The North-South Route connects two of the most beautiful cities of Switzerland. It starts at the tripoint in Basel and crosses the Jura mountains to Lucerne. On it goes through central Switzerlandand up towards the Gotthard pass. Then, you roll past the castles of Bellinzona and further through the Magadino plainuntil you reach the Lago Maggiore and then the Monte Ceneri. In front of you, Lake Lugano sparkles in the sun, the palm trees along the path and a touch of Italian style appears: you have reached the southernmost corner of Switzerland and continue comfortably to the border with Italy.
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Day 1: Arrival in Basel | Basel - Aarau
Basel, Liestal and the Ergolztal: a bustling, self-confident agglomeration. In contrast: tranquility and charming countryside in the Baselbiet Jura. On through Aargau's Jurapark hills, followed by a racy descent down the southern Jura slopes to Aarau.
Details: approx. 55 km, uphill 860 m, downhill 725 m
Day 2: Aarau – Luzern
From Aarau the way leads to the idyllic Suhrental river valley; with views of the Alps spotted south and Jura chain north. Through rich orchards and fertile fields alongside Lake Sempach, this stage finally takes you to Lucerne.
Details: approx. 55 km, uphill 630 m, downhill 580 m
Day 3: Luzern – Amsteg
Picturesquely along the bank of the Lake of Lucerne at Kastanienbaum; in Beckenried you cross the Lake of Lucerne by boat and cycle along the Achsenstrasse at the lake, towards the Urnerland.
Details: approx. 54 km, uphill 470 m, downhill 340 m
Day 4: Amsteg – Gotthard pass
Per Transfer through the Reuss-plain and up to the Gotthard pass, an alpine transit route of European importance. If by horse, by train or by car. Everyone always wanted and still want to cross the Gotthard southwards.
Details: approx. 30 km, uphill 1,315 m, downhill 100 m
Day 5: Gotthard pass – Bellinzona
The Leventina has been a passage corridor for ages. The further south you go, the milder the climate gets.
An easy ride along the waters of the Ticino, soon passing chestnut trees and vineyards. Bellinzona, called «La Turrita» because of its many castles, lies on top of a strategic valley narrowing on the southern connection to the alp passes Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lukmanier. The "Skyline" oft he Tessin capitol with ist lombardic character formst he mighty fortress of three oft he best preserved medieval castles in Switzerland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Details: approx. 75 km, uphill 300 m, downhill 2,155 m
Day 6: Bellinzona – Lugano
Continue to Cadenazzo and take the train to Rivera Bironico. From Monte Ceneri you have a clear view of the vegetables of the Magadino Plain and Lake Maggiore.
Hidden paths lead to the port basin that will lead you to the end of this route with picturesque views.
Details: approx. 45 km, uphill 350 m, downhill 550 m
Day 7: Lugano – Chiasso | Departure
Postcard from Lake Lugano, the dream of a holiday, and Morcote, loved by photographers. The Mendrisiotto, the most wine-growing region in Ticino with its food and wine attractions, is located at the southern end of Switzerland.
Details: approx. 40 km, uphill 405 m, downhill 440 m
- 6 overnights in the desired accommodation category (incl. breakfast)
- Ticino Ticket (numerous discounts and inclusive services)
- Daily luggage transport
- Transfers and boat rides according to the program
- Guide book
- Detailed tour documentation
- GPS-data available
- Service Hotline
- Rides with the public transport during the tour (Göschenen – Andermatt, Cadenazzo – Rivera-Bironico)