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Hiking holidays Jura Crest Trail Couvet - Nyon

Hiking: Jura Crest Trail

Wild Jura highlands and gentle Lake Geneva

A true picture-book landscape spreads out at the feet of the hiker in the southern part of the Jura. The vineyards and sparkling waters of the Three-Lakes Region are as magnificent a sight as the snow-capped Alpine peaks that border the horizon in the south.

But don't let your gaze wander too far into the distance, because there's plenty to discover along the way too. The landscape in the Vallée de Joux is quiet and serene; much love for detail awaits you in the musical box paradise of Ste-Croix. Vallorbe tells smuggler stories and the culinary delights in the Vaud region crown this hike! 

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Itinerary

From Couvet you walk via Fleurier up to the Jura high trail. Over widespread grazing land you will reach Ste-Croix, the home of musical boxes and music automats.

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

Not far from the Swiss-French border, the trail passes through the magnificent Vaud Jura. Here, trees and stones could tell some smuggling stories. In Vallorbe, old iron crafts and the railway are the centre of attention.

approx. 7 h
approx. 25 km
945 m
1'260 m

Typical Jura: first a river that emerges not far from a cavern, then a hike over a rocky mountain lookout and finally two lakes without above-ground outflows. These characterise the Vallée de Joux, home of many world-famous luxury watches.

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

The undisputed highlight of this tour across extensive pastureland is Mont Tendre, the highest elevation in the Swiss Jura: a vantage point over the Vaud region and Lake Geneva. In good visibility the view extends as far as the Alps and the blue Vosges.

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

Through a park-like landscape with scattered chalets and a network of kilometre-long dry stone walls, the trail leads partly through a nature reserve established in 1972. A short stop is recommended at the ruins of an ancient monastery.

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

A harsh rock bastion and the lovely shores of Lac Léman are contrasts that form a pair on this tour. After climbing the summit of La Dôle, not far from the national border, the trail leads through forest into the vineyards and to the beautifully situated little town of Nyon.

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

Tour character

Good basic fitness is required for the sometimes steep ascents over the Jura chain. The paths are well developed and easy to walk on. In wet conditions, however, they can be slippery in places. 

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

The Jura Crest Trail at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Couvet
  Season 1
14.05.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

every day
Season 2
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

every day
Jura Crest Trail Couvet - Nyon, 8 days | TO, CH-WDWCN-08X
Base price
969.-
1'025.-
Surcharge Single Room 415.- 415.-

Category: middle class hotels, beautiful hostel in Nyon (shower/toilet in the room)

Season 1
May 14, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
every day
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
every day
Jura Crest Trail Couvet - Nyon, 8 days | TO, CH-WDWCN-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
969.-
415.-
1'025.-
415.-

Category: middle class hotels, beautiful hostel in Nyon (shower/toilet in the room)

Season 1
May 14, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Couvet
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Nyon
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
89.-
134.-
79.-
119.-
89.-
134.-
79.-
119.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Couvet
  Season 1
May 14, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

every day
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

every day
Couvet
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 134.- 134.-
Nyon
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.-
Extra night single room (BB) 119.- 119.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

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

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in price!
  • Train journey St-Cergue – La Cure (return) not included in the tour price. Approx. CHF 5 .- with half-fare card.
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Parking at the start hotel in Couvet. Costs payable on site.
  • Return train journey via Morges and Neuenburg to Couvet. Duration: approx. 2 h.
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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