A Cycling Journey: Storybook Switzerland in the Aare River Valley
Why bike up the mountain? Enjoy the Swiss Alps from below, cycling the Aare River Valley’s gently rolling terrain amid grazing cows as you learn about the tiny nation’s novel culture.
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Program No. 15501RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Biking Switzerland doesn’t have to be an oxygen-sapping climb up a mountain. Discover greener pastures cycling the gently rolling terrain in the Aare River Valley. Alongside you, long-lashed cows graze. Jewel-like lakes shimmer. And the Alps rise majestically to either side of you. Ride amid breathtaking landscapes, storybook villages, historic university towns and the capital of Bern. Learn about a distinct culture enriched by the proximity of France, Italy, Germany and Austria. And don’t miss the tiny nation’s gastronomic staple: bread chunks dipped into a fondue pot of bubbling Gruyère cheese.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Novice to intermediate cyclists. Cycling up to 26 miles (5 hours) daily on flat to rolling terrain on primarily paved or hard-packed gravel paths. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Cycle the gentle bike ways of the Aare River Valley while discovering the nuances of life in Switzerland.
  • Limber up the lungs to give the Swiss alphorn your best shot at a private presentation.
  • Tease your taste buds sampling cheese, and gain insight into the origins and vital role of the Swiss Red Cross.
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