Switzerland Explorer: The Best Kept Secret of Alpine Riding

A week on quiet bike routes, climbing breathtaking Alpine passes surrounded by glaciers, lakes and beautifully preserved villages.

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Switzerland Explorer: The Best Kept Secret of Alpine Riding

A week on quiet bike routes, climbing breathtaking Alpine passes surrounded by glaciers, lakes and beautifully preserved villages.

  • Half board hotel
  • Italian Alps —Interlaken > Quarten
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 14
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Style
    • Flats
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 50-75km/day
    • 75-100km/day

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Welcome to our backyard. We call Switzerland home and we are excited to take you to our favorite spots. The country has an incredible diversity of languages, food and landscapes that you will experience on this point-to-point tour across the Alps.

Ride through the Swiss National Park and several UNESCO World Heritage List sites. Climb the the mighty Grosse Scheidegg, the cobbled St. Gotthard, the incredibly scenic Albula and many more Alpine passes. Celebrate Swiss National Day with the locals in Andermatt. Enjoy tasty local specialities like älplermagronen, tuorta da nusch and pizzoccheri…because there’s so much more than just chocolate and cheese in Switzerland.

Quiet roads, friendly cows stunning Alpine landscapes and the best cheese in the world are part of the Switzerland Explorer package

The following is also included:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Light lunches / snacks while on the road
  • 6 dinners
  • Transfers from and to Zurich airport, within a predefined time window
  • Guides and vehicle support
  • Energy nutrition
  • Grand Tours Project jersey
  • Roadbook including all the details you need to know for your trip

What’s Not Included?

  • Flights / transportation to the trip pick up location
  • Travel insurance
  • 2 dinners, which gives you the opportunity to discover the local cuisine on your own or with your friends. Our guides will be happy to give you recommendations on the best places to go
  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks

Itinerary

Day 1 - 30 July - Arrival in Interlaken

After we meet you at Zurich Airport, a two hour drive will take us to our hotel in the adventure sport mecca of Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland region. In the afternoon, visit the town or go for a ride and stretch your legs along Lake Brienz.

Day 2 - 31 July - Interlaken - Grimsel, 70km With 2,500m of Climbing

No traffic and a breathtaking view of the famous Eiger North Face: our first climb can’t get any more Swiss. « If Heidi was riding a bike, you would meet her on Grosse Scheidegg » says Alain in his story about the best cycling climbs in Switzerland. The glorious descent past the Rosenlauischlucht gorge brings us into Innertkirchen. We then climb the beautiful Hasli Valley towards Grimselpass through a wild, sparsely grown mountainous landscape marked by granite rocks.

Day 3 - 1 August - Grimsel - Andermatt , 79km With 2,300m of Climbing

Two of the most famous passes in Switzerland on the menu today: Nufenen and Gotthard. The Nufenen takes us into the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, where we start climbing the Gotthard via an old road that dates back to Roman times: the Tremola. Cobbles and numerous switchbacks make this pass one of the highlights of the trip. No wonder it was voted the best climb of Switzerland. Tonight we stay in Andermatt in the heart of Central Switzerland. The 1st of August is Swiss National Day and we get to enjoy all the local festivities. Have you ever heard the true sound of an alphorn and yodelling?

Day 4 - 2 August - Andermatt - Bonaduz, 84km With 1,100m of Climbing

An easy day in the Alps: only one pass today, the Oberalp as we leave Andermatt. On the other side: Disentis, whose monastery was founded in 720 AD. Then we’ll follow the National Bike Route 2 down the Rhine valley to Bonaduz. On our way, we’ll ride through Switzerland’s version of the Grand Canyon: the fascinating wild gorge of the Vorderrhein.

Day 5 - 3 August - Bonaduz - Zernez, 89km With 2,100m of Climbing

The Albula may be the most scenic pass in Switzerland. On National Bike Route 6, we’ll ride through pristine villages with lavishly decorated Engadine houses. We will also ride under the spectacular Albula Railway bridges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before getting to the rugged top at 2,315m. The pass is a regular feature of the Tour de Suisse; in 2013, Thibaut Pinot was the first at the top but it is Rui Costa who won after the final descent into la Punt. The Engadine region is famous for its cuisine prepared with local products. This is your chance to taste local polenta, Graubünden’s fine nut cake, pizzoccheri or the Puschlav’s buckwheat noodle dish.

Day 6 - 4 August - Zernez - Bormio, 72km With 2,200m of Climbing

A day of many highlights. Our first climb, the Ofenpass, will take us through the Swiss National Park, the oldest national park in the alps. On the other side, Müstair is home to the St. Johann Monastery which dates back to the 8th century and enjoys UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing. The best is yet to come: we then ride up the Umbrail. At 2,501m, it is the highest paved road in Switzerland. And it’s not over: after crossing the border into Italy, we climb another 250m to reach the mythical Passo Stelvio. An exhilarating descent into Bormio closes this memorable day.

Day 7 - 5 August - Bormio - Zernez, 79km With 2,100m of Climbing

After a night in Bormio, we ride back to Zernez via a series of passes: the first one, Passo di Foscagno, is the longest; the others - Passo d’Eira, Forcola di Livigno and Passo del Bernina are all quite short and make for a great day between Italy and Switzerland.

Day 8 - 6 August - Zernez - Walensee, 110km With 1,100m of Climbing

Our last pass is the Flüela, which takes us to the famous resort of Davos. The rest of the ride is a long descent towards the Walensee, our final destination. On the way we’ll ride through Maienfeld, home of Heidi. It can’t get any more Swiss than that.

Day 9 - 7 August - Departure

All good things come to an end. We leave the shores of Walensee and take the shuttle back to Zurich Airport. 13 passes in 7 days: a true Grand Tours Project.

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Our first hotel is in the adventure sport mecca of Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland region.

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The Albula may be the most scenic pass in Switzerland and you will have a chance to explore it. You will also climb the Ofenpass, which will take us through the Swiss National Parkand then ride up the Umbrail.

About Italian Alps

​Some of Europe’s most dramatic mountains with quiet roads and legendary cols to conqueror.

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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Energy Snacks
  • Guide
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Route Planning And Advice
  • Transfers
  • Vehicle Support

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