Cycling holidays Jura-Route the Wild West Swiss

Cycling: Jura Route

World of mysteries in the Swiss "Wild West"

The wavy ridges of the Jura stretch from Basel to the Lake of Geneva – the mysterious, isolated from the big routes, landscapes that pull any traveller in.

When one thinks of the Jura, they think about fir forest, lonely plateaus, grasing horses and spectacular view points. Other parts of the Jura include the granary of Ajoie, the valley of the Doubs with the jewel St. Ursanne, La Chaux-de-Fonds with its checker board street pattern, the busy Val de Travers, the caves of Vallorbe, the enchanting Lac de Joux, the world of luxury watch makers in the "Watch Valley" and finally the glorious vineyards along the Lake of Geneva.

Moderate
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

With the bustle of Basel still in your ears, climb the first Jura heights, find your stride along the richly wooded waters of La Lucelle, the Swiss-French border, and dive into the gently rolling Ajoie countryside.

approx. 50 km
930 m
700 m

On the side of the next Jura chain, medieval St. Ursanne awaits on the banks of the mysterious Doubs. 

Another sweat-inducing climb to the high Freiberge, wide, peaceful countryside with pastures, pine trees and grazing cattle and horses.

approx. 45 km
1'220 m
745 m

Optional Train ride to La Cibourg and then a ride into the centre of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The lively metropolis of measuring time is a UNESCO world heritage site.

From here, your path leads through the moor of Les Ponts-des-Martel to Travers or Couvet.

approx. 45 - 75 km
580 - 1'130 m
915 - 1'375 m

You continue your ride along the trail of the Green Fairy through the Val-de-Travers. Ste-Croix and L'Auberson are known for making beautiful jukeboxes, music boxes and artificial puppetiers.

approx. 30 km
625 m
290 m

The TGV sways over its tracks in the plain of Vallorbe. You climb up on Dent de Vaulion and reach Vallée de Joux. In this high valley the clear and quiet Lac de Joux awaits you.

approx. 45 km
1'065 m
1'110 m

Up to Col du Marchairuz. Here you will find hundreds of ant hills and artistically placed stone walls in the tranquil Parc jurassien vaudoise. Finally, you can relax and gently rolldown into the serenity of Lay Léman.

approx. 45 km
660 m
1'270 m

Characteristic

The Jura-Route with its diverse topography is 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 bypassed by train or chairlift including bike transport. The tour further 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.

The Jura Route at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
May 4, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Saturday
Season 2
Aug 17, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Saturday
Season 3
May 25, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
Saturday
Jura Route Jura-Route the Wild West Swiss, 8 days TO, CH-JURBN-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
925.00
285.00
959.00
285.00
995.00
285.00

Categories: Charming middle-class hotels

Season 1
May 4, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Season 2
Aug 17, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Season 3
May 25, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
Basel
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Nyon/Umgebung
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
89.00
129.00
85.00
125.00
89.00
129.00
85.00
125.00
89.00
129.00
85.00
125.00
Price
Countrybike 27-speed
Electric bike
99,00
215,00

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

  • 7 overnights incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Ticket for the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Route guide-book
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Cheap park & ride parking at the airport Basel-Mulhouse
  • Return journey by train from Nyon to Basel, approx. 2.5 h

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