Switzerland Cycling Holidays

Whatever brings you to Switzerland, you’ll find that this stunning and mountainous country offers a host of cycling opportunities regardless of experience and ability level…

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A holiday is many things to many people. For some, it’s an opportunity for adventure and exploration. They use it as a chance to see new sights and experience new cultures. For others, it’s simply an opportunity to relax and sip a cold cocktail by a sun-drenched pool. For the seasoned cyclist, however, a holiday is both an opportunity and a challenge. It allows them to experience some of their destination’s natural and man-made wonders up close and personal from their bike in greater detail than they would from a car or bus. It’s also a chance to test their mettle against the rigours of some of their destination’s more rugged terrain.

Most popular cycling areas in Switzerland

Switzerland is a veritable paradise for cyclists. With stunning scenery and a great infrastructure of well-maintained roads and paths, there’s something here for everyone. There are easy and picturesque lakeside paths and yet there are passes that traverse the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps at 2000m altitudes. Some of the most popular cycling destinations include;

Furka Pass- One of the highest Swiss passes this is still accessible to intermediate level cyclists offering a nice balance between challenge and reward. Famous for stunning views and the stone pillars which line its multitude of switchbacks, no trip here is complete without a selfie on “James Bond Street”!

Albula- A regular feature of the Tour de Suisse, the Albula slopes have pleasant gradients which will allow you to climb in direct proportion to your fitness and ability level. You also get lots of wonderful sights including picturesque hillside villages and a number of UNESCO-listed railway bridges.

Col de la Croix- Not a very steep climb but one of the most sparsely beautiful, the uppermost reaches of Col de la Croix are a cross-country skiing trail in winter, but when the slopes are cleared it’s paradise for cyclists!

The history of cycling in Switzerland

Cycling was introduced to Switzerland from Germany in the late 1800s and remains both a hugely popular sport and a primary mode of transport for many. It’s also a huge part of Switzerland’s tourism industry with a plethora of road cycling and mountain biking tours.

Famous cycle races in Switzerland

Aside from the Tour de Suisse (Switzerland’s equivalent of the Tour de France) the country also plays host to a number of cycle racing events all year round including the Tour de Jura, Tour de Romandie and the Gran Premio Città di Lugano.

The best time to cycle in Switzerland

With such diverse topography and climate, Switzerland offers great cycling all year round but it’s advisable to steer clear in winter. The low season (April / May) is a great time to beat the crowds while still enjoying wonderful weather. However, it’s a widely held truth that September is the best time for outdoor pursuits like cycling in Switzerland.

Latest Swiss Tours

Road Cycling £639
Geneva Lakes Cycling Break

<p>If you think an Alpine cycling holiday must mean hills and more hills, think again. This journey takes you to lakes Geneva, Bourget and Annecy, with stunning backdrops but minimum climbing, following…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Intermediate
Family Cycling £650
Lake Constance Circuit

Lake Constance, formed by the Rhine Glacier during the Ice Age, consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (upper lake), the Untersee (lower lake), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine called the…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Easy
Family Cycling £930
Swiss Chocolate Cycle

If life is like a 'box of chocolates' then this is one for the bucket list. Cycling through the sublime landscapes of central Switzerland on well signposted bike paths, this imaginative route takes you…


  • Switzerland - Central Switzerland
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £966
Interlaken to Constance

Our cycle tours in Switzerland. This biking vacation in Switzerland is graded a level 2 cycle tour. On this Swiss cycling holiday the route you will follow goes along the Aare and Rhine rivers from Interlaken…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £321
Lake Bodensee – Sport Tour

This is a wonderful cycling holiday around Lake Constance which is locally known as Lake Bodensee. The lake is situated between the countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This biking vacation is…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £1234
Grand Swiss Tour

Our cycling holidays in Switzerland. This particular biking vacation in Switzerland starts and finishes in Zurich making for very easy access and departure. This cycle tour is a level 2 self guided bike…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £839
Geneva to Lyon on the River Rhone Cycle Path

A wonderful cycling holiday starting in Switzerland and following the route of the mighty River Rhone through France. This is the Via Rhôna! From Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the Mediterranean Sea, the…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £751
Switzerland’s Lake Route

Our cycling holiday in Switzerland. This biking vacation in Switzerland will take you from Constance (just in Germany) on Lake Constance to Interlaken on Lake Thun, this tour will lead you past another…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £536
Mountains to the Lake

Our cycling holiday which covers 4 countries. This biking vacation will take you from the Alps and then north to Lake Constance along easy cycle paths beside the River Rhine. The Swiss Alpine Rhine connects…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £966
Three Lakes Cycle Tour

This biking vacation in Switzerland allows you to explore three great lakes. On this level 2 self guided cycling holiday you shall explore Lake Constance, Lake Zurich and Lake Walen. On this international…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Easy
Road Cycling £639
Geneva Lakes Cycling Break

<p>If you think an Alpine cycling holiday must mean hills and more hills, think again. This journey takes you to lakes Geneva, Bourget and Annecy, with stunning backdrops but minimum climbing, following…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Intermediate
Family Cycling £650
Lake Constance Circuit

Lake Constance, formed by the Rhine Glacier during the Ice Age, consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (upper lake), the Untersee (lower lake), and a connecting stretch of the Rhine called the…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Easy
Family Cycling £930
Swiss Chocolate Cycle

If life is like a 'box of chocolates' then this is one for the bucket list. Cycling through the sublime landscapes of central Switzerland on well signposted bike paths, this imaginative route takes you…


  • Switzerland - Central Switzerland
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £966
Interlaken to Constance

Our cycle tours in Switzerland. This biking vacation in Switzerland is graded a level 2 cycle tour. On this Swiss cycling holiday the route you will follow goes along the Aare and Rhine rivers from Interlaken…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £321
Lake Bodensee – Sport Tour

This is a wonderful cycling holiday around Lake Constance which is locally known as Lake Bodensee. The lake is situated between the countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This biking vacation is…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Easy
E-Bikes £1234
Grand Swiss Tour

Our cycling holidays in Switzerland. This particular biking vacation in Switzerland starts and finishes in Zurich making for very easy access and departure. This cycle tour is a level 2 self guided bike…


  • Switzerland - Swiss Alps
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Easy