Motorbike Tour - East-West, Stage III

Gstaad - Genève

Vue sur le Pic Chaussy et Praz Cornet

Vue sur le Pic Chaussy et Praz Cornet

Sommet de la Braye

Sommet de la Braye

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

Sainte-Croix - Cochet

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 3

Tunnel 3

A1 - Perly

A1 - Perly

Genève City

Genève City

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

Route des Jeunes, Les Acacias, en direction de Carouge

A1 - Dir Perly

A1 - Dir Perly

Route de Meyrin

Route de Meyrin

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

A1 - Meyrin dir. Lausanne

Geneva, Switzerland 2

Geneva, Switzerland 2

Tunnel 4

Tunnel 4

Pont de la Machine

Pont de la Machine

Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

Lac de Gruyère

Lac de Gruyère

Lac de Neuchâtel 2

Lac de Neuchâtel 2

Yverdon-les-Bains, Place Pestalozzi

Yverdon-les-Bains, Place Pestalozzi

Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

Great view of Lake Leman from St. Cerge (Mt. Blanc on left)

Basseruche

Basseruche

La Glutte

La Glutte

La Trélasse - Saint-Cergue - Suisse, Vaud

La Trélasse - Saint-Cergue - Suisse, Vaud

Col du Marchairuz 1449m.

Col du Marchairuz 1449m.

Le mont d'or vu de Vallorbe

Le mont d'or vu de Vallorbe

The 3rd stage of the East-West Tour begins in Gstaad and leads across the Col du Pillon to Les Diablerets, which is located at 1200 meters, between Lake Geneva and Gstaad. The rock face of the mountain range, which surrounds the small village in the Ormont Valley, was considered a dangerous and cursed place where devils struck terror into people’s hearts. The name of the town Les Diablerets is derived from the French word for devil, le diable.

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Route

Gstaad – Col du Pillon – Les Diablerets – Col de la Croix – Villars-sur-Ollon – Aigle – Le Sépey – Col des Mosses – Château-d'Oex – Gruyères – Yverdon – Ste-Croix – Baulmes – Vallorbe – Col du Mollendruz – Montricher – Col du Marchairuz – Les Brassus – La Cure – Col de la Givrine – St-Cergue – Nyon – Genève

Highest Elevations

  • Col de la Croix, 1778m
  • Col du Pillon, 1546m
  • Col du Marchairuz, 1447m
  • Col de la Givrine, 1228 m
  • Col du Mollendruz, 1180m

Description

The tour continues over the Col de la Croix, accessible only in the summer months, to Villars-sur-Ollon. From here motorbikers travel via Bex to Aigle and uphill to Le Sépey, then via the Col des Mosses to Château-d'Oex, the main town in the des Pays-d'Enhaut.

The next stop on the route is Gruyères, the home of the world famous Gruyères Cheese. The picture-perfect medieval town sits like a crown atop a small hill. The tour then leads via Romont and Lucens to Yverdon les-Bains, a small town nestled among the Jura Mountains, the Broye Hills and Lake Neuenburg. Yverdon les-Bains is Western Switzerland’s most important spa resort. The journey continues to Sainte-Croix, famous for its music boxes and nickelodeons. After traveling through Baulmes and Lignerolle the tour reaches Vallorbe.

Then its proceeds over the Col du Mollendruz to Montrichier and over the Col du Marchairuz to Les Brassus. The tour now rolls alongside the French border to La Cure and subsequently across the Col de la Givrine to St-Cergue. The location high above Lake Geneva offers a sweeping, magnificent view over the Alpine chain up to Mont-Blanc.

On this stage of the tour, Nyon is the penultimate stop. The small town is nestled on Lake Geneva, halfway between Geneva and Lausanne in the midst of the vineyards of La Côte. Numerous excavations and sights from the time of the ancient Helvetians and Romans, as well as from the Middle Ages, bear witness to an eventful history. The last kilometers of the East-West Tour take the motorcyclists alongside Lake Geneva to Geneva. The European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross, Geneva is widely known as “The City of Peace” because of its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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