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Alps - Switzerland

Swiss Alps Traversee

6 days | Switzerland | €1195

For the ambitious road cyclist longing for summits and hairpin turns, Switzerland is perfection.

Distance
770 km

Gain
17,000 m

Temp
17°C

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Overview

Distance

770 km

Gain

17,000 m

Temperature

17°C

INCREDIBLY SMOOTH ROADS AND SPECTACULAR ALPINE MOUNTAIN PASSES

Switzerland has a lot to offer. The roads are incredibly smooth and plentiful, carving through inviting Alpine mountain passes with flawless slopes. With every hairpin, you discover new vistas of incredible mountain sceneries, in which giant glaciers, staggering summits, lakes, pastures and villages have been arranged by an invisible, but well-organised, hand.

On this 6-day trip, we ride across the Swiss Alps from east to west, from Lake Como in Italy to the French shore of Lake Geneva. We cross the main Alpine chain and the cantons of Ticino, Grisons, the Berner Oberland, Valais and Vaud. We climb 12 major mountain cols and their typical postcard-like landscapes, among which Splügen, San Bernadino, Lukmanier, Oberalp, Gotthard, Nufenen, Furka and Susten.

The highlight of the trip is our 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. When we arrive in Thonon-les-Bains, we will have covered 650 km and 14,000 m of vertical gain. We will discover the varied facets of the Swiss valleys and taste many local specialities including rösti, älplermagronen, zibelechueche, tuorta da nusch… This is a truly mind-blowing trip.

Perfect roads, jaw-dropping scenery

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: chalets, alpine meadows, cows, villages and mountains.

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

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

You must be well prepared for the season in Switzerland. The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C, and from January to February, the range is -2 to 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

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels

All the hotels 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

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4-course menu are included over the 6 nights. All you need to worry about it what you want to drink with each meal.

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

What’s included in your trip

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, GPS tracking

5 Nights Accommodation

5 nights in 2-3* hotels with en-suite facilities

All Meals

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

What's not included.

International flights & transfers

Airport transfers are available at an additional cost

Insurance

Please organise suitable travel insurance

Additional excursions

Visits to museums, monuments and sites are not included

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After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

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

You only pay 30 days before the tour. If you can’t travel due to COVID-19, we’ll help you arrange your future tour or give you your money back. There’s no messing around when it comes to your money.

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