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Cycle Zurich to Milan

Zurich through the Alps to Milan

  • Duration: 4 nights, 5 days
  • Charity Events
  • Challenging
  • Available During: June, July, Aug, Sept

About this Adventure

Join us on this new challenging cycle from Zurich in Switzerland over infamous Alpine Passes to the Italian city of Milan. In 3 days and 285 miles of cycling, this route will take you through picturesque villages, historic towns, beautiful countryside and over some challenging Alpine Passes including the St Gotthard Pass (2106m), Simplon pass (2,005 m) and Nufenen Pass (2478 m). Arrive a day early and enjoy a day sightseeing in Zurich, or stay an extra night in Milan afterwards to recover

Quick Facts

  • Significant distances on cycling days: 130-170km (80-105miles)
  • Hotel accommodation for four nights
  • Three days of cycling
  • Starts in central Zurich by the 12th Century Cathedral and finishes at the Arco della Pace (The Peace Arch) in central Milan
  • 460 km (285 miles) trip
  • Professional cycle guiding

More Information

This challenging trip takes you between two amazing cities; from the Cathedral in central Zurich to the Peace Arch in Milan.  The route takes in beautiful Alpine villages, breathtaking Lakes and challenging Alpine passes plus the chance to visit the famous Ghisallo Cycling Museum.
You’ll stay one night each in Zurich, Airolo, Locarno, and Milan. Why not consider spending an extra day in Zurich before the ride or an extra day in Milan at the end so you can take time to soak up the atmosphere of these amazing cities; the restaurants, cafés, museums, and nightlife.

Optional Extras
  • Single Room Supplement £45.00 per person per night
  • Extra night in Zurich prior to departure £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in Zurich prior to departure £120.00 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Milan at end of event £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation
  • Extra night in Milan at end of event £120.00 per night for single room accommodation
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
Why Book With Us
We know you have a choice of companies to cycle from Zurich to Milan with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:
  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified cycle leaders
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We strive to provide you with the best service
  • We are aware this is your adventure/challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • We have repeat clients stretching back many years


We normally run this Zurich to Milan Cycle over 4 nights, (3 cycling days), Arrive Sunday and depart Thursday however, if you would like to do this at any other time, then please contact us.

A typical cycle itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 - Arrive in Zurich: Make your own way to Zurich and check in to your accommodation. Meet your guide and support team in the evening and reassemble your bike after transportation ready for a pre-event bike check.

Day 2 - Zurich to Airolo: Typically we meet at 08.00am at the 12th Century Grossmünster (Cathedral) in Zurich to start riding at 08.30am. The route takes us along Lake Zurich before tackling a few warm-up climbs over Alpine passes towards the beautiful Zuger and Vierwaldstatter Lakes. It's then onwards through the Ruess valley past Andermatt and 'The Devils Bridge' before taking the old road over the famous St Gotthard Pass before the winding descent into Airolo below. The St Gotthard Pass acts as a transition between the mainly German-speaking North Switzerland to the predominately Italian speaking South Switzerland.
85 miles (137km)

Day 3 - Airolo to Locarno: This long day starts by heading south west out of the town and following the Ticino river to the base of the Nufenen Pass (2478 m), our first pass of the day. Crossing this mountain pass allows us to cross into the Rhone valley for a while towards Brig and the second of our mountain passes today; the Simplon pass (2,005 m). On the descent, we cross into Italy and end today's' cycling in the resort city of Locarno, on Lake Maggiore.
105 miles (170km)

Day 4 - Locarno to Milan: Leaving Locarno behind the route takes us on a relatively flat journey alongside Lake Lugano till we reach the shores of Lake Como at Menaggio. From here we take a short ferry crossing to the other side of Lake Como as this allows us to visit the famous Ghisallo Cycling Museum before descending to flatter plains and suburbs of Milan. We finish our ride in the centre of Milan at the Arco della Pace - The Arch of Peace
87 miles (140km)

Day 5 - Departure day: Breakfast and make your own way home or stay an extra night in Milan.

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. All timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity
Pay a £199 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. You can join any of our open Zurich to Milan Cycles just select the date of your choice opposite and enter the name of your chosen charity in the group/charity section. For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.


  • Four nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels based on twin rooms en-suite with breakfast
  • Qualified and experienced cycle leader(s)
  • Support vehicle
  • All luggage and equipment transfers on cycle days
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
  • Financial Protection: in the unlikely event of insolvency, all our trips are protected in accordance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations


  • Travel to the start point and journey home from the finish point of the trip
  • Bike transport to Zurich and from Milan
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • You will need to bring or buy snacks and drinks for the cycling days
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike and bike equipment


Book a bespoke event starting on any date
We run the Zurich to Milan Cycle as an open or bespoke event. Our open events normally run Sunday to Thursday, from June to September. For bookings of 10 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing. To book any number of participants on to an event, simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure. You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course. Here's a list of the open events we have planned for 2018:
  • Sunday 17th June - Thursday 21st June 2018 - Open event

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