzerland, expect to always know the time! 

As with most of our tours, we include 4 dinners with wine/beer (one dinner on your own in Montreux), 3 lunches (with wine/beer),  all tastings (Cheese! Chocolate!  Wine!  Rösties!  Vacherin!), all included attractions, full van support, snacks...all the usual trimmings and a few extras along the way.  We’ll make sure that you won’t be neutral about Switzerland ! The trip begins in Bern and ends in Lausanne.

Our dates are currently open - we'd like to offer this trip in either July or August 2019 depending on demand.  Let us know your preferred travel dates (starting on a Sunday, ending on a Friday) and we'll do our very best to accommodate you.

Please note that this outline itinerary is subject to minor changes as we must confirm 2019 scheduling.

Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday

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Your Fresh Eire Adventures experience in Switzerland will start in Berne where the team will meet you at the famous Zytglogge, a 16th century clock tower, or at the train station depending on your convenience. Please be dressed ready for cycling as we will start riding shortly after we meet. We will take care of your luggage and transfer it to your first hotel where you’ll stay for two nights.  While we are enjoying a panoramic view of the city from the top of the tower, your bike will be prepared and then, we’ll have a nice picnic lunch on the banks of the Aar River.

Once fitted to your bikes, and the obligatory safety talk has been completed, we will offer you your first tasting of Bernese wine.  We will then be ready to start our first ride of approximately 20 miles, through the Gantrisch Natural Park, to the picturesque city of Thun where you will enjoy a stunning view of the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

On this tour both Classic and Deluxe guests stay at the Belvédère Standhotel (in different room categories), which includes a wellness centre and a private lake beach.  You’ll have ample time to enjoy your rooms before we meet for our first night Welcome cocktail.   We’ll enjoy dinner at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant where we will part-take in a banquet and discover the “Bacchus vinotheque” – In vino veritas.

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Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Classic: Belvédère Strandhotel & Restaurant (Classic rooms) (4 star)

Deluxe: Belvédère Strandhotel & Restaurant (Superior rooms) (4 star)

Day 2, Monday

Upon rising ater a glorious nights sleep you’ll enjoy a rich local breakfast.   Afterwards, we will meet to commence our first full days ride which will be a loop passing the impressive Eiger Mountain and the Massif of the Bernese Alps.  Fortunately, our included top spec E-Bikes will make our ride much easier.  For those of you who prefer to work a little harder on the hills, you can of course opt to ride one of our carbon road bikes instead. 

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Midway through our ride we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a agriturismo where we will sample some Swiss wines.  You’ll return to your hotel by the later afternoon and you can opt to avail of the facilities of the Wellness Centre or simply take in the breathtaking view of the mountains from the lakeshore.

Tonight, we will have a well- deserved traditional and friendly dinner at a local authentic restaurant: a fondue!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Classic: Belvédère Strandhotel & Restaurant (Classic rooms) (4 star)

Deluxe: Belvédère Strandhotel & Restaurant (Superior rooms) (4 star)

Day 3, Tuesday

This morning is a moving day – we’ll be checking out of our glorious hotel and, after breakfast and mounting our bikes, today’s ride will see us heading in the direction of the prestigious ski station of Gstaad.  This is a good test of our E-Bikes as we’ll be climbing!  We will cruise through the Simmental Valley surrounded by typical Swiss mountains.  After a couple of hours, we will stop at a cheese-making farm and we will have our lunch and sample some wines.

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After lunch, we will continue our route to Gstaad where we will reach our charming hotel in the heart of mountains.

Classic option guests will enjoy a night at the authentic Hotel Valrose, while Deluxe guests will stay in the Hotel de Rougement. Tonight, we’ll also have dinner in a fine gastronomic restaurant together.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Classic: Hotel Valrose (3 star)

Deluxe: Hotel de Rougemont (4 star)

Day 4, Wednesday

Today, we continue our travel through Switzerland from Gstaad to the traditional city of Montreux on the banks of Lake Leman. Our trip takes us into the Gruyere National Park, named after the eponymous cheese.

We will have a delicious authentic Swiss lunch in a “buvette d’alpage” – an Alpine Lodge – called Les Seythours where you will savour different authentic and local products.

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Following this outstanding experience, we will continue our ride to Montreux and Lake Leman.  Both Classic and Deluxe guests will stay for the following two nights at the same hotels albeit in different room categories.  Tonight, you are free to select where you’d like to have dinner.  You might want to try the restaurant “Le Pont du Brent” which is rated 18/20 in the prestigious 2018 Gault & Millau Guide or have a relaxing evening in your room and call for room service.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Classic: Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic (5 star)

Deluxe: Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic (5 star)

Day 5, Thursday

On Thursday, we are leaving the countryside to visit the pretty city of Lausanne on a glorious loop ride. We will have a nice and flat ride along the lake taking in the breathtaking scenery and many picturesque landscapes.  Wine lovers will particularly appreciate the UNESCO world heritage vineyard terraces along the route.

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Once we arrive in Lausanne, you will be free to have lunch on your own and your guides will be delighted to make some recommendations.

After lunch we’ll enjoy a chocolate tasting before returning to our glorious hotel for one final night.  You’ll have ample time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities before we meet for our final night cocktail.  Tonight we’ll dine together in a local authentic restaurant.

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Included meals: Breakfast, dinner

Classic: Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic (5 star)

Deluxe: Grand Hotel Suisse-Majestic (5 star)

Day 6, Friday

It will be our last morning together. We will take time to have a nice breakfast before saying au revoir.  For the more enthusiastic riders in our group we will offer a final loop ride along the lake or you can opt to simply relax at your hotel and take in the breathtaking vistas one final time.  Around 11am we will transfer you to Lausanne train station where we shall make plans to eat all the chocolate in Switzerland before we eventually leave the country. 


Dates Switzerland

Any start dates available upon request, subject to availability

Prices Switzerland

  • Classic US$4100 pps. Single supplement US$500
  • Luxury: US$4750 pps. Single supplement US$800

Classic accommodations include 3 & 4 & 5 star hotels. Luxury accommodations include 4 & 5 star hotels.

Included Switzerland

  • Use of e-bike (or road bike) and helmet. More about our bikes
  • 4 exquisite dinners & wine
  • 3 gourmet lunches & wine
  • Admissions to all included attractions & tastings
  • Baggage transfers
  • Tips for hotels/restaurants
  • Healthy snacks, water, full guiding services, support vehicle.
  • 5 nights B&B in luxurious 3 & 4 & 5 star hotels and inns (Classic) or 4 & 5 star (Luxury) hotels
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