Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Vineyard Trail Sion to Leuk (stage 2)

The second stage of the Vineyard Trail takes you on a journey from the historical monuments of the capital of Valais through sunny vineyards to the heart of the town of Leuk.

Swap the urban landscape of the cantonal capital for peaceful vineyards, before reaching mountain trails with the promise of some stunning climbs. Traverse well-known regions such as St Léonard and its underground lake, experience the generous Sierre sunshine and Salgesch’s numerous red grape varieties, which make it the most important wine-growing region in Upper Valais.

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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.


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

Linking Sion to Leuk, the second stage of the Vineyard Trail climbs up through the Rhône Valley, bordered by impressive dry stone walls peppering the river’s right bank. From the foot of the historic Valère and Tourbillon castles, cycle through the heart of a huge diversity of grape varieties, red and white alike, taking in Valais’s undulating landscape and steep slopes. After all that effort, treat yourself to a relaxing tasting of local vintages or wind down at Leukerbad’s thermal baths.

Start: Sion (train station) (656 m)
Destination: Leuk (train station) (623 m)

Author's recommendation

Leuk is also home to Switzerland’s oldest vine: a Cornalin planted in 1798. When you arrive at your destination, don’t forget to taste the wine made by local winemakers using this vine, known as Vitis Antiqua 1798.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    889 m 483 m

  • Ascent

    1241 m

  • Descent

    1274 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

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


From the A9 motorway from Lausanne or Sierre, take the Sion-East exit (number 27) , 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


Follow the car-park routeing in Sion.


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).

Additional information

1306 Sion / 1286 St-Léonard / 1287 Sierre



SwissTopo Maps: 1306 Sion / 1286 St-Léonard / 1287 Sierre