Explore Switzerland and watch Le Tour
13th April 2016
The Tour de France is visiting Switzerland! Take a quick break, watch two stages of The Tour, and cycle every kilometre of stage 17 between Bern and Finhaut – Emosson the day before the race.
The western part of Switzerland features some of the best riding in the country, without the heavy summer traffic that you will encounter on most of the better known roads of the Alps. Our partners over at Swiss Tourism have put together an incredible package with Grand Tours Project including guides and vehicle support, accommodation, meals and transfers, making it easy for you to explore Western Switzerland and its beautiful scenery. Here are some more details on the package!
DAY 1 – 17 JULY
WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND
We will meet you upon your arrival in Geneva airport and drive you to the Gruyères region, home of the most famous Swiss cheese.After settling in and getting the bikes ready, we’ll stretch our legs around the beautiful Lac de Gruyères. And yes, there’s cheese fondue for dinner.
DAY 2 – 18 JULY
RIDE & WATCH LE TOUR IN BERN
70km with 800m of climbing
In the morning, we will ride from Gruyères to Bern via the amazing Swiss bike routes. No big climbs, just small roads, rolling hills and charming villages.We will have lunch in Bern’s old town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, where we will watch the finish of the Tour de France stage from the roadside. Who will win?Tonight we’re staying near Switzerland’s capital city before tomorrow’s big day on the saddle.
DAY 3 – 19 JULY
CYCLE EVERY KILOMETRE OF STAGE 17 OF LE TOUR
184km with around 3,600m of climbing
What does it feel like to ride the Tour de France? You’ll find out today.On The Tour rest day, we will ride the exact course of the next day’s stage: Bern – Finhaut-Emosson. Four climbs: Saanemöser, Col des Mosses, Col de la Forclaz and the spectacular summit finish at Emosson dam. We will all make the time cut!
DAY 4 – 20 JULY
RIDE & WATCH LE TOUR IN EMOSSON
Around 80km with 1,500m of climbing
Today is your opportunity to watch the Tour stars battle for the yellow jersey. We’re back on the slopes of Emosson, but we won’t be alone this time. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected for one of this year’s decisive stages.In 2014, the Critérium du Dauphiné had a stage finish in Finhaut-Emosson. We were there to watch Alberto Contador and Chris Froome. Will we see a Panda this time? Tonight we are staying in Villars, the charming ski resort that is home to Grand Tours Project.
DAY 5 – 21 JULY
Time to go home. Wait, maybe we can squeeze in one last short ride in Villars before heading back to Geneva…
You can find out more and book your getaway by clicking here.