The Grand Tour of Switzerland

  • Location

    Geneva to Zurich

  • Duration

    6 nights | 7 days or 9 nights | 10 days

  • Length

    20 to 120km daily

  • Climb

    300 to 2050m daily

22 Aug 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 / 29 Sep 2021 - 7 Oct 2021

Experience an incredible journey that follows the most beautiful places in Switzerland - riding on quiet roads from hotel to hotel; discovering the lakes, vineyards, hills and a couple of epic passes; cows and bells; cheese and chocolate; local traditions, the unique history, music and much more... Be amazed by surprising Switzerland, it’s a cycling paradise with so much to offer.

This tour is designed to enjoy the best rides from town to town and around majestic cities. Riding between 10 to 120 km per day, you will have the best opportunity to get to know Switzerland. Whilst we’ll get immersed in the heart of the cheese and chocolate country, we’ll ride at our own pace along roads lined with green pastures with cows, views of the lakes and vineyards and the best mountain climbs the region has to offer.

Highlights of the tour include a great start from Geneva and a tour in the old town, a beautiful ride along lac Leman, Lac Neuchâtel and Lac Bienne on our way to the charming Swiss capital, Bern. Enjoy the blue colour of the Thunersee on the way to Interlaken. We’ll ride on one of the most amazing cycle routes on earth - Lauterbrunnen, with endless waterfalls, several glaciers, alpine meadows and towering peaks, and finally the villages, Wengen and Mürren perched on the side of mountains. We’ll also climb up the mighty Grosse Scheidegg, with stunning views of the famous Eiger North Face and the Jungfraujoch. We’ll reach beautiful Luzern and then cosmopolitan Zurich, Switzerland’s financial capital. Those that have chosen the extension, will continue onto the cities of St. Gallen, Konstanz, Schaffhausen, Winterthur to finish again in the beautiful city of Zurich.

We promise that the Grand Tour of Switzerland will blow you away!

Total price: FROM € 3,900

  • Ride some of the best roads of Switzerland, an underrated cycling paradise
  • Discover the rolling hills, charming villages and lakes of northern Switzerland
  • Excellent roads with minimal traffic in breathtaking historical places and landscapes
  • Visit the most beautiful and well-known cities and attractions in Switzerland like Geneva, Bern, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Luzern, Zurich and many others.
  • Carefully selected 4-star hotels and outstanding food
  • Bike rental available (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Expert planning and support from our Swiss-based team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size of 14 (max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • DAY 1 - SUNDAY, ARRIVAL

    ARRIVAL - ​BIENVENUE EN SUISSE!

    10 km

    Upon your arrival, we will be waiting to welcome you at Geneva Airport. After your check in, we will help you to settle in and prepare your bike. You can then join us for a short optional ride to test the bikes on the shore of the Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). We will join you for dinner in the beautiful old town of Geneva and discuss the plans for the weekend while tasting the wonderful local cuisine.

    Hotel D Geneva
  • DAY 2 - MONDAY

    GENEVA TO NEUCHATEL

    120 km / 950 m

    Today we start our adventure, guiding you on a beautiful lake and rural route along quiet roads leading through the medieval towns of Nyon, Rolle and Aubonne, which are found between Lac Leman, the La Côte AOC vineyards and the sub-alpine Jura Mountains. Lunch will be found at Yverdon-les-Bains and then we’ll ride around Lac Neuchatel to the old town of Neuchatel where you can relax and enjoy the lake and mountain views or opt to explore this medieval city.

    Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac****
  • DAY 3 - TUESDAY

    NEUCHATEL TO BERN

    86 km / 1,500 m

    After our delicious breakfast on the terrace overlooking Lac Neuchatel, we’ll start with the ascent from Saint-Blaise to Col du Chasseral. A climb not to be underestimated, and the reward at the top is simple breathtaking. Back on the road, we will have a long descent to the beautiful city of Bienne / Biel. From here it is a group ride on undulating terrain to our hotel in Switzerland’s capital city Bern. In beautiful Bern, we will have time to rest, explore and discover this charming and capital – the bear pit as well!

    Best Western Plus Hotel Bern****
  • DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY

    BERN, INTERLAKEN & LAUTERNBRUNNEN

    95 km / 800 mt

    Today is one of the most beautiful rides of the entire tour. From Bern we’ll ride beside the Aare River to Thun and the blue Thunersee and then onward to Spiez, for lunch and take in the splendour of the combined mountains, glaciers and lake view. On towards Interlaken, and we’ll turn onto a no traffic zone along THE MOST BEAUTIFUL route in Switzerland, through Lauterbrunnen. A stunning valley filled with waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. After that assault on the senses, we’ll return to Interlaken and our hotel to refresh, relax or swim in the lake.

    The HEY HOTEL***
  • DAY 5 - THURSDAY

    INTERLAKEN, THE GROSSE SCHEIDEGG & LUZERN

    100 km / 2,050 m

    We’ll set out from Interlaken to climb the legendary Grosse Scheidegg, starting the real climb right after Grindelwald. The Grosse Scheidegg is closed to traffic and offers a breathtaking view of the famous Eiger North Face. Once we have reached the top of the climb, we will enjoy the magnificent view and then make the beautiful descent into Meiringen. We’ll follow that with a cycle up to the Brünig Pass and then follow a beautiful bike path to Luzern. At the hotel you can enjoy a rest, explore beautiful Luzern and then devour a well deserved and delicious dinner.

    Cascada Boutique Hotel****
  • DAY 6 - FRIDAY

    LUZERN TO ZURICH

    112 km / 1,100 m

    After breakfast, we’ll start riding around Vierwaldstättersee, (Lake Luzern). It's the fourth largest lake in Switzerland and borders 4 cantons.

    A bike path with incredible views allows us to ride safely and appreciate the colours of the lakes, the picturesque landscapes and villages. Afterwards, we will have undulating terrain until we reach Zürichsee, where we will roll across the undulating countryside to the beautiful city of Zurich.

    Many activities, music, culture and history await us to here - a full experience of Switzerland!

    Hotel City Zürich Design & Lifestyle***
  • DAY 7 - SATURDAY

    DEPARTURE OR ZURICH TO ST. GALLEN

    120 km / 1,600 m

    If you opted for the shorter tour version, we will sadly help you transfer to Zurich Airport.

    For those on the longer version, we’ll start by riding beside Zürichsee and then east towards eastern Switzerland. On the way we will pass through Wattwill along undulating terrain and views to Iberg Castle in St Gallen.

    Once in St Gallen, we encourage you to explore this medieval city which was founded in the 8th Century. We highly recommend the UNESCO listed St Gallen Abbey precinct including the Baroque Abbey Library and Hall to blow your mind. The library houses one of the oldest and richest collections of literature in the world.

    Hotel Oberwaid - Das Hotel****
  • DAY 8 - SUNDAY

    ST. GALLEN, KONSTANZ & SCHAFFHAUSEN

    95 km / 300 m

    During today´s ride, you will have the opportunity to visit some incredibly special and beautiful places of northern Switzerland. We’ll descend to Bodensee (Lake Constance) and ride along the shores and through several picturesque towns and stop near Kreuzlingen for lunch. Then we’ll continue along the lake shore to beautiful Stein am Rhein and onto the cycle path beside the Rhine River to our hotel in Schaffhausen.

    Make sure to visit Neuhausen am Rheinfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe!

    Best Western Plus Hotel Bahnhof ****
  • DAY 9 - MONDAY

    SCHAFFHAUSEN, WINTERTHUR & ZURICH

    70 km / 380 m

    Today we will have the shortest ride of the tour, so we can enjoy a peaceful and beautiful ride from Schaffhausen and explore our destination, Zurich. We will pass through the famous cultural town of Winterthur, home to 17 museums and an extensive and beautiful old town. After a break here, we’ll continue to our hotel in Zurich. You will have plenty of free time to explore and shop in hip Zurich before we regroup for our last dinner together in the old town.

    Hotel City Zürich Design & Lifestyle***
  • DAY 10 - TUESDAY, DEPARTURE

    ZURICH - AUF WIEDERSEHEN!

    Already our Grand Tour of Switzerland has come to an end. Switzerland is more than just mountains, chocolate, watches and banks! After a last coffee and breakfast overlooking the beautiful mountains, we will transfer you to Zurich Airport and we wish you a pleasant journey back to family and friends.

    We hope you will return to find more hidden Swiss surprises with Grand Tours Project in the near future.