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Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
An electric assist up alpine peaks
For most people, mention of Switzerland evokes its classic imagery: snow-capped mountains, green pastoral hills, charming villages, bearded mountain farmers—and let’s not forget about cheese, chocolate and watches. Fortunately, this trip features all of the above. From the lakes and vineyards to the Alpine valleys and impressive mountains, you’ll ride e-bikes over beautiful, winding roads, consistently in awe of the ever-changing landscape. Along the way, you’ll meet some local characters, from the alpenhorn player to the cheese farmer and the winemaker, each of whom will share a bit of their journey with yours. You will taste delicious cheese and wine and become a chocolate connoisseur as you (somewhat ironically, given the setting) forget to check your watch entirely!
*Have a partner who’d prefer to sweat it out? Regular road bikes are available by request, ask your Travel Advisor for details.
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Day by Day
We set forth from the farming village of Savigny and get familiar with our e-bikes before lunch in a quaint winemaking village. Stop in one of the famous villages such as Epesses or St-Saphorin before dinner tonight at a gastronomic restaurant near our hotel.
Today, our ride will take us from lakeside views through a nature reserve and along the Rhone river to the beautiful town of Aigle and then back to the magnificent castle of Chillon. From there we will gaze at the Swiss Riviera as we make our way back to Vevey by steamboat.
Heading into the Highlands to the famous town of Gruyères (like the cheese), we’ll sample the region’s delicious fare. Stop in at an alpine house in Château-d'Oex, that our hostess Anne elegantly has transformed into a "buvette d'alpage" (a mountain pasture cafe). The stunning panorama will make us forget about the climb to get there.
Climb famous Alpine pass, the Col du Pillon (good thing we’re on e-bikes!), from which we’ll take a gondola ride to the top of the Tsanfleuron Glacier, affording a stunning view of the Alps. We’ll descend the mountains in time to explore Gstaad, try a longer ride to Lauenen Lake, visit a cheese cellar or enjoy the hotel’s spa.
For our last day together, we journey to the verdant pastures of the Emmental: a patchwork of farms and winding little routes. After a cozy lunch – which just might involve the region’s famed Swiss cheese – head into Bern to wander its charming pedestrian centre.
After breakfast, we’ll arrange a taxi at your leisure to the Bern train station. It is time to say au revoir et bon voyage!
Hôtel Des Trois Couronnes, Vevey
Conveniently situated in the heart of charming Vevey, this elegant hotel is part of the Historical Hotels of Switzerland, as well as inscribed as a cultural property of national importance. Enjoy walking along the dock right at the hotel’s doorstep, taking in the evening light coming down the mountains across the lake. View hotel website »
Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad
Ideally situated in a small park within walking distance from everything in the famous town of Gstaad, this 5-star hotel and spa built in 1912 and recently renovated exudes an easy, playful sophistication. Stroll to town for some shopping, enjoy the world-class spa or simply relax in your chic room or the hotel’s green grounds. View hotel website »
Long the hotspot for visiting dignitaries and politicians, this grand five-star hotel boasts splendid salons and a stunning bar with river view terrace. All of our comfortable rooms offer river or Bernese Alpine views. View hotel website »
I wish there was a higher rating than excellent. It was the trip of a lifetime. The electric assist bikes open up a whole range of bike trips that we couldn't have otherwise done. It allowed us to enjoy the spectacular scenery while working only as hard as we wanted.—BJ Hess
Just after the 5 km uphill, we arrived at a local farm with a spectacular view and there were 4 or 5 people singing and playing local instruments just for us. The place was made of wood, a few cows with bells on their necks stood by and on the other side, the beautiful mountains felt nearly touchable.—Fernanda Aufiero
From the vineyards of Lavaux to the peaks of Interlaken, glory in Alpine landscapes while astride two wheels—without breaking a sweat. The secret? E-bikes, which provide an electric boost when needed.National Geographic Traveler
While our daily routes average 40 to 50 km (25 to 31 mi.) daily, e-bike technology brings the peaks within everybody’s reach. The Swiss hills are indeed alive though, and the more time you’ve spent in the saddle the more you will enjoy the ride.
“I ride my bike once or twice a month and am comfortable on two wheels.”
Relatively flat but will include inclines and the occasional climb or two.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, including wine
- Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
- Use of a Scott E-Venture electric-assist bike (or a road bike at special request), equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
- Downloadable GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you’ll be riding a Scott E-Venture bike providing electric assistance whenever you want it. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
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