Heart of Europe Bicycle Tours
Sunday, July 31, 2005 Zermatt/Montreux
(17-50 miles cycling - Century Ride option*)
Leave Zermatt by train to connect with our coach again at Täsch. Continue biking through enchanting Swiss Alpine scenery en route to Lake Geneva and the classy resort town of Montreux. An evening walk along the flower-adorned lake front is the perfect ending to the day.
*Century-Ride Option - This ride begins at the base of the Matterhorn for a 17 mile downhill into the Rhône Valley, past Sion and Martigny and ending at Lake Geneva for a total of l00 miles of cycling.
Monday, August 1, 2005 Montreux/Nyon
(30-46 miles cycling)
Today we begin a ride around picturesque Lake Geneva via Vevey and Lausanne. The luncheon highlight will be at the charming and quaint town of St. Prex (built in 1260 A.D.). Sample local breads, fruit or wines as you continue in vineyards through Allaman and Mont-sur-Rolle to the Roman and medieval town of Nyon. This evening we enjoy fireworks around Lake Geneva on the occasion of Swiss National Day.
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 Nyon/Morzine
(25-54 miles cycling)
Short ride through Coppet to Geneva, the cosmopolitan city and European seat of the United Nations. Leisure time for sightseeing and shopping. Afternoon ride crossing the border into France to the beautiful village of Yvoire and on to the elegant resort city of Thonon-Les-Baines. Continuing inland to the Alpine ski resort of Morzine, frequently one of the stops on the Tour de France.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005 Morzine/Interlaken
(25-50 miles cycling)
We start the day off with one of the most beautiful of all downhill rides - from pines to palms. We continue along the lakeshore through Evian crossing back into Switzerland. The next stop is the Castle Chillon of Lord Byron fame. After our guided tour of this well-preserved Swiss national treasure we take a boat ride across Lake Geneva to Vevey rejoining our motorcoach which will take us to Interlaken.
Thursday, August 4, 2005 Interlaken
(25+ miles cycling)
We spend all day in the spectacular beauty of the Bernese Oberland. Marvel at the most impressive mountains of all the Alps - the Jungfrau, Eiger and Schilthorn. We will bike into the incredible aura of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the Valley of the Waterfalls. Cog railways take you to Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald or Mürren and offer a wide variety of hiking possibilities amidst magnificent mountain scenery. Bike or ride back to Interlaken, with time for shopping and sightseeing in this most international Swiss city.
Friday, August 5, 2005 Interlaken/Lucerne
(20-50 miles cycling)
Today we have several again – biking around Lake Thun and along the shores of Lake Brienz. Maybe a visit to the castle of Spiez, Caves of St. Beatus on the North Shore of Lake Thun or the Museum of Swiss Alpine Houses near Brienz. Then we board our motor coach for a short ride to Lucerne.
Saturday, August 6, 2005 Lucerne
(25-45 miles cycling)
Today we make our way into William Tell country, the heart of the Swiss Confederation. Bicycle from Kerns to Beckenried (with optional hill climb to Seelisberg) on the shores of Lake Lucerne, where we board a ferry to Brunnen. Continue biking along the beautiful eastern shore past quaint villages with the Swiss Alps as a backdrop. Arrive in Lucerne in time to enjoy the sights including the covered wooden bridge with paintings depicting scenes from the town's history. This evening we will enjoy a typical Swiss fondue dinner with folkloric entertainment at the popular Stadtkeller.
Sunday, August 7, 2005 Lucerne/Zürich/U.S.A.
Early morning disassembly of bicycles and transfer to Zürich airport for the return flight to the U.S.A., or extend your stay with excursions to other popular European destinations. We will help you make travel arrangements for your post-tour plans.