Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Vineyard Trail from Martigny to Sion (stage 1)

The Wine Trail, which was inaugurated in 2007, is the best way to discover Valais and its vineyards. Have a break in a winery and taste typical Valais wines. 

An energetic up and down on a steep sun-kissed southern slope, through well-tended vineyards, small wine villages and historic spots such as Saillon with the mini-vineyard of forger Farinet, and Chamoson, with its octagonal tower of St-Pierre-de-Clages.

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Valais vineyard trail by bike

On the sunny side of the Rhone Valley, some of the best wines in Switzerland mature. Your cycling tr...
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Vineyards and culinary delicacies

Some of the best wines in Switzerland mature on the sunny side of the Rhône Valley. Your cycling trip on the Valais Wine Trail takes you through this romantic scenery. Vineyards line the path on your way towards the eastern part of the valley, past the churches and castles of Sion to the market place in Leuk. On the way, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Valais mountains and a variety of culinary delicacies.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Martigny | Martigny – Sion

You’ll leave your luggage in Martigny. An energetic up and down on a steep sun-kissed southern slope, through well-tended vineyards, small wine villages and historic spots such as Saillon with the mini-vineyard of the well-known forger Farinet, and Chamoson, with the octagonal tower of St-Pierre-de-Clages. After your arrival in Sion a tasting of wines from Valais awaits you.

Details: Approx. 40 km / 485 m ascent / 470 m descent

Day 2: Sion – Leuk

French-style joie de vivre in Sion, the quaint main town in Valais, back-breaking work in the hot, steep vineyard slopes, perspiring round bends on tiny, boiling-hot mountain roads. To understand the wine culture in Valais better, you’ll visit the wine museums in Siders and Salgesch. Together with the fabulous views on offer today, this is a feast for all your senses.

Details: approx. 50 km / 1,395 m ascent / 1,235 m descent

Day 3: Departure or individual extension

Key elements

A comfortable start on the first day, after which the trip becomes more difficult. The ride through the vineyards on the sunny slopes of the Rhône Valley on the second day is challenging. The tour takes place on quiet side roads in the middle of the unique alpine scenery that is typical of Valais.

What’s included:

  • 2 overnight stays with breakfast (mid-range hotels)

  • Daily luggage transfer

  • Luggage collection at the railway station

  • Valais connoisseur package*

  • Voucher for arrival by train**

  • Detailed tour documentation (1x per room)

  • GPS-data available

  • Service Hotline

Not included :

  • 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 40.-

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

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 35.-

Bike hire option - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • 27-speed bike: CHF 89.-

  • Electric bike : CHF 179.-

Cancellation conditions:

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

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

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

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

  • 0 day before 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 wine trail leads through the Valais vineyards from Martigny to Sion. The 39-kilometre bike trail winds gently up and down through this area, passing through carefully cultivated vineyards, historic locations and small wine-producing villages that offer wine tasting. Wines can be tasted without appointment at many points along the route. This unique bike trail is the perfect way to discover the Valais region and its vineyards.

Start: Martigny (train station) (468 m)
Destination: Sion (train station) (484 m)

Author's recommendation

The Fol'terres wine shop at the eastern part of Fully offers a vaste choice of more than 60 wineries in Valais. Savour with your eyes and taste the subtlety of the aromas of wines and regional products. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    662 m 457 m

  • Ascent

    484 m

  • Descent

    456 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Arrive in Martigny by train from all Swiss towns and cities (SBB) or by the regional trains Railway Mont-Blanc & St-Bernard Express.

Approach

From the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, take the Martigny-Fully exit (number 21), or the cantonal road. Routes that are open all year round: the Forclaz pass, the Great Saint Bernard tunnel, the Simplon pass. Passes that are open only during summer: Great St Bernard, Nufenen, Grimsel, Furka

Parking

Follow the car-park routeing in Martigny.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1325 Sembrancher / 1305 Dent de Morcles / 1306 Sion