A combination of exercise and relaxation for a perfect day, a 3-4 hour, 40 km/24 mile ride using a power-assisted electric bikes that most people of normal physical fitness and stamina can do, combined with a scenic 2-hour lake cruise back to Lucerne. Ride along mostly off-road paths and trails on a ridge overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains, through beautiful countryside, green forest, and neatly cultivated farmland. Walk in William Tell’s footsteps at the Hohle Gasse and learn more about Switzerland’s great hero and his enduring significance today. As you wander on back-roads to Brunnen you can stop by at the the Swiss Knife Valley Center and Retail Store and vitsit their interesting pocket knife museum or watch how the iconic Swiss army knife is assembled. Note: minimum age to ride an E-Bike is 16 years.
Starting at the Lucerne train station at 8:15am, you will get your Flyer electric bike and helmet. When everyone is ready, you will ride through town before a short sharp uphill stretch that rewards your efforts with magnificent views over the city, the lake and the surrounding mountains (30 mins). This tour is a great alternative to hiking, or if you have teenage children, or like to bike and want to see as much as you can in a day enjoying beautiful scenery. As you continue on a ridge path you will overlook the local golf course, then proceed through a forest and neatly cultivated farmland. Next, you'll cruise downhill to lake level and on to the Hohle Gasse, where where you hear and see the William Tell story told by a unique audio-visual presentation (30 minutes).Take a break in a picturesque lakeside settlement of wooden chalets, for about 30 minutes before continuing alongside more lakes and then meandering up through orchard farmland, past a busy railway junction and a nature wetland area. Ride on the outer edge of a little lake with a minuscule island that hosts a first-class restaurant accessible only by boat.Back roads take you finally to the end point of Brunnen in time for lunch at a restaurant or a picnic (1-2 hrs). At the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Centre and Retail Store, if you have booked well in advance, you can assemble your knife (reservation by 15 March essential for any booking from June to end of Sept) or spend a pleasant 30 mins wandering around the pretty town before returning with your bike by Lake Lucerne steamer for a relaxing two-hour boat ride back to Lucerne where you will return the bikes and helmets to the depot.You reach Lucerne either at around 5pm or 6pm, depending on which boat you take.