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Cycling holidays Jura Route

Cycling: Jura Route Switzerland

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
  • 7 Days / 6 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
845 m
630 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
1'225 m
720 m

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. 65 - 70 km
1'070 - 1'090 m
1'305 - 1'340 m

A short train ride to Le Butte and 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.

After the steep ascent, you ride back down into the plain of Vallorbe and onwards to the Lac de Joux.

approx. 70 - 75 m
1'300 - 1'595 m
1'325 - 1'575 m

The cool and clear charme of the Lac de Joux, and at the top, 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. 40 km
510 m
1'125 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 2018 at a glance
Season 1
Sep 22, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Samstag
Season 2
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Aug 18, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018
Samstag
Season 3
May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018
Samstag
Jura Route, 7 days TO, CH-NSRBN-07X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
789,00
245,00
839,00
245,00
885,00
245,00
Season 1
Sep 22, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
Season 2
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Aug 18, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018
Season 3
May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Aug 17, 2018
Basel
Extra night double room
Extra night single room
Nyon/Umgebung
Extra night double room
Extra night single room
89,00
128,00
79,00
119,00
89,00
128,00
79,00
119,00
89,00
128,00
79,00
119,00
Price
Countrybike 27-speed
Electric bike
99,00
215,00

Our rental bikes

Services & Information

  • 6 overnights incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Train rides according to program
  • Ticket for the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Route 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 tot he Basel SBB train station, approx. 30 min)
  • Return journey by train from Nyon to Basel, approx. 2¾ h, Cost CHF 72.- per person and ride.

Customer feedback

5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
5 stars
Rudolf Frei CH | 13.07.2018
Sehr schöne Jura-Route
Obwohl wir die Reise kurzfristig (Dienstag) gebucht habe, hatten wir die Unterlagen rechtzeitig (Freitag) so dass wir die sehr schöne Jura-Tour am Samstag strarten konnten. Die Übernachtungen in den 3-Sterne.Hotels war in Ordnung. Das Nachtessen in allen Hotels hervorragend. Leider war in allen Hotels das Frühstück nicht unbedingt auf Velofahrer ausgerichtet. Der Gepäcktransport hat hervorragend geklappt. Die Ausschilderung von Schweizmobil (Route Nr. 7) ist perfekt. Eiin Karte oder eine GPS-Führung ist nicht nötig. Leider konnte der beigelegte Gutschein für die Bahnfahrt von Couvet nach Buttes nicht eingelöst werden, da der Bahnschalter in Couvet geschlossen ist.
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie eine gute Zeit im Jura hatten und Ihre Fahrt von Basel nach Nyon geniessen konnten. Bei den SBB gingen in den letzten Wochen einige bediente Bahnhöfe zu und es scheint als ob der Bahnhof in Couvet davon ebenfalls betroffen ist. Wir werden in den Reiseunterlagen vermerken, dass die Railchecks an einem der vorhergehenden Etappenorten gewechselt werden müssen, damit es in Zukunft keine Probleme gibt.
5 stars
Rita Cadosch CH | 20.06.2018
Merci
Super voyage bien tracer avec des paysages splendides. Les hébergements sympatiques, calme et spacieuses. Faire un tour dans le Jura était une belle surprise et un manifique moment pour moi,et les conseils/déscription aide beaucoup. Petit conseil: il faut prendre un sac à dos vide (voire une petite remorque) pour caser les petits achats en route sur les alpages ou en libre service par les fammes des paysans. Il y a des produits trop bon et pas cher.

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