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Highlights

  • Valley of the Doubs
  • St. Ursanne
  • Caves of Vallorbe
  • The enchanting Lac de Joux
  • The world of luxury watchmakers

Day 1

Individual arrival in Basel | Basel - Miécourt

With the buzz of Basel still present, you climb the first heights of the Jura, find peace and quiet along the wooded Swiss-French border river La Lucelle, and slowly immerse yourself in the rolling hills of the Ajoie.  

Details: ca. 60 km ↑ 930 m ↓ 700 m

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Day 2

Miécourt - Saignelégier

The medieval town of St. Ursanne awaits you at the next Jura chain on the picturesque Jura river Doubs. Another sweaty ascent to the Franches Montagnes plateau is following with a vast, tranquil landscape, fir trees, grazing cows and horses. 

Details: ca. 45 km ↑ 1’250 m ↓ 745 m

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Day 3

Saignelégier – Travers/Couvet

From the plateau of the paradisiacal Franches-Montagnes with its dark moor ponds up to the largest solar power plant in Switzerland. Then through a quiet, ruggedly contemplative landscape down to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry (UNESCO World Heritage Site). From here through the high moor Les Ponts-des-Martel to Travers or Couvet. 

Details: ca. 45 – 70 km ↑ 580 - 1’130 m ↓ 915 - 1’375 m 

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Day 4

Travers/Couvet – Ste-Croix

You continue your ride along the trail of the Green Fairy through the Val-de-Travers. Ste-Croix and L'Auberson are well known for their beautiful jukeboxes, music boxes and artificial puppeteers.  

Details: ca. 30 km ↑ 625 m ↓ 290 m

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Day 5

Ste-Croix – Vallée de Joux

The TGV sways over its tracks in the plain of Vallorbe. You climb up on Dent de Vaulion and reach Vallée de Joux. In this high valley the cool and clear Lac de Joux awaits you.  

Details: ca. 45 km ↑ 1’065 m ↓ 1’110 m

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Day 6

Vallée de Joux – Nyon | Departure

Up to Col du Marchairuz. Here you will find hundreds of ant hills and artistically placed stone walls in the tranquil Parc Jura Vaudois. Finally, you can relax and easily roll down into the serenity of Lac Léman. After arrival in Nyon individual departure.

Details: ca. 55 km ↑ 660 m ↓ 1’270 m

Aerial view of Nyon in summer.
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Tour characteristic

The Jura-Route with its diverse topographyis 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 shortened by train or cable cars where you can transport your bike as well. 

Furthermore, the tour 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

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Cost of luggage pick-up at the train station
  • Admission to the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Well-prepared route guide
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription
  • Service hotline

Good to know

  • If you arrive in Basel without an overnight stay, you must hand in your luggage at the luggage counter by 10:00 a.m. at the latest.
  • If you are departing without an extra night in Nyon, your luggage will be returned to the luggage counter by 17:00 at the latest.
  • Additional nights in Basel and Nyon bookable
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Low-cost parking at Basel-Mulhouse airport
  • Return journey by train from Nyon to Basel, approx. 2.5 hours
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee CHF 50.00 for 5 working days before arrival).
  • Organisation of the trip: local cooperation partner

Travel documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using 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