Switzerland Journey Bike Tour

Lake Geneva to Ticino: Cross the Swiss Alps from West to East

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price From: $5,495Collection: Challenge

Tour Highlights

  • Pedal every kilometer across the Swiss Alps from west to east
  • 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
  • Enjoy completely car-free roads framed by saw-toothed peaks and chalets, where your only companions are grazing cows
  • Ride like a pro in custom Rapha x DuVine gear: jersey, socks, and cycling cap are complimentary on all Level 4 tours


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


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

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Switzerland

    Welcome to the ride of your life! Your guides will meet you in Montreux, and after a map review and a quick coffee we start our epic journey across one of Europe’s most mountainous regions. 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: 50 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 6,734 feet / 2,053 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Spitzhorn

  • Day 2


    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: 58 miles / 93 km, elevation gain: 5,733 feet / 1,748 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. Reach the highest point of the week on the Gurnigel Pass, then descend toward the Thunersee and enjoy our final few kilometers along Lake Thun to reach our hotel. Unwind with a swim or sip a beer while marveling at the mountains we just conquered. Tonight, we’ll make our way to town for dinner at a restaurant on the water’s edge.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Wattenwil, Thun
    Accomplished: 50 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 5,684 feet / 1,733 meters
    Accommodations: Bellevue au Lac

  • Day 4

    The Most Beautiful Climb in Switzerland

    Your legs may not feel very rested after three days of riding in the Swiss Alps, but at least they’re in mountain goat gear for the Grosse Scheidegg, considered the most beautiful climb in Switzerland. You’ll be so distracted by the gorgeous views and perfectly paved one-lane road that you’ll hardly notice the 10 kilometers at 9.1%. Aside from your own rhythm, the only sound for miles is distant, clanging cowbells—no mistaking it, you’re surely in Switzerland! Since this pass is officially closed to traffic, pure cycling bliss is guaranteed. It’s just one more short push to our hotel for the night, then time to put your feet up and relax before tomorrow’s king stage.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Interlaken, Grindelwald, Meiringen
    Accomplished: 47 miles / 76 km, elevation gain: 7,964 feet / 2,428 meters
    Longer Option: 95 miles / 154 km, elevation gain: 16,498 feet / 5,030 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Wetternhorn

  • Day 5

    King Stage

    Every journey has its king stage, and today promises to be a royal challenge with the Grimsel Pass and its unforgettable switchbacks on today’s agenda. Get into your granny gear: for the next 26 kilometers, you’ll be getting comfortable with an average gradient of 5.9%. Until the Gotthard railway was completed in 1882, this pass was the main trade route to Lombardia in Italy (and mules were the ones doing the climbing). 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! Enjoy a free night in Andermatt, where your guides will happily share recommendations for a hearty meal.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Meiringen, Innertkirchen, Andermatt
    Accomplished: 40 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 9,453 feet / 2,882 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Crown

  • 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 / 97 km, elevation gain: 4,720 feet / 1,439 meters
    Longer Option: 63 miles / 101 km, elevation gain: 6,229 feet / 1,899 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Weiss Kreuz

  • Day 7

    The San Bernardino 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 San Bernardino. In use since the 15th century, the pass was once a popular trading route traversed by mules to intercept trade from Austria. It wasn’t until 1832 that the road was completed, enabling transit and ensuring continued trade between Switzerland and Italy. Today, it’s 7.9 kilometers of switchbacks galore with an average gradient of 6%—a walk in the park compared to what we’ve already accomplished. Descend into the Canton Grigioni through some spectacular scenery until we reach the little town of Mesocco. Pop the Prosecco—you’ve successfully crossed the Swiss Alps! Enjoy a celebratory lunch, then transfer to Lugano where you can catch a train to Como or Milan. Arrivederci!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Splügen, San Bernardino, Mesocco
    Accomplished: 48 miles / 78 km, elevation gain: 6,127 feet / 1,868 meters

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

Arrival Details

Airport City: Geneva, Switzerland Pick-Up Location: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic in Montreux Pick-Up Time: 8:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Milan, Italy Drop-Off Location: Lugano Train Station Drop-Off Time: 4:00 pm

Please note that Arrival + Departure Details for 2025 tours could be subject to change.
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.

Upon booking this tour, you will be asked to complete a short form. We use this information to ensure all Level 4 trip participants are adequately prepared for our most difficult riding and have proximate cycling experience to the rest of the group.

Due to altitude, weather can change quickly. Expect anything from peak summer heat to hail and snow in a single day, and pack accordingly. Helpful hints about dressing for all climates can be found on our blog.

Please note that e-bikes cannot be reserved for this tour.

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

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


  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 5 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


  • 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


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


  • 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

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Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price