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Ride Info

Ride Overview

Western Swiss Lakes, Bernese Oberland Lac d'Annecy

  • Arrival
  • 5/28/2023
  • Departure
  • 6/12/2023
  • Ride Director
  • Lucy Glover
  • Ride Co-Director
  • Randy Glover
  • Driver
  • Arleen Sakamoto
  • Starting Location
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Finishing Location
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Estimated Cost †
  • $3100
  • Deposit
  • $1000
  • Number of Riders
  • 24 (min. 24 /max. 24)
  • Space Available
  • 0
  • No. of Pending Riders
  • 0

Ride Rating

2B  Warning - Read the Description Carefully

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† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.

Ride Director Comments

There are 4 days that exceed the 2B rating, however there are train options to shorten these days.

Ride Description

This tour was last led in June, 2018. The ride goes from the lake country to the vineyards on the edge of the Juras, along several Swiss lakes and through the Bernese Oberland to the Jungfrau region. It then goes back through the Bernese Oberland, down to the Rhone River, over the French Alps (by train) and to Lac Annecy before heading back to our starting point. Specifically, the ride takes us from Geneva to a small town on Lac Lehman and then along the shores of Lac Neuchatel with a boat ride to the city of Neuchatel. We continue through Murten to the stunning town of Gruyeres and on to the capital city of Bern. Next we pass Interlaken on our way to visit the alpine town of Lauterbrunnen. The journey continues through the Bernese Oberland again and heads south to Gstaad and over Col du Pillon to the Rhone River, where we take a train from Martigny to a stop just before Chamonix. We climb a short distance over the Col des Montets before descending to Chamonix (which faces Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe) for the night and then ride to the beautiful French town of Annecy. We stay in 5 towns for 2 nights each so we can cycle, hike or boat to interesting sights around each town. Highlights include a ferry across Lac Neuchatel, viewing ancient methods of cheese making, hiking in the Alps and a scenic train ride on the Chamoinx-Mont Blanc Express.

All participants must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to present vaccination documentation for viewing by Ride Leader if requested.

This tour is rated 2B with an average daily distance of 48 miles and average elevation gain of 2240 feet. There are 4 days with mileage and/or altitude gain that exceeds the 2B rating (52 miles and 2966 feet, 53 miles and 2339 feet, 58 miles and 2700 feet, and 64 miles and 3133 feet), making this a more difficult 2B ride. There are 9 mandatory riding days between hotels. We will ride on lightly traveled country roads and Swiss cycle paths with minimal distances on busy roads. Participants must be comfortable using maps with route sheets and following bike path signs.

Electronic versions of maps and route sheets will be sent, and participants are expected to print their own copies of them. GPS tracks will be provided for those who want them, but it is up to the rider to know how to use his or her GPS before the trip begins.

Expect the unexpected. Weather in Switzerland can be either warm and dry or cool and rainy. Low temperatures will range from 48-52 and highs from 65-70. Remember to bring rain gear, just in case. Check your favorite weather site on the web just before your departure for a long range forecast.

The accommodations on this trip are mostly owner-operated, very nice 4-star hotels, with a few 3-star hotels and one 5-star hotel. Daily route reviews before our group dinners will include a glass of wine, beer, soft drink, juice or water with a small snack. Drinks at dinner are normally extra. We use your Preferences in your Profile to try and accommodate your special medical and dietary needs. In order to provide you with some meal choices we ask hotels to serve two main dishes to each couple. If you receive one dish and prefer the other, you may trade with others. Very few hotels allow a group to order off the menu and some insist on serving only one main dish. Participants are asked not to wear jeans, shorts or t-shirts to group dinners.

The tour will meet on May 28, 2023 and depart after breakfast on June 12, 2023 in Ferney Voltaire, France near Geneva, Switzerland. The pre-ride meeting and dinner will be at the hotel with the meeting beginning at 6 PM and dinner at 7:30 PM. There is a free shuttle to and from the hotel to Geneva International Airport (GVA). We will have a van driver. The van's primary role will be to transport luggage and supplies. While it will be available to assist with any emergencies, it will not serve as as sag vehicle and participants are expected to complete the ride each day. Bike boxes will be stored in Ferney Voltaire during the tour. We are trying to find a company that will rent bikes, including e-bikes, at a reasonable price. Tandems are welcome on the tour.

Estimated cost $3100 per person (at exchange rate of $1.20 per Euro and $1.15 per Swiss Franc) double occupancy for 15 nights including 10 dinners, 15 breakfasts, social hour refreshments, cue sheets, and maps. Tickets for sight seeing, boats and trains are not included in the cost. Initial deposit is $1000 with additional payment of $1100 on July 1, 2022 and $1000 on October 1, 2022. Note: The final payment may be adjusted depending on currency exchange fluctuations..

We welcome single participants with roommates but we do not take solos due to room limitations. The Ride Directors will introduce and assist singles to find roommates, but singles must make their own rooming decision. Singles who sign up without a roommate will remain on the wait list until they have found one.‚Äč

The BAC Ride Registration Fee and Payment Processing Fees are not refundable unless the entire tour is canceled because the number of participants registered is less than the minimum established for the tour. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the canceling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the canceling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the canceling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from the Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and cleanup. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you might have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions. Before participating in any BAC tour, members should review their medical coverage and assess whether what you have is sufficient. If it isn’t, you should purchase additional travel medical coverage.

BAC maintains a policy that provides coverage for expenses related to medical emergencies and repatriation when members are on tours outside the US and their home country. The policy ceases to be applicable if a member makes a personal deviation (e.g., makes a side trip not related to the planned BAC tour), has limits on expenses covered for family members and only applies for 45 days following departure from home. The policy maintained by BAC does not cover costs associated with self-quarantines that may be government mandated. Members should also ensure that vaccinations are up to date (e.g., COVID, annual influenza, tetanus, etc.). If traveling outside your home country you may wish to consult with a travel physician or nurse to ensure that the appropriate vaccinations are up to date.

To register for this ride, use the sign-up links just above the Ride Description. After preliminary acceptance, you will be moved to the pending list and receive an email requesting you to go back to the BAC site to digitally accept the terms of the Release of Liability (ROL), and pay the non-refundable BAC Ride Registration Fee and Tour Deposit by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. BAC members with questions may contact the Ride Director by "clicking" the name at the top of this Ride Description.

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