Chemin du Vignoble: Saillon to Sion (stage 2)

The second stage of the long-distance Chemin du Vignoble («Vineyard Trail») leads from the pretty medieval village of Saillon to the capital of Valais.

Three versions of the Chemin du Vignoble lead through the sunny vineyards of the Rhône valley: for walkers, cyclists and motorists. Of these, the 4-stage hiking trail, totalling 65 km, offers the most intimate experience of the Valais vineyards and the colourful culture surrounding them. Stage 2 links two of Valais’ most fascinating sites: the medieval village of Saillon and the capital city, Sion. Each has an ancient heart with towering crags topped by castles, and both are well worth exploring. The scenery boasts this operatic grandeur all along the hike. Soon after leaving the twisting alleys of Saillon, the trail crosses the river La Salentse, at the entrance to a gorge steeped in legend: it was here that Joseph-Samuel Farinet, the 19th-century counterfeiter known as the «Swiss Robin Hood», hid from the authorities. This is just one of several rivers that the trail crosses as they emerge from spectacular, deep gorges before joining the waters of the Rhône. Above Leytron, the path passes below high cliffs before traversing the giant alluvial fan of Chamoson. The shallow, sweeping cone is formed of rubble that cascaded down from the peaks above in prehistoric times; today it is blanketed in vines. The exceptional variety of the topography and geology along the route has made for a tremendous diversity of wines. Many of the villages are associated with a particular grape variety: for example, Humagne in Leytron, and Amigne in Vétroz. All along the way, atmospheric restaurants and cellars offer the chance to taste them, along with local delicacies.   Highlights Saillon – exquisite medieval village. Attractions include the Bains de Saillon spa, vineyard trail, via ferrata and suspension footbridge across gorge. Dramatic scenery of cliffs and canyons, spectacular views throughout Many wine-tasting opportunities in ancient villages framed by terraced vineyards Sion – thousands of years of history: castles, museums, cathedral and chapels

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Valais vineyard trail on foot

Along this path you will discover homely wine taverns, typical wine villages and some of the steepes...
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On the trace of wine

Fendant, Malvoisie or Heida are just a few of the most famous wines from the Valais. The grapes of these noble wines ripen in the plain between Martigny and Leuk, through which the Chemin du Vignoble passes. Along this path you will discover homely wine taverns, typical wine villages and some of the steepest vineyards in the world. Not only are the grapes that ripen along the Chemin du Vignoble unique - the walk itself is a real treat.


Day 1: Arrival in Martigny | Martigny – Saillon

Luggage drop-off in Martigny and bus ride to Branson to the starting point of the hike. Between Martigny and Saillon, you will find yourself in the land of Gamay and fascinating contrasts: at your feet the fully cultivated Rhone Valley, in the distance the glittering snowfields of the Mont Blanc. The town of Fully is the capital of the Petite Arvine.

Approx. 3.5 h / approx. 12 km / 420 m ascent / 370 m descent

Day 2: Saillon – Sion

Includes steep limestone walls tower imposingly over the debris cones at Chamoson where with gravel beneath them, the vines are almost at risk of burning in the sun. Vétroz - the cradle of the rare Amigne grape variety; and enchanting vine terraces with ancient irrigation channels surrounding Sion. Guided tour of Sion with wine tasting.

Approx. 6 h / approx. 20 km / 785 m ascent / 690 m descent

Day 3: Sion – Sierre

Explore vine terraces that are among the steepest in the world and follow an easy hiking trail to the Coteaux de Sierre, the largest AOC area in Switzerland. End off with an evening raclette tasting in the "Château de Villa".

Approx. 5 h / approx. 18 km / 635 m ascent / 475 m descent

Day 4 : Sierre – Leuk | Departure

A quarter of the Valais Pinot Noir production comes from the Leuk, Varen and Salgesch region. The region is a paradise for nature lovers with surprising new things to be discovered everywhere you look. Don’t miss the fantastic view from the hilltop church near Varen. Individual departure after arrival in Leuk.

Approx. 4 h / approx. 14 km / 490 m ascent / 590 m descent

Tour characteristics

A wonderful hike through the vineyards of the Valais, on well-developed and unchallenging paths. The somewhat long stages can be shortened easily by using public transport although basic fitness is nonetheless required. The Rhone valley can be very hot in summer.

What’s included:

  • 3 overnight stays incl. breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfers

  • Valais connoisseur package*

  • Voucher for arrival by train**

  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)

  • Carefully elaborated route

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included :

  • Travelling by public transport on day 1

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.

Option of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Martigny: CHF 79.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

  • Susten: CHF 89.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before the start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before the start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before the start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before the start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before the start of the trip / No–show: 100%

Valais connoisseur package

Discover the best of the Valais. With the Valais Connoisseur Package, visit the wine museums of Salgesch and Sierre, take part in a guided tour of Sion, taste local wines and enjoy a Valaisan plate and a raclette.

Voucher for arrival by train

Leave the car at home! Every participant of a walking or cycling tour in Switzerland will receive a promotion code from the SBB which will allow him or her to deduct CHF 10 from the price of the ticket for arriving by train. The discount is available in the online shop, at the ticket office or via the SBB app. For many journeys, we use the luggage counters at the stations at the beginning and end of the journey to collect your luggage. You can easily combine these services when arriving by train. If you do not need the code for the journey itself, you will be able to use it in the course of 2022. Unfortunately, retroactive refunds are not possible for administrative reasons.

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Turn-by-turn directions

The closest bus stop to the starting point of this stage of the Chemin du Vignoble is «les Moilles» on the main road that runs along the foot of the crag on which old Saillon stands. A lane leads from here up to the medieval village centre and the trail proper. 

The route is well-signposted and easy to follow. It leads close to a number of attractions worth a visit in their own right, including the Swiss Museum of Speleology just above Chamoson. A delightful wine trail links Chamoson to the medieval village of St-Pierre-de-Clages; just before Sion, a nature trail explores the reed beds around the peaceful lake just below the Mont d’Orge.


The trail finishes at the northern edge of Sion, where the river La Sionne emerges from its ravine. Walkers have the choice of taking a bus down to the railway station – or, time- and energy-permitting, walking through the historical city centre, beneath the castle and fortress that look down from Sion’s iconic twin crags. 

Start: Saillon (bus stop «Les Moilles») (509 m)
Destination: Sion (bus stop «Brasserie») (562 m)

Author's recommendation

Check with local tourist offices for special events en route: many of the villages host wine festivals, especially in autumn.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    694 m 483 m

  • Ascent

    716 m

  • Descent

    655 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6 .0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Train to Martigny or Sion, then postal bus from either town to Saillon (bus stop «Les Moilles»). At end of walk in Sion, take bus from bus stop «Brasserie» to railway station – or simply walk downhill through the historical city centre (2 km). Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.


A9 motorway, exit 23 (Saxon) if approaching from the west or exit 24 (Riddes) if driving from the east. Follow signs to Saillon.


Car park in Saillon (thermal baths or historical village). Follow the local car park routeing in Saillon.


We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.


  • For all hikes:
  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Additional information

More information about the destination:


The tourist office in Sion has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.


SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1305 Dent de Morcles and 1306 Sion