Geneva and Lakes Region
This itinerary is the ideal route for families with children: safe routes away from traffic and gentle topography (no steep ascents). Lakes, rivers, wide open plains, tranquil valleys, cities and villages, you will discover the best landscapes of Switzerland. German and French: these are some of the contrasting dabs of color on the palette the picture of a typical trip through Switzerland. The scenery is certainly varied; the elevation on this route is relatively level and the sections in the "relaxed" version are barely ever longer than 50km.
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Day 1 : Arrive in Geneva
Welcome to Switzerland! The earliest you arrive the best it is to enjoy Geneva. Your hotel is very easy to find. Arriving from the airport you take a train and your hotel is nearby the train station. You will meet us tonight for bike fitting and to get all the information you need for your trip.
Accommodation : Hotel Cornavin - "Geneva"
Day 2 : Ride from Geneva to Morges
Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km
Today you are on the road! You follow small country roads and vineyard paths to the Canton of Vaud with Lake Geneva always at your side. You’ve chosen our "lite" itinerary, and so fewer kilometers means less pedaling and more time to enjoy and explore the unique towns that line our path each day. You pass through the towns of Celigny, Coppet, Nyon, Rolle and St. Prex.
They all deserve to be discovered, so stop and take pictures. Otherwise consider arriving in Morges early and tour the Swiss military museum housed in a 13th century castle on the lake, or begin your souvenir shopping early at the small boutiques lining Morges’ traffic-free streets. Your hotel is in the historic center, so everything is within a 5-minute walk…including the lake
Accommodation : Hotel de la Nouvelle Couronne - "Morges"
Day 3 : Morges to Yverdon
Distance 1 : 25 Miles - 41 Km
Today, you change of direction to go north, away from Lake Geneva. After you have lunch, you will enter into the flat and open plains of Orbe. The Jura mountains will be on our left and the Alpes on our right. The beautifull Lake Neuchatel lay ahead and you follow its banks to achieve your final destination of the day.
Yverdon has been a spa-town at least at least since the 15th century. The current thermal baths are located on the edge of town and are part of our 4-star hotel. The baths are included in your package and so we encourage you to change into your bathing suit and let the water pour over your sore muscles.
Accommodation : Grand Hotel des Bains - "Yverdon-les-Bains"
Day 4 : Yverdon to Murten
Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km
You continue on forest roads which follow the lake's marshalands before reaching the town of Estavayer. You may want to stop here to wander the medieval center, see the castle or visit the "cabinet des curiousités" that we call the "frog museum".
You'll then turn away from the lake and travel through flowered lowlands to get to the regional hub of Payerne and its arcaded pedestrian streets. You'll also stop in the small walled city of Murten. The ramparts, arcaded streets and lake front merit more time than we have to spare…even if the summer days are long here. Your final destination will be Murten.
Accommodation : Hotel Murtenhof & Krone - "Murten"
Day 5 : Ride from Murten to Solothurn
Distance 1 : 39 Miles - 63 Km
After a breakfast fit for kings, you leave your castle and head north towards Lake Bienne in the Canton of Berne. You haven’t seen the last of the castles; however, the medieval villages of Landeron and Erlach are on your route this morning. You are now in the center of the “3-lakes region”, the site of the 2002 Swiss Expo. The expo organizers, working to develop ecological tourism, invested in new bicycle paths, bridges and the rest areas that you’ll encounter on today’s ride. You may wonder out loud why there aren’t more bikers in this cycling paradise. It will be up to you to spread the word once back home! Once at the lake, you’ll see picturesque vineyard villages huddled and clinging to the high banks.
You will follow the shoreline to the city of Bienne and from there you’ll continue east along the Nidau-Buren canal until you meet the Aare river. You’ll never be far from the water on this ride! When you reach Solothurn you’ll be able to continue contemplating the Aare from your hotel window which will directly overlook the river. But not for long, Solothurn is a baroque city and its period architecture is unrivaled in Switzerland. Time for a stroll.
Accommodation : Hotel an der Aare - "Solothurn"
Day 6 : Departure Day
Departure after breakfast. A train ticket is included for your return to Geneva (or anywhere else in Switzerland).
Option: An extra night in Solothurn is available with hike of the popular circuit trails at Weissenstein for a 3 hours hike. For this day, you will start by taking a short train ride to Burgdorf where a historic chairlift will carry you to the top of Weissenstein. This is "Solothurn's mountain" (1400m) and you’ll enjoy the panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau and the Alps with a drink at the spa hotel at the top.
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Day : 1
Completely renovated in 2006, the Hotel Cornavin offers to its clients the most modernized facilities of Geneva. The hotel is ideally located and is the best place to stay for any type of travelers. It stands close to the railway station and the shopping centre. The hotel is only 5 minutes away from many international organizations. The Hotel Cornavin features the largest pendulum of the world, which hangs from the ninth floor and swings down to the ground floor in the salon of the hotel. Its full length is 30.02 meters.
Day : 2
Hotel de la Nouvelle Couronne is located in the historic centre of Morges, at footsteps of Geneva Lake side, 30 minutes away from Geneva International Airport and 10 mn away from Lausanne. This 3*** historic property has been recently renovated and refurnished. It combines high tech equipment with the unique value of an 18th century historic building.
Day : 3
The historic Grand Hotel Des Bains is a prestigious architectural complex, set in a park next to the Centre Thermal Spa of Yverdon-les-Bains and offering its own thermal swimming pool. The property is known to have shaped the history of Swiss spa tourism. The rooms all feature a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a large working desk, and a private bathroom. Guests can savour exquisite cuisine and a large selection of wines in the 2 restaurants and in the bar of Grand Hotel Des Bains. The public spa Centre Thermal is directly connected to the hotel and offers pools and various fitness and wellness facilities. The private indoor and outdoor pool area of the hotel is open all year and features hot thermal water and pool deck chairs. On request, it is possible to enjoy massage treatments or relax in the sauna and in the steam bath.
Day : 4
The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, our stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service. The restaurant offers fine cuisine perfectly complemented by an extensive wine list.
Day : 5
The Hotel an der Aare in the former nurses' home of the Altes Spital Solothurn combines stylish, modern infrastructure and historical 18th Century. 16 comfortable rooms with views of the river Aare, the Jura Mountains and the old town of Solothurn invite you to linger and enjoy.
Hybrid bike - Standard
TOUR DES ALPES - ( or equivalent)
Frame: Alu Superlite SL Ultra Disc, ca. 1300 g Fork: Carbon Monocoque droite Headset: Ritchey Pro Drop In 1 1/8" -1.5" Brakes: Disc 160 mm / 160 mm Total Weight: 8.9 kg / 17.637 lbs
Included with your bike rental :
• Handlebar bag containing :
- 2 spare tubes
- Toolkit / Tire levers
- 1 water bottle
- Flat pedals are included (toe straps on request)
Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.
- 5 nights of accomodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
- Daily breakfast at each hotel
- Hybrid bike rental included
- Orientation in person with our local guide
- Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps with itinerary & touristic information
- TRACKS Included with your tour (with your own phone).
- All luggage transfers
- Comprehensive trip literature
- Technical and emergency support available at all times
What's not included
- Airfare to and from the trip
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Step by step itinerary and cue sheets
- Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.
Arrival at Geneva international airport and reach your hotel by train.
There are trains leaving from the airport to the main train station every 15 minutes and the hotel is across the street from the train station.
Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.
|Price from* & per person||Double occupancy||Single supplement |
(traveling with a group)
|Standard||1640 €||580 €|
|Bikes available||Options per person|
|Hybrid Bike Rental|
|Electric assist bike|
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.