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Switzerland Journey Bike Tour

Lake Geneva to Lake Como: Climbs from the Alps to Italy

8 days / 7 nights Level: 4Price from: $5,495Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Pedal every kilometer from Switzerland’s famous Lake Geneva to the shores of Lake Como in Italy
  • Conquer the most iconic Swiss cols, including the Mittelberg, Col de la Croix, Col du Pillon, Grosse Scheidegg, Grimsel Pass, Furka Pass, and St. Gotthard Pass
  • Spend a day cycling on buttery smooth gravel and experience the Swiss approach to Strade Bianche
  • Ride on completely car-free roads framed by saw-toothed peaks and chalets, where your only companions are grazing cows
  • Wear the best Swiss-made cycling apparel with a complimentary ASSOS of Switzerland custom kit

Eat

Emmental, Gruyère, Raclette, and Appenzeller cheeses; fondue, rösti, and excellent Swiss chocolates

Drink

Outstanding Pinot Noir, Chasselas, and Gamay wines from the Valais, a continuation of the Rhône

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Switzerland

    Welcome to the ride of your life! Your guides will meet you in Montreux and shuttle you to Chillion Castle to start our epic journey across one of Europe’s most mountainous regions. After a map review and coffee stop, it’s time to start pedaling. We’ll warm up on a bike path, admiring vineyard views before tackling the day’s first col. The Col de La Croix is not to be confused with France’s Col de La Croix de Fer—luckily for us, the Swiss version is 300 meters less in elevation. Next up: the Col du Pillon. You’ve already done most of the climbing, but our last 3.5 kilometers is at 9%, so get ready to power through. By the time we reach our hotel in Saanen, you’ll be aching to rest up your legs for tomorrow.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Aigle, Gstaad, Saanen
    Accomplished: 45 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 1,654 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Spitzhorn

  • Day 2

    Mittelberg

    This morning, you may want to join the sprinters while you can. It might be the last time you see them, since today’s ride begins right out the door of our hotel with an average gradient of 7.8%. The Mittelberg is a classic Swiss climb—if it were in the French Alps, it would be a TDF fixture. But here in Switzerland, it remains a secret so you can climb in solitude. There’s no traffic, just the sound of clanging cowbells and your gears trying to find a bigger cog. Our ride ends with an undulating route to the Schwarzsee, where our hotel (and dinner) overlooks the lake.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Jaun, La Roche
    Accomplished: 54 miles / 87 km, elevation gain: 1,675 meters
    Accommodations: Hostellerie am Schwarzsee

  • Day 3

    Swiss Strade Bianche

    In case the first two days weren’t interesting enough, today we’re adding a special ingredient: Swiss gravel, the smoothest you’ll ever encounter. As you pedal through the dust, you’ll come to understand why we brought you on this road—it’s mind-blowingly beautiful and completely idyllic as it slowly ascends to cycling heaven. Descend toward the Thunersee and enjoy our final few kilometers alongside Lake Thun, marveling at the mountains we just conquered. Tonight, get a good night’s rest at our lakefront hotel just outside of Interlaken.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Wattenwil, Interlaken
    Accomplished: 52 miles / 84 km, elevation gain: 1,673 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Neuhaus Zum See

  • Day 4

    King Stage

    Every journey has its king stage, and today promises to be a royal challenge with three cols on the agenda. First up is Grosse Scheidegg, considered the most beautiful climb in Switzerland. You’ll be so distracted by the gorgeous views, you’ll hardly notice the 10 kilometers at 9.1%. The famous Grimsel Pass is our second accomplishment of the day with its unforgettable switchbacks. Last but not least is the Furka Pass, with an average gradient of only 6% for 10 kilometers. You’ll arrive in Andermatt as fresh as a daisy!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Grindelwald, Meiringen, Andermatt
    Accomplished: 70 miles / 113 km, elevation gain: 3,196 meters
    Accommodations: The River House

  • Day 5

    Did Someone Say Rest Day?

    You’ve earned it: sleep in and don’t move a muscle today (except reaching for your well-deserved morning coffee and cold beer in the afternoon). Of course, if it’s an active rest day you’re after, our hotel happens to be situated at the bottom of the St. Gotthard Pass. Pedal to the top to find the famous cobbles, or go down the other side and return. However you choose to spend the day, there’s no judgment—what happens on a Journey stays on a Journey. The flexibility continues with a free night in Andermatt, where your guides will happily share recommendations for a hearty meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Andermatt
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 626 meters
    Accommodations: The River House

  • Day 6

    “Mostly” Downhill

    It’s an easy day in the Alps ahead, with only a single pass on our to-do list. The Oberalp Pass is charmingly beautiful and not too steep; we’ll pedal through meadows and pass the Oberalpsee where 50 kilometers of magnificent downhill begin. Temper the big grin on your face with a few small bumps as we make our way into the town of Thusis. Stop for a strudel and listen to the echo of cowbells—life in Switzerland is pretty sweet. Tomorrow, we cross the border into bella Italia.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Sumvitg, Thusis
    Accomplished: 60 miles / 96 km, elevation gain: 1,257 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Weiss Kreuz

  • Day 7

    Bella Italia and the Splügen Pass

    You’ve seen the daunting photos of a pass that resembles the Stelvio, but isn’t. It’s our pleasure to acquaint you with the pass in question: the Splügen. In use since the Roman era, the Splügen Pass was traversed by donkey or on foot until in 1823, when the road was finally finished. Today, it’s 8.7 kilometers of switchbacks galore with an average gradient of 7%—a walk in the park compared to what we’ve already accomplished. Descend into Italy towards Lake Como through some spectacular scenery until we reach our hotel in Varenna right on the shore. At tonight’s farewell dinner, we toast to a truly epic week together and our impressive cycling achievements.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Splügen, Varenna
    Accomplished: 70 miles / 112 km, elevation gain: 1,926 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Royal Victoria

  • Day 8

    Arrivederci

    It’s time to bid each other farewell after a low-key morning and a transfer to the Como train station. If you prefer, take the ferry across Lake Como to Bellagio, and squeeze in one extra ride before you depart.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Como
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 961 meters

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Travelers Take Note

Our Journey tours are designed to reach small towns where hotel options are often limited and/or seasonal. Due to availability and routes, groups may sometimes be split between different properties.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Geneva
Pick-Up Location: 8:30am at Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic in Montreux

Depart

Airport City: Milan
Drop-Off Location: 1:00pm at the Como Station

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $650

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 6 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Additional Inclusions

  • Custom ASSOS of Switzerland kit

Not Included

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SuperSix EVO SRAM Red

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road