X

Please type in your email address in order to access tour details and description

Your email will not be communicated to any third party or company outside France Bike Trips / Velorizons. You may receive occasional emails from France Bike Trips, with the possibility to unsubscribe at any time. CNIL (French National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties)

X

Subscribe

When you subscribe to the "Photos / Videos" section, you will receive an email whenever a new photo or video album is published.

I am interested in the following Photos / Videos albums types:

CNIL (French National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties)
X

Login ID

Type your username and password to login

I've forgotten my password
You don’t have a "My France Bike Trips" account? Click the button "Subscribe" to the right to create your account.
CNIL (French National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties)

What is My France Bike Trips?

"My France Bike Trips" allows you to:
  • Update your contact details
  • View the status of your booking
  • View and download your travel documents
  • Pay your booking balance
  • Manage your photo albums created on our website
X

I've forgotten my password

Please type in your email. We will send you a new password to this address.

CNIL (French National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties)
X

Subscribe

Please complete the form below in order to create an account

CNIL (French National Commission for Data Protection and Liberties)

What is My France Bike Trips?

"My France Bike Trips" allows you to:
  • Update your contact details
  • View the status of your booking
  • View and download your travel documents
  • Pay your booking balance
  • Manage your photo albums created on our website
X

Search

Please type in your search terms.

You can prefix chosen words with the '+' sign to make them mandatory, or with the '-' sign to avoid results containing this word from appearing, e.g. west +nepal -canada

X
View sitemap
X

A dedicated team of travel specialists is available to offer you expert advice Monday to Friday from 9 to 12:30 AM and 13:30 to 6 PM (French time) on the phone, or by email.


Phone number: +33 458 140 435
X

Contact us

A dedicated team of travel specialists is available to offer you expert advice Monday to Friday from 9 to 12:30 AM and 13:30 to 6 PM (French time) on the phone, or by email.

Send the message

Road bike France

Crossing of the majestic cols of the Swiss Alps from Lake Como to Lake GenevaRef CR86

For the ambitious road cyclist longing for summits and hairpin turns, Switzerland - with its culture of perfection - has a lot to offer: the streets are clean, the asphalt on the roads is incredibly smooth and the numerous, spectacularly planned Alpine mountain passes invite us to compete with their 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 have covered 650 km and 14,000 m of vertical gain; we have discovered the varied facets of the Swiss valleys and tasted many local specialties: rösti, älplermagronen, zibelechueche, tuorta da nusch… A truly mind-blowing trip.

Tour with assistance vehicle: from 1195€ - Details Duration : 6 days | Level : Customer satisfaction : - 0 reviews
+33 458 140 435 A dedicated team of travel specialists is available to offer you expert advice Monday to Friday from 9 to 12:30 AM and 13:30 to 6 PM (French time) on the phone, or by email.
Bookthis tour
Print
Download PDF
Share
Physical level :  

Highlights

  • Cols and mountain roads that you should ride once in a lifetime
  • Magnificent vistas of giant glaciers and staggering summits - your personal glacier express
  • The wonderful postcard-images of Switzerland: chalets, Alpine meadows, cows, villages and mountains

Description

Comments

  • It is possible to combine this trip to the Crossing of the French Alps (Route des Grandes Alpes) in 8 days, starting in Thonon-les-Bains
  • Special offers available for private groups. Please contact us for a quote.

Levels

On some of our trips, you may choose between different routes with varying distances and altitude gain each day.

Day 1: Chiavenna - Bellinzona

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organisation team is on day 1 at 9 am in 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 on day 0 as our support vehicle arrives from France (Chambéry).

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

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 100 km and 2,500 m

Day 2: Bellinzona - Andermatt

Passes of the day:

  • Passo del Lucomagno (1,916 m)
  • Oberalpass (2,040 m)

Highlights:

  • The grandiose alpine environment of Val Lucomagno, protected because of its extraordinary geological and botanical heritage. This valley is nicknamed "the sun valley" because of its orientation and its microclimate .
  • We can't get tired of the wonderful high mountain lakes to welcome us, the Maria lake at the top of the Lukmanier pass / passo del Lucomagno
  • The imposing cloister village of Disentis in the Romansh Surselva, founded in the 8th century. It contains not less than 14 churches and chapels!
  • From the road over the Oberalpass, wonderful views of mountains, valleys and glaciers....

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 120 km and 2,800 m

Day 3: Andermatt - Andermatt

Passes of the day:

  • Passo de San Gotardo (2,108 m)
  • Passo della Novena (2,478 m)
  • Furkapass (2,431 m)

Highlights:

  • Today's route is a loop around Andermatt. We're here for the incredible mountain landscapes and the bucket of cols that we can fill here. We ride a series of 3 superb passes in grandiose alpine scenery, among them the legendary Gotthard and Furka passes (the Rhône river takes its source here). Unforgettable...

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 110 km and 2,900 m

Day 4: Andermatt - Interlaken

Passes of the day:

  • Sustenpass (2,224 m)
  • Grosse Scheidegg (1,962 m)

Highlights:

  • Glaciers and peaks as far as the eye can see from the Sustenpass. The Alps with a capital A!
  • The uncontested highlight of this crossing is the climb of the Grosse Scheidegg. Breathtaking views of the Jungfrau massif, including the north face of the Eiger. Giant glaciers and staggering summits make you feel small.
  • The shores of the beautiful Lake Thun. The mountains seem to surge out of its waters...

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 105 km and 2,500 m

Day 5: Interlaken - La Lécherette

Passes of the day:

  • Col du Jaun (1,509bm)

Highlights:

  • Our route crosses the Swiss Pre-Alps with summits between 2,000 and 2,400 m. Their soaring peaks create a spectacular scenery.
  • Crossing the "Pays de gruyère", a land of tradition with postcard images: Swiss chalets, pastures, mountains and forests
  • The typical village of Gruyère, which gave its name to the very famous cheese.

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 115 km and 2,000 m

Day 6: La Lécherette - Thonon-les-Bains

Passes of the day:

  • Pas de Morgins (1,371 m)
  • Col du Corbier (1,235 m)

Highlights:

  • The lovely view of the Hongrin lake and the Diablerets mountain range
  • The descent with countless hairpin bends in the Rhone valley
  • The picturesque Val d'Abondance (France)
  • The Col du Corbier, the last pass of this magnificent crossing

Distance and altitude gain: approx. 100 km and 1,500 m

Itinerary end: The trip ends in Thonon-les-Bains in the afternoon. On request we can book the following night's accommodation for you in Thonon or organise a transfer to Geneva airport/station.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

This tour has not yet received any reviews.