Alpine Bike TranSwitz by MTB

The Alpine Bike route passes through some of the most spectacular Alpine passes and is perfect for sporty cyclists with some amount of technical experience, because the slopes on the single trails are particularly tough going! However, anyone willing to take on the challenge won’t be disappointed and will discover some of Europe’s most spectacular and longest cycle routes.

The long distance route is the first cycle route extending across more than 500 km between national borders, with perfect and standardised signposting and the approval of all the concerned parties!

These holidays are designed with the more independent riders in mind. There are hundreds of signed and mapped biking trails around Switzerland and we have put together and chosen a variety tours for you to get the very most out of your trip. It is simple, all the planning and hard work has been done for you, all you need to do it show up and enjoy the riding. Once you reach Switzerland you travel to your starting hotel by with the precision and excellence of the Swiss rail system, here you pick up your route guide and travel documents and the next day start riding the mapped route.

It is super flexible, you just choose the route or sections of route you wish to discover, the level of accommodation you prefer and the rest is sorted for you. Your tour is fully supported therefore all luggage you do not require for the days ride will be collected from the hotel and taken to your next destination, leaving you with more time to enjoy a stress free day of biking. This support team is also to hand for any mishaps, wrong turns or technical problems too.

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swiss-alpine-biking-elevation-profile-tour Elevation Profile

Scuol – TschIerv (Sta.MarIa) 40km / 1,172m

The first stage leads from Scuol along the boundaries of the Swiss National Park along to the little Alpine village of Scharl and over the Pass da Costainas (2251m) into the Münstertal valley.

TschhIerv – Livigno (IT) 40km / 1,150m

The Val Mora valley is renowned for its magnificent mountain landscape and rich wildlife. At the Passo Val Mora (1934m), the route crosses the border to Italy and leads on past Lago di S.Giacomo and Lago di Livigno, to the famous summer and winter sports resort of Livigno (IT).

Livigno (IT) – St. Moritz 44km / 1,100m

At a height of 2,694m, the Chaschauna pass is one of the highest obstacles on the Alpine Bike route. This is followed by a descent down to Oberengadin and on to Schanf and a relaxing journey through the champagne climate to St.Moritz.

St. MorItz – Bivio 37km / 1,100m

The stretch along the magnificent Oberengadiner lakes is pure pleasure. The comfort, however, ends just before the MalojaPass (1,815m) where even the most experienced cyclists are sure to resort to walking with shouldered bikes by the time they reach the Pass da Sett (2,310m).

Bivio – Thusis (Summaprada) 54km / 1,150m

The valley stretch from Bivio down to Tiefencastel and Thusis (720m) offers plenty of opportunity to relax, a few challenging ascents not withstanding …

Thusis – Thalkirch 25km / 1,974m

The next climb right after Thusis is the Glaspass (1,816m). The Safiental valley is home to the traditional Walserhaus buildings made from dark seasoned wood.

Thalkirch – Lumbrein 49km / 1,850m

A varied route which first passes through the Tomulpass (2,412m), popular with cyclists, down to the Valsertal valley. In Vals, a visit to the thermal baths, built by a renow ned architect Peter Zumthor, is a must. The route continues on to the Lumnezia Valley.

Lumbrein – Disentis 43km / 1,050m

Today it’s back to 2,000m above sea level, skirting the Piz Sezner towards Obersaxen. The region known as «Surselva» is one of the last remaining areas where Rhaeto Romanic is spoken in day to day life. The abbey town of Disentis is enjoys a good reputation among gold washers too.

Disentis – Andermatt 44km / 1,800m

The route branches off to the left shortly before the Oberalppass and leads on over the Maighelspass (2,422m) and through a technically very challenging descent to the Unteralptal valley and on to Andermatt. Alternatively take the Veloland Rhine Route across the Operalppass to Andermatt.

Andermatt – Meiringen 57km / 1,600m

The spectacular obstacle for this day is the Sustenpass (2,255m) and the Steingletscher glacier. The MTB route leads upwards to the top of the pass, mostly away from the road. Before reaching Meiringen, a visit (on foot) to the Aare gorge is well worth the while.

Meiringen – Grindelwald 28km / 1,400m

Today’s route offers the very best the Alps have to offer: crossing the Grosse Scheid egg (1961m) provides breathtaking views of the famous Bernese Oberland peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. In between, the glacier village of Grindelwald invites you to stop over and recuperate

Grindelwald – Interlaken 39km / 1,188m

Take a sidetrip from Kleine Scheidegg (2,061m) to Jungfraujoch by rack railway. Then follows a downhill ride to Lauterbrunnen, requiring some technical skill.

Interlaken – Adelboden 63km / 2,000m

A more comfortable stretch along the Thu nersee lake with a panoramic section leading up to approx. 1,000m above sea level via Aeschi and along the Sundgraben to the Kiental valley and finally the Aengstligental valley and up to Adelboden.

Adelboden – Gstaad 44km / 1,100m

The Hahnenmoospass (1,951m), the magnificent Simmental valley, the Saanenmöser mountain pass and finally the resort of Gstaad, popular even with celebrities, all ensure that this is a relaxing stretch through the pictureperfect landscape of the Bernese Oberland, with no big obstacles to tackle.

Gstaad – Col Des Mosses 45km / 1,662m

The route reaches another challenging point between Saanen and Château d’Oex, providing cyclists with the opportunity to experience the world of the Alpine dairies and cheese production at close range in Pays d’Enhaut.

Col Des Mosses – Aigle 30km / 790m

The route leads on via Col des Mosses and Leysin to the Yvorne vineyards, ending in the little town of Aigle, renowned for its white wines and located very close to Lake.

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

The tour is a supported, so as soon as you arrive in Scuol for the first day, you will not have to worry about moving your luggage to any other resort. Each day, you will leave all luggage with the support crew and they will transport it to the next location.

  Flying

Our partners at Switzerland Travel Centre can provide good value and fully ATOL protected scheduled flights from most major UK airports to Geneva, Sion, Basel and Zurich – there are some great deals to be had!

You are welcome to provide your own flights if you prefer, perhaps using one of the many Low Cost airlines flying to Geneva, Basel or Zurich. We can advise you of the best flights and times.

There are now Low Cost airline flights to Geneva from Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham East Midlands, Robin Hood Doncaster, Stansted and Southampton – so we should be able to find a flight for you!

Self Drive

Self driving is not fully beneficial, as the tour is a point to point ride. Your entire luggage is transported for you to each over night location. However we can include a Train Transfer, to and from, your car at an extra supplement.

Transfers:

Travelling to Scuol and Montreux
Scuol Montreux
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 4hr 15min 3hr 00min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 4hr 30min 2hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from Geneva: 5hr 45min 1hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from Zürich: 3hr 10min 2hr 55min
Driving Distance from Calais: 635 miles 495 miles

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

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Our prices are simple, choose the route and length of time you would like your trip to be and then select the level of accommodation you wish to be based in..

Because of the tremendous range of accommodation we offer, we have listed the prices below based on good quality hotels and hostels. These rates are a guide and may fluctuate based on the accommodation actually chosen / available and are based on full occupancy. Please ring or e-mail for available accommodation.

You can specify any additional needs on the Personal Quote Page. We respond personally to each request with availability, description, pictures and exact prices.

Holiday Price incl. Accommodation, all route guides, luggage transport and transfers
Section Start / OVERNIGHT / Finish Day / Nights Accoommodation Price
Scuol – Thusis Scuol – Sta.Maria – Livigno – St.Moritz – Bivio – Thusis 5/4 Standard Hotel £575
Scuol – Sta.Maria – Livigno – St.Moritz – Bivio – Thusis 5/4 Hostel £422
Thusis – Meiringen Thusis – Thalkirch – Lumbrein – Disentis – Andermatt – Meiringen 5/4 Standard Hotel £575
Thusis – Thalkirch – Lumbrein – Disentis – Andermatt – Meiringen 5/4 Hostel £422
Meiringen – Aigle Meiringen – Grindelwald – Spiez – Adelboden – Saanen/Gstaad – Les Mosses – Montreux 6/5 Top Class Hotel £781
Meiringen – Grindelwald – Interlaken – Adelboden – Gstaad – Les Mosses – Aigle 6/5 Standard Hotel £655
Meiringen – Grindelwald – Interlaken – Adelboden – Saanen – Château d‘Oex – Montreux 6/5 Hostel £487

Unlike most other British tour operators, the prices above include…

  • Route guide and detailed travel documentation
  • Overnight stay at the desired accommodation categories
  • Breakfast (usually a buffet)
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the start and from the finish to airport on Swiss Rail
  • 7-day English speaking Helpline, 8 am to 8 pm
  • All cleaning, linen, heating & tourist tax charges
  • Arrangement of Hire Bikes if needed (at extra cost)

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