Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Rhone Route

The Rhone Route runs through the magnificent mountain scenery of the Valais on charming, quiet paths along the Rhone. It leads along the famous palm-lined promenades of Lac Léman and the picturesque Lavaux vineyards and ends at cosmopolitan Genève.

The Rhone Route begins in Andermatt and follows the curving sweep of the youthful Rhone River to Geneva. This route is 350km long and covers very different types of landscape. In Valais the route starts in Oberwald and ends in Le Bouveret, and can be explored in several days. It runs through the magnificent mountain scenery of Valais on charming, quiet paths along the Rhone. It runs mostly downhill with a few ascents. From Brig to Geneva, the route is almost entirely flat and is particularly suitable for leisure cyclists.

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Sun, Wine and Culture: the Rhone-Route, between Oberwald and Geneva offers scenic and cultural varie...
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Sun, Wine and Culture

The Rhône-Route connects, three completely different types of landscape between Oberwald and Geneva: In Goms, the landscape is alpine and the route consists for the most part of downhill rides with an occasional ascent. In Brig, the Rhône valley widens. Nowhere in Switzerland is there more sunshine than in Valais. Another change of scenery in Villeneuve. The wide, light-flooded area of Lake Geneva on one side, and the wine-growing hills on the other side of the route accompany the cyclist on his way towards the destination in Montreux. The Rhône-Route offers scenic and cultural variety and the flat route profile makes it perfect for casual cyclists as well.

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Oberwald | Oberwald – Brig surroundings

Arrival in the Goms, the wide valley of the young Rhone, with the remarkable, sunburnt wooden houses. In this part of Switzerland, the Rhone is still called Rotten. You ride through the sunny high valley towards Brig. In the evening you visit the World Nature Forum in the neighboring village of Naters with information to the UNESCO World Heritage - Region Jungfrau-Aletsch.

approx. 50 km / 620 m ascent / 1'300 m descent

Day 2: Brig surroundings – Sierre

The main valley in the Valais widens, the sun warms the dry mountain slopes. Between Leuk and Sierre you will leave the river Rhone and drive through the vineyards to a winery. After a wine tasting, you continue to the castles of Sion.

approx. 42 km / 170 m ascent / 320 m descent

Day 3: Sierre – Martigny

The capital city Sion shows its historical castles, churches and mansions. The lower Rhone-Valley is dominated by the high-alpine scenery of the Dents du Midi. A world of fertile fruit orchards and vineyards.

approx. 44 km / 120 m ascent / 180 m descent

Day 4: Martigny – Montreux | Departure or individual extension

From the heights, a round tower guards Martigny on its bend in the Rhone at the valley’s narrowest point.St-Maurice guards golden church treasures. High mountains and lowlands, Lac Léman hidden behind reeds and defiant Chillon Castles on the water.

approx. 55-60 km / 215–250 m ascent / 305-335 m descent

Key elements

Hilly in the initial sections in the high valley of Goms. From Brig, the Rhône-Route leads through flat areas and is suitable for leisure cyclists. From Sion, you’ll have to face some headwind. A highlight is the excursion through the Lavaux vineyards. In the urban sections you’ll have to face some traffic and busy roads.

What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays with breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Wine tasting in Varen

  • Carefully elaborated route description

  • Detailed travel documents ( 1x per room)

  • GPS Data available

  • Service hotline

Not included :

Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price

Option of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Obergesteln / Oberwald: CHF 129.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 50.-

  • Montreux: CHF 109.- (par personne en chambre double)

  • Supplément chambre simple: CHF 50.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • 27-speed bike: CHF 95.-

  • Electric bike : CHF 189.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

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Turn-by-turn directions

The Rhone Route runs through the magnificent mountain scenery of the Valais, embracing glistening Lac Léman. After treeless Alpine pastures in Urserental, there's a perspiring climb up the Furkapass followed by a heady downhill ride past the melting ice towers of the Rhone Glacier. Through Goms, the wide, sunny high-level valley of the young Rhone. Flower-filled fields and the aroma of resin accompany you almost to Brig, the main town of Upper Valais. The main valley widens, sun heats the mountain flanks. Before the lively towns of Sierre und Sion, an unruly section of the Rhone widens out; the Pfynwald nature reserve on a huge detritus mound. The Dents du Midi dominates the mountain scenery in the lower Rhone Valley. A world of orchards and vineyards. Lac Léman, a small silver sea, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and the vineyard landscape of Lavaux and La Côte. Along the shores, the towns of Vevey, Montreux, the Vaud metropolis of Lausanne, then Nyon and cosmopolitan Geneva.

Start: Andermatt (2428 m)
Destination: Geneva (382 m)

Author's recommendation

Discover the different castles and fortresses along the route: the Stockalper castle in Brig, the castles of Valère and Tourbillon in Sion, the castle of Saillon with its impressing tower or the Chillon castle at the lake Geneva are worth a little break. For the comfortable bike riders we recommend a visit at one of the numerous wineries where you can taste different wines of Switzerlands biggest wine region. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2429 m 373 m

  • Ascent

    1034 m

  • Descent

    3069 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

To reach Andermatt, rail passengers take the Gotthard Interregio train that travels to Göschenen every hour. In Göschenen catch the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to Andermatt.

Approach

If you are coming by car, it is about 10 minutes’ drive to Andermatt after you exit the motorway at Göschenen.

Parking

Follow the car-park routeing in Andermatt. 

Equipment

We recommend: bicycle in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 255 Sustenpass / 265 Nufenenpass / 264 Jungfrau / 274 Visp / 273 Montana / 272 St. Maurice / 262 Rochers de Naye / 261 Lausanne / 260 St. Cergue / 270 Genève Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000