Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux
Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux
Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux
Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux
Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Switzerland - Geneva to Montreux Cycling Tour

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Cycling in Switzerland is a ride of epic beauty between the incredible peaks, green pastures,and picture perfect villages! From the business hub of Geneva, to the musical town of Montreux, your ride will be filled with beautiful views of the Europe’s second-largest freshwater lake, and of course, plenty of delicious ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Challenging: 4/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided Road Cycling Level 4
  • Availability
    No longer available in 2017
  • Duration
    5 nights / 6 days
  • Distance
    60-70 km per day

Day 1 | Arrival in Geneva

Welcome to the global city of Geneva! As worldwide center for diplomacy, numerous international organizations call Geneva home, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross. A melting pot of different cultures, the country embraces 184 different nationalities—you can easily be at ease once you arrive. The airport and the train station are separated by a 10-minute ride. From here, you can visit the Palais des Nations (the European headquarters of the United Nations), shop for a genuine Swiss watch, and of course, enjoy a bite or two of the world famous Swiss chocolate! Don’t forget to visit the lake and marvel at the Jet d’Eau, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The fountain is situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River. After much sight-seeing, finish your day by getting outfitted for your bike and briefed about your exciting upcoming itinerary. You will have an orientation tomorrow morning to go over your tour, the route book, GPS, bike set up.  

Hotel Jade


Genève

Hotel Jade

Above all, Jade hotel is a story – the tale of two Chinese Feng Shui Masters who came to Geneva and decorated the hotel according to the principles of this ancient Chinese practice. From the rooms to the breakfast bar, it is all about harmony and the balance of energies. A refreshing experience, as soothing as it is revitalizing.

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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Day 2 | Geneva to Lausanne (71 km +656m)

9:00 am orientation before you start riding. Pack some chocolate for the ride and get ready to cycle! You’ll follow a scenic route, with the lake never far from sight. Your destination is Lausanne, also known as the Olympic capital. Lausanne is a picturesque city, located on the shores of Lake Geneva, with the Jura Mountains to its north-west. Nestled among the vineyards, the city is part of a noted wine growing region, so feel free to sample a wine, or two! An athletic city, you’re sure to see many people taking advantage of the natural playground that Mother Nature has supplied. From runners to cyclists, there’s always bound to be fellow athletes out and about. So relax and enjoy dinner with a view, while you fuel up for tomorrow’s ride!  

Hotel Bellerive


Lausanne

Hotel Bellerive

A quiet hotel with a wonderful view over Lake Geneva and the Alps (60% of the rooms). This Lausanne's hotel offers a warm and family atmosphere, equally appreciated by business women and men, as well as by "holidayers or travellers" going into the city. Its comfortable lifestyle and cultural riches make Lausanne and its area a privileged resting spot.

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Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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Day 3 | Lausanne to Gruyères (65 km +1035m*)

Make your way to the village that lends its name to the famous cheese, Gruyères! Leave the lake behind as you make your way inland, gaining elevation as you go. Test your muscles as you climb from Vevey into the mountains, climbing 500 meters over a 13 kilometer stretch! If your legs just aren’t feeling it, *don’t worry, you can skip this climb by taking a funicular. Reward yourself with a hearty lunch in the town’s many café spots. Picturesque views and medieval architecture surrounds you; take the opportunity to enter the Castle of Gruyères—a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Snap a picture, or step into the castle while indulging in local delicacies. Here in Gruyères, you’ll never go hungry in pleasant views and rich food.  

The Hotel de Gruyeres


Gruyères

The Hotel de Gruyeres

At the foot of the Pre-Alps, the medieval town of Gruyeres will seduce you with its charming atmosphere and its beautiful architecture. The city gave its name to the region and its tasty cheese. Discover a city, within sumptuous surroundings, that has been spared by time. Located at the Ruelle des Chevaliers (Knights street), shortly before the town’s entrance, the Hôtel de Gruyères – formerly known at the Knight’s Inn – is easily accessible and provides a fantastic view of the medieval town and Mount Moléson. It counts 37 simple or double rooms and can accommodate up to 82 people. Each room has a warm and rustic décor. It is particularly quiet and provides an amazing view of the mountains. From the balconies, one may even catch does or a deer with imposing woods, grazing in the green enclosed pastures. An excellent relaxation and vacation destination, the Gruyere region welcomes many visitors each year. Sports and cultural excursions as well as walks in the valley or the mountains are some of the main attractions.

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Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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Day 4 | Gruyères to Gstaad (42km +690m or 65km +1315m)

As you go upwards into the Swiss Alps, you’ll enter the genuine alpine village of Gstaad. French speaking Suisse is behind you for the moment, so get ready to “sprechen deutsch” with you best German accent! You have two options for your ride, a shorter option and a longer option that passes by Lake Gruyères. Either choice is sure to delight! This alpine village is home to the largest ski area in the Alps and is a popular destination amongst high society and international jet setters. See hearty Swiss Chalets—some even have multiple underground floors which are connected by tunnels! Walk around town, do some shopping, or choose some quiet moments up on the hills. There are plenteous hiking trails with varying difficulties, but the crisp mountain air and breath taking views will never disappoint!  

Hotel Alphorn


Gstaad

Hotel Alphorn

The charming chalet-style Alphorn hotel in Gstaad, close to the cable cars to the Wispile and Eggli ski areas, offers you cosy, rustic rooms and tasty cuisine. Enjoy culinary pleasures in the inviting "Möschgstube" or on the grand sun terrace, providing superb views to the ski slope, and spend peaceful nights in snug rooms. There is a small wellness area with a sauna, a steam bath, a whirlpool, a solarium, a hairdresser and a beauty salon on site. Within an 8-minute walk you can reach the pedestrianized city centre. The sports centre and the Menuhin marquee are 2,650feet away and a golf course is 5.6miles away.

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Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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Day 5 | Gstaad to Montreux (77 km +1285m*)

Leaving the life of luxury and fame behind, get ready for a challenging day of cycling! If you’re not feeling up for an adventure, there is the option to take the train from Gstaad to Montreux and do a loop from town. For those of you feeling particularly strong, pick out your favorite jersey and get ready to pedal! Montreux is a picturesque town, boasting one of the most beautiful walks along the lake. Running short on your castle views during your cycling tour? Quench your architectural thirst with the Château de Chillon. This castle provides a marvelous view of the entire Lake of Geneva and can be easily accessed via bus, train, bike, walk or even boat! Spend the last night of your tour listening to relaxing Jazz music, enjoying the view of the lake and a delicious glass of Swiss wine. * Optional train from Gstaad to Montreux (1h30 train ride with optional cycling loop departing from Montreux offers a hilly 27km ride +625m) 

Hotel Helvetie


Montreaux

Hotel Helvetie

The Hotel Helvetie is a witness of the development of tourism in Montreux. Opened in 1865, it was first named Hotel-Pension de Russie, and hosted the many customers who came from the North, looking for a warmer climate during the cold season. After the Russian revolution, the hotel is named successively Hotel de Paris, then Hotel Helvetie. The hotel still holds nowadays all the elements of the original façade. In front of the Casino and 200 meters away from the lake, the hotel is located in the heart of Montreux. It is an ideal start to the main touristical attractions of the region: among many others, the promenade by the lake, the Chillon Castle, the Rochers-de-Naye peaks, the cruises on the lake and the Jazz Festival in July.

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Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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Day 6 | Departure day

After breakfast, stock up on Swiss chocolate to bring home as presents (or for yourself!) and make your way home or to the next leg of your travels. Trains can return you to Geneva or onward. Please ask about help with onward travel in Switzerland or France. 

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

Self guided cycling tour in Switzerland from Geneva to Montreaux

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 5 nights’ accommodation in quality 3 star hotels
- Daily breakfast at each hotel
- Orientation meeting with our local representative on Day 1
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
- Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
- Assistance by phone throughout the trip
- Pre travel assistance, documentation, and planning services
- All tax and service charges

Lodging

All lodging included in the base price shown consists of high quality 3 star Swiss lodges. See the daily itinerary and the hotel for each day is shown.. If you wish an upgrade, where available, please inquire and we can quote higher end deluxe 4 and 5 star luxury hotels.Hotel Jade*** - Geneva
Hotel Bellerive*** - Lausanne
Hotel de Gruyeres*** - Gruyeres
Hotel Alphorn*** - Gstaad
Hotel le Helvetie*** - Montreux
 
Prices
Switzerland Geneva to Montreux- 5 nights (Friday or Sunday start only)
Double Occupancy for min 2 persons:

1024 €/person
Double Occupancy for 4 persons:

TBD €/person
Double Occupancy for 6 persons:

TBD €/person
Single Supplement:

341 €/person
Carbon Road bike rentals are are available for a supplement of 198 euros, please see the Bike Info below for details.


Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- World famous Swiss landscapes, wines, mountain cuisine, charming villages on the route
- Key cities and towns with history and culture
- Unbeatable price for a high quality ride in expensive Switzerland

Need to Know:
- Arrival in Geneva by air or train; return by train from Montreux easy by train.
- Cycling is rated challenging, level 4 out of 5, and is recommended for strong riders.
- Hotel upgrades possible, inquire for a rate.
Duration: 6 days & 5 nights. .

Dates : April-October. This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can start on any Friday or Sunday. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 4 or more; please inquire.
Level 4 - Consistently hilly countryside with some high mountain passes; challenging terrain can be moderated or made more challenging by daily mileage. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!
Options
Extra nights hotel Geneva and Montreux possible; contact us in advance.
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    Local Coordinator

    Our local expert help us design and operate our self-guided tours. It is this local flare that makes our trips better and so much appreciated. You will meet our local support at orientation when you go over the program and get your bike (if you rent) all set up and ready to roll! 

    Reviews

    This tour in new in 2016! Look for reviews later in the year. 
    Road bikes are recommended, and our choice is the carbon frame Willier Izoard, a bike built for the mountains and named after the famous French col not too far from here! The Willier is a light bike good for the more challenging rides and climbing, equipped with 10 speed Ultegra compact drive train, this bike will get you over the top with less effort. Rental Rate: 198 euros. See the Willier spec sheet.

    All bikes come with helmets, flat tire materials, locks, GPS, water bottles. Pedals are available in flat or with cages; you bring your own clipless pedals and shoes if you ride clipless. Note, you will need a pedal wrench to remove your pedals at the tour finish.

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