Join me on a Bike Tour in 2018

Join Me in 2018 on the Bike Switzerland Lite Tour

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Are you ready for the bicycle touring holiday of a lifetime in scenic Switzerland?

In July of 2018, I will be participating in the Bike Switzerland Lite Tour… and I’m inviting you to join me on the trip!

This is your opportunity to travel with me, Darren Alff (the Bicycle Touring Pro), on an incredible bicycle touring holiday in Switzerland.

Together we’ll ride our bicycles from the city of Geneva in western Switzerland through fields and farmland in the northern region of the country. We’ll spend our days cycling along the edges of beautiful lakes and rivers and we’ll spend our evenings in 3 to 4 star accommodations, eating delicious Swiss cuisine, interacting with the local people and experiencing to joy of traveling with like-minded people from all around the world.

Best of all, the cycling on this bike tour is going to be flat and easy, so this is a great bike tour to conduct if you’re a bike touring beginner or you’re looking for a cycling holiday that will give you time each day to explore, talk to people, nap, go on a walk, or do whatever you please.

* Sign up before December 20th, 2017 and you will receive the 2017 price for this bike tour + an additional 5% off the total price of your trip.

lake and houses in switzerland

Important Details

Bike Tour Name: Bike Switzerland Lite Tour

Dates: July 9 – 19, 2018

Group Size: Limited to a maximum of 12 guests. Only 8 spots left!

Length: 12 days/11 Nights

Bonus: Sign up before December 20, 2017 and get the 2017 price + 5% off the total cost of your trip!

If you’re active and know how to ride a bicycle, and you don’t want to spend your days laboring up and over the mountains that Switzerland is most-commonly known for, then this is the bike tour for you! You’ll be riding a relaxed 40 to 60 kilometers each day over flat terrain. Expect to spend approximately 3 to 4 hours in the saddle each day.

This would be a great bike tour to do alone, with a friend, loved one, or a small group.

I (Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro) will be participating in this guided group bike tour with you, but I will NOT be leading the tour. This is an organized bike tour led by a local Swiss tour company called Bike Switzerland. I will simply be another tour participant on this week-long bike tour. I will, however, be there taking photos and shooting video for the website here at www.bicycletouringpro.com. So, if you want to meet me, get some professional photos of you cycling across Switzerland and be featured in some of my future Bicycle Touring Pro YouTube videos, this is your chance!

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What’s Included in the Bike Tour…

  • Experienced local guides
  • Premium lodging (in 3 and 4 star hotels)
  • A 2017 touring bicycle with bags, bottles, lock, tools, etc. to ride during the tour.
  • Personal bike fitting at the Bike Switzerland shop in Geneva
  • Support van for luggage or weary cyclists
  • Catered lunches & restaurant dinners included (except one lunch & one dinner )
  • Cocktail nights
  • GPS navigation on all bikes
  • Hiking “Day off” with transport to Weissenstein mountain
  • Return train travel back to Geneva with stop-over in Berne

Lite Tour Itinerary

The following itinerary was taken directly from the Bike Switzerland website.

Day 1: Arrival

If you’re flying into Geneva, then simply take the first train from the airport to the main station. Our hotel and shop are right next door!

We have a busy day planned for you, so we ask that you arrive before 2:00 PM.

Once unpacked, walk over to the Bike Switzerland shop and we’ll fit you with your high-end, 22-lbs, Swiss-made bicycle. Afterwards, you’re on your own to explore Geneva.

Be back by 6:00 PM. We’ll be going back to our neighborhood to have a few drinks before having supper at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Day 2: Geneva > Morges

You’re on the road! We follow small country roads and vineyard paths to the Canton of Vaud with Lake Geneva always at our 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. We pass through the towns of Celigny, Coppet, Nyon, Rolle and St. Prex. They all deserve to be discovered, so stop and take those 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. Our hotel is in the historic center, so everything is within a 5-minute walk… including the lake.

Day 3: Morges > Yverdon

This morning we turn north, away from Lake Geneva. Unless you choose to do extra miles on another day, today will be your longest day of riding. After lunch we move into the flat and open plains of Orbe with the Jura mountains on our left and the Alpes far in the distance on our right. Lake Neuchatel lay ahead and we-ll follow its banks to our final destination: Yverdon les Bains.

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.

Day 4: Yverdon > Murten

We’ll continue on forest roads which follow the lake’s marshlands before reaching the town of Estavayer. You may want to stop here for to wander the medieval center, see the castle or visit the “cabinet des curiousités” that we call the “frog museum”.

We’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 notice that the farmland is very rich here and that all sorts of vegetables and fruit are being grown.

We eventually come to the small town of Avenches. Once known as Aventicum, this was the most important Roman settlement in all of Switzerland. Its amphitheater is still used for the opera and rock festivals held each summer.

We’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. Our final destination is the very small village of Munchenwiler where we’ll be staying on the grounds of a former château. Relax by the pond, walk the grounds and meet the group to compare notes over a glass of beer before sitting down to a sumptuous barbecue.

Day 5: Murten > Solothurn

After a breakfast fit for kings, we leave our castle and head north towards Lake Bienne in the Canton of Berne.

We’re 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 outloud why there aren’t more bikers in this cycling paradise. It will be up to you to spread the word once back home ! But if it’s the weekend or a school holiday, be prepared to see lots of family’s on tandems with Burley trailers behind them. The route is flat and perfect for an outing with children.

On Lake Biene, you’ll see picturesque vineyard villages huddled and clinging to the high banks. We’ll follow the shoreline to the city of Bienne and from there we’ll continue east along the Nidau-Buren canal until we meet the Aare river. You’ll never be far from the water on this ride !

When we reach Solothurn you’ll be able to continue contemplating the Aare from your hotel window. But not for long, Solothurn is a baroque city and its period architecture is unrivaled in Switzerland. Time for a stroll!

Day 6: Rest Day in Weissenstein

Today we take a break from our bikes and do a hike in the Jura mountains. We’ll start by taking a short train ride to Oberdorf and then take the cable car to the top of Weissenstein. This is “Solothurn’s mountain” (1400m) and we’ll enjoy the panoramic views of the Swiss Plateau and the Alps with a drink at the spa hotel at the top.

From there we’ll choose one of the popular trails at Weissenstein for a 3 km hike. You’ll be back to in Solothurn in the late afternoon. Tonight is a “free night”, a chance to get away from the group and explore on your own.

Day 7: Solothurn > Zofingen

We continue following the slow waters of the Aare today. Our paths will take us past covered wooden bridges, through dark forests and alongside a Swiss military training camp ! No large cities on today’s ride. We bike from the Canton of Solothurn and into the Canton of Berne through sleepy pastureland and quite villages.

It’s in these hidden swathes of Switzerland that you’ll notice the small differences that set the Swiss country folk apart. You’ll see houses ablaze in potted flowers, mothers strolling with their babies miles from anywhere, old women cutting neat bales of grass with sickle and twine. The Swiss values of family, hard work and beauty through precision are found at every turn in the Aare.

After miles of happy meanderings, we’ll find ourselves in the Canton of Aargau and face to face with the Aarburg church and its fortress high above. Feel free to climb the long flights of stairs for a magnificent view before heading south to Zofingen.

You may think Zofingen a quaint town, but be warned: with the population of 10,000, it’s officially a city and they’re mighty proud of that fact. In any event, its probably unlike any city you’ve encountered: the streets are spotless, crime is unheard of and there are no cars allowed in the city center. Enjoy.

Day 8: Zofingen > Baden

The twisting Aare grows more cosmopolitan as we pass through the larger, but little known cities of Olten and Aarau this morning. Olten’s majestic municipal tower and wide wooden bridge are icons of modernity. It’s not surprising that the town was a major train hub back in 1856. Aarau’s streets also deserve a stroll. Founded on a rocky outcropping over 700 years ago, Aarau soon became a city of artisans and has remained so to this day. Family run butchers, bakers and candlestick makers still thrive in Switzerland and Aarau has more than its fair share. Time for some shopping?

Our path remains flat and follows the river in the afternoon, and although the Canton of Aargau may be Switzerland’s least mountainous, it’s quite diverse: well-wooded hills alternate with fertile valleys, all watered by the river that you’ve come to know so well.

One of our own favorite stops is at the church of Konigsfelden at Windisch. The church is widely thought to contain the most beautiful stained glass in all of Switzerland. It’s right on our path, so you be the judge.

We leave the Aare shortly after Windisch and overnight in the gorgeous town of Baden. As the name suggests, Baden is famous for its sulfur baths and you’ll have plenty of time to soak your legs in the reinvigorating water before going out for supper. If the weather is good, we’ll plan on eating in the city’s beer garden.

Day 9: Baden > Fischingen

Today we offer our riders two possibilities:

1. Bike a longer day of 80 kilometers with approximately 500 meters of climbing.

2. Take your bicycle on the train to Winterthur and bike approximately half that distance.

Bikers doing the whole day will see how city meets country in the areas outside Zurich. You’ll be passing barns and cows and then turn a corner to see city agglomerations far off in the distance. The bike paths offer visitors a firsthand look at how Switzerland seamlessly combines the two ways of life in the densely populated Canton of Zurich.

Bikers deciding to take the train may choose to linger longer in Baden or spend more time visiting the town of Winterthur. Once we leave Winterthur, you’ll find yourselves on forested bike paths where you’ll meet up with walkers, wildlife and the occasional mushroom hunter.

Whatever your route, we’ll all meet for lunch on the quite banks of a forested stream outside of Castle Kybourg. Afterwards, you may choose to hike up the hill to visit the castle, or continue on to discover the valley of Fischingen in the Canton of Thurgau and its 17th century Benedictine monastery.

Tonight you’ll sleep in the monastery and eat down the road at a local Russian restaurant that has somehow found its way into this hidden valley.

Day 10: Fischingen > Romanshorn

Our last day of riding begins with a stop in the town of Wil. This former provincial sits high on a hill and has managed to keep all of its charm despite its diminished importance. The numerous town squares and historic buildings will be difficult to leave, so we’ll have a coffee or two before moving on.

We’ll be coasting downhill today, through meadows and alpine pastureland through the Canton of Thurgau and onto the Canton of St. Gall. As you’ve clearly noticed by now, preservation is a priority for the Swiss: you will bike across a 500 year-old stone bridge and later stop at an 800-year old castle with moat and drawbridge.

At some point you’ll get your first view of the vast Lake Constance, the second largest lake in central Europe (after Lake Geneva). It’s all downhill now. Enjoy the finish.

Once at the lake, we’ll celebrate with drinks at the waterfront. Those of you who brought your bathing suits: now’s the time!

Day 11: Train Trip back to Geneva

Say goodbye to your bike. After a late breakfast it’s all-aboard! We’ll interrupt our five-hour train trip back to Geneva with a stop-over in the Swiss capital of Berne.

You’ll be on your own for lunch, sightseeing and shopping.

Your last evening in Switzerland will be spent back where it all started: on the shores of lake Geneva. If the weather is good, we’ll catch the last of the long summer rays with a tall drink and good food at the lakefront or back in the bike shop’s neighborhood.

Day 12: Departure

Your last morning. Enjoy breakfast and the spectacular views from the top of the Hotel Cornavin.

If you’ve got a flight to catch, no worries: trains leave for the airport every 20 minutes or so starting at around 5:30 am.

flower decorated home in switzerland

Pricing Details

The regular price of this amazing bicycle touring holiday in Switzerland is 4,799 CHF.

However, if you sign up for the Bike Switzerland Lite Tour before December 20th, 2017, you will receive the bike tour at the 2017 price + receive an additional 5% off the total cost of the trip.

  • Rental bike and GPS included in the cost of the tour
  • 11 nights accommodation in premium lodging (3 and 4 star hotels)
  • Support van to carry your belongings each day
  • Train trip back to Geneva at the end of the bike tour
  • Professional Swiss Tour Guide
  • Daily breakfast + catered lunches and restaurant dinners
  • Get the 2017 price + save an additional 5% if you book before December 20th, 2017

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Sign Up Now

Use the form above to contact me (Darren Alff) about signing up for the Bike Switzerland Lite Tour between the dates of July 9-19, 2018. Or contact Bike Switzerland directly and tell them you want to participate in the Lite Tour with the Bicycle Touring Pro in July of 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns about participating in this bike tour, feel free to send me a message or contact me through any of Bicycle Touring Pro’s various social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.


SPECIAL NOTE: I participated in the Bike Switzerland Challenge Tour in 2012 and it was an incredible experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life… which is why I’m returning to Switzerland this year for another bike tour with Bike Switzerland in one of my favorite countries anywhere in the world. I hope you will join me!

The photos shown here are not from the Lite Tour with Bike Switzerland. The images shown on this page are from my previous bike tour with Bike Switzerland in the summer of 2012. The photos you see here are only meant to give you a sense of what it might be like to participate in the Bike Switzerland Lite Tour this coming summer – July 2018.

About Darren Alff

My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs relating to my bicycle touring activities.

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2 Comments

  1. Indy

    December 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Hi, was wondering how well people with health requirements, like diabetes, would do on a bike trip like these?

    • Darren Alff

      December 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Well, that’s one of the advantages of going on a guided group tour like this. You have people there to help you out should anything go wrong. Plus, the guides are prepared to deal with situations like that. I recommend you contact Bike Switzerland directly, because I’m sure they can tell you how they’ve handled other diabetics and health-related issues with their customers in the past.

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