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The Jura Crest Trail essentials

€765 per person

The Jura Crest Trail is the most classic long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland and one of the oldest (since 1905). It starts from Zurich and ends in Genève passing through the magnificent Swiss Jura heights. The route is easy to follow and is an incredible natural and cultural experience, as it crosses the language border between the regions. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Alps, the Black Forest and the Vosge – from rugged peaks to dense forests and lush meadows. Discover the difference in architecture, traditions, and cuisine as you travel between the different regions of Switzerland.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    7 Days Difficulty: 4/5 (of 5)
  • What is included
    6 overnight stays with breakfast (3* hotels and local inns); Detailed route notes in English and maps; GPS tracks; Luggage transfers; Service hotline
  • What is not included
    Public transport & cable car tickets (approx. CHF 35.- per person); Tourist tax in hotels, if due, is not included in the price;
  • Best period
    mid-April, June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1. Arrival day
Individual arrival to Solothurn.
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Day 2. Solothurn – surroundings of Biel (24km, 6,30hrs, +700m/-1415m)
You begin your self-guided walking tour with a short train ride to Oberdorf where you will take the cable car to Weissenstein to reach the starting point of your route following the Jura Crest Trail. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Jura arc to the Mittelland, the high peaks of the Alps in the distance, the forests and meadows typical for the region. The first third of today’s section of the independent hiking route is also a Planetenweg (educational planet path). You will cross the language border at Montagne de Romont.
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Day 3. Frinvillier - Chasseral/Nods (17km, 6hrs, +1340m/-270m)
Today you will climb from the Schüss Valleyto the Bernese Jura crest. The self-guided walking trail to Chasseral is a gradual ascend. You will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views over the surrounding landscape including the charming Mittelland lakes. An organized transfer will pick you up from Chasseral and take you to Nods.
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Day 4. Chasseral – Vue des Alpes (20km, 6hrs, +760m/-1000m)
An organized transfer will take you to Chasseral after breakfast. You continue walking the trail where you left the previous day. This section of the hiking route is dynamic - you will walk across the upper St.Imier Valley and the winter-sport oriented Val de Ruz. You will pass the famous ski resort Le Pâquier and reach the highest point of the Vue des Alpes pass close to the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
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Day 5. Vue des Alpes - Travers (20km, 6hrs, +800m/-1275m)
Continue walking the high mountain chain from Vue des Alpes and enjoy the amazing views of the Tête de Ran, Mont Racine peaks and the incredible Lac de Neuchâtel. Finish today’s self-guided hiking route with a steep descend towards Noiraigue.
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Day 6. Couvet - Creux du Van - Couvet (16km, 5hrs, +920m/-420m)
You start the last section of the independent walking route with a steep ascend towards the spectacular Creux du Van, known as the Swiss Grand Canyon. This is truly one of the highlights of your hiking tour. Enjoy the breathtaking views over this natural phenomenon as well as the views of the beautiful Lake Neuenburg. Descend towards Couvet where your hiking tour finishes.
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Day 7. Departure day
Onward travels or extra overnights after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
765 Euro per person in double/twin room
Single room supplement
230 Euro
Solo travelers supplement
300 Euro (incl. the sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures from mid-April till mid-October. For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.
Accommodation
3* hotels and local country inns; en-suite rooms throughout; breakfast included

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