Switzerland Trip

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Davcar
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Switzerland Trip

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Hi All I’m planning a trip and wondered if anyone has a good route to take. My wife and I are looking at a 10-12 day round trip starting from Calais in June this year. Want to do some of the famous passes Furkapass and possibly the Dolomites. Dave
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Hi Dave, have a look here http://www.ride.co.uk/routes/ there are some EXCELLENT ideas and SatNav routes, I have done three summer tours now using this as a starter for my Mix & Match approach.  Hope that helps, Peter
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Innertkirchen is a great place to base yourself as it gives easy access to at least five of the best passes including Furka, Grimsel, Gotthard, etc. Hotel Hof and Post is a good place to stay. I'd recommend the Alpenpass phone app to check the passes are open. They should be clear of snow by June but we found one was closed due to a rockfall, and the app gives daily updates.


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I took an RT to the Alps in 2016. Switzerland is eye-wateringly expensive for food and accommodation.


Stick to the Italian and French Alps. Much cheaper.
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I agree, the Swiss make it expensive a you do need a carnet for travelling and unless you are into the banking fraternity income bracket pretty horrendous eating and drinking.
If you can a find a route thorugh either via Austria or France into the Italian Alps and across to the Dolomites there's some fantastic rides. The down side at that time of year are the coach parties as most ot the Dolomites are day trip distance from Venice, Verona, Innsbruck so the passes can be quite busy.
Saying that come into the Dolomites from the Innsbruck side and work you way through from Ortisei, St. Cristina, Gardena, Corvara, San Cassiano, or head for Arraba and loop back or head for Cortina and then north towards Brunico. The only quirky bit that throws sat-navs, all the places have 2 names one Austrian and the other Italian :)
thanks and regards, Ganesh
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ds99 wrote: I took an RT to the Alps in 2016. Switzerland is eye-wateringly expensive for food and accommodation.


Stick to the Italian and French Alps. Much cheaper.
+1 on that! Very costly, but what a beautiful scenic country it is. If travelling on their motorways, you'll need to buy a vignette (valid for the calendar year in question). Again, darned expensive, but go on the motorways in Switzerland without one, and if stopped by the cops, you'll land yourself with a hefty fine!
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Steve F wrote: +1 on that! Very costly, but what a beautiful scenic country it is. If travelling on their motorways, you'll need to buy a vignette (valid for the calendar year in question). Again, darned expensive, but go on the motorways in Switzerland without one, and if stopped by the cops, you'll land yourself with a hefty fine!

Then again...avoid the motorways (the ones with the green signage).
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Ok thanks guys, some really good advice for starters.        Will keep you posted with any further questions.  Dave
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