Lake Zuerich bike tour self-guided
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.
Starting point of your bike tours is in Rapperswil-Jona at Lake Zurich. At the lake promenade near the medieval old city you nearly feel like at the Mediterranean Sea. And also the wine region has its own charm. You visit Lake Walensee, the boarder to Glarnerland, you attend a wine tasting and explore the monastery. A really diversified bike week with many highlights is awaiting you.
Map of the self-guided bicycle itinerary
Day 1: Individual arrival to Rapperswil-Jona
Welcome briefing and distribution of the rental bicycles (if booked).
Day 2: Visit lake Greifen, approx. 55 km
This lake lies between Rapperswil-Jona and the city of Zurich and it is a very famous recreational area. Many people visit this area and so the bicycle trails are in a wonderful condition. On your way back to Rapperswil-Jona you can enjoy the view on a wonderful mountain panorama.
Day 3: Wine-tour in the Zurich highlands, approx. 40 km
You cycle from Rapperswil to the Zurich highlands. Soon you will reach the first vineyards. Then you will continue on the trails next to the lake before you go via Mönchaltdorf back to Rapperswil.
Day 4: To Zurich, approx. 45 km
Your route leads you to the famous city Zurich. Over the dam you reach the opposite side of the lake which will bring you past small villages and calm streets into the heart of this city. In the evening you go back to Rapperswil by train or ship.
Day 5: To lake Walen, approx. 60 km
The area around Lake Walen is the gate to the mountainous regions of Switzerland. It is impressive to see how quick big mountains start to rise while you’re on your way to this dark water. After arriving at the lake you may take a ship and visit the city of Walenstadt before heading back to your starting point.
Day 6: Departure or extra days
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 SELF-GUIDED TRIP
||6 days/5 nights
| Price per person
EURO 492 5 nights in a charming 4-star hotel situated in front of the train station in double occupancy.
Euro 205 single supplement
Euro 80 rental bike
Euro 125 electric bike
||Departures starting every Saturday from May 11th to September 28th, 2013
| Difficulty level
B (Intermediate level, good physical conditions). 5 routes of 35-55 km (25-40 miles
per day on rolling terrain, not hilly)
|Included in the price
- Overnights in Best Western Hotel Speer
- Personal welcome briefing
- Well elaborated route
- Wine tasting in Stäfa
- Detailed travel documents
|Supplements extra nights
||Euro 84 pp in a double room
Euro 42 single supplement
||Please ask for group discounts
Children age 7-11 sharing room with two adults: -20%.
4-star Hotel Speer
|Parking on arrival and departure
- By car: about 30 minutes (40 km) via motorway A3 from Zurich away
- Car park/park garage next to the hotel, € 12 per day, payable on spot, a reservation is not possible
- Train: suburban train connection from the main train station in Zurich (30 minutes)