Swiss Riviera Locarno

You have 3 stunning days of riding in Switzerland and Italy consisting of 2 mountain passes and 1 lake circuit. A total of over 325kms (203 miles)

Locarno based, on the edge of Lake Maggiore, this stunning tour offers you the best weather in Switzerland, giving you riding from March to November!

1 Base, 3 Days Riding Lakes and Mountains

lakes and mountains riding in swiss riviera

Day 1

Distance: 75kms (47 miles)

A beautiful circuit featuring a lakeside ride to Cannobio

A testing climb to Finero and over into the Centovalli, passing a shrine to legend Marco Patani.

The return leg is along the dramatic Centovalli into Locarno, part of the 2008 Tour of Italy (The Giro)

lake riding on a supported tour

Day 2

Distance: 85kms (53 miles)

We ride to the far side of Lake Maggiore

In Vira climb up 13kms to Alpe Neggia – 1,395m (4,580ft)

The cafe and stunning views at the summit are a welcome break after this tough section!

A technical descent back to the lakeside followed by a flat leg back to Locarno to complete the day.

swiss riviera road riding

Day 3

Distance: 165kms (103 miles)

Starting early to give the maximum time to complete this ride.

The Epic ‚Tour de Maggiore‘, a circuit of the lake.

While the route follows the edge of the lake, it is not completely flat, and there are some climbs to test you too!

Finish back in Locarno and departure.

Locarno Stunning City of Ticino

Your base in this delightful region is the beautiful resort of Locarno on the edge of Lake Maggiore. This stunningly beautiful town provides the perfect base to explore the amazing lake and mountain roads here.

Founded in AD569 Locarno formed part of Ticino in 1803 and became one of the capitals of this new canton (state). There is an historic castle here and the famous Locarno Film festival is held every year in the Piazze Grande in August.

The Tour of Italy (The Giro) has come to Locarno and the 2009 UCI Road World Championships were held in Ticino, so roadies are definitely a feature in this beautiful region.

Getting Here Fly, Drive, Train

We include Cross-Channel Ferries for those who are self driving or Airport Transfers for those flying, so you can choose the best option that suits you.


Our partners at Switzerland Travel Centre can provide good value and fully ATOL protected scheduled flights from most major UK airports to Geneva, 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 Basel or Zurich. We can advise you of the best flights and times.

Travelling to Locarno
Train Transfer Time from Basel: 4hr 20min
Train Transfer Time from *Zürich: 3hr 15min
Driving Distance from Calais: 630 miles

* Swiss Fly-Luggage available

View the Swiss Rail timetable.

We offer a wide range of quality accommodation from 2 to 4 star hotels

We offer a huge range of availability on hotels. We can offer any level from our 2, 3 or 4-star hotel selection.

Because of the wide variety of accommodation we have available, please enter the numbers travelling and standard required on the Personal Quote Page and we will e-mail you with details and pictures of the best accommodation matching your requirements.

If you have any specific requests such as swimming pools, childcare etc, please also mention this on the Personal Quote Page and we will do our utmost to quote you the ideal place to suit your needs.

OTP Holidays Preferred Tour Operator of Switzerland Tourism

Our prices are simple and are based on 2-star hotel accommodation with Bed & Breakfast. There are possibilities of upgrading to 3 or 4-star hotels as you wish.

Because the prices vary depending on the size of your group to guide ratio, the below prices are based on 6 people riding together with one guide.

Holiday Price incl. Accommodation, 3 full days of guiding, support and transfers
Summer 2015 GBP (£) USD ($)
RIDING from £399 $649

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

  • 3 nights high standard and spacious hotel accommodation
  • Comprehensive breakfasts each morning
  • 3 full days of expert & personal guiding
  • Cross-Channel travel with car or transfers to the resort from airport on Swiss Rail
  • Services of our own very experienced support crew

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