Switzerland Highlights Cycling Holidays
Start: Zurich

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Switzerland Highlights Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 10 days | 9 nights | From £1189 per person
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Tour Highlights
• See the stunning cultural and natural highlights of Switzerland
• Explore the cities of Bern, Zurich and Lucerne
• Ride past the mountains and lakes of Switzerland
• Stop off at villages and provincial towns as well as famous attractions

Route: A comprehensive tour of Switzerland
The route runs mainly along its own cycle paths and separate cycle roats. The route is a little hilly in some parts and you may have to dismount and push your bike for short periods.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Zurich

The town on the lake of the same name is considered Switzerland’s metropolis and has a wonderfully unspoiled historic quarter. All of the sights can be reached by foot in and around the historic quarter, e.g. Marc Chagall’s beautiful church windows in the Fraumünster.

Day 2: Zurich – Pfäffikon – Einsiedeln, approx. 35 km + train ride

You cycle along the northern bank of Lake Zurich along the so-called 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.

Day 3: Einsiedeln – Lucerne, approx. 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.

Day 4: Lucerne – Giswil – Brienz – Interlaken, approx. 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 approx. 1000 m, conveniently by train and then freewheel down to Interlaken, situated between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.

Day 5: Interlaken – Thun – Berne, approx. 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 Berne to be Switzerland’s most beautiful town. Today, the old part of the town is world heritage site.

Day 6: Berne – Biel, approx. 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.

Day 7: Biel – Solothurn, approx. 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.

Day 8: Solothurn – Aarau, approx. 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.

Day 9: Aarau – Zurich, approx. 60 km

Following the Aare, you reach Switzerland’s “water castle” – 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, you cycle on to Zurich.

Day 10: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast, you start your individual return journey home or extend your stay.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The route runs mainly along its own cycle paths and separate cycle roats. The route is a little hilly in some parts and you may have to dismount and push your bike for short periods.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Switzerland Highlights tour stays in, 3* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Included services

- 9 nights with breakfast in the local 3* category
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
– Train ride Pfäffikon – Einsiedeln incl. bike
– Train ride Giswil – Brienz incl. bike
– Boat trip Interlaken – Thun incl. bike
– Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
– 7 day Service Hotline

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About the bikes...

On this tour, you will use the proven and tested quality of KTM bikes, a top Austrian brand.

Modern V-brakes, aluminium-rims, and almost indestructible tires ensure high durability. The heart of each bicycle is a modern, high-resistant aluminium frame. Each bike has a lighting system, carrier, mudguard and comfortable saddle.

Saddles from Selle Royal

The production of saddles takes place according to strict criteria in the matter of quality, functionality as well as a high level of environmental safety. You can also bring your own saddle incl. adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm).


You can bring your own SPD pedals and shoes. These will be fitted to the bike for you.


We recommend that you bring a helmet with you as these are not supplied.

Gears from Shimano

Our 7-gears-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime – during standstill as well as during cycling.

Our 21-gears-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. It excuses mistakes, is robust and easy to handle.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel
Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm

Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake
Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar
Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 / 46 cm

To provide a bicycle of the right size we request your height when booking the tour.

Equipment supplied with your bike

Saddle bag (water-repellent)
Handlebar bag (water-repellent)
Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
Combination lock

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Your Prices

Switzerland Highlights, 10 days, 9 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: April – May | September – October |
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Season 2: May – May | June – June |
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Season 3: June – June | June – July |
August – September
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Season 4: May – May | July- August
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Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £1189 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £1289 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £1389 | Book online here >>
Season 4: From £1429 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £289
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: Hotels on national 3*** level

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
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Holiday Price: From £1189
Single Supplement: From £289

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