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Alps - Switzerland

Epic Switzerland: Secrets of Romand Cycling Tour

Guided 4 days € 1,200

From the vineyards of the Chablais to the base of the glacier in Les Diablerets, discover the Alpes Vaudoises of Swiss Romand, with their characteristic mountain chalets, high mountain pastures and snowy summits.

Style
Road cycling
Gain
4,150 m
Distance
270 km
Level
Medium

Tour overview

LAKES, RIVERS, AND THE GREAT SWISS ALPS

The Secrets of Swiss Romand Cycling Tour is pure cycling paradise. If you are looking to challenge yourself to epic mountain climbs, descend through some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Europe and or simply enjoy some of the most beautiful routes in the Rhone Valley, this is the experience you have been waiting for. These roads are calm and quiet and the area is a world-renowned hub for cycling, a regular host of stages of the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse.

Together we will discover and relish in some of the most legendary mountain passes, such as Col des Mosses, Col du Pillon and Col de la Croix, over four days of incredible cycling. We’ll also get to enjoy the best of the best of the area itself in terms of gastronomy, culture and hospitality, so there’ll be plenty of time to relax and soak up Swiss mountain life whilst riding some of the most awe-inspiring roads you’ve ever seen. 

Start point
Les Diablerets
End point
Les Diablerets
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Flying in
Geneva
Flying out
Geneva

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Legendary Cols

Experience climbing three of the most famous mountain passes in the Alpes Vaudoises, the Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon, and Col des Mosses. These legendary climbs are often featured in world tour races such as the Tour de Suisse, so you’ll be riding on the same tarmac as the pros.

Unreal Views

Whilst this tour is all about the riding, you will not be short of magnificent views to feast your eyes on as you climb and descend through some of Switzerland's most incredible landscapes. Take the chance to experience this picture-postcard region in all its glory.

Expert Guides

Our on-the-ground team will guide and support you throughout the tour. They live here all year round, they know these roads like the back of their hand and are always eager to share their insider knowledge about the region’s hidden gems. We will also provide a support vehicle and mechanics who will travel with you as you ride.

Tour destination

Swiss Alps

The alpine region of Switzerland is a major part of the natural landscape, offering some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Mountain tops reach high into the sky, gorges carve routes and lakes. Switzerland's Alps will definitely impress any rider, making for an incredible setting for cycling holidays. Along with the picture-postcard views are perfectly smooth roads, insane cols and climbs, and welcoming Swiss hospitality — perfect to make any Swiss Alps cycling holiday truly unforgettable.

Discover More
  • Weather

    The local weather is generally mild with summer daytime temperatures ranging from 18 to 28°C, and winter temperatures from -2 to 7 °C. In spring and autumn, daytime temperatures can hit highs of around 15 °C. But no prizes for guessing that the higher up you go, the colder it gets.

  • Terrain

    Switzerland is synonymous with dramatic mountain scenery, and especially The Alps. The roads in this area are steep, but not impossible, perfect for cyclists looking for a challenge and to push their skills and fitness to the next level. But it’s not all about the peaks, as just north of the Swiss Alps we find the Swiss Plateau, a rolling landscape of lush green hills and sinuous trails.

  • Culture

    The Swiss are well known for their friendly and welcoming nature. The alpine region is extremely outdoors-oriented with hiking, trekking, skiing, and cycling at the heart of the nation. Switzerland is incredibly diverse in language, culture, and customs.

Accommodation during your tour

Comfortable 3* Hotels

We will be staying in 3-star hotels or guesthouses along our route, all of which offer a very pleasant and relaxing stay after a full day of riding. We choose the accommodation based on its location and proximity to the start and end of each route. Each location offers secure bike storage and a support vehicle will be on hand to move your bags between locations, so you can focus on some well-deserved R&R.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

This tour includes 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners along the journey. There is a special experience one evening to sample regional products while dining in a traditional alpine restaurant.

Energy food and drinks are provided along the cycling routes by the support team.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Col du Pillon and Col des Mosses
  • Distance
    93 km
  • Altitude Gain
    1850 m

Highlights: 

  • Breath-taking views from two summits and long descents along some of the most beautiful and dramatic passes in the Alps!

 

Today we ride our very own mountain stage with two classic climbs on the agenda: the mighty Col du Pillon and the Col des Mosses. We’ll stop for lunch in a traditional Swiss restaurant near Chateau d’Oex, the home of Breitling Orbiter 3, the first hot air balloon to fly non-stop around the globe in 1999. After lunch, we’ll descend to Aigle through the vineyards surrounding Chateau d’Aigle, before choosing your next step. You can either travel to Villars by car or fit in another incredible climb through the shady Panex forests and ride triumphantly into Villars.

 

Today’s climbs:

  • Col du Pillon (1,546 m). Covering just under 24 km in length with an average gradient of 4.9%, you will gain 1,144 metres in elevation as you summit the almighty mountain surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
  • Col des Mosses (1,445 m). This ascent stretches for just over 18 km with an average gradient of 5.7%. You’ll climb 1,029 m to the top where you can bask in spectacular views. 

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport options: Geneva.

When best to arrive: early morning on the first day of the tour.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Geneva.

When best to depart: in the afternoon on the day the tour ends.

Transfers: we highly recommend you book optional airport transfers that we offer, this way we can guarantee a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Support and Guide

    Trip leader in support vehicle and Roadbook tracks provided for all routes

  • 3 Nights Accommodation

    3 nights in 3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as a supplement)

  • Breakfast and Dinner

    3 breakfast, 3 dinners included, and an alpine dining experience, as well as energy food and drinks while cycling

  • Support Vehicle

    To carry your luggage, assist when needed, and an on-board mechanic just in case

Cycling bottle
Extra
Bike rental
Only €320 for the entire trip

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality carbon Bianchi road disc brake bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. To make sure you get the maximum from your bike for your trip, we’ve partnered with Bianchi, one of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of equipment.

Our Bianchi Infinito CV Disc carbon road bikes will make your trip unforgettable and remove the stress of travelling with your own bike.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

Bianchi Infinito CV Disc

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • EXTRA
    Single accommodation
    €201 per person for entire trip

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €201 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

Booking options

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Thursday 15 September 2022
Sunday 18 September 2022
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