Alpine Lakes

Alpine Lakes – 2 weeks
France, Switzerland & Italy

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A mention of the Alps evokes images of snow-capped peaks, perhaps an occasional thought of yodeling, or Heidi drinking hot chocolate.  OK, but beyond the cough drop commercials, the world’s most beautiful lakes lie collected in deep valleys: Geneva, Maggiore, Lugano, Como.  Clear blue, reflecting the warm summer sun, flower-covered villas, palm trees, and snow-capped mountains.

Alpine biking is not the obligatory workout you’d think.  Unlike the Rockies, the Alps’ base is close to sea level, increasing vertical drops (and making slopes too steep for most cyclists!).  So communication arteries, and our routes, follow the valleys.  For variety, we train to the top of an occasional Alp, and roll back down, often on our bikes.

Throughout our Alpine Lakes trip you will experience incomparable and world-famous scenery.  But the scenic differences between parts of the Alpine chain will more than hold your interest.  Language, culture, climate and especially cuisine change with each border crossing (twice without ever leaving Switzerland).

Glacier skiing in Zermatt and an optional Venice visit for boating on the canals complete the stunning picture painted by this trip.


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For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Meet on the Lac de Joux
1 - 8
Su - Tu
The Jura
Tu - Fr
Lake Geneva, Alps
Fr - Su
Zermatt, the Vispa
8 -14
Su & Mo
The Ossola Valley
Tu - Sa
The Lakes, Ticino
Trip disbands in Como Saturday at midday.
Saturday night included in the Como Access Package for a flight or other ongoing travel.  
Access Package travel date

Alpine Lakes — Facts & Figures
2018 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
Schedule Pending
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$3,850 US
$4,825 C
Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.   Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras (links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate.  The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question.  Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Lac de Joux
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Como