Aare River in the Old City part of Bern, Switzerland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Daniel Schwen

Bike rest on kramgasse in Bern, Switzerland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Daniel Schwen
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Aare Trail

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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  • 2019

    9-Day Tour:
    Season A:   £ 794 $ 1,361 994 NOK 9526 kr 8793 $ 1,143 Season B:   £ 874 $ 1,498 1094 NOK 10484 kr 9678 $ 1,258 Season C:   £ 914 $ 1,566 1144 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316 Season D:   £ 954 $ 1,635 1194 NOK 11443 kr 10562 $ 1,373 Single Supplement:   £ 192 $ 329 240 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

     

    6-Day Tour:
    Season A: £ 554 $ 950 694 NOK 6651 kr 6139 $ 798 Season B: £ 610 $ 1,046 764 NOK 7322 kr 6758 $ 879 Season C: £ 634 $ 1,087 794 NOK 7609 kr 7024 $ 913   Single Supplement: £ 128 $ 219 160 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

    extra options

    2019

    Electric Bike Rental  £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Return Transfer (9-day tour only) £ 76 $ 130 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109

    Extra night in Interlaken  £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 Single Supplement  £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 Extra night Constance  £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 ​Single supplement  £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29 Extra night Zurich:  £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 ​Single supplement  £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 Extra night other places:  £ 148 $ 253 185 NOK 1773 kr 1637 $ 213 ​Single supplement  £ 16 $ 27 20 NOK 192 kr 177 $ 23

    Children's bicycles available: £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46

    please note

    Child discount on request

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Zurich or Bern airports

    Local Travel

    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.

    Climate

    Average high temp. in °F for Bern is approximately April 54º, May 64º, June 70º, July 75º, August 75º, September 68º, and October 57º.

    Remarks

    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

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in 3 star level hotels for 5 or 8 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Hybrid touring 24 speed bicycle
  • Luggage transport
  • Route descriptions & maps (1 x room)
  • Emergency service hotline
  • 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 Stay

Extra nights possible

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length6–9 days
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Tour Dates

2019

Arrivals daily from April 13 to October 13, 2019

Skill Level

The route mostly follows well maintained cycle paths and very quiet side roads. A few inclines, which are quite manageable for all types of bikers.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Aare Trail Map

9-Day Tour
(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 very 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.

6-Day Itinerary

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

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Customer Feedback

  • Manuel Pena 5 months ago

    Wow. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to do something out of the ordinary. Our tour started on June 3rd, and I selected the 6 day tour for my son and I and it was just the right amount of length. By the end of the last leg we were just about beat. This was an easy ride, but if you don't bike much I would recommend the E-bikes to give you a little boost along the way. The standard bike's that were given to us were in excellent condition and we had no issues throughout the trip. All of the hotels we stayed in were adequate for what was needed and were in great locations in relation to the sites of each town. Each time we arrived at our hotel we would ask the attendant for a good place to eat and they always had great recommendations. I would recommend that you ask each hotel if they have a garage to store the bike and if they don't that you definitely lock them up and remove ALL of the saddle bags from the bikes and keep the bags stored in your room for the night. Unfortunately, one of our saddle bags was stolen over night. Aside from that small incident, my son and I had a great time biking through Switzerland. Now, I'm looking forward to my next trip with my other children.

  • Evan C. 10 months ago

    As with my trip last year, this trip was a smooth operation. Only a few navigation problems which are part of the adventure. I'll be looking forward to another ride next year. Many thanks.

  • Marlene Z. 1 year ago

    Most memorable part: Having lunch on our balcony at Hotel Bellevue in Interlaken facing the Alps and the beautiful blue river roaring past our hotel.

  • Will L. 1 year ago

    My wife and I have just returned from a fantastic cycling trip along the Aare and Rhine Rivers in Switzerland. The organization of our trip was great, bikes, luggage transfer and hotels. We were particularly pleased to stay each night either in or near to the old centre of each city. Thanks Tripsite.

  • K. Whittaker 2 years ago

    While we did have wind, rain and cold temperatures, the trip was absolutely beautiful. And I believe many people could physically do this ride, especially since you offer e-bikes. The challenges for us were the "less detailed" maps for arrival at the hotels each night. This was the greatest problem in Biel, Switzerland and especially in Konstanz,Germany. We are pretty intuitive about maps and locating directions. But, I think most non-European visitors might really be frustrated with being lost at the end of the day. Also, since we had a significant amount of rain, we wore through back brake pads on the bikes. We were able to change those ourselves; because we were traveling with our son who is a bike mechanic and brought his own tools. But, better quality brake pads would have eliminated that problem. Nevertheless, Switzerland is stunningly beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will definitely look forward to another trip such as this one. The hotels, the staff, the locations, and the Aare River were all great!!

    • Richard 2 years ago

      Hello , i read your comments, can you give me an idea of the hills on that trip ? Are there lots ? big ? Any other info you could give that would be helpfull ?

      Thanks
      Richard

  • Ron Zauski 4 years ago

    Fantastic! We biked the Aare two years ago and it was great. We sought something a bit more challenging and selected this ride. We stayed in lots of small towns, biked on beautiful trails, and saw scenery just as exquisite as is shown on this site. Salzburg was outstanding. We had only one stretch of riding on a road with traffic; otherwise, it was serene.

  • Ron Zauski 6 years ago

    First of all the scenery was breathtaking. We loved the fresh air, mountains, and lovely Swiss towns and villages. Bern was outstanding. The bell ringing cows, einstein’s home, the blue waters of the Aare and the lakes were outstanding.

    We flew to Zurich, trained to Meiringen, got our bikes smoothly, and we were off. The weather was perfect and the “standard” bikes were high quality.

    We chose the “standard” hotels and each one you chose was outstanding. The luggage was always at the next hotel before we arrived. Breakfast at each hotel was diverse and tasty.

    You could improve upon the instructions. The book we received from Swiss trails was very good for high level view of the trip. Your additional paper copies were slightly helpful. It would be great if you could provide a few hints via map or written description of some confusion spots along the way. We found ourselves lost every day, but we were able to recover due to the nicely posted trail markers found throughout Switzerland.

    When we completed the trip, we concluded that we could have done the trip without luggage. Perhaps provide a trip discount for those requiring no luggage transfer.

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