Pure Adventures’ two new bike Tours in Switzerland
Pure Adventures, which designs adventurous cycling vacations in Europe, has two new itineraries in Switzerland for 2013. In my book, Switzerland is the most beautiful country in Europe — and that’s saying a lot, because Europe is a continent filled with scenic splendor. If I were of a mind to undertake a gonzo bike tour, I’d want to sign on for one of these.
Tour de Suisse
The first is a guided VIP trip June 9-15 for a maximum of 20 guests surrounding 77th Tour de Suisse. The itinerary dovetails with the June 8-16 race. Guests ride an average of 80 kilometers a day (about 4 hours), including grueling ascents, breezy descents and lovely cruising, along with access to team buses, mechanic stations and former Swiss pros at various stops.
The per-person double rate of 3200 CHF (1 Swiss francs = approx US$3,480) includes six nights’ lodging, all breakfasts and lunches, five dinners, cell phones, GPS, maps, professional Swiss guides, luggage transfers, van support, train transfers and bicycle transfers during TdS program, exclusive VIP pass and access benefits and use of a new BMC Racing bike for rent.
Geneva to Interlaken (Self-Guided)
This self-guided, eight-day tour available from May through travels from Geneva to Interlaken along famous Swiss national cycling routes using late-model BMC hybrids and road bikes for use throughout. Among the beguiling destinations are Lausanne, Lac Leman (aka, Lake Geneva) for a boat trip, Montreux and wine country, Bulle (the entire old town is a Swiss National Heritage Site), Gruyères and Gstaad in the Bernese Alps.
The per person double rate of 1780 CHF includes atarts with arrival orientation, bike se- up, GPS
navigation, route book with maps and cue sheets with notes about sites and recommendations along the way, bike rental return handling by train fromInterlaken, emergency support during riding hours and all luggage transfers between hotels. The cost includes seven nights’ lodging, daily breakfast and one dinner — all in Switzerland’s most gastronomically intereresting region.
Pure Adventures, 6501 East Greenway Parkway (#103-439), Scottsdale, AZ 85254; 800-960-2221.