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Cycling holidays Jura-Route the Wild West Swiss

Cycling: Jura Route

World of mysteries in Switzerlands "Wild West"

The hilly ridges of the Jura stretch from Basel to Lake Geneva - the mysterious landscapes off the beaten track that fascinate every traveller. Anyone who thinks of the Jura dreams of fir forests, remote plateaus, grazing horses and spectacular viewpoints. 

The Jura also includes the granary of Ajoie, the Doubs valley with the jewel of St Ursanne, La Chaux-de-Fonds with its chessboard street pattern, the bustling Val de Travers, the caves of Vallorbe, the enchanting Lac de Joux, the world of luxury watchmakers and the magnificent wine-growing regions along Lake Geneva. 

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Itinerary

Luggage check-in in Basel. With the pulse of Basel still in your ears, you climb the first heights of the Jura, find your footing and peace along the wooded Swiss-French border stream La Lucelle, and slowly immerse yourself in the gentle hilly landscape of the Ajoie.

approx. 62 km
985 m
835 m

The medieval town of St. Ursanne awaits on the banks of the mysterious Doubs River, just beyond the next Jura chain. Another sweaty climb to the high plateau of the Franches Montagnes, a wide, peaceful landscape with meadows, fir trees, grazing cows and horses.

approx. 45 km
1'250 m
745 m

From the plateau of the paradisiacal Franches-Montagnes with its dark moor ponds up to Switzerland's largest solar power station. Then through a quiet, ruggedly contemplative landscape down to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

approx. 38 km
670 m
350 m

From La Chaux-de-Fonds through the high moor Les Ponts-des-Martel to Couvet.

approx. 55 km
660 m
1'270 m

Continue on the trail of the Green Fairy through the Val-de-Travers. Ste-Croix and L'Auberson are known for the manufacture of music boxes, music boxes and artificial puppeteers.

approx. 30 km
625 m
290 m

A short guest appearance on the plain awaits you before the TGV swings over the rails in Vallorbe. The journey over the Dent de Vaulion leads you into the Vallée de Joux. In this high valley lies the cool and clear Lac de Joux.

approx. 34 km
715 m
1'005 m

Along Lac de Joux to Le Brassus.

approx. 25 km
535 m
300 m

Up to the Col du Marchairuz. Up here, you'll find hundreds of anthills and rows of artfully crafted stone walls in the quiet Parc Jura vaudois. Finally, it's effortless to roll down into the serenity of Lac Léman to Nyon. After arriving in Nyon, collect your luggage and depart.

approx. 38 km
480 m
1'120 m

Tour character

The Jura-Route with its diverse topographyis aimed at athletic bikers. It has an almost «exotic» character and leads through little known landscapes in the scarcely populated border country of France. Longers and steeper slopes can usually be shortened by train or cable cars where you can transport your bike as well.

Furthermore, the tour leads over lonely plateaus, some with spectacular views of the Swiss middle land and the high Alps (Freiberge, Balcon du Jura vaudois, Vallée de Joux, Parc naturel régional Jura Vaudois). The tour is almost entirely done on asphalt streets and is therefore perfect for racing bikes. For those who like it a little more leisurely, we recommend an electric bike

Learn more about the watchmakers in the Vallée de Joux here.

The Jura Route at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Basel
  Season 1
15.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
23.09.2023 - 15.10.2023

daily
Season 2
08.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
13.05.2023 - 22.09.2023

daily
Jura Route Jura-Route the Wild West Swiss, 10 days, CH-JURBN-10X
Base price
1'425.-
1'475.-
Surcharge Single Room 429.- 429.-

Category: Charming middle-class hotels, simple B&B in Travers

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
daily
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
daily
Jura Route Jura-Route the Wild West Swiss, 10 days, CH-JURBN-10X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1'425.-
429.-
1'475.-
429.-

Category: Charming middle-class hotels, simple B&B in Travers

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Basel
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Nyon
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
95.-
130.-
85.-
125.-
95.-
130.-
85.-
125.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Basel
  Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

daily
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023

daily
Basel
Extra night double room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Extra night single room (BB) 130.- 130.-
Nyon
Extra night double room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Extra night single room (BB) 125.- 125.-
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Electric bike
Countrybike 27-Gang Unisex
325.-
165.-
Prices per person in CHF

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Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • Overnight stays according to the itinerary incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Admission to the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds 
  • Costs for luggage pick-up at the station (for direct arrival and departure) 
  • Subsidy for arrival by train
  • Carefully elaborated route description 
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) incl. SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription 
  • Service hotline  

 

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrival by public transport to Basel. For direct arrival: Drop off your luggage at the luggage counter by 10:00 a.m. at the latest.  
  •  Departure by public transport from Nyon. In case of direct departure: Suitcases will be returned to the luggage counter by 5:00 p.m. at the latest.   
Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers 

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge. 

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