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Cycling holidays Basel - Locarno

Cycling: North-South-Route Switzerland

Across the alps along the North-South Route

The North-South Route connects two of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. It starts at the tripoint in Basel and crosses the Jura mountains to Lucerne. On it goes through central Switzerlandand up towards the Gotthard pass.

Then, you roll past the castles of Bellinzona and further through the Magadino plainuntil you reach the Lago Maggiore.

Medium
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

Basel, Liestal and the Ergolztal: a bustling, self-confident agglomeration. In contrast: tranquility and charming countryside in the Baselbiet Jura.

On through Aargau's Jurapark hills, followed by a racy descent down the southern Jura slopes to Aarau.

approx. 55 km
860 m
725 m

From Aarau the way leads to the idyllic Suhrental river valley; with views of the Alps spotted south and Jura chain north.

Through rich orchards and fertile fields alongside Lake Sempach, this stage finally takes you to Lucerne.

approx. 55 km
630 m
580 m

Picturesquely along the bank of the Lake of Lucerne at Kastanienbaum; in Beckenried you cross the Lake of Lucerne by boat and cycle along the Achsenstrasse at the lake, towards the Urnerland.

approx. 50 - 60 km
495–520 m
495–505 m

Per Transfer through the Reuss-plain and up to the Gotthardpass, an alpine transit route of European importance. If by horse, by train or by car. Everyone always wanted and still want to cross the Gotthard southwards.

The Leventina has been a passage corridor for ages. The further south you go, the milder the climate gets.

approx. 50 km
150 m
1'948 m

An easy ride along the waters of the Ticino, soon passing chestnut trees and vineyards. Bellinzona, called «La Turita» because of its many castles, lies on top of a strategic valley narrowing on the southern connection to the alp passes Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lukmanier and is probably the most Italian city of Switzerland.

The "Skyline" oft he Tessin capitol with ist lombardic character formst he mighty fortress of three oft he best preserved medieval castles in Switzerland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

approx. 50 km
160 m
250 m
Nord-Süd-Route Eurotrek

Characteristic

The North-South Route gives the cyclist an impressive overview of the topological and cultural diversity of Switzerland in a small area: After the start in the chemistry metropolis of Basel, crossing the Jura is the first challenge – as a reward, the next stage through the Swiss middle land from Aarau to Lucerne is almost completely flat.

After the spectacular landscape along the Lake of Lucerne into the "heart of Switzerland" you transfer from Altdorf up to the legendary Gotthard pass. Through the Tremola ravine down to Airolo, the cyclist uses the old, cobbled pass road.

From Airolo, the Vegetation gets more and more southern until – after a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bellinzona – you can enjoy an espresso in Locarno unter palm trees. 

The North-South Route at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2018 at a glance
Season 1
Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Samstag
Season 2
Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
Samstag
Season 3
Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Samstag
North-South-Route Basel - Locarno, 7 days TO, CH-NSRBL-07X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
779,00
245,00
799,00
245,00
829,00
245,00
Season 1
Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Season 2
Jun 2, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
Season 3
Jun 30, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018
Basel
Extra night double room
Extra night single room
Locarno
Extra night double room
Extra night single room
89,00
128,00
89,00
128,00
89,00
128,00
89,00
128,00
89,00
128,00
89,00
128,00
Price
Countrybike 27-speed
Electric bike
99,00
215,00

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

  • 6 overnights in the desired accommodation category (incl. breakfast)
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Transfers and boat rides according to the program
  • Guide book
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • Service Hotline

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Parking in Basel is very expensive! Details under www.parkleitsystem-basel.ch Cheaper alternative: Flughafenparking at the Airport Basel-Mulhouse (with direct bus connection to the Basel SBB train station, approx. 30 min)

  • Return journey by train from Locarno to Basel, approx. 3¼ - 4½ h., Cost: CHF 85.- per person and Ride.

Customer feedback

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Thomas K. DE | 08.09.2018
Veloreise Nord-Süd Route
Wunderschöne Strecke. Ausführliche und gute Reiseunterlagen. Gute Betreuung und Kommunikation, problemloser Transfer zum Gotthard. Leider haben wir uns trotzdem einmal in Suhr verfahren, weil die Ausschilderung nicht eindeutig war. Die Offline Funktion der SchweizMobil Plus- App funktionierte nicht. Der Umweg war nicht mehr aufzuholen, so dass wir die Tagestour mit der Bahn beenden mussten. Deutliche Abstriche gibt's leider bei den Unterkünften (s.u. Fox Hotel). Alles in Allem aber eine sehr schöne Tour, möchten wir gerne weiterempfehlen.
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Wir haben die Probleme, die Sie in Suhr hatten, bereits an die zuständigen Stellen weitergeleitet, damit die Ausschilderung in diesem Gebiet kontrolliert wird. Wegen der Offline-Funktion der App nehmen wir direkt mit Ihnen Kontakt auf, um mehr über die Probleme zu erfahren. Es freut uns sehr, dass Ihnen Ihre Reise so gut gefallen hat.

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