A climber’s dream in the heart of the Alps.
Switzerland is an Alpine dream for cyclists, boasting tough, long climbs and breathtaking scenery that comfortably match anything that France or Italy have to offer. Our new Switzerland Randonnée is one of our toughest, and it showcases the best of this mountainous country: pristine lakes and glaciers, flower-filled meadows and Alpine pastures, and world famous climbs steeped in cycling history. If you think you know the Alps, think again: Switzerland offers the seasoned rider unforgettable new roads, stunning vistas and amazing experiences.
Single occupancy — CAD$7,450 per person
Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only
Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.
*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.
|Arrival Day, Day 0 Bellinzona|
|Day 1 Bellizona - Obergoms||116 KM||3141 M|
|Day 2 Obergoms - Disentis||120 KM||3400 M|
|Day 3 Disentis - St Moritz||180 KM||4500 M|
|Day 4 St Moritz - Zernez||143 KM||3600 M|
|Day 5 Zernez - Bormio||74 KM||2300 M|
|Day 6 Bormio - Sondrio||108 KM||1900 M|
|Day 7, Departure day Departure day|
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A morning arrival into Milan Malpensa international airport where a member of the Rapha Travel team will meet you to transfer to our first hotel. Our adventure will begin with a short ride to shake the legs after travelling, a perfect opportunity to get to know your riding companions for the week.
La Tureta, Giubiasco
Our first day of riding will start with a gentle 40km to warm the legs before the trip really begins with two classic Alpine climbs. The first sits firmly on many cyclist’s wish list, the Passo del San Gottardo, with its famous cobbled hairpins linking the German speaking north to the Italian speaking south. The next challenge is a movie star climb, the Furka Pass, immortalized by the Aston DB5 and Ford Mustang car chase in James Bond’s Goldfinger. Needless to say, we’ll be moving at a steadier pace.
Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhone
Passo del San Gottardo 2091m, Furka Pass 2429m
Three climbs today, first up is Grimsel Pass, a favourite of the Tour de Suisse route planners. Next is an engineering masterpiece, the Susten Pass, completed in 1945 with 26 bridges and tunnels, passing the Stein Glacier along the way. The third and final climb of the day is the Oberalp Pass. Keep an eye out for the highest lighthouse in the world, which marks the source of the Rhine.
Nangijala Guest Hotel
Grimsel 2164m, Susten 2260m, Oberalp 2044m
The queen stage of the Switzerland Randonnée, rolling into the world famous St Moritz at the end of the day. Alpine meadows, hairpin tunnels and breathtaking views await on the quiet Spluga pass, with the Swiss Italian border at the summit. Following a 35km descent into Italy, we’ll climb again, up into Switzerland via the Maloja Pass. You can thank the Roman Empire for building this road and is unique in that it only has one side, leading you up to the plateau and St Moritz.
Spluga 2115m, Maloja 1815m
Two climbs today, starting with the Albula Pass, another Tour de Suisse favourite, winding its way through a series of small, beautiful villages with many houses decorated with traditional drawings known as “sgraffito”. We then ride towards Davos, the highest altitude town in Europe. Stunning scenery continues and the Fluela Pass will provide a vista of the surrounding snowy peaks.
Hotel Crusch Alba Zernez
Albula 2315m, Fluela 2383m
A relatively short day but unparalleled in terms of cycling fame and history. At 2501m, the Umbrail Pass is the highest paved road in Switzerland and makes for a quieter route to the Stelvio summit than the other two roads. The pass hit the headlines during Giro d’Italia 2017 when race leader Tom Dumoulin had to take a nature break and the lead group raced on cutting his lead from 2:41 minutes to just 31 seconds. He fought back and went onto win the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, by the same 31 second time gap. The summit of the Umbrail is at the Swiss Italian border, we’ll then head to the top of the Stelvio, the highest paved pass in Europe, before enjoying the fantastic descent into the town of Bormio.
Forno 2149m, Umbrail (Swiss side of Stelvio) 2501m
After spending the night in Italy, the final day’s route heads back into Switzerland. The Foscagno Pass is located on the main Alpine watershed, where water on the north side flows down to the Danube and water on the south side flows down to the Adda. The last mountain pass of the trip, Forcola di Livigno, takes us up to the Swiss border at its summit. It’s then time to enjoy a well earned 60km descent to complete an epic week of riding.
Grand Hotel Della Posta
Foscagno 2291m, Forcola di Livigno 2315m
Our last breakfast together before the Rapha Travel team will transfer you from the hotel back to Milan Malpensa Airport - a two hour drive, so we recommend afternoon flights.
The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!
— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016
It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.
— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016
When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group - on Randonnées there are high guide-to-guest ratios. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.
All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.
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Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)