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Switzerland Family Custom

Switzerland. The name alone elicits a fever dream of soul-stirring mountain peaks, crystal-blue waters and a bustling urban culture that combines the best of Europe into a unique tableau of sightseeing delight. Whether it's a sublime day on an alpine lake, a bicycle ride across the chiseled alpine mountain byways or a fondue or Swiss chocolate experience, you'll always be astonished at what this country has to offer. Enjoy a custom family adventure starting in Zurich and finishing in Geneva, with the best stops along the way and plenty of options for every traveler in the group. As a country blessed with snowy peaks, pure mountain streams and high-alpine meadows, Switzerland reigns supreme. Here, Nature proudly takes center stage. We’ll hike alpine trails, raft down a wild river near Interlaken, ride the scenic shorelines and explore Swiss villages nestled deep in the pristine Alps. Welcoming mountain chalets, rich Swiss chocolate and Switzerland’s easy, efficient manner give a cozy hue to this destination, and make it a vacation fit for any style and pace.

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Price:
Custom
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Trip Wows
Savor the Swiss classic of fondue on a boat cruise.
Enjoy a thrilling toboggan ride on Mount Pilatus and an adventure packed week.
Visit the charming village of Murren which is only accessible on foot or by cable car.
Visit a local chocolatier – Schuh, which is one of the rare remaining handmade chocolate producers in the world.
Stay at the base of Eiger peak
Watch the Experience
I am now convinced that this is THE way to see a new country and experience its culture; by the sights, sounds, and smells only obtainable by cycling through its countryside. The support of the Trek guides made it exceptionally easy and enjoyable.
-Kathy

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Welcome to Switzerland! Your Trek Travel guides will pick you up at your hotel in Zurich, Dolder Grand at 10:30 AM and shuttle to the charming town of Elm, we'll get down to the business of vacation. The city of Elm is nestled in the Glarus mountains and serves as an adventure home base for skiers, mountaineers and general Alps explorers. It's located with a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been awarded for its unique preservation of history and culture. Your Trek Travel guides will be on-hand at Elm to welcome you with a light lunch, introductions and a bike fit to familiarize you with your Trek bicycle and discuss the wide array of diverse activities available throughout the week. After lunch and a casual visit in town, we'll set off on the bike path for short afternoon ride before gathering back at the hotel in Elm for some family games and a dip in the hotel’s hot spring fed pool. Tonight, we will enjoy our first Swiss dinner together and prepare for a wonderful week.

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Hotel:

Hotel Elmer

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Today we make our way toward Grindelwald where we will enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure activities. Along the way we will admire traditional Swiss scenery of crisp alpine peaks and crystal clear lakes. We will stop for a casual lunch in Mount Pilatus and ride the gondola up and then a thrilling toboggan ride (or cable car) back down. The views are unparalleled! Upon our arrival in Interlaken we will board a cog railway train for the last stretch of the journey to reach the Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof at the foot of the famous Eiger peak. Choose to take a dip in the pool before get settled into the hotel where we will stay for 2 nights. This evening, we will enjoy dinner with a special Swiss guest that will have some unique stories surprises in store for the group.

Today's Activity:

Gondola and Toboggan Ride on Mount Pilatus

Hotel:

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today is action packed and full of adventure and options for everyone. After breakfast, we will take the cable car to First Peak and then hike on the trail, taking in the glorious views of the Eiger’s north face. Choose to return via cable car or on a Trotti bike, similar to a push scooter along the paved path into the valley. Those wanting longer hiking options can add miles to Bussalp to see Eiger, Monch and Jungffrau Mountains then take a bus back to town. Today we also have the opportunity to raft the Lutschine, a swift, glacial-fed white water river ending at the stunning Lake Brienz. Younger children may be allowed depending on the water levels of the day and the discretion of parents and rafting guides. And tonight, the kids will join the guides for a fun-filled dinner in town complete with after dinner Swiss chocolate treats while the adults toast to a fantastic day with a social hour at the hotel and then dinner on the town at a restaurant of their choosing.

Today's Activity:

Rafting adventure

Today's Activity

Kids' night out

Hotel:

Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

This morning we’ll have the pleasure of cycling up the Lautenbrunnen Valley. Identified by its 72 waterfalls and described as the most beautiful U-Shaped valley in Europe, the views will astound you. Ride along the river as we move deeper into the valley toward the Cable Car to Murren and even higher elevations. Be whisked away to the small village of Murren which is only accessible on foot or by cable car. Take in the spectacular views from its perch and explore the surrounding countryside on foot. When you’re ready, find the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch. If you choose, purchase a ticket that takes you to the Schilthorn at 2970m.a.s.l. Views from here include the Jungfrau and the lakes below, and on a clear day are as far reaching as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. When you’re ready to descend, return to your bike and ride toward Interlaken. Trummelbach Falls is on route and is more than worth a stop. The unique set of ten waterfalls within the mountain demonstrate the sheer beauty and power of the water that pours from the glaciers above. The day is full of activity but if you are interested on putting on a few extra miles, there are more options available to suit your interests. Trek Travel will reserve tennis courts for the group to play a few matches before dinner then head out to toast another refreshing day in the mountains at a local favorite—La Lanterne. Known for its delicious, authentic Swiss cuisine, we’ll relax over a lovely meal and stroll back to the hotel fully satisfied

Today's Ride:

Lauterbrunnen Ride
Approximately 11 to 22 miles with 500 to 1,000 feet of climbing (shuttle available)

Avid Option:

Grindelwald Ride
Approximately 48 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activities:

Cable car and visit to Murren, visit Trummelbach Falls

Hotel:

Hotel Royal St. Georges Interlaken

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Ride along the lake to Interlaken, the go-to city for outdoor adventurers. After the ride, explore this lakeside town or relax at the hotel. If more riding is your interest, enjoy a climb into the surrounding mountains. Take full advantage of the panoramic views, and many climbs and descents through the fresh alpine air. Both options include the opportunity to visit the St Beatus caves where you can walk up alongside the waterfall to the cave entrance and purchase a ticket for a guided tour. After a full day of adventure, we will visit a local chocolatier – Schuh, which is one of the rare remaining handmade chocolate producers in the world. From here we board a private boat for a classic fondue dinner as the sun sets on our last memorable evening in beautiful Switzerland.

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Today's Ride:

Ride in Interlaken
*various options

Today's Activity:

Visit St Beatus caves

Today's Activity:

Swiss Chocolate Demonstration

Hotel:

Hotel Royal St. Georges Interlaken

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Like all good things, today your Swiss trip with Trek Travel must come to an end. You can say goodbye on your own terms with a morning spin or stroll or a morning café and pastry before boarding a private shuttle bound for Geneva or Zurich depending on your flight arrangements.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Elmer

Elm, Switzerland

A 3 star property located in the center of Elm. Rooms have private bathrooms and satellite TV as well as free wifi. The hotel features a hot springs fed pool, a family game room and delightful service.
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Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Peacefully nested in beautiful gardens, Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof is a short walk from the center of Grindelwald. The ambiance is outstandingly luxurious and comfortable. Connoisseurs of traditional perfection appreciate the friendly first-class service and our culinary highlights. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa and wellness center.
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Hotel Royal St. Georges Interlaken

Interlaken, Switzerland

This historical building is located in the very center of Interlaken. It offers great views of the Jungfrau and is tastefully decorated in art nouveau style. The hotel features a spa, fitness center and pool.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019 we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 Disc, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 Disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
22 miles
TOTAL MILES:
50 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,000
TOTAL ELEVATION:
1,200 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. is best suited for our Type Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Gondola rides
  • Walking tours
  • Swiss fondue tasting
  • Hang gliding
  • Cooking classes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Zurich Airport (ZRH)
MEETING TIME:
10:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Geneva (GVA) or Zurich (ZRH)
DEPARTING TIME:
Dependent on travel plans
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Geneva Airport and Zurich Airport

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Zurich, Switzerland.

From the Airport, there is a train you can take to Banhoff Station in Zurich.

Dolder Grand Hotel | Zurich, Switzerland

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Dolder Grand Hotel (Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. From there we will have a private shuttle to the charming town of Elm for a light lunch and bike fit.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Elmer (+41 55 642 60 80), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately (30) euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Geneva or Zurich Airport | Geneva/Zurich, Switzerland

Your Trek Travel guides will arrange 2 separate shuttles bound for Zurich or Geneva airports depending on your departure flight.. Exact timing will be determined during the trip by the group.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

June in Switzerland is summertime, and that means classic relaxation gear. Bring your t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops, as the humidity can feel overbearing at times. Don't forget some light rain gear as well, because the threat of evening storms is always present. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

before

Before: Zurich

Switzerland's adventure capital sits between the lakes in the Bernese Oberland region and offers year round activities that get you up into some of the Alps most dramatic scenery. Zurich is Switzerland’s largest town. It has a lively feel to it and is known for its contemporary culture, while maintaining its historic roots. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.

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After: Geneva

Nestled between the Alps and the Jura Mountains on the banks of its namesake lake, Geneva is known as the “world capital of peace” and has been an important international center since the Middle Ages. The city boasts rich cultural diversity, international conferences, performances, festivals, 30 museums and an historical Old Town. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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