Swiss/French Alps

Day 1 Zurich (Switzerland) to Bassersdorf

Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland and be transferred via the Alpine Cycle Tours mini bus to Bassersdorf in time for our first tour group dinner which is at our expense.

Day 2 Bassersdorf to Andermatt

We transit to Andermatt in the south and is amongst the largest mountains in Switzerland. Our first port of call after leaving the Zurich and the Appenzell region by bus is Andermatt which is a quintessential Swiss town and lies at the virtual intersection of two large valleys deep in the Swiss Alps. From here we have a choice of three different cycling adventures.

Day 3 Andermatt

On day one we ride a selection of the passes in the loop of the Furkha, Grimsel and Susten Passes. These are all very spectacular but with the bus close at hand you can choose which of the three you do. Alternatively we can do an equally spectacular group of passes to the south of Andermatt which loop into Italy and back via the Furkha, the Nufenen and the St Gottardo.

Day 4 Andermatt

Day two we do a group of passes a little to the north of there by transiting to Altdorf and climbing the Klausen Pass. We decend into Glarus and commence one of the prettiest passes in Switzerland, the Pragel, which has the pristine Klontaler See as a backdrop for the first few kilometres. This landscape on this day is almost unrivalled in Switzerland with magnificent views from the bike of Lake Lucerne for many, many kilometres on the run back into Altdorf. We then transit back to Andermatt.

Day 5 Andermatt to Zermatt

Zermatt is the best viewing point for the most famous side of the Matterhorn and we will transit to here to get plenty of time to see the Matterhorn and enjoy the ambience of Zermatt for a day. For those who might be interested, a trip on the Gornergrat railway with higher views of the Matterhorn might be an enviable option on a cloudless day.

Day 6 Zermatt to Morzine (France)

We head back down to the Rhone Valley and turn left and make our way through Martingy and Chatel and into France and the area known as the Haute Savoie, famous for its food produce, both fresh and prepared.

Day 7 Morzine

Morzine is a bit of an “action” town and as such has a real buzz about it. From time to time both the French Rally Championships and the Tour d France pass through Morzine. On this day for a short ride we can do the famous climb to Avoriaz or a longer loop we can ride to Taninges and do the col du Ranfolly or the Col de la Ramaz.

Day 8 Morzine

An option for this day is a ride down the La Dranse river valley to Evian where we can sample real Evian water and enjoy fantastic views of Lake Geneva before returning home to Morzine via pretty farming country and stunning country mansions.

Day 9 Morzine to Lauterbrunnen

We bid farewell to Morzine and head across the Rhone Valley and transit through the Col de la Croix and Col du Pillon and stop for morning tea in Gstaad before turning right at the Thuner See within sight of Interlaken and our final stop of the day, Lauterbrunnen.

Day 10 Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen lies at the bottom of a massive u-shaped glacial valley and is on the western side of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger group of mountains. There is much to explore here and various options include cycling to Grindelwald, white water rafting or the cog railway to the top (almost) of the Jungfrau where one can explore ice caves or trek across the glacier to one of the highest restaurant/alpine huts in Europe.

Day 11 Lauterbrunnen

The activities mentioned above on Day 10 are also available today and are dependant on the weather conditions. In addition, a number of options can be persued concurrently by different members of the group according to their preferences. Bear in mind there is also excellent shopping available in Interlaken.

Day 12 Lauterbrunnen to Schaefler

We transit most of the day to the bottom of the cable car we need to get us to get us most of the way to our mountain chateau, Schaefler. A short alpine walk brings us to our mountain chateau which offers us absolutely indescribable views of the Austrian Vorarlbergs, Lake Constance, Bavaria, Liechtenstein and the Swiss Alps! We enjoy the hospitality of the local Swiss mountaineers in this cosy chateau built over a hundred years ago at an altitude of nearly 2,000 metres!

Day 13 Schaefler to Zurich

The tour is nearly over as we transit back to Zurich for onward connections.