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Swiss Alps Gravel Bike Tour

The magic of the Engadin Valley, cheese fondue, and spectacular glaciers

Allegra! This is how you'll be welcomed on our Swiss Alps Gravel bike tour to the pristine nature, tranquility, cultural treasures, and fresh mountain air of the Engadin Valley. The "Valley of Inn" - as it translates from Romansh, the local language - has it all, including perfect gravel paths, countless thermal and mineral springs, the one and only Swiss National Park, and the breathtaking glaciers of the Upper Engadin. During your tour, you'll find yourself relaxing in the thermal spa of Scuol, passing through centuries-old mountain villages, and enjoying an authentic fondue meal. You'll ride a mix of pavement and gravel bike paths as you traverse this unique Swiss gem one pedal stroke at a time. What are you waiting for? Discover what's hidden in the eastern Swiss Alps on Trek Travel's brand-new gravel trip that will take you from Scuol to glamorous St. Moritz and beyond. Book your trip with confidence » Learn if a Gravel trip is right for you »
Gravel path, evergreen trees, and a river through a valley in the Swiss National Park
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Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Trip Wows
Ride gravel bike paths through pristine landscape, historic mountaineering villages and unmatched alpine scenery
Admire the ever-changing Upper Engadin glaciers as you pedal to the foot of the largest one for unparalleled views
Experience authentic fondue and other culinary delights of Switzerland
Discover St. Moritz, also known as the "Top of the World", where royals spend their holidays
Take a ride on the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway, an engineering masterpiece with spectacular views
Two Marmots in the Swiss Alps
It is so exciting to have Trek Travel in Switzerland. I call this part of Switzerland, The Engadin, home and it is sometimes referred to as the “unknown and untouched” Switzerland. Without a doubt, when you arrive to the Engadin Valley you will be as smitten with its charm and majestic mountains as I am. When the summer temperatures are rising, the Swiss Alps are the perfect place to ride, greeting you with blissfully fresh mountain air, pristine Swiss-quality gravel pathways, and quaint villages full of cobbled streets and mountain spring fountains. You didn’t know this is where you need to be until now, because here is where you’ll truly find yourself and possibly with a delicious Nusstorte in hand.
-Lisa, Trek Travel Guide

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Buon di and welcome to Zernez, the gateway to the Swiss National Park and the country’s largest nature preserve. We’ll start with a short walk to the park’s information center, and after a personalized bike fit, you'll enjoy your first ride in the Lower Engadin Valley consisting of a mix of gravel paths and pavement. Marvel as you ride through the region’s Bergsteigerdörfer or "mountaineering villages.” You’ll feel like you’re touring a museum as you pedal past the historic, sgraffito-decorated Engadin houses. After a few climbs to welcome you to the Alps, you will descend to Scuol, the "city of mineral waters” and your home for the next two nights. You'll have time to settle into your room and relax a bit before we regroup for a village walk to taste different mineral waters from the springs and enjoy our social hour in a typical Engadin Stube (parlor), where your guides will share more information about the rest of this week's adventure. Afterwards, return to the hotel for dinner, featuring a feast of local favorite selections.

Today's Ride:

Zernez to Scuol
Approximately 19 mi | 31 km and 1,990 ft | 606 m

Hotel:

Hotel Belvedere

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Wake up to the smell of fresh mountain air and the sound of church bells, which can be heard throughout the villages of this area. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll start riding to one of the valleys adjacent to Engadin to discover a region of unspoiled nature and rock formations carved from melting glaciers dating back to the Ice Age. You'll notice today's ride is mostly gravel and has a bit of elevation (this is the Alps, after all!) as we climb toward Zuort. Don't worry, your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views and a relaxing lunch. After choosing between dishes from Switzerland, Austria, or Italy, you'll pedal back to Scuol and spend the afternoon lavishing in its world-famous mineral waters. They’re known to have restorative properties, whether you're drinking them at Büvetta Tarasp, a historic drinking hall, or relaxing in them at the ultimate spa experience, the Bogn Engiadina mineral baths. Dinner tonight will be on your own, but your guides will share recommendations for charming restaurants you're sure to love.

Today's Ride:

Scuol to Val Sinestra Loop
Approximately 23 mi | 37 km and 3,480 ft | 1,062m

Short Option:

Val Sinestra Short
Approximately 16 mi | 26 km and 2,010 ft | 613 m

Avid Option:

Scuol to Val Sinestra with Tarasp Loop
Approximately 33 mi | 54 km and 5,470 ft | 1,668 m

Hotel:

Hotel Belvedere

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Are you ready for a new day in Swiss paradise? Our adventure will start with a 30-minute ride on the Swiss train to the now familiar station, Zernez. Today you'll once again ride on a mixture of gravel bike paths and narrow paved roads, tracing the Inn River and passing picturesque villages on your way to the upper Engadin Valley and the town of St. Moritz. Perhaps best known as a glitzy skiing paradise for the rich and famous, this charming village is perfect for cycling in the Summer. We’ll stop to enjoy lunch here, at a cafe of your choosing, armed with your guides' recommendations. After lunch, you'll continue riding to Silvaplana and our next hotel, Conrad's Mountain Lodge. Enjoy a traditional fondue tonight at one of our favorite local restaurants.

Today's Ride:

Zernez to Silvaplana
Approximately 26 mi | 42 km and 2,280 ft | 675 m

Avid Option:

Scuol to Silvaplana
Approximately 45 mi | 74 km and 4,900 ft | 1,495 m

Hotel:

Conrad's Mountain Lodge

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

You'll be riding high today as we head into the mountains for some of the most spectacular views of the week! Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, an altitude of almost 6,000 feet. You'll start your ride along Lake Silvaplana before entering the forest on the way to the famous mountaineering village of Pontresina and the picturesque Roseg Valley to admire the Roseg glacier and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks. We'll then continue pedaling towards the Bernina mountain range. Piz Bernina is the highest peak in the region at 13,300 feet, and it dominates the landscape with its always snow-covered glaciers. You'll reach today’s highest point at the foot of its largest glacier, the Morteratsch. After taking some unbelievable photos, you’ll surely be ready for a traditional, picnic-style Swiss lunch on an authentic cheese farm. Close the loop after lunch as you ride back to the Lodge, where we will celebrate this week of amazing rides with a social hour and the house specialty, a one-meter pizza, in the evening.

Today's Ride:

Silvaplana to Val Roseg to Morteratsch Loop
Approximately 33 mi | 54 km and 2,890 ft | 880 m

Hotel:

Conrad's Mountain Lodge

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

It’s time to say farewell to this signature Swiss adventure. Choose to rise early for one last, glorious spin along these crystal blue lakes and postcard-like scenery. Or, skip the ride and enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, recounting the memories of a week well spent. Say goodbye to your guides at the Lodge at 11:30 am as you board a shuttle to the St. Moritz railway station. However you say goodbye to the mountains and glaciers, you’ll be sure to take a tiny bit of it in your soul as you leave.

Today's Ride:

Silvaplana to Maloja Loop
Approximately 15 mi | 25 km and 1070 ft | 321 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Belvedere Scuol

Scuol, Switzerland

Explorer Accommodation | This authentic yet modern 4-star hotel mixes a traditional look with sophisticated design and creature comfort. Situated right in the center of Scuol, it has been offering breathtaking views of the Engadine mountains since 1876. The hotel's wellness spa as well as their wine bar and lounge will ensure that you can relax in style during your Gravel bike vacation.
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Conrad's Mountain Lodge

Silvaplana, Switzerland

Explorer Accommodation | Glamour and comfort combine in this 25-room hotel, where chiseled wood provides a Swiss chalet fee replete with cozy lodge-like touches that bring a sense of the outdoors inside. This is the very definition of mountain chic and a perfect place to relax after a long day in the saddle.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of our Trek Travel Swiss Alps gravel bike tour has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Checkpoint SLR 7

Take on the challenge of gravel with the knowledge that you are riding the best gravel bike in the business. With a high performance frame designed to be nimble yet stable, and the smoothing effect of rear IsoSpeed technology, it will let you ride with ease on any type of surface. The rugged drivetrain allows you to enjoy smooth and reliable shifting no matter the terrain. It also features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for predictable and safe stopping power wherever you go. The 45mm tubeless gravel tires will give you confidence to tackle any bump in the road. If you want to escape the concrete, and adventure unpaved, let this bike take you there. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at two historic hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Checkpoint SLR 7
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, a flat pack (containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator), front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless mountain pedals or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Checkpoint SLR 7 carbon gravel bike with Shimano GRX electronic shifting and Bontrager carbon wheels
  • Tubeless Pirelli Cinturato Gravel M tires, size 45 mm
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano SPD dual sided clipless mountain pedals or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • In-frame storage containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Signature Gravel trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $200-$250 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the bike trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
43 kilometers / 23 miles
TOTAL MILES:
187 kilometers / 116 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
755 meters / 2,340 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,569 meters / 11,708 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The unpaved surfaces on our Swiss Alps Gravel bike tour are rated as Beginner. Approximately 60% of the riding is unpaved. You can expect primarily bike paths with small, sparse gravel. At times, there may be short sections that have deeper or chunky gravel, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces. This trip takes place in the Engadin Valley, home to St Moritz and the Swiss Alps. The ride distances are relatively short because the terrain is hilly to mountainous. You will encounter a mixture of rolling hills, short steep hills and long gradual climbs throughout the trip. Since the gravel is primarily on bike paths, the support van cannot always follow, but will be posted up at strategic points along the route. Our Swiss Alps Gravel bike tour is best suited for Type 3 Riders who are accustomed to mountainous terrain. Type 2 riders who are looking for less mileage or climbing can ride the short options and utilize the shuttles as indicated. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage and climbs the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options during on our Swiss Alps Gravel bike tour are:
  • Hiking in the region of Scuol and Silvaplana
  • Scuol village tour
  • Museum visit in Susch
  • Bogn Engiadina mineral bath in Scuol
  • Carriage rides in the St. Moritz area
  • St. Moritz Museums
  • Kitesurfing on Lake Silvaplana

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. This is a Signature Gravel trip. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. On our gravel cycling vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find well maintained, non-technical gravel roads and bike paths; unmaintained roads and roads with ruts or deep or chunky gravel are avoided as much as possible. However, gravel roads are dynamic by nature. Road surfaces change throughout the year depending on maintenance (grading, adding new gravel) and weather, particularly rain. Our guides will be constantly monitoring road conditions and may change the routes as needed to provide the best possible riding experience. In addition, as with all of our trips, at times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Zürich (ZRH)
MEETING TIME:
10:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Zernez Railway Station, Switzerland

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Zürich (ZRH) or Milan (MXP)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:45 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
St. Moritz Railway Station, Switzerland

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your Swiss Alps Gravel bike trip, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Zürich Airport (ZRH). The airport is about seven miles from the town center. You can take a taxi (approximately 50 Swiss francs or 53 USD) directly to the hotel, or a train to Zürich's main railway station. Trains depart every 10 minutes from the airport and the ride takes about 15 minutes to the city center. Another option is to book a direct shuttle bus to your hotel. For more information and prices check out this website: http://checkin-allways.com.

For more information about Zürich Airport, please visit https://www.flughafen-zuerich.ch/en/.

To get to your trip's starting location, take a train from Zürich's main railway station to Zernez. The train ride takes approximately two hours and 20 minutes. Take the train in the direction of Chur. You'll have to transfer once in Landquart in order to get to Zernez. If you depart at 8:00 AM from Zürich, you should exactly make it to the meeting time at 10:30. Don't worry, Swiss trains are famously always on time! For more information about the train schedule and prices visit the Swiss Federal Railway's website at https://www.sbb.ch/en.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the railway station in Zernez, Switzerland, at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. After a short walk to the information center of the Swiss National Park, your guides will do a bike fitting to ensure your comfort on your Trek Checkpoint this week, before you take your first spin through the valley. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Belvedere (+41 81 861 06 06) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. If you can't make it to the meeting point, you can get off the train in Scuol instead of Zernez and let your guides or hotel know that you will be at the railway station in town.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM at Conrad's Mountain Lodge. You’ll depart by private shuttle for the railway station in St. Moritz, arriving at around 11:45 AM. You can take a train from here to Zürich or to Zürich airport (there are no direct trains, you will have to transfer in Chur or Landquart). If you choose to take the train to Milan instead of Zürich, you will ride the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway, and the view will change from glaciers to palm trees, from St. Moritz, through Bernina Pass to Tirano. In Tirano, you will transfer to a direct train to Milan. Riding back to Zürich will allow you to enjoy another part of the UNESCO World Heritage Train, called the Albula line. Please do not book seats before 12:00 PM, allowing adequate connection time for any ongoing travel or possible traffic delays. The airport in Zürich (ZRH is seven miles from the city. You can reach it by train, taxi, or shuttle bus; please do not schedule a flight prior to 7:00 PM. Visit www.sbb.ch for train information.)

You may wish to extend your holiday in another iconic Swiss mountain village, Zermatt, which you can reach on a long but incredibly spectacular train ride with the Glacier Express, starting in St. Moritz, and finishing in Zermatt.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The warmest time of the year in the Swiss Alps is generally mid-July where highs are regularly around 68.5°F (20.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.4°F (8.6°C) at night. July is also the sunniest month of the year, with an average of 200 hours of sunshine per month! The wettest month of the year is August. Weather can change drastically very fast in the mountains, so make sure to pack layers and don't forget your rain gear just in case. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Zürich, Switzerland

Bordering Lake Zürich and the Limmat River, sitting in the shadow of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland's biggest city is a perfect blend of old and new, traditional and modern, sophisticated and rustic. After all, the history of Zürich dates back to the Romans, and extends to its current status as a global financial hub of commerce and power. Luxury and the good life abound here, with a reputation for the most Michelin-star restaurants in the world and some of the planet's most fabulous shopping, culture, and tourism. And it's all bounded by glorious natural beauty. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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After: Milan, Italy

A lot can be said and written about Milan. A town of ancient origins, founded by the Celts and conquered by the Romans, it saw its splendor increase during the Renaissance when the Visconti family, followed by the Sforza family, ruled the city. During this period, the magnificent Gothic Duomo was built, and artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Bramante came to work in the city, leaving great masterpieces like the Cenacolo di Leonardo. During the Austrian Imperial dynasty of the Habsburgs, the world-renowned Scala Theatre was created and instantly became the fulcrum of the artistic life of the town. Milan is also an international capital of fashion and design, with a very lively cultural scene. If it's fashion you’re looking for, head to the Quadrilatero della moda, a fashion hub and home to the city's most elegant shopping. Major theaters and hundreds of art galleries and events cause visitors to think that Milan never sleeps. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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