Highlights
  • Explore lakeside views through a nature reserve and along the Rhone river
  • Visit into the Highlands to the famous town of Gruyères
  • Climb famous Alpine pass, the Col du Pillon (good thing we’re on e-bikes!)

An electric assist up alpine peaks

Glide effortlessly through mountain and glacial vistas on your faithful e-bike—we’re the only ones with a dedicated e-bike trip designed to electrify. For thrills, lunch in a mountain hut, then traverse a high-altitude glacier via a looming suspension bridge. For culture, listen as our local friend brings the region’s stories to life over an aperitif. And for dessert? Chocolate, of course!

Destinations
Cities & Attractions
  • N/A
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Rhone River

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4.9 Guide
5.0 Activities
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4.9 Transportation
5.0 Meals
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Butterfield and Robinson has changed our lives. September 2016

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Butterfield and Robinson has changed our lives. The combination of hiking, or biking, or cruise/biking at a slowed-down pace, with the help of their excellent guides, in foreign locations, makes for a relaxed, pleasurable travel experience. We have now travelled ten times with them, and we plan to do more. Their electric bikes (optional) extend our opportunity to travel with them into happy old age. Terry Patrick
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Itinerary

Day 1:

We set forth from the farming village of Savigny and get familiar with our e-bikes before lunch in a quaint winemaking village. Stop in one of the famous villages such as Epesses or St-Saphorin before dinner tonight at a gastronomic restaurant near our hotel.

Day 2:

Today, our ride will take us from lakeside views through a nature reserve and along the Rhone river to the beautiful town of Aigle and then back to the magnificent castle of Chillon. From there we will gaze at the Swiss Riviera as we make our way back to Vevey by steamboat.

Day 3:

Heading into the Highlands to the famous town of Gruyères (like the cheese), we’ll sample the region’s delicious fare. Stop in at an alpine house in Château-d'Oex, that our hostess Anne elegantly has transformed into a "buvette d'alpage" (a mountain pasture cafe). The stunning panorama will make us forget about the climb to get there.

Day 4:

Climb famous Alpine pass, the Col du Pillon (good thing we’re on e-bikes!), from which we’ll take a gondola ride to the top of the Tsanfleuron Glacier, affording a stunning view of the Alps. We’ll descend the mountains in time to explore Gstaad, try a longer ride to Lauenen Lake, visit a cheese cellar or enjoy the hotel’s spa.

Day 5:

For our last day together, we journey to the verdant pastures of the Emmental: a patchwork of farms and winding little routes. After a cozy lunch – which just might involve the region’s famed Swiss cheese – head into Bern to wander its charming pedestrian centre.

Day 6:

After breakfast, we’ll arrange a taxi at your leisure to the Bern train station. It is time to say au revoir et bon voyage!

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Details
Trip Includes
  • All hotel accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, including wine
  • Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
  • Use of a Scott E-Venture electric-assist bike (or a road bike at special request), equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
  • A handlebar-mounted 7” Samsung Galaxy tablet with preloaded GPS bike routes
  • B&R biodegradable water bottle
  • All special events and private tours
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Accomodations

Le Grand Large, Dolus Ile D’oléron

Built in 1965, the hotel Le Grand Large has found its place in a natural way in the middle of the dunes and the beach of La Remigeasse. With Le Corbusier’s style and its exposure to the west, it’s a very luminous and comfortable place to relax. The hotel associates comfort with high-quality, designer furniture and a soft and chic atmosphere.

Hotel Le Toiras, St Martin De Ré

The Hôtel de Toiras is exceptionally well located at the entrance to the port of Saint Martin de Ré, the historical capital of the Île de Ré. The façades, typical of the old Île de Ré residences subjected to the forces of the Atlantic Ocean for nearly four centuries, make the hotel an integral part of the activities and life of this harbour town, endowing it with great natural charm.

Start City
Lausanne
End City
Bern
Cancellation Policy:

If you have to cancel your B&R trip, you are entitled to the return of these amounts:

Number of days prior to your trip:

270+: 100% Refund of deposit

96-269: 50% Refund of deposit

61-95: 75% Refund of trip cost

31-60: 50% Refund of trip cost

0-30% : 100% Cancellation fee

Should you cancel your reservation more than 95 days in advance of the departure date, the entire US$1,000 per person deposit is transferable as a future trip credit to be used by the same traveller towards a B&R trip departing within 24 months of the original trip cancellation date. This credit cannot be extended beyond 24 months but may be transferred to another trip only once. Between 61-95 days prior to your original departure date, you may transfer to a different trip in the same calendar year upon payment of a fee of US$250 per person (this fee will be waived for Premier Cru & Grand Cru travellers). If you cancel this subsequent reservation, then the cancellation fees applicable shall be the higher of the cancellation fee on your original reservation or the cancellation fee on the trip to which you transferred. Within 60 days of departure, the regular cancellation fees will apply.

 

Additional Information:

Activity Level:

Recreational

While our daily routes average 40 to 50 km (25 to 31 mi.) daily, e-bike technology brings the peaks within everybody’s reach. The Swiss hills are indeed alive though, and the more time you’ve spent in the saddle the more you will enjoy the ride.

Gear:

The Bikes

You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, you’ll be riding an e-bike providing electric assistance whenever you want it. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.

Trip ID#: SwiBikBut

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