Switzerland Bike Tours
Cycle along the Aare River Path
The Aare Trail is Switzerland’s first, fully signposted long-distance bicycle route, and it was created in 1995. It is a magnificent tourist attraction that already enjoys an international reputation. The Trail gives you an excellent idea of the variety of landscapes that characterize Switzerland. The starting point lies in the midst of the highest of the Bernese Alps – but don’t panic! The action of the river over millions of years has flattened the path and you can follow it quite easily.
The attractions along the way include the lakes formed by the Aare – Lake Thun, Lake Wohlen, Lake Bienne – as well as a variety of cities and villages, some with world-famous names, and some with names you will never have heard of before.
As the bike trail winds its way pleasantly along the lanes through woods and meadows, along fertile fields and through isolated villages where the charm of the provinces lives on unchanged, you will also have ample opportunity to see a true picture of everyday Switzerland.
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Season A: £ 859 $ 1,732 € 994 NOK 9526 kr 8793 $ 1,143 Season B: £ 946 $ 1,906 € 1094 NOK 10484 kr 9678 $ 1,258 Season C: £ 989 $ 1,993 € 1144 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316 Season D: £ 1032 $ 2,080 € 1194 NOK 11443 kr 10562 $ 1,373 Single Supplement: £ 208 $ 418 € 240 NOK 2300 kr 2123 $ 276
Season A: April 13 to April 17 + April 22 to April 26 + May 5 to May 17+ October 6 to October 13, 2019
Season B: April 18 to April 21 + April 27 to May 4 + May 18 to May 24 + September 15 to October 5, 2019
Season C: May 25 to June 7 + June 23 to July 12 + August 25 to September 14, 2019
Season D: June 8 to June 22 + July 13 to August 24, 2019
Season A: £ 600 $ 1,209 € 694 NOK 6651 kr 6139 $ 798 Season B: £ 661 $ 1,331 € 764 NOK 7322 kr 6758 $ 879 Season C: £ 687 $ 1,383 € 794 NOK 7609 kr 7024 $ 913 Single Supplement: £ 138 $ 279 € 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184
Season A: April 21 to May 4 + September 16 to October 7, 2019
Season B: June 3 to June 29 + August 25 to September 15, 2019
Season C: May 5 to June 2 + June 30 to August 24, 2019
Electric Bike Rental £ 86 $ 174 € 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Return Transfer (9-day tour only) £ 82 $ 166 € 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109
Extra night in Interlaken £ 86 $ 174 € 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Single Supplement £ 35 $ 70 € 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 Extra night Constance £ 56 $ 113 € 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 Single supplement £ 22 $ 44 € 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29 Extra night Zurich: £ 86 $ 174 € 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Single supplement £ 35 $ 70 € 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 Extra night other places: £ 160 $ 322 € 185 NOK 1773 kr 1637 $ 213 Single supplement £ 17 $ 35 € 20 NOK 192 kr 177 $ 23
Children's bicycles available: £ 35 $ 70 € 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46
Child discount on request
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Zurich or Bern airports
From Zurich Airport, take the a train to Interlaken. Total trip time is approx. 2.5 hours. From Bern Airport, take a bus to Belp and then a train to Interlaken. Total trip is 1.5 hours.
Average high temp. in °F for Bern is approximately April 54º, May 64º, June 70º, July 75º, August 75º, September 68º, and October 57º.
Tour can easily be accustomed to your life (i.e. daily mileages, overnight towns)!
Child and Electric bikes also available for this tour.
Where You’ll Stay
3 star level hotels accommodations including breakfast
- Overnight accommodations in 3 star level hotels for 5 or 8 nights
- Hybrid touring 24 speed bicycle
- Luggage transport
- Route descriptions & maps (1 x room)
- Emergency service hotline
- GPS tracks
- Additional for the 9-Day tour included is:
- Boat trip Interlaken to Thun (9-day tour only)
- Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock (9-day tour only)
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz, including 1 coffee (9-day tour only)
What’s Not Included
- Remaining meals
- Public transportation
- Helmets are not available
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
- City tax, if applicable (to be paid at each hotel) approximately €2 per night
Extra nights possible
Arrivals daily from April 13 to October 13, 2019
The route mostly follows well maintained cycle paths and quiet side roads. A few inclines, which are quite manageable for all types of bikers.
(Scroll down to see the shortened itinerary!)
Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Interlaken
Day 2: Interlaken - Thun - Bern, 22 miles (35 km) + boat trip
Day 3: Bern - Biel, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 4: Biel - Solothurn, 19 miles (30 km)
Day 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 40 miles (65 km)
Day 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 9: Individual departure or extension of stay
*All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Arrival to Interlaken
Interlaken, meaning between the lakes, is uniquely situated between the pristine lakes Thun and Brienz. Created during the last glacial period, these lakes boast crystal clear waters whose banks are home to picturesque fishing villages and ancient castles. Interlaken also finds itself surrounded by the impressive snow capped heights of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, part of the Bernese Alps.
DAY 2: Interlaken - Thun - Bern, 22 miles (35 km) + boat trip
You start the day with a pleasant two hour boat ride across Thun Lake. Sit back and relax and watch the countryside slowly slide by. From Thun, you cycle to Berne, a simple route and well sutied for acclimatizing to the days to come. Goethe thought Berne to be Switzerland's most beautiful town and though it is the capital of Switzerland, Bern has managed to maintain its unique historical features such as 15th-century terraced buildings, cobblestone streets, and lively market squares - it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983!
DAY 3: Bern - Biel, 31 miles (50 km)
After Bern, the Wohlensee extends a warm welcome – and now you will witness the merry interplay between the dazzling beauty of nature and the industrial world of energy production. The vegetable-growing region in the Grossen Moos and later on the Lake of Biel mark the scenery of today’s route. The city of Biel, the largest in Switzerland, is the watch metropolis of the world. Rolex, Omega, and Tissot, among others, all have their home here. Biel's old town has a beautiful town hall and a gothic church dating from the 15th-century, certainly not to be missed during your stay here!
DAY 4: Biel - Solothurn, 19 miles (30 km)
Following Biel, the Aare remains as your faithful cycling companion. The storks of Altreu circling in the sky provide a special addition to your trip, and soon the towers of the Solothurn Cathedral greet you from afar. In Solothurn, you may roam the picturesque lanes of the old center with its outdoor cafes, and perhaps venture an excursion to the local Weissenstein mountains.
DAY 5: Solothurn - Aarau, 37 miles (60 km)
Riding leisurely through an enchanting river landscape between Berken, Aarwangen and Wolfwil, you will reach Aarau. Perfectly situated in the center of the city triangle of Zurich, Basel, and Lucerne, Aarau was Switzerland's first capital and home to the first Houses of Parliament. An appreciation of the arts can be felt here from the numerous cinemas, theaters, and museums, and of course the Aargau Art Valley, which has one of the most beautiful and extensive public collections of Swiss art dating from the 18th century to the present.
DAY 6: Aarau - Waldshut-Tiengen, 31 miles (50 km)
Across the German border, today's destination is nestled in the southern Black Forest where the Aare flows into the Rhine: Waldshut-Tiengen. Waldshut-Tiengen is home to many medieval gates and towers, and is vibrant with rustic charm. Be sure to explore the castle, the parish church, and admire the beautiful Gothic houses along the way.
DAY 7: Waldshut-Tiengen - Schaffhausen, 40 miles (65 km)
Back again to Switzerland, the day's trip will end in Schaffhausen. Most impressive about this Swiss town is the imposing Munot Fortress, which can be seen for miles. From the battlements of this stronghold, built between 1564 and 1589, you can see far and wide. Every evening at 9 p.m., the Munot guard who lives in the tower rings the Munot bell, which used to be a sign that the town gates and inns should close.
DAY 8: Schaffhausen - Constance, 31 miles (50 km)
From Schaffhausen, the last bike ride will lead you to Constance, or right across the river to Kreuzlingen. Constance is a lively university town lying on the shores of beautiful Lake Constance. It has been a city since as early as the 1st-century AD, and quickly became a religious center. In the Old Town, you'll find the famed cathedral dating back to the 7th-century. Due to a border anomaly, the German city Constance lies on Switzerland’s land mass, and the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen is only a short walk away.
DAY 9: Departure from Constance/Kreuzlingen.
Day 1: Arrival in Bern
Day 2: Bern - Biel, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 3: Biel - Solothurn, 19 miles (30 km)
Day 4: Solothurn - Aarau, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 5: Aarau - Zurich, 37 miles (60 km)
Day 6: Departure from Zurich