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Mountainbike: Glacier Bike Tour

Mountainbike: Glacier Bike Tour

One of the most impressive Bike Rides in the Alps

As you travel along the route of the Glacier Express, the world’s slowest express train, you’ll be struck by the ever-changing beauty of the landscape, the impressive sights and rich culture along the way. When you are familiar with the Swiss-German dialects spoken in Graubünden and Valais, you will also recognize the contrast encountering Rumantsch, Switzerland's fourth official language besides German, French, and Italian. All those details you would miss when travelling a faster way. The Glacier Bike Tour follows the route of the Glacier Express, taking you into the midst of the land and the people of the three cantons it crosses. Experience the whole variety of Switzerland on this multi-day bike tour from St. Moritz to Zermatt.

 

 

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Itinerary

The lovely lake landscapes in the Engadine valley are a magnificent opener to this tour. The first stage takes you through Albula, where you can observe otherwise shy Alpine animals, such as marmots, in their natural habitats. With the most wonderful views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhaetian Railway and an exciting destination at the end … the Glacier Bike Tour definitely does start with a bang! 

approx. 36 km (Singletrails: 0 km)
710 m
1'120 m

The Bike Kingdom – the largest uninterrupted biking area in Grisons – is on the agenda for the second stage of the Glacier Bike Tour. Before you even get here, though, there’s no doubt you’ll have already checked a range of records, landmarks and experiences off your list. 

approx. 36.5 km (Singletrails: 3.5 km)
920 m
810 m

From almost 2,000 metres above sea level down into Graubünden’s sun-kissed orchard and through the tiny town of Fürstenau, you eventually arrive in Thusis – one of Medieval Europe’s most significant transit towns. It’s here where you’ll spend the night. 

approx. 32.5 km (Singletrails: 1.5 km)
730 m
1'510 m

Up to the highest heights, from the convergence of  the Albula and Vorderrhein rivers and on to where the the Vorderrhein and Hinterrhein rivers also converge. This stage leads along an isolated path over the Heinzenberg ridge west of Thusis, through wide meadows, pastures and forests and on to the (highly recommended) mountain inn. 

approx. 33 km (Singletrails: 1 km)
1'250 m
1'290 m

This stage of the tour leads into one of the most impressive landscapes in the Alps. From the spectacular Rhine Gorge, through old villages and Walser Alpine landscapes to Ilanz, the first town on the Rhine. 

approx. 37 km (Singletrails: 1.7 km)
1'280 m
1'250 m

The Glacier Bike Tour leads through the Surselva today, from the Rhine town of Ilanz to the monastery village of Disentis. The route climbs gently but steadily along the river, but you won’t find it boring or monotonous at all – the route is just as varied as the countryside and culture you’ll experience along the way. 

approx. 31.5 km (Singletrails: 0 km)
650 m
220 m

The origin of the Rhine, a change of canton and a rollercoaster of altitudes await you on the Oberalp Pass. This stage leads into the wild landscape of the second pass on the Glacier Bike Tour, into the next canton. Uri and Andermatt await you on the other side. 

approx. 33.5 km (Singletrails: 2.3 km)
1'250 m
930 m

The Furka Pass is 2,429 metres above sea level and, on the way there, you’ll pass by the smallest village in Switzerland and find traces of Sean Connery, who lived in this area during the filming of ‘Goldfinger’ in 1963, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as the trail snakes along. From its highest point, the route leads to the glacial world of Valais and the source of the river Rhône. 

approx. 45 km (Singletrails: 0 km)
1'100 m
1'180 m

After the sparse but nonetheless stunning scenery within the Furka Pass comes the picturesque landscape of Goms. From Ulrichen, the route descends through riverside forests, deserted valleys and old mountain villages to the warm Valais vineyards. 

approx. 58 km (Singletrails: 2 km)
550 m
1'240 m

The Grand Finale! From wine to ice cream, from the warmth of Valais to Switzerland’s famous landmark … the final stage towards the Matterhorn is a more than 1,000-metre trail, leading steadily uphill from Brig and through the Mattertal valley. 

approx. 38 km (Singletrails: 4.8 km)
1'140 m
190 m

Tour character

This multi-day tour is perfect for e-mountain biking. As the routes involve a great deal of altitude change, this can be made more enjoyable with electric assistance. The tours themselves lead along natural paths, asphalt and easy trails. Technically, this tour is no problem for experienced bikers. 

Prices & Dates

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: St. Moritz
  Season 1
31.08.2024 - 15.09.2024

Arrival daily
Season 2
29.06.2024 - 30.08.2024

Arrival daily
Glacier Bike Tour, 12 days, CH-GRAZZ-12X
Base price
2'149.-
2'235.-
Surcharge single room 795.- 795.-

Category: 3* and 4* hotels

Season 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Arrival daily
Season 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024
Arrival daily
Glacier Bike Tour, 12 days, CH-GRAZZ-12X
Base price
Surcharge single room
2'149.-
795.-
2'235.-
795.-

Category: 3* and 4* hotels

Season 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Season 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024
St. Moritz
Double room p.P.
Surcharge single room
Zermatt
Double room p.P.
Surcharge single room
95.-
50.-
169.-
70.-
95.-
50.-
169.-
70.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: St. Moritz
  Season 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024

Arrival daily
Season 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024

Arrival daily
St. Moritz
Double room p.P. 95.- 95.-
Surcharge single room 50.- 50.-
Zermatt
Double room p.P. 169.- 169.-
Surcharge single room 70.- 70.-
Filter
MTB Fully
E-MTB Fully
359.-
445.-
Prices per person in CHF

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as mentioned incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Costs for luggage pick-up at the station (direct arrival and departure only)
  • Subsidy for arrival by train 
  • Carefully elaborated route 
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room) 
  • Navigation app and GPS data available 
  • SwitzerlandMobility-Plus subscription for one year  
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 20.- per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrival in St. Moritz using public transport.  
  • Departure from Zermatt using public transport.  
Arrival by train:
Leave the car at home! For every bike, biking or hiking tour in Switzerland, you will receive an SBB coupon per participant, which you can use to deduct CHF 10 from the ticket price for traveling by train. The reduction can be obtained in the SBB online store or in the SBB app. On many trips, we use the luggage counters at the stations at the beginning and at the end to hand over the suitcases. You can conveniently combine this right away when you arrive by train. If you are a GA owner, you can provide this information when booking. We will credit you the amount on the invoice. If you don't need the coupon for the trip itself, you can use it during the year. Unfortunately, a retroactive refund is not possible for administrative reasons.
Travel documents

Travel documents "digital"

We reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the Eurotrek Travel Guide App. We provide you with further information online.

In advance you will receive a package of documents with the following contents:

  • Your travel program
  • Luggage tags
  • Description of how to use the app
  • Any vouchers
  • Detailed program with map sections

The Eurotrek Travel Guide App will help you additionally to find your way around. In addition to your digital map, you will find further information about your booked trip. The app is also available offline, simply download the trip in advance.

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