Lake Zurich Tour
Discover the prettiest scenery of Switzerland by bicycle, the most pampered means of transport in this country. Pedaling by the banks of the river Rhine, through vineyards, contemplating the Alps, picking fruit on your way, swimming in the lakes or watching the green prairies. The old city of Rapperswil-Jona will be our base camp and is considered one of the jewels on the shore of Lake Zurich.
Enjoy riding on the bicycle lanes, that is Switzerland on bike. We will be staying in Rapperswil-Jona, a mediaeval town with a castle, on the shores of the lake of Zurich. Rapperswil-Jona is strategically situated, near this modern and important city: a financial centre and admired European region, situated among the Alps and the plateau. It enjoys the best climate in Switzerland and it is the ideal place to approach the different tours, at different levels or by the lakes or the Rhine. With our local guide everything is easy and amusing.
You don't have to worry about anything, we will take you to the main spots and will make the most out of this bicycle paradise, where cyclists have their own ways. What´s more, in August climate is ideal.
Day 1. Rapperswil.
Transfer from the airport to Rapperswil for those coming by plane, welcome, introductions and selection of bikes. Time to visit the castle and go for a walk in the town.
Day 2. Rapperswil.
We cycle a round Upper Lake Zurich, and tour around the Obersee . Our tour will take us by the lake shores on a smooth and levelled path 35 km – (22 miles) long that will enable us to get acquainted with each other and with the cycling ways in Switzerland . We can make several stops, to look at the beauty of the lake, swim, have lunch in a park and afterwards, visit the attractive villages we will be going through. The evening will be free to visit the town of Rapperswil .
Day 3. Einsiedln.
On the Jacob's way.
This route will be 40 km - 25 miles- long. We will be covering the distance to Einsiedeln, the Swiss St. Jacob's way of catholic pilgrimage, with its imposing Basilica. We will lunch in the village and return through Richterswil, always near the lake.
Day 4. Schaffhausen.
Rhine waterfalls route.
By minibus, we will be leaving on our way to Winterthur, starting our 40 Km (25 miles) ride through the vineyards and the Rhine fields. When arriving at Rheinau, we will be lunching close to the monastery on the banks of the Rhine, leaving afterwards towards the Rhine falls. This is a spectacular and breathtaking spot in Europe. We will be visiting Schaffhausen, a delightful and unique village that seems to have come out of a story book, to continue leisurely on the river banks until we come to Diessenhofen and Stein am Rhein. Return to Rapperswill in the minibus.
Day 5. Weesen.
Lake Walensee route.
We will be going in the minibus towards this lake. Cycling through Weesen and bordering the lake through lovely paths hanging over the cliffs of the lake we will arrive in Mühlehorn, where we will be boarding a boat towards Quinten, a lovely village with a mediterranean microclimate. This is a perfect place to stop and relax, have a snack or swim. From there, we will be crossing, once more, by boat to the other shore. Then, we will ascend towards Kerenzerberg, either by bike or in the minibus, depending of your strength, profiting from the lovely view of the Walensee valley.We can make an easy descent towards Mollis. The return will be in the minibus to Rapperswil. The most daring can do it on their bikes following the path by the Linth Canal.
Day 6. Lucerne.
Lucerne - Pilatus .
Excursion in the minibus to Lucerne and Mount Pilatus. We will make an early start towards Lucerne to take the steepest cable-car in Europe to Mount Pilatus. From there, one can contemplate one of the most fascinating landscapes of the Alps. We will be stopping in Lucerne, a magnificently preserved mediaeval town, we will visit its wooden bridge and its squares to continue bordering the four lakes until we arrive in Brunnen and Schwyz, the cradle of the Swiss Confederation that gave its name to Switzerland. On our way back we stop at Zug, another beautiful mediaeval town fantastically preserved.
Day 7. Rapperswil.
Depending on the time left, we can take a ride by the lake of Zurich. Transfer to the airport and farewell.
A unique experience to get acquainted with one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland enjoying gorgeous family friendly bicycling trails along lakes and rivers always offering the possibility of a refreshing bath or a memorable picnic.
WHAT´S INCLUDED IN THE TRIP
| Price per person
EURO 1325 6 nights in a charming 4-star hotel Speer in double occupancy. Single
supplement Euro Euro 185
EURO 1775 6 nights in 4-star hotel Schwanen with view on the lake of Zurich. Single supplement Euro
||Departures starting on
Mondays July 22nd & July 29th, 2013 with a minimum of 10 participants
| Difficulty level
B (Intermediate level, good physical conditions). 5 routes of 35-55 km (25-40 miles
per day on rolling terrian, not very hilly) Adaptable to the groups´ needs.
|| 7 days/6 nights
|Included in the price
- 6 nights accommodation in standart rooms, 4 dinners at the hotel including one drink
- All buffet breakfasts and tax
- 5 picnic lunches or set menu
- 1 fare-well group dinner at a typical farm
- Personalized service in English by
an experienced local guide
- Transfers from/to the airport (Zurich-Kloten)
- Bike rental, tecnical support
- Rapperswil city tour & surroundings, refreshments, fare to
- Mount Pilatus, boat trip on the lake 4 cantons, full day excursion, no bicycling
information and Bravo Bike welcome gifts
For any extra night or further information before or after the trip, please consult
||Please ask for group discounts
Children age 7-11 sharing room with two adults: -20%.
Rapperswil panaoramic view from the castle from East to West
3-star Hotel Jakob