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Alps - Switzerland

Swiss Alps Grand Traverse🇨🇭

6 days | Guided | $1618

For the ambitious road cyclist longing for summits and hairpin turns, Switzerland is perfection. Join us on this epic tour to discover some amazing roads and push your riding to the next level.

Distance
650 km

Gain
47,000 m

Road
Road

Temp
17°C

Overview Destination Accommodation Program Essentials
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Overview

Overview

INCREDIBLY SMOOTH ROADS AND SPECTACULAR ALPINE MOUNTAIN PASSES

Flying in:

Milan/Torino

Start point:

Chiavenna

Flying out:

Geneva

End point:

Thonon-les-Bains

This Swiss Alps Traverse Tour has a lot to offer. Incredibly smooth roads flow and carve through Alpine mountain passes with flawless slopes. With every hairpin, you’ll come across incredible mountain views, giant glaciers, staggering summits, lakes, pastures and villages. It’s as if everything has been arranged by an invisible, but well-organised, hand.

On this 6-day Swiss Alps Traverse trip, you will ride across the Swiss Alps from east to west. Starting at Lake Como in Italy and ending on the French shore of Lake Geneva. You’ll cross the main Alpine chain and climb 12 major mountain cols with their typical postcard-like landscapes.

The main highlight of this trip is the ride up to Grosse Scheidegg, with its small road winding under huge rock faces and its summit panorama of the big three: Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Discover the mixed aspects of the Swiss valleys and taste local specialities. This is a truly mind-blowing trip.

Highlights of your trip

Legendary Cols

Ride and discover legendary cols, including Col du Juan and Col du Corbier. Everybody who calls themselves a cyclist enthusiast should take on these mountain roads at least once in their lifetime.

Picture Postcard Vistas

Throughout the trip, you will see some of Switzerland's best scenery. Magnificent vistas of giant glaciers and staggering summits - your personal glacier express. Step into that wonderful postcard-images of Switzerland.

All Meals Included

This trip is also a fantastic opportunity to discover famous French gastronomy. Taste the fresh and local ingredients from continental breakfasts at the hotels, picnic lunches on the road, and refuelling dinners at the end of each day.

Destination

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. The Swiss Alps will definitely impress any rider. Along with the picture-postcard views are perfectly smooth roads, insane cols and climbs, and welcoming Swiss hospitality — perfect to make any trip unforgettable.

Weather

The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. Summer daytime temperatures range from 18-28°C, and winter range is -2-7 °C. In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is a comfortable 8 to 15 °C. The higher you go, the colder the temperatures will get.

Terrain

Switzerland is famous for its mountainous region in The Alps. These roads offer sharp climbs and challenging terrain, perfect for training and those wanting to push their riding up a level. North of the Swiss Alps is the Swiss Plateau region. Here you will find rolling hills and flatland.

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 with language, culture, and customs.

46.3272° N, 9.4012° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels

All the hotels and guesthouses along the route are in a comfortable 2-3* range.

They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Meals Included

This guided tour includes all meals.

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4 course menu are included over the 8 nights. All you need to worry about is what you want to drink with each meal.

We also recommend you bring your favourite energy gels and bars to carry with you for a mid-ride energy boost.

Program

Program

Day 1

Chiavenna - Bellinzona

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Rendezvous with the organisation team at 9 am at Chiavenna Townhall. On request, we can book the previous night’s accommodation for you in Chiavenna. We can also organise a transfer from Milano or Torino airport before the trip.

Passes of the day:

  • Passo dello Spluga (2,113 m)
  • Passo del San Bernardino (2,065 m)

Highlights:

  • The very long climb up the Splügen Pass: 1,800 m of vertical gain. As a reward, the pretty Montespluga lake, surrounded by
    pastures and dominated by mineral summits.
  • The San Bernardino pass with its small lakes and glacial ridges, before reaching the magnificent mountain lake of Moesola, surrounded by 3,000 m peaks

Day 2

Bellinzona - Andermatt

Distance

120 km

Altitude gain

2800 m

Distance

120 km

Altitude gain

2800 m

Day 3

Andermatt

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

2900 m

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

2900 m

Day 4

Andermatt - Interlaken

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2500 m

Day 5

Interlaken - La Lécherette

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Day 6

La Lécherette - Thonon-les-Bains

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Essentials

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: Milan, Torino, Bergamo.

When best to arrive: in the evening the day before the tour starts.

Where the tour starts: we meet at 9:00 at Chiavenna townhall.

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

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night in Chiavenna that we offer; the tour starts in the morning and you’ll want to be fresh!

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Geneva.

When best to depart: in the morning the day after the tour ends.

Where the tour ends: in the afternoon in the town of Thonon-les-Bains.

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

Extra nights: we recommend you book an optional extra night near the airport that we offer; the tour ends in the afternoon, packing up and transfer takes time.

What’s included in your trip

Guided tour

Trip leader in support vehicle and GPS tracks provided

5 Nights Accommodation

5 nights in 2-3* hotels, double room with en-suite facilities (single room available as a supplement)

All Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 5 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

Support vehicle

Carries your luggage and all you need

Mechanical support

Help is there when you need it

Extra

Bike rental

Only €260 for the entire trip

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental from €260 for the tour duration as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.

Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. Price includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.

Carbon Road Bike

Made fit for you and in perfect condition

More things to maximise your trip

EXTRA

Airport transfers

Just €140 both ways

Transportation for you and your bike from Milan / Bergamo / Verona Airport to the start point and back. We meet you and we drive you back, so you can have full peace of mind. You can select this option when you proceed to checkout.

EXTRA

Extra nights before and after the tour

€190 for 2 nights

The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus the transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after. Together with our transfers, this ensures seamless travel experience for you.

EXTRA

Single accommodation

€240 for 2 nights

If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an an extra €240 for the trip duration you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

What's not included.

Flights

Flights are not included in the tour package. Please follow our advice about which flights will be best suited for this tour. Reach out to us if you have any questions about flights.

Health insurance

We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sport activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

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Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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