REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
As an active 50-something woman who does NOT run marathons or slay dragons in her off time, this biking adventure was perfect for taking in the sights, pedaling through quaint towns past verdant landscapes with signature cow bells echoing across the hills. The food and accommodations were top notch all the way. Seriously, the best croissants anywhere! Our guide, Chris, was multi lingual and friendly, making our passage even more enjoyable. Despite the raging heat wave, it was an experience I will cherish forever!
We had a wonderful holiday on the Lite Tour. We really could not have wished for more. Chris and Johno were amazing, the route and terrain were well within our comfort zone so we had a "holiday", the accommodation and the food were 1st class.
It is a holiday we may well repeat.
The itinerary was excellent. John did an outstanding job of choosing interesting places to stay. All of our meals were very good and our group was so enjoyable. We really clicked ! I can't say enough about Johno and Chris. We hit the jackpot with those two. Even with the last day being so rainy, we all had a blast, mud and all. I would highly recommend this tour!
The national cycling routes and the GPS does make it easy to follow the itinerary. For someone like me who was on his first ever bike tour, Bike Switzerland made the experience a great one!!! The visit to the farmers market and the last evening dinner at a chef's house was really a good experience. The equipment given to us, the meticulous planning, excellent hotels, good food - especially the picnics - made the whole touring holiday a 5-star experience. I would surely recommend it others and look forward to doing another one next year.
Cow bells, church bells, cobblestone streets, gravel paths, mountain climbs, mountain views, narrow roads, gourmet picnics, fondue, raclette, Swiss farm breakfast, bikes with lots of gears (and great brakes), Swiss chocolate and most importantly, old friends and new friends to share seven days of incredible biking across Switzerland
Every time I think of you guys and Switzerland I get so excited about the thought of a return trip.
I don't know how anyone could expect more from the hotels and meals you arranged. You took great care of us and made this my most pampered vacation ever. I hope I'll have the chance to do it again.
We enjoyed David very much. Great guy!! A keeper!
We loved the bikes!! It is absolutely not necessary to bring your own bike. The gears were very easy to change and the tires were perfect for the gravel.
We have been on 5 bike trips with more expensive companies and yours was as good as any of them. We got the value.
Regarding how challenging the riding was- It was not challenging but not easy. At the end of the day had enough energy and time to see the towns and that was good.
We take biking holidays to see the country and enjoy the biking and that was accomplished on your tour.
I really appreciated your responsiveness and patience from the first email. Also, your ability to accommodate special diet requests (gluten-free, vegetarian) and attention to our needs ( changing seat, handlebar stems) was also appreciated. The meals were great, the hotels were varied and they gave a local flavor. The support of your team on the road made me feel confident.
It’s not a trip where you pedal fast and furiously. We’ve traveled with other tours throughout Europe and no tours included lunch. On this tour, the picnics were exceptional, varied and scenic. The team was well-prepared for changing weather conditions and emergencies. Martin had an accident, but his needs were attended to and I was able to bike the rest of the tour without worrying. I loved the length of the trip and the rest day with the hiking option. Most tours are limited to a week, but Bike Switzerland’s longer itinerary allowed me to achieve the goal of biking across Switzerland.
It was very well organized. The ride, choice of hotels and restaurants were great ! The scenery was priceless. You, David and Frog were the nicest people we've ever met.
I've meant to write back and say thank you for the awesome Challenge tour this past June.
I loved the challenge, and riding the e-bike was fun. I usually rode with the slower group, but on the hardest day with the steepest climbs, I caught up to the fast group and rode with them the rest of the day. It was scary with the steep downhills, but exhilarating too. I couldn't believe this old fat lady could stay with them! Now, I had trained and was in shape, and it was awesome to find out I could do more than I imagined. I paid for it the next day when I was pretty tired, but oh, what a great memory!
This trip was on our bucket list for about 10 years.
Thanks again. I do recommend your tour. And if it's hot again, I highly recommend jumping in the lake!
I couldn’t recommend Bike Switzerland more for the great organization, in-depth knowledge of the routes and wonderful places to stay.
The Challenge Tour was just superb. Chris and Mark were the business ! I hope all of you guys are good.
I loved the Price Tour des Alpes bicycle that I rode on that Challenge Tour. I'm thinking of buying one off you for my girlfriend as a present.
Dale and I want to thank you again for organizing such an enjoyable, challenging bike tour. Although the climbs did test us, we enjoyed every part of the trip, from the stunning scenery to the companionship of some very fine people. Chris was a fabulous guide, so kind, attentive, and, yes, patient.
The ride exceeded our expectations, in no small part thanks to Chris, Liz and Mark.
As I suspect you know well, leading groups can be a challenge, especially a quickly formed group of folks with differing backgrounds, abilities and interests. Even under ideal circumstances I can well imagine you and your team have been put to the task.
What impressed me so much is how well your team rose to these challenges, and kept us on track so positively
Yes, the natural beauty of Switzerland was great, but these three people made the experience for us. We are very grateful.
"In fact Bike Switzerland has been one of the best tour companies that we have ever partnered with. Everything was top notch, seamless and well run in terms of promotional materials, planning, advertising and finally implementing a successful tour for Cascade Bicycle Club. Because of this we look forward to working again in the very near future. "
I could go on and on about the fabulous hotels with exquisite views, the delicious food at the restaurants and David’s super lunches, but I will simply sum up the trip by saying it was one of the best vacations I have ever had.
I had no idea if the ride would work out for me, especially since at 72, I was older than the others and had not tested myself in the mountains for some time. So, I felt incredibly blessed and thankful for what I was able to do: to fulfill my dream of watching the cows graze in lush, green meadows, look up at the high mountain peaks and arrive not winded but able to celebrate the beauty of it all.
We experienced marvelous roads with fun climbs and descents, spectacular scenery, a variety of towns, food, drink and people ! And it all came off seamlessly ! I do hope to return next summer with some friends and will wear my Bike Switzerland jersey with enthusiasm.
During the first days, I looked at Mark and said “ It's so wonderful not having to worry about the details ! Letting go of that aspect of vacation was easy after the first day…it was clear that we were in good hands ! Both John and David catered to the whims of each rider…amazing.
The Challenge Route lives up to its name, but it's manageable and I would recommend it to anyone who feels up to it.
I cannot imagine a better ride or company to travel with. Merci mille fois John and David !!
From our trip mates to food to vistas to challenges…loved it. Being able to literally ride through people's backyards was great ! The Challenge Route is a dream !
It does what is says on the can ! The Challenge Tour was a challenge, but do-able terrain and distance for most. Good accommodation and food. Good bicycles and equipment. Helpful and knowledgeable guides. It would be difficult to envisage a better all-around trip.
So, at age 53, I cycled the whole thing from end to end and loved every single minute!" Having the company director on the tour and leading the ride was also a major bonus.
We weren't just tourists stopping at highlights on the map. We saw must-see places, but the ride through small towns, fields, woods, farms, seeing children play, adults at work, the daily life was the most enjoyable aspect. I will hold this week high on my list of life accomplishments and adventures.
great cycling, fantastic scenery, excellent accommodation, local hospitality and great food. Overall, I was very satisfied with all aspects of the trip.
I was impressed by the level of detail/effort put into the arrangement. The overall quality was top-class. I heard the phrase “first class” used by a lot of riders.
Clean and beautiful with pleasant people throughout. Hotels and food were 1 st rate and of a standard higher than I expected. John went out of his way to meet the needs of everyone and David was fun, dependable and accommodating in our food requests.
I hope that the memories will stay with us when life gets tough. It's the toughest , yet most rewarding bike trip I have ever been on.
David (your Swiss driver) was one of the best parts of the trip! Really enjoyed this trip!
Joani and I travel a lot and this will rank as one of our best travel experiences ever. We wish you success in the future and will recommend you to many back home.
The riding was challenging and you definitely had a sense of accomplishment after completing the ride across Switzerland . After doing this ride I feel like I can face any challenges in my life.
Thank you for making it an extraordinary time. Your hospitality, along with that of David, Daryl and Frog made it a warm and unforgettable experience. By far the nicest 10 days of vacation that we have ever experience. Five stars in my book.
I have talked to every cyclist I know about what a fantastic experience it was. My first ride back in the states was quite a shock after being spoiled by the bicycle friendly Swiss. The accommodations, the food, the staff, the route, and the scenery were better than I expected. I can't wait for a return trip.
The ride required a fair degree of stamina, so I'm glad that I trained reasonably well. I have other avenues to explore, but will not hesitate to return for another ride. I have friends who really need to experience the opportunity and I will, without a doubt, tell them about the ride, the accommodations, the food, etc
What was especially appreciated were the “safety valve” options of taking a train in the case of inclement weather or physical wear and tear.
I'm writing to say that I'm coming again this year with two friends !
The variety of places and food allow people to really taste the Swiss culture. I loved this bike tour and feel like I learned more than I ever expect I would about Switzerland . I wish, however, that I had been more prepared for the hills.
We wanted to bike hard and see Switzerland to get a sense of the place and people. The trip exceed all my expectations: beautiful riding, beautiful hotels, fine meals and spectacular scenery.
I have enjoyed 24 bike tours in Europe over the past 16 years, and BikeSwitzerland is just about the most thoughtfully-planned, best-run (and certainly serves up the most elegant meals!) I've experienced .
The rides were fun and the guides were excellent. David was excellent as well. This was a wonderful experience; well thought-out and planned.
On top of all that, the service was incredible and the bikes worked really well. I had a great time.
As for the ride, it was stunningly beautiful…much more than we had expected…and the temperatures were perfect, so late August was a good time to go. We’d done a self-guided trip in France and were given maps to guide us to our next hotel. There were no guides, no lunch, and the bikes were pretty bad. In contrast, the services you provided along with the cultural insights were incredible and the bikes were great! This is a huge consideration when choosing a touring company as I hate taking my bike with me. When you promote your ride for next year, you need to really communicate the quality of the accommodations and the quality (and quantity!) of the food. Excellent job!
When 7 days of riding and 12 days away from home feels like an entire month of vacation, I call that a successful trip! As a somewhat selective eater who also requires quantity, I am pleased to report that I never went hungry, which is always one of my main concerns on a bike trip. Also,the cell phones were a great tool that enabled me to be independent.
It would be a crying shame were you to discontinue this tour and thus deprive others of experiencing it. I’ve done over ten guided cycling tours, and I think Chris is the best/most competent cycling guide I have had. Mark set a new standard in that at every hotel, we were booked in by the time we arrived, and even our bags were in our assigned rooms. If any future/potential clients require a positive review, tell them to email me!
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the circumnavigation tour of the Jura.
It would be a crying shame were you to discontinue this tour and thus deprive others of experiencing it.
We had much discussion regarding means to promote and market the tour to future clientele.
Chris was a fantastic tour leader and I particularly appreciated his commitment to safety in general, his indication of his intentions regarding direction, and his pointing out potential road hazards.
On ten cycle tours, I think he is the best/most competent cycling guide I have experienced. Mark set a new standard in that at every hotel, we were booked in by the time we arrived, and even our bags were in our assigned rooms.
Since both Chris and Mark are both Swiss residents, their knowledge and interesting information about Switzerland in general, that they imparted enthusiastically was an unexpected bonus.
If any future/potential clients require a positive review, tell them to email me!
John and the Bike Switzerland team create an amazing experience for the Alpine tour. While the climbs are challenging, they are do-able if you have good road cycling background. Every turn on the route brings a spectacular view and the descents from the big passes (like Klausen) are a blast! The hotels and food are outstanding - John has worked hard to find some real gems for us to relax at each night. The guides are totally committed to your success and safety, and really helped the group bond as the tour went along.
You can't make a better decision than to go on the Bike Switzerland Alpine tour!
Cycling in Switzerland is like no other experience....it's exhilarating and easy to navigate because of all the bike paths with breathtaking views around
every turn. The Swiss attitudes of peace and tolerance translate to cycling. Every day was a highlight. From the breathtaking views of Lake Geneva after the
climb from Aigle to communing with the cows during the ascent into Gruyere, the Alpine Tour was great. We really tested our quads on the Klausen Pass, and the descent was awesome. The Bike Switzerland team was as fantastic as the riding. Great hotels were followed by "pop-up” lunches with fresh local food. Can’t say enough good things about the Alpine Tour!
As a passionate and experienced cyclist, I have biked in many wonderful locations. The inaugural Alpine Tour was, in all aspects, an awesome experience. The route, climbing, food, support and camaraderie were all tremendous. Both Chris and Marcus were superb riders who shepherded us through hours of climbing, making sure no one was left behind and giving us inspiration to summit as a champion. I look forward to doing the trip again.
We appreciated how you thought through our departure and bike return plan—this worked well. All of your pre-trip emails and information were very helpful too.
All of the hotels were great. Maybe the favourites were the Murtenhof or the Grand Hotel des Bains.
The GPS’s worked perfectly saving us much time worrying about getting lost.
Along with another couple, we did the first three days of Bike Switzerland’s Lite Tour. This was a wonderful way to see Switzerland. The routes were carefully chosen and allowed us to enjoy the country at a relaxed pace. The logistics organized by John and his team were flawless -- everything from the bikes to the directions, hotels, luggage transfers, and communications worked perfectly. We were blessed with great weather and enjoyed the mix each day of farms, villages, and lake views. Our only regret was we didn’t have time to do more. We hope to return one summer before too long and ride the entire Lite or Challenge Tour.
The route was just what I was looking for, challenging but never overwhelming, though I’m glad I was able to train in the mountains here around Seattle. I also enjoyed the quieter country lanes quite a bit though I would warn that someone looking to race along might not be as keen on those.
So well worth it, thank you for providing such a well thought out and organized experience.
The Lite Tour was the perfect choice, easy cycling with a few hills, nothing problematic. Without luggage to carry, it made it that much easier on steeper roads. Our longest day was 81km and the shortest 44km, we rode about 6-7 hours a day. There was time to visit, for pictures, to rest, etc. Our bikes were excellent, light, tuned and well equipped. The weather was ideal, 18c – 22c, perfect for cycling. The hotels selected by Bike Switzerland were great, always well located and easy to find. The pre-departure briefing was very helpful.
I did the independent Challenge Tour solo in August 2016. It was fabulous.
It was my seventh European multi-day bike trip and it easily surpassed all the others because of the daily superb scenery and the predominantly quiet trails and roads. Also the signage for the national bike trail network is very reliable. I missed a few turns but it was easy to get back on course. On five of the previous European trips I had brought my own bike but the logistics and costs of doing that are a major headache.
The Challenge Tour was easy – the bike provided by Bike Switzerland was much better than what I use at home, and I had absolutely no mechanical difficulties.
Thanks to Bike Switzerland for an unforgettable experience. I am now thinking of tackling the Jura tour.
A friend and I completed this wonderful route this week and it now ranks as one of my top two cycle trips. We had exceptional weather which doesn't hurt with rating and allowed us to get out and see a lot during the tour.
Hotels step above what would be standard for bike tours; all hotels were VERY well located, had good WiFi, and were receptive to us traveling by bike.
Route was perfect lengths, one would have thought you would want more than 30 to 50 miles a day, but you need to stop and take photos and drinks some wine. Spent six hours a day in the saddle.
Bikes were above average; great equipment, in great condition.
I wanted to send this review to you to tell you how much we enjoyed our Bike Switzerland Lite Tour last month in the first part of August.
The riding was great and where you had us riding was delightful as it included beautiful scenery, excellent photography opportunities as well as a nice spectrum of historic villages. And your selection of hotels worked out very nice. We thoroughly enjoyed our bicycling experience with Bike Switzerland!!
Well, we left Switzerland today with much sadness. What an amazing trip. Thanks for everything. I will recommend the journey highly to anyone and everyone who will listen.
In a nutshell: great time, great scenery, great accommodations and would happily be a source for tribute to Bike Switzerland and it's staff.
And while I rode alone, I was also comforted in knowing that the people of Bike Switzerland were never more than a phone call away, and that they wanted me to have as good of an experience as I wanted to have! When questions did arise, Bike Switzerland was always quick to help. The bike was great, a cell phone was provided, and every hill or valley brought new and life-giving experiences.
This was my first bicycle tour, and it won't be my last. I look forward to returning, and would recommend Bike Switzerland to anyone!
And I’ve toured 6 different countries in the last four years. The route researched by Bike Switzerland kept me off the main roads and through what must be some of the most interesting and beautiful areas of Switzerland.
one stop solution for this purpose and our experience confirmed our trust in you.
We were very happy with the bikes and the GPS, the local phones, the brightly printed maps and useful titbits of information were all examples of your good organization. I fall short of words in thanking you for all of this !
It was easy to find the bike shop to start our tour and an easy ride to get out of Geneva. The country's bike routes are very easy to navigate and the GPS worked perfectly. The luggage transfers went smoothly and we only had to wait about an hour one day for our luggage to arrive. We have done other bike tours with tour groups, so we enjoyed the fact that we were on our own and took it at our own pace. We had a rest by doing the hiking option in Wengen. This was a much needed day off and Wengen was a neat place to see and explore.
We decided to make the independent tour for our honey moon, but we never imaged that the experience would be as perfect as it was, everything… the riding, the hotels, the food, the people, the different places (Cities and Country sites) that we visited and the tour logistic could not be better. It was a dreamed honey moon and a unique experience…We really share special moments.
A group of friends and I chose to do the tour in July 2008 on an "independent basis" because we felt that it would give us more freedom to explore, more challenges to find our way and and more satisfaction on reaching our goal.
And it worked! We found our way easily, aided also by the GPS skills of my brother. We liked our rental bikes right away, well suited for the mix of 2/3 asphalt, 1/3 gravel roads. The route is very well chosen, away from big traffic and offers magnificent views of the Swiss Alps. The tour is challenging but not too hard, a mix not often found in cycling tours. Accomodations were fine, luggage transport worked without fail. We also had time to do a few interesting visits on route.
We have done both supported and unsupported tours in the past and, for a variety of reasons, chose to do an unsupported trip with Bike Switzerland. Our whole experience was a positive one and we would whole heartedly recommend Bike Switzerland.
As an admitted "bike snob," I was really pleased with all of the equipment: everything was top notch. The route was excellent and the National Bike Routes, along with the GPS directions, make navigation pretty much idiot-proof even for someone like myself who has historically always used a paper map.
My wife and I are "flatlanders" from Minnesota. The route was sufficiently challenging but manageable with proper conditioning. My wife opted for a couple shorter days by jumping on the train and meeting me along the way which is an available option pretty much anywhere along the way. There were plenty of food options all along the way regardless of whether you wanted picnicking or fine dining. All in all, a great trip!
My wife and I did the honeymoon tour based on the Lite Tour in 2014. Today, over 2 years down the road, we are assembling a photo wall for our home and we can still vividly remember each of the beautiful landscapes, scenic roads, lovely hotels... There really are no words to describe just how perfect our honeymoon tour was. We definitely plan on doing a similar tour with our kids when they are old enough! And then again to celebrate our anniversary every 10 years. This was really a wonderful experience.