Jura Bike Forest and field trails

The route winds its way through the exciting landscapes of the Jura: the Laufental valley, the canton capital Delémont, the Vallée du Doubs with the medieval town of St Ursanne, Freiberge with its grazing horses, Saut du Doubs, the Val de Travers, the Balcon du Jura, Lac de Joux and finally the vineyards near Lake Geneva. The route mostly runs at 700m to 1,300m above sea level and is therefore suitable for beginners and those who enjoy cycling for pleasure. The Jura region is a paradise for mountain bikers with lots of forest and field tracks as well as attractive single trails.

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-jura-biking-elevation-profile-tour Elevation Profile

Basel – Laufen 30km / 760m

A gentle stretch to start off with, this route runs from the city of Basel and along the Blauenberg to the Laufental valley. Delémont, the pretty capital of the canton of Jura, is the destination for this stage.

Laufen – Delémont 31km / 760m

A ride through varied landscape around the Stürmenchopf to Grindel and across the Welschgätterli to Montsevelier. At an almost constant level, a trip to the canton capital of Delémont is one possibility.

Delémont – St Ursanne 39km / 720m

The stage passes past Les Rangiers and Seleute downhill to the valley of the Doubs and then along the quaint river valley towards StUrsanne. The picturesque medieval atmosphere alone makes a visit worth while.

St Ursanne – Saignelégier 30km / 820m

The big climb from the Doubs valley to the Freiberge Plateau is demanding, but the reward comes in the form of a splendid view of the park like woods and meadows with mighty fir trees.

Saignelégier – La Chaux-de-Fonds 44km / 660m

The Freiberge area is one of Switzerland’s most unique landscapes with its light parkland and grazing horses. The Etang de Gruyère lake and Mont Soleil with its solar and wind power centers are also worth a look en route to the watchmaking town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

La Chaux-de-Fonds – Couvet 50km / 1,250m

The Doubs river again flows along this route which leads to the Saut du Doubs waterfall high above the Lac des Brenets. The highest point of the day is the Grand Sommartel (1,290m) and the destination of Couvet is located in the Val de Travers.

Couvet – Ste-Croix 41km / 950m

A short stage but a steep climb into a spectacular landscape: the Creux du Van cirque. Mont Soliat (1,372m) marks the highest point on the Jura Bike trail. The descent back down to the Balcon du Jura might have been a chance to get your breath back – if the sensational panoramic view over the Swiss Mittelland and Swiss and Savoy Alps weren’t so breathtaking!

Ste-Croix – Lac de Joux 45km / 1,050m

The beauty of the Waadtland area of Jura along the border with France accompanies bikers to Vallorbe, where attractive stalactite caves lie in wait. A gentle climb leads to Le Pont on to the magical stage destination of Lac de Joux.

Lac de Joux – Nyon 47km / 700m

Some of the most expensive watches in the world are created in Le Sentier and Le Bras sus; hence the sobriquet of Watch Valley for the region! One last climb leads up to the Col du Marchairuz (1,447m) followed by a spectacular descent from the heights of the Jura down to the vineyards and the shores of Lake Geneva (406m).

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

The tour is a supported, so as soon as you arrive in Basel 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 Basel and Nyon
Basel Nyon
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 0hr 15min 3hr 10min
Train Transfer Time from Bern: 1hr 40min 2hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from Geneva: 2hr 55min 0hr 30min
Train Transfer Time from Zürich: 1hr 15min 3hr 00min
Driving Distance from Calais: 500 miles 460 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
Basel – Couvet Basel – Laufen – Delémont – St Ursanne – Saignelégier – La Chaux-de-Fonds – Couvet 6/5 Standard Hotel £655
Basel – Laufen – Delémont – St Ursanne / Tariche – Saignelégier – La Chaux-de-Fonds – Couvet 6/5 Hostel £486
Couvet – Nyon Couvet – Ste-Croix – Lac de Joux – Nyon / Duillier 3/2 Standard Hotel £350
Couvet – Ste-Croix – Lac de Joux – Nyon 3/2 Hostel £282

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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