Switzerland Bike Tours
Cycle along the Aare River
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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2016: Arrivals daily from April 30 to October 26, 2016
Season A: April 30 to May 12 + October 4 - October 26, 2016
Season B: May 29 to June 23 + August 24 to October 3, 2016
Season C: May 13 to May 28 + June 24 to August 23, 2016
2017: Arrivals daily from April 22 to October 15, 2017
Season A: April 22 to April 28 + October 1 - October 15, 2017
Season B: April 29 - May 19 + June 18 - June 30 + August 27 - September 30, 2017
Season C: May 20 - June 17 + July 1 - August 26, 2017
Where You’ll Stay
3* hotel accommodations including breakfast
- Overnight accommodations in 3 star hotels for 5 or 8 nights
- Hybrid touring 24 speed bicycle
- Luggage transport
- Route descriptions & maps (1 x room)
- Emergency service hotline
- Boat trip Interlaken to Thun
- Boat trip to the Rhine Falls rock (9-day tour only)
- Entrance to Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz, including 1 coffee (9-day tour only)
- Emergency hotline number
What’s Not Included
(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/Kreuzlingen, 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
Leaving Interlaken, you will pass through the town of Thun, located on the lower end of the lake. Situated in the center of this historic place is a magnificent castle, built by the Dukes of Zähringen dating back to the 12th century. Continuing along the Aare, your destination today is Bern. Although 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 Switzlerland, 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/Kreuzlingen, 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