Follow the river Rhone through three very different forms of Swiss countryside. We start at Andermatt, deep in the heart of the Alps, then cycle along dedicated paths mostly downhill through the Rhone Valley as we pass through Brig into the sunny canton of Wallis. Entirely different scenery again as we reach Lake Geneva, with the wide lake on one side and vineyards on the other side, all the way to the cosmopolitan city of Geneva. The Rhone Route unites extremely varied scenery with the many cultural highlights of this part of Switzerland.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Andermatt
Individual transfer to Andermatt. We suggest you use Swiss Rail.
Day 2: Andermatt – Furkapass – Obergesteln, 35 km
Follow the spring waters of the young river Rhone, past wooden chalets and a marvellous mountain panorama as you travel downhill through the Furka Pass to the mountain village of Obergesteln
Day 3: Obergesteln – Brig approx. 45 km
Mostly downhill cycling again, the second day of cycling is varied and fun. For more fun: take the cable car and your bike up to Aletsch glacier and then cycle downhill from an altitude of over 2000 m into the valley (cable car fare paid locally).
Day 4: Brig – Sion approx. 65 km
The route gets flat and follows the banks of the river, sometimes criss-crossing through fertile fields. Stop at Brigerbath with the longest water-slide in Europe for fun and refreshment. The capital of Canton Wallis is Sion, with the fortresses Valère and Tourbillon waiting for you in evening.
Day 5: Sion – Aigle/Monthey approx. 55 km
Vineyards, vegetable and fruit dominate the scenery the next day. Worth a visit is the subterranean lake St-Léonard, Saillon-les-Bains with its thermal spa and wellbeing centre, as well as Martigny with Foundation Giannada.
Day 6: Aigle – Lausanne/Morges approx. 45 km
From Villeneuve onwards you can enjoy the views of sunny Lake Geneva, the panorama of the Savoy Alps and little wine producing villages of theLavaux region of the “Swiss Riviera”. Visit Château de Chillon and the lake-promenade of Montreux, with its famous jazz festival in July.
Day 7: Lausanne – Nyon/Coinsins/Duillier approx. 50 km
A comfortable stage along the charming banks of Lake Geneva; sit on a shady terrace and have some fish and white wine – and perhaps visit the Olympic museum of Lausanne.
Day 8: Nyon – Geneva approx. 25 km
The lovely town and promenade of Vieilles Murailles in Nyon bid farewell and then the final tour-highlight Geneva approaches, as your cycle route meanders through fields, villages, and past vineyards.
Day 9: Geneva
Individual departure or extend your stay in this cosmopolitan city.
RATING: Easy to Moderate
Paved cycle paths along the river; mainly flat or slightly downhill, with just a few small hills; suitable for novice cyclists, families and experienced cyclists alike..
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Geneva, with regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal.
Departure Dates 2017: Daily from mid April to mid October
|Price per person||CAD||$1680|
|Single room supplement||$450|
|Optional electric bike||$160|
|Upgrade to 4 star hotels and premium rental bike: $500|
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Saturday: by appointment