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Highlights

  • Schaffhausen Regional Nature Park, Argovia Jurapark
  • Thal Nature Park, Chasseral Nature Park
  • Doubs Nature Park, Jura vaudois Nature Park
  • Delicacies of the regions 

Day 1

Arrival Schaffhausen

Arrival by train to Schaffhausen. If there is time, it is worth taking a detour to the Rhine Falls and perhaps a boat trip on the Rhine.

Highlights: Europe's largest waterfall - Rhinefalls - historic old town and Munot Fortress

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Day 2

Schaffhausen - Herznach 

Luggage drop-off in Schaffhausen. On quiet cycle paths, the first stage of La Route Verte takes you through the vineyards and picturesque villages of the Schaffhausen Nature Park. Take advantage of the stop to taste the delicious wines. On the way to the Jurapark Aargau, you will pass the "moated castle" where the Reuss, Aare and Limmat rivers meet. On the way to the small village of Herznach, you can pay a visit to the 800-year-old Linde of Linn.

Details: approx. 80km, 960m 940m

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Day 3

Herznach - Balsthal

You will pass small villages in the Argovia Jurapark and continue through a beautiful landscape dominated by tall trees. After Rothenfluh the area becomes more urban again. You roll past Liestal, the capital of Canton Basel-Landschaft. Now once again steeply uphill and with momentum down into the densely wooded Thal Nature Park. 

Details: approx. 70km, 1490m↓ 1420m

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Day 4

Balsthal - Delémont 

The third stage of La Route Verte begins in the heart of the Thal Nature Park, which is characterised by forests, vertical gorges and deep ravines, and climbs up the Passwang, crossing the language border and reaching the canton of Jura. 

Details: approx. 45km, 855m↓ 940m

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Day 5

Delémont - Saignelégier 

Shortly after the start of the ride, two smaller passes await you and, with St-Ursanne, the gateway to the Parc du Doubs. You will then cross the Franches-Montagnes. Countless paddocks characterise the landscape here. The destination of the ride is the small town of Saignelégier. 

Details: approx. 62km, 1675m ↓ 1100m

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Day 6

Saignelégier - Couvet

You pass the sunny heights of Mont-Soleil in the Chasseral Nature Park with its observatory and dry stone walls. You leave La Chaux-de-Fonds behind on your way to the Val de Travers. In constant ups and downs, you reach the home of the Green Fairy. 

Details: approx. 70km, 1100m 1350m

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Day 7

Couvet - Ste-Croix

Asphalt mines, absinthe distilleries and steam locomotives characterize the first part of today's tour. The journey through the Val-de-Travers is picturesque, the following ascent sweaty.

Details: approx. 30km, 620m 275m

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Day 8

Ste-Croix - Lac de Joux

Some sweaty climbs will bring you to the shores of Lac de Joux. Situated at over 1,000 metres above sea level, a unique natural paradise awaits you here in the Parc Jura vaudois.

Details: approx. 45km, 1070m 1100m

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Day 9

Lac de Joux - Geneva surroundings | Departure

You're climbing the Col du Marchairuz. From here you can see the clay spruces of the Risoud forest and the Lake Geneva region stretches out before you: You can see the Jet d'Eau from afar. Behind it, the white snow-covered peaks of the Mont Blanc massif sparkle. Individual departure after arrival in Geneva.  

Details: approx. 70km, 765m 1395m

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Tour characteristics

A challenging tour along the chain of hills of the Jura. The tours lead mostly on little used side roads. Only in the urban centres is a little more traffic to be expected. Because of the sometimes challenging climbs, we recommend that you tackle the tour with an electric bike. La Route Verte mostly follows the signposted routes of Veloland Schweiz. In the cantons of Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud, orientation is easy; before that, the different routes change several times a day. 

Further information :

Inclusions

  • 8 nights incl. breakfast   
  • 2nd class rail travel from/to Swiss residence/border/airport
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Costs for luggage pick-up at the train station 
  • Well-prepared itinerary 
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) 
  • Service hotline

Good to know

  • On the day of departure, luggage must be returned to the luggage counter by 17:00 at the latest. 
  • Additional overnight stay in Geneva can be booked
  • Rental bike or electric bike can be booked (electric bike recommended)
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Bookings can be made up to 5 working days before arrival. (Express fee CHF 50.00 / GBP 40.00 for 5 working days prior to 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.