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Switzerland Randonnée

15th - 22nd juillet 2018

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 — 5 200 € per person

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Who is it for?

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.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only

How Hard is it?

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.

Day Distance Climbing
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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Arrival Day, Day 0


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

Day 1

Bellizona - Obergoms

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.


116 KM


3141 M


Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhone

Major Climbs

Passo del San Gottardo 2091m, Furka Pass 2429m

Day 2

Obergoms - Disentis

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.


120 KM


3400 M


Nangijala Guest Hotel

Major Climbs

Grimsel 2164m, Susten 2260m, Oberalp 2044m

Day 3

Disentis - St Moritz

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.


180 KM


4500 M


Hotel Steffani

Major Climbs

Spluga 2115m, Maloja 1815m

Day 4

St Moritz - Zernez

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.


143 KM


3600 M


Hotel Crusch Alba Zernez

Major Climbs

Albula 2315m, Fluela 2383m

Day 5

Zernez - Bormio

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.


74 KM


2300 M


Eden Hotel

Major Climbs

Forno 2149m, Umbrail (Swiss side of Stelvio) 2501m

Day 6

Bormio - Sondrio

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.


108 KM


1900 M


Grand Hotel Della Posta

Major Climbs

Foscagno 2291m, Forcola di Livigno 2315m

Day 7, Departure day

Departure day

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.

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Customer Testimonials

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

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016


Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

Am I strong enough for the trip?

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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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)


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