Switzerland Explorer: the best kept secret of Alpine riding

  • Location

    Interlaken to Walensee

  • Duration

    7 Days | 6 Nights

  • Length

    260 Miles | 418 km

  • Climb

    7,600m

31 Jul 2017 - 6 Aug 2017

A week on quiet bike routes, climbing breathtaking Alpine passes surrounded by glaciers, lakes and beautifully preserved villages. Is it all just a fairytale?

Welcome to our backyard. We call Switzerland home and we are excited to take you to our favorite spots. The country has an incredible diversity of languages, food and landscapes that you will experience on this point-to-point tour across the Alps.

Climb the mighty Grosse Scheidegg, the incredibly scenic Albula and many more Alpine passes. Celebrate Swiss National Day with the locals in Meiringen. Enjoy tasty local specialities like älplermagronen, tuorta da nusch and pizzoccheri...because there’s so much more than just chocolate and cheese in Switzerland.

Join us for a Grand Tours Project in Switzerland, the best kept secret of Alpine riding.

Total price: From 2,700 €

  • Climb 6 major Alpine passes
  • Celebrate Swiss National Day with the locals
  • Ride through locations made famous by Sherlock Holmes and James Bond
  • Fully supported tour with local guides
  • Maximum group size: 14 riders
  • Day 1 - 31 July

    Arrival in Meiringen

    After we meet you at Zurich Airport, a two hour drive will take us to our hotel in Meiringen.

    Located in the Bernese Oberland, the town is famous for the nearby Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular waterfall that was the setting for the presumed death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. It is also known for its claim to have been the place where the meringue was first created.

    In the afternoon, visit the town, have a meringue or go for a ride and stretch your legs along Lake Brienz.

  • Day 2 - 1 August

    Grosse Scheidegg loop

    65km with 1,300m of climbing

    The Grosse Scheidegg is closed to traffic and offers a breathtaking view of the famous Eiger North Face: we start our tour with a bang. "I would happily put either side of Grosse Scheidegg on any top ten list of great Alpine cycling climbs. » says our good friend Will, who runs the excellent Cycling Challenge blog.

    On our way back to Meiringen, we ride through the typical village of Grindelwald. The 1st of August is Swiss National Day and we get to enjoy all the local festivities. Have you ever heard the true sound of an alphorn and yodelling?

  • Day 3 - 2 August

    Meiringen - Andermatt

    70km with 2,000m of climbing

    Two of the most famous passes in Switzerland on the menu today: Grimsel (2,165m) and Furka (2,436m). The Grimsel road will take you from the beautiful Hasli valley to a rocky landscape at the top amongst lakes and waterfalls. The climb and the views will take your breath away!

    Shortly after the start of the descent, you'll see the switchbacks leading up to the Furka, one of the most iconic views of alpine cycling. In Gletsch, you'll start the 10km climb to the Furka with incredible views on nearby glaciers.

    The descent from the Furka to Andermatt is pure bliss. James Bond drove this road in Goldfinger (1964) and as one might expect, there was a car chase. A sign commemorates this episode, don't miss it!

  • Day 4 - 3 August

    Andermatt - Bonaduz

    84km with 1,100m of climbing

    An easy day in the Alps: only one pass today, the Oberalp as we leave Andermatt. On the other side: Disentis, whose monastery was founded in 720 AD. Then we’ll follow the National Bike Route 2 down the Rhine valley to Bonaduz. On our way, we’ll ride through Switzerland’s version of the Grand Canyon: the fascinating wild gorge of the Vorderrhein.

  • Day 5 - 4 August

    Bonaduz - Zernez

    89km with 2,100m of climbing

    The Albula may be the most scenic pass in Switzerland. On National Bike Route 6, we’ll ride through pristine villages with lavishly decorated Engadine houses. We will also ride under the spectacular Albula Railway bridges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before getting to the rugged top at 2,315m. The pass is a regular feature of the Tour de Suisse; in 2013, Thibaut Pinot was the first at the top but it is Rui Costa who won after the final descent into la Punt.

    The Engadine region is famous for its cuisine prepared with local products. This is your chance to taste local polenta, Graubünden’s fine nut cake or the pizzocheri di Poschiavo, a buckwheat noodle dish.

  • Day 6 - 5 August

    Zernez - Walensee

    110km with 1,100m of climbing

    Our last pass is the Flüela, which takes us to the famous resort of Davos. The rest of the ride is a long descent towards the Walensee, our final destination. On the way we’ll ride through Maienfeld, home of Heidi. It can’t get any more Swiss than that.

  • Day 7 - 7 August

    Departure

    All good things come to an end. We leave the shores of Walensee and take the shuttle back to Zurich Airport. 13 passes in 7 days: a true Grand Tours Project.