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Our Switzerland Bike Tour will bring you through the beautiful green valleys, alpine passes and glacier views of the Swiss Alps. Our team of local Swiss Cycling Guides & LGA USA Cycling Coaches will guide you deep into the heart of the Alps. Explore classic rides into the valleys alongside rivers, hundreds of waterfalls, and the towering glaciated peaks. Let our team handle everything for you during the trip so all you have to do is ride your bike. This is a trip-of-a-lifetime riding across the stunning landscape of the Swiss Alps!
The Alps offer incredible experiences for road bikers wanting to experience the best of Switzerland. The Graubünden area is the land of a thousand peaks, iconic resorts such as Davos and St Moritz, and numerous routes that are all accessible for guests.
Ride the Glacier Express, the most famous railway in the world, from Davos to St. Moritz. Our team will transport your luggage to the next destination which allows us to enjoy this classic train through the Alps
Your in good hands: Our local guides have lived in these regions for their entire lives. The LGA Team and Swiss Mountain Bike Guides have numerous routes through the valleys and inside knowledge to the best rides, restaurants, and spots to visit during your trip
Stay in boutique Swiss hotels with contemporary, warm, modern mountain rooms. Enjoy hotels that have areas to store, clean and work on your bikes. Daily laundry service for your cycling clothes is included as part of your stay!
2017: Sun, Jul. 30th to Sun, Aug. 6th, 2017
Location: Davos-Klosters & St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tour Length: 8 days | 7 nights | 6 Riding Days
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced
Guide Ratio: 4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
Hotel: Official Bike Hotels of Switzerland
Included Meals: Daily Breakfasts | Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Price: $2995 per person
Classic Alpine roads surrounded by ancient glaciers, perfectly wrapping the Swiss Mountainsides. We’ll start our adventure in the beautiful valley of Davos with unparalleled Swiss hospitality in a region that is known for outdoor activities. One of the first ski areas in Switzerland. After 4 days we will ride into St Moritz and the Engadin Valley that offers some of the best riding experiences in the Alps. If conditions permit we will have the opportunity to ride into Italy to sample a cappuccino or some home made pasta.
We have a wide variety of routes to show our guests and a couple that we leave as a secret until we get there, surely something not to be missed as it could be one of the best roads you have ever ridden. This trip will provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences on rides you’ll never forget. Over the course of the trip you’ll enjoy beautiful glacier views, the spectacular water falls and a dynamic lifestyle that only Switzerland can offer. Once you land let us take care of all your needs so all you have to do is ride your bike!
You will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of local foods, home made dishes, ales, wine, cheese and of course chocolate! Enjoy a Welcome & Farewell dinner where we will enjoy specialities of each region. Be sure to try the traditional fondue and raclette dishes as well as some of the local grilled specialities. Our guides will show you local favorites that are only found here. A true experience to explore a wide range of foods during your trip.
Rest your body, mind and soul along the way in our partner Swiss Bike Hotels. These Hotels cater to the cyclist and offer everything from bike cleaning, repair stands and free laundry service every night to keep your clothes fresh. Our location is ideal to access a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and local attractions. Free WiFi, daily breakfast, and comfortable rooms await you at our favorite hotels in the areas.
Fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the LGA team will be there to travel with you to Davos in our private van. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.
Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Switzerland! One of our all-time favorite places in the world! All guests will rendezvous at Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and meet the LGA Team. From here we will transfer you through the rolling green hills of Switzerland and into the beautiful town of Davos. Davos will be your home for the next few days.We will build/assemble bikes if you brought one or we will visit our partner shop- Bike Academy Davos to pick up your rental bike. Possible ride depending on conditions. Enjoy a Welcome dinner in the evening as everyone in the group gets to know one another. Steep yourself in Swiss culture and immerse into European life.
Hotel: Bike Hotels of Switzerland
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner
Enjoy 3 days of road biking the famous Davos Mountains and surrounding valleys. Wake up to a great breakfast buffet with fresh local favorites so you are ready to go for the day. The bike area will allow you to get your bike dialed in and ready for a great day of biking ahead.
The Davos range has several areas to ride over the course of our stay in this stunning valley. This huge valley offers several beautiful high alpine roads to climb in Switzerland. Enjoy endless areas to stop along the way to see glacier waterfalls and the true beauty of the Swiss Alps.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime cycling adventure. Davos has something for everyone and at the end of the day enjoy a train ride back to town after exploring the high alpine of Switzerland. Somedays we might utilize trains, and shuttles to maximize individual time and enjoyment. Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week. The Bike Hotels offers packed lunches daily for a small fee.
The group can experience some of the many restaurants in town or at the hotels each night. Taste the local flavors this area is recognized for.
Hotel: Bike Hotels of Switzerland
Included Meals: Daily Breakfasts
Enjoy 3 days of road biking the Engadin Valley and legendary mountains of St Moritz. This is one of Switzerland’s top bike destinations and home to some of the biggest 4000 meter peaks in the country. Wake up to a great breakfast buffet at the hotel so you are ready to go for the day. The hotel has a bike storage area and tools to make sure you are ready for a great day of biking ahead. Our team of guides is happy to assist with any bike set up and mechanical issues during the trip.
The Engadin Valley has numerous cycling routes to ride over during our stay in this stunning valley. Hop a board the famous Glacier Express train to the top of the Bernina Pass and into the Poschiavo Area. Daily rides can reach a few thousand feet of vertical covering miles of high alpine roads and valleys. Breathtaking scenery around every turn will leave you in awe as you ride.
This is a true cycling adventure that must be ridden at least once in a lifetime. The St Moritz & Engadin Valley areas have something for everyone. At the end of the day enjoy a glass of wine from the local region or one of the many local brews back in town after exploring the high alpine of Switzerland. Our guides will maximize your riding time every day so you get to make the most of your trip. We want you to enjoy your ride through the local towns so you get to experience as much as possible. . Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages, mountain lodges and mountain tops through the week. The Bike Hotel offers nutritional packed lunches daily for a small fee.
Enjoy wood fired pizzas, grilled dishes, homemade pasta and other regional delicacies prepared with local ingredients at the family owned restaurants. The group can experience one of the many restaurants in town on the open nights with a short walk into town or head over to the St Moritz area to taste the local flavors this area is recognized for. On our final night the group will enjoy a farewell dinner together sharing all the great memories experienced throughout the week.
Hotel: Bike Hotels of Switzerland
Included Meals: Daily Breakfasts | Farewell Dinner
Guests will be departing Pontresina around 8am after 6 great days of riding! Join us for breakfast and then pack up, say our goodbyes and enjoy private transportation back to Zurich where you can catch a flight home or enjoy a night in the beautiful city walking along Lake Zurich. We recommend selecting a departure after 1pm from Zurich. If you would like to spend another night in Zurich, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements.
Included Meals: Breakfast
NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.
Road Bike Gear:
Road bike (if you need a rental bike please contact us)
Bike Helmet & HeadBand for Sweat Protection
Water bottles (2)
Road Bike gloves
Road Bike jersey or tops
Road Shorts & Padded chamois shorts recommended
Leg warmers or longer tights (depending on weather)
Rain jacket & Insulated layers (depending on conditions)
Socks- ankle high or taller recommended
Road bike shoes (or athletic shoes if using flat pedals)
Extra Snacks/performance food
Extra tubes & patch kit for bike tube repairs. Guides will assist in repairs & will have extras
Emergency contact & Medical info
Optional: cycling computer, cell phone, camera
You will be in the Swiss Alps so bring proper clothing for when you’re not riding.
Credit card, cash to exchange into Swiss Franc
ID or driver’s license
Medical insurance cards
Prescriptions or other medications
Important phone numbers
Proof of Travelers Insurance
Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all tours. Reservations are available immediately once a trip is announced and up to 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.
Please wait until you receive confirmation from Le Grand Adventure Tours before making any travel arrangements. Our team is happy to assist you with any travel needs.
Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.
No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.
We can rent bike through our partner shop Bike Academy Davos. Please provide advanced notice so we can help you reserve gear, thank you.
Fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH) by 1pm where the LGA team will be there to travel with you to Davos. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.
What you will need to bring depends of course largely on the weather you can expect on your trip. For the most accurate weather please check the Davos- St. Moritz forecast through Weather Underground a few days before your trip. We will be in the high alpine mountains so bring clothes that will keep you cool and/or warm in a wide variety of conditions.
Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.
Gratuities are not included. Tips are accepted at your discretion based on the overall trip experience provided by our team.
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Flight time from the West Coast of the United States to Zurich is approximately 11.5 hours if you book a non-stop flight. From the East Coast the flight time is approximately 8 hours.
Credit cards are widely accepted, but Amex is not always accepted. Better stick with Visa. You will need some cash – but just for casual expenses. Most things can be paid for by credit card. The currency is CHF/Swiss Franc. EUR is not the currency of Switzerland (even if it is sometimes accepted by some merchants at a bad exchange rate). It never makes sense to carry too much cash on you – anywhere. Withdrawing cash from your checking account using your US cash/debit card is usually much cheaper than converting dollar bills at an exchange desk and you will get the BEST Exchange rate. Many credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee around 3-5%. This may be the time to get yourself a fun new rewards travel credit card that comes with “No Foreign Transaction Fees.” We never leave home without it.
The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. In the Davos & St. Moritz area they speak German or a Swiss-German dialect. You will find English is widely spoke all over Switzerland. It is still great to learn a few of the day to day vocabulary to be polite.
Switzerland is very safe. Always take regular precautions whenever abroad to save yourself from any potential headaches that could interfere with your travels.
With its plethora of international banks, the country is a center for global wealth. Supermarket sell pre-made meals for between 5-9 CHF. Bars and cafés are the cheapest food option, cost about 9-15 CHF for a lunch special. Restaurants with table service are around 20 CHF for lunch and 40 CHF for dinner (starter, main, and drink) to start. You’ll typically find pizzas for around 20 CHF in a restaurant. If you’re dining out (but still trying to stick to a budget), you’ll spend an average of 25-45 CHF a day on food.