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Cycling holidays La Route Verte Leisure Route «Heights & Horizons» TO

Cycling: La Route Verte

The nature parks of the Jura Arc

The "Heights & Horizons" Leisure Route takes you from Balsthal to Couvet for a real energy boost that will blow your mind! The Passwang Pass and the Vogelbergfluh in the Thal Nature Park offer a breath-taking panorama over Basel, to the North, and the Alps in the South. The two passes on the next stage reward you as well with magnificent views. You will then reach the charming medieval town of St-Ursanne, the gateway to the Doubs Nature Park, with its meandering Doubs river.

Take the time to visit a franches-montagnes horse breeding farm before passing through the Chasseral Nature Park on the crest of Mont-Soleil. You will then travel between dry stone walls, testimony to a long regional tradition, and wind turbines, creating the energy of the future. This Leisure Route ends with a small glass of “green fairy” in the beautiful Val-de-Travers.

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Itinerary

This stage of the Route Verte begins in the heart of the Thal Nature Park, which is characterized by forests, vertically sloping gorges and deep ravines. You climb over the Passwang, cross the language border and reach the canton of Jura. In Délemont, the clocks are already ticking differently.

approx. 45 km
855 m
940 m

Two more passes with breathtaking views await you before you reach St-Ursanne, the gateway to the Parc du Doubs.

approx. 35 km
860 m
850 m

Today you will cross the Franches-Montagnes. Countless horse paddocks characterize the landscape here. On your bike you will head for Saignelégier and shortly afterwards reach the sunny heights of Mont-Soleil. In the Chasseral Regional Park, you will ride between dry stone walls and pastures until you reach the unique Auberge de l'Assesseur.

approx. 45 km
1'330 m
570 m

The Chasseral rises proudly to your left, pointing the way as you descend into La Chaux-de-Fonds. Stroll through the center of the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pay a visit to the watch museum. Then pedal steadily up and down into the Val-de-Travers.

approx. 50 km
620 m
1'075 m

Tour character

A challenging tour along the chain of hills of the Jura. The tours lead mostly on little used side roads. Only in the urban centres is a little more traffic to be expected. Because of the sometimes challenging climbs, we recommend that you tackle the tour with an electric bike. The "pleasure variants" offer shorter stages and are less strenuous than the original route. The Route Verte mostly follows the signposted routes of Veloland Schweiz. In the cantons of Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud, orientation is easy; before that, the different routes change several times a day.

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Prices & Dates

All data at a glance
Place of arrival: Balsthal
  Season 1
20.03.2021 - 26.03.2021
10.04.2021 - 07.05.2021
18.09.2021 - 17.10.2021

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
Season 2
27.03.2021 - 09.04.2021
08.05.2021 - 17.09.2021

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
La route Verte Variant enjoyment B Heights & Horizons TO, CH-OSRBC-06X
Base price
715.-
755.-
Surcharge Single Room 235.- 235.-

Category: Middle class hotels

Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
La route Verte Variant enjoyment B Heights & Horizons TO, CH-OSRBC-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
715.-
235.-
755.-
235.-

Category: Middle class hotels

Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
Balsthal
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Couvet/surrounding
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
79.-
119.-
89.-
124.-
79.-
119.-
89.-
124.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Balsthal
  Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021

monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday
Balsthal
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.-
Extra night single room (BB) 119.- 119.-
Couvet/surrounding
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 124.- 124.-
Filter
Countrybike 27-speed
Electric bike
95.-
189.-
Prices per person in CHF

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Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 5 overnight stays incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Carefully elaborated route 
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room) 
  • GPS-data available 
  • Service-hotline

Please note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

 

Information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Garage parking at the train station in Balsthal. CHF 6.-/day.  
  • Return journey by train via Biel to Balsthal. Duration: approx. 2 h.
Travel Documents

Travel documents "analogous"

By default, your travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details
  • Official guidebook «Cycling Switzerland»
  • Maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form. You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual vouchers

En route you will inform yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 30.- per room is offered.

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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Annamarie Wuersten CH | 14.06.2021
Jura
Transport des Gepäcks hat tadellos geklappt. Die Hotels waren einfach und bis auf das Hotel in St. Ursanne auch sauber.

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