Start: Balsthal

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Jura Crest Trail Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £689 per person

Holiday Information Overview


The Jura Crest Trail is considered the classic among national long-distance trails. Signalization of the route, starting at Zurich and ending just before Genève, began as early as 1905. It links two major Swiss towns and as the name suggests, leads over the Swiss Jura heights.

This makes a sweeping arc towards the northwest, so those hiking this trail go a little round the bend – and over the language boundary!

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Walking Tour Highlights
• See the sensational panoramic view with the Mittelland Lakes
• From the low-lying Schüss Valley to the crest of the Bernese Jura
• Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks.

Walking Route Features
For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


1st Day: Individual journey to Balsthal

2nd Day: Balsthal – Weissenstein

The reward for the steep climb to Höllchöpfli is the views along the high-level hike through forests and meadows. Passing unusual geological features and many mountain restaurants to the Weissenstein – «Solothurn’s balcony».

Details: approx. 6 hours | 20 km | Up 1.170 m | Down 400 m.

3rd Day: Weissenstein – Biel/Surroundings

From the roof of Canton Solothurn, with views across the Jura arc to the Mittelland and snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. The first third is also a Planetenweg (planet path). Language border at Montagne de Romont.

Details: approx. 6,5 hours | 24 km | Up 700 m | Down 1.410 m.

4th Day: Biel/Surroundings – Chasseral/Nods

From the low-lying Schüss Valley to the crest of the Bernese Jura. An almost constant, yet comfortable climb to scale the Chasseral, already seen from afar. Sensational panoramic view with the Mittelland lakes: a feast for the eyes. From Chasseral transfer down to Nods.

Details: approx. 6 hours | 17 km | Up 1.340 m | Down 270 m.

5th Day: Chasseral/Nods – Vue des Alpes

In the morning transfer up to Chasseral where you continue your walk. A varied hike between the upper St.Imier Valley and the Val de Ruz Valley with the winter-sports resort, Le Pâquier (hometown of ski-ace Didier Cuche). The top of the Vue des Alpes pass is not far from watch metropolis La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Details: approx. 6 hours | 20 km | Up 760 m | Down 1.000 m.

6th Day: Vue des Alpes – Travers

Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks. The slabs of the rocky spur provide a breathtaking view down to Lac de Neuchâtel, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.

Details: approx. 6 hours | 20 km | Up 790 m | Down 1.270 m.

7th Day: Travers – Couvet

The perspiration at the start of this stage is well worth it: the highlight of the tour is the natural rock amphitheatre of Creux du Van, Swiss equivalent of the Grand Canyon. From the heights you can enjoy wonderful views on the sparkling waters of Lake Neuenburg. Then you continue to La Combax. Transfer down to Couvet.

Details: approx. 5 h | 16 km | Up 920 m | Down 420 m.

8th Day: Individual departure or extra nights

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Jura Crest Trail tour stays in 3*** hotels and country hotels, carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available services

- 7 overnights incl. breakfast
– Luggage transfer
– Transfers according to the program
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
– GPS data available
– Service-Hotline

Not included

- All transfers during the tour (train, bus, etc.)

Difficulty

For the steep ascents a good physical condition is needed. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days.

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Travel Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure

Arrival by train to Balsthal:

Free parking near the hotel, no reservation possible.
Departure by train from Couvet to Balsthal, duration approx. 2 hours.

Note:

Rides with public transport, approx. EUR 10 per person.

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Your Prices

Jura Crest Trail, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast and includes luggage transfers.

Category Information
Hotels of 3*** level and country hotels.

2018 Walking Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 07.04. – 05.05. | 27.05. – 23.06 | 16.09. – 13.10.2018
Saturday arrival
Season 2: 06.05. – 26.05. | 24.06. – 15.09.2018
Saturday arrival

8 days: Prices per person
Season 1: £689 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £749 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £259

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Single Supplement: £259

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