One positive thing about the pandemic is that a lot of us started taking up cycling. And if you’re keen to stay fit using two wheels, an epic biking holiday is an exciting and inspiring way to keep the momentum going. As well as being a sustainable way to fully engage with your surroundings and really immerse yourself in a destination and culture, a cycling break allows you to take in some jaw-dropping paronamas that are inaccessible via other modes of transport. And, of course, they’re wonderfully fun.
Vaud, in Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region, offers stunning landscapes and adapted services specially designed for cyclists, making it ideal for biking excursions. The region is one of the preferred regions for SwitzerlandMobility, the ambassador of soft mobility in Switzerland. And with about 20 marked SwitzerlandMobility routes to choose from, there’s something for every level and type of biker or mountain biker in Vaud. Whether cycling enthusiasts are passing soothing lakes, demanding mountain passes, vineyards or the countryside, one thing is certain and that’s an awe-inspiring backdrop.
The Jura and the Vaud Alps are where athletic types tackle the mountain paths with family or friends and get their physical effort rewarded with one of those breathtaking vistas. Thanks to the more efficient electric bikes and mountain bikes, it’s now easier to take up the challenge in mountainous terrains.
Meanwhile, cyclists looking for relaxed routes can enjoy a brisk ride across the countryside or vineyards, leisurely contemplating the scenery and stopping for a gourmet break to taste terroir products before setting off again. Then there are the lakes, which remain the ideal excursion destination for soft-paced family outings. To make these cycling adventures available to all, most sports shops in the region offer e-bikes for hire.
Luggage transportation, a service highly appreciated by cycling tourists, enables visitors to cycle for several days without the additional weight of their bags. This service is on offer for two- and three-day circuits in the Vaud Jura Parc or for the four-day tour of the Vaud Alps.
Located in the southwestern part of Switzerland, between Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchâtel, the French-speaking region of Vaud is a dream vacation destination. The area, best known for its art of living, local and internationally renowned events, outdoor sports activities, world class gastronomy, traditions and culture, is served by Geneva international airport. It boasts a strong infrastructure including luxurious and affordable accommodation and a well-connected transportation system.
Vaud features beautiful towns such as Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and Montreux Riviera, all steeped in centuries of history and culture. It has influenced and inspired many artists over the years from Lord Byron and Audrey Hepburn to Charlie Chaplin, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.