The most popular cycling route in Switzerland. Discover the three Alpine countries of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria on this easy tour through the mountains. Cycle through the wine villages nestled in the beautiful Bündner Herrschaft countryside, held in esteem because of the red wines produced here and famous because of the Heidi books. Cycling downhill virtually all the way, we visit the ancient city of Chur, cross the border into Austria for a short stretch, and finish by the shores of Lake Constance.
The history of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town, goes back over 11,000 years. Stroll along the meandering lanes and into Bärenloch – the Bear’s Hole in the old town. The quirky inner courtyards are an excellent example of medieval living and in one of the many pubs here, let the evening come to a pleasant close.
In the morning you take the train to Disentis and then continue by bike. It’s quite a rugged route you take today, especially the first half, as it follows an unmade-up road. You follow the Vorderrhein through the Rhaeto-Romanic Alpental Valley. Shortly after Ilanz the route takes you up a long, but not very steep, hill. Once you’ve reached the top, you are immediately rewarded with the sight of the canyon like Rhine Ruinalta ravine, before you return to Chur.
Today you’re going to be out and about in three different countries: first, cycling along the Alpenrhein through Switzerland, on a pleasant route into the Principality of Liechtenstein. After about 25 km you will have pedalled through the entire length of the country and are at the border to Austria. From here it’s just a short cycle to Feldkirch.
You cycle along the Rhine for a while and then a rack-andpinion train takes you up to Gais in Appenzell. Mountain pastures and cows characterize the pretty scenery on your way to St. Gallen. The Abbey Church library is considered one of the most important historic libraries in the world. It is home to about 160,000 books – one of which is the oldest German book.
Enjoy the downhill stretch to Lake Constance and your arrival near Arbon. Following the banks of the lake almost all the way, you cycle through apple orchards and the small towns of Arbon and Romanshorn to Constance. This stretch is flat and easy to cycle, unless in a stronger westerly wind. You will frequently pass places where you can go swimming and refresh yourself in the lovely cool waters of the lake.
Individual departure or extension of stay
RATING: Easy to Moderate
Flat cycling along paved cycle paths by the river and through small villages and towns; suitable for novice cyclists as well as children. Some longer cycling days. Public transportation is readily available should you decide to cycle half days etc.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Zurich, with regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal.
Departure Dates 2019: Daily
Season 1: April 27 – May 24 & September 15 to October 5
Season 2: May 25 to June 7; June 23 to July 12; August 25 to Sept. 14
Season 3: June 8 to 22 & July 13 to August 13
|Price per person, double occ. Season 1||CAD||$940|
|Season 2 surcharge||$170|
|Season 3 surcharge||$240|
|Single room supplement||$220|
|Optional electric bike||$170|
This tour includes:
NOTES: an extended 8 night version of this tour is also available, starting in Disentis and ending in Basel. POA.
Local “city taxes” are not included.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Saturday: by appointment