Hiking holidays Jura Crest Trail Couvet - Nyon TO

Hiking: Jura Crest Trail

Wonders along the way

A picture perfect view awaits hikers on the southern part of the Jura Crest trail. The vineyards and sparkling waters of the Three-Lakes-Country make for perfect setting for the first days as well as the snow-covered peaks of the alps that tower on the horizon.

But don’t be sidetracked by the magnificent views because you might miss the small wonders along the way. Lac the Joux is a hidden gem and Swiss perfection awaits you in the former manufactures of the music boxes in Ste-Croix. Vallorbe tells smuggler’s tales and the culinary delights of Vaud mark the end of this long-distance hike on the shores of Lake Geneva.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour


From Couvet you walk past Fleurier up to the Jura Crest Trail. Over expansive pasturelands to the hometown of music boxes and nickelodeons.

approx. 7 h
approx. 23 km
1'200 m
800 m

Not far from the Swiss-French border, the trail leads through the splendid Vaud Jura. The trees and rocks here could tell many a tale of smuggling. Old metal crafts and the railway are the focus in Vallorbe.

approx. 7 h
approx. 25 km
780 m
1'050 m

Typical Jura: first a river, its spring in a nearby grotto, then a hike along a mountain with wonderful views and lastly two lakes with no visible outlets. So characteristic of the Vallée de Joux, cradle of many world-renowned luxury watches.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 14 km
800 m
600 m

The undoubted highlight of this tour through extensive meadowlands is the Mont Tendre, the highest point on the Swiss Jura. The mountain affords views over Canton Vaud and Lac Léman, on clear days extending to the Alps and the blue Vosges.

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 21 km
1'050 m
600 m

The trail leads through parkland-like landscape with scattered alpine huts and a lacework of kilometre-long dry stone walling, partly through a nature reserve established in 1972. It’s worth making a short stop to the ruins of an ancient monastery.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 17 km
460 m
860 m

A bleak rock bastion and the lush Lac Léman shores: a pair of contrasts on this tour. After climbing to the top of La Dôle near the national border, the trail leads through forests to vineyards and Nyon, a small town in a superb location.

approx. 7.5 h
approx. 26 km
780 m
1'400 m


Good stamina is needed for the steep ascends that will challenge you on the Jura Crest Trail. Trails are in a good condition but might be slippery on rainy days.

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Prices & Dates

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Category: standard-hotels, Hostel in Nyon (ensuite bathroom)

Currently this tour can not be booked

Services & Information

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailled route instructions
  • Service Hotline

Arrival / parking / departure

  • Parking at the first hotel in Couvet. Costs are payable on site.
  • Return travel by train via Morges and Neuchâtel to Couvet. Duration approx. 2 h.

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