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Rhone Valley Fall Harvest MTB Adventure

Switzerland, Europe

from $5,995* per person 8 Days September, October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: EpicQuest Adventure 12 people max
  • Geneva airport, switzerland
  • Active & Adventure trips
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In the Southwest corner of Switzerland, the Rhône Valley is home to some of the most diverse mountain bike terrain in the Alps, with resorts like Verbier, the Portes du Soleil, Crans-Montana, and Zermatt all within easy striking distance. Not to mention the myriad "underground" trails, accessed by trains, trams, and road shuttles, that crisscross the region. Whether you enjoy adrenaline-charged lift-served freeriding, leg-pumping XC rides, or a combination of the two, the Rhône Valley trip has it all. We'll be based in Verbier, making stops in all of the surrounding resorts and some secret spots as well. Fall is also the wine harvest, and the Valais region of Switzerland is Switzerland's biggest producer, not to mention it's agricultural breadbasket. Private tastings and harvest-inspired local meals, combined with Epic rides, make this trip a feast for you and your bike. 

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday):   Arrive in Geneva and meet your EpicQuest guide for the 90-minute private van transfer to verbier. Check into your chalet, unpack and assemble bikes, or get fitted for your demo bike for the week. Time
permitting, take a run off the Verbier gondola to get a look at some of the terrain we'll be accessing. Dinner in chalet.

Day 2 (Sunday):   We'll utilize the Verbier lift system for some classic descents into the Val de Bagnes. Downhill courses, North Shore, or classic alpine singletrack - Verbier has it all. Lunch at an on-mountain hut, après
beers and dinner in town.

Day 3 (Monday):   Back up the lifts to Verbier, but this time a long descent off the back to the Roman town or Martigny. One of the smoothest descents in the Rhone Valley, before winding up on a train ride back home. Lunch
on-mountain, Dinner in Verbier.

Day 4 (Tuesday):    Lake Geneva and the Lavaux UNESCO World Heritage region. We'll head to either Bex or Montreux for a train-accessed downhill that you'll never forget. Afterwards, a guided tour though the 1000 year old terraced vineyards above the lake, a private wine tasting, and dinner with a view.

Day 5 (Wednesday):   We'll head further up the Rhône to Sierre, to ride the trails at Crans-Montana ski resort. With a view across the valle of the Pennine Alps, Crans has some of the smoothest tracks in the area.  North-Shore features, buttery berms, and mossy forest trails all make Crans one of our favorite spots. And at the end of the day, we'll drop all the way to Sierre, winding through the vineyards for a magical sunset run. Dinner in
Sierre.

Day 6 (Thursday):   We'll hit up some of the underground shuttle rides that we've discovered, taking advantage of the myriad network of ancient hiking trails. Long and flowy, fast and steep - whatever you want to do, we have the ultimate ride to suit your taste. After, we'll wind up at a local mountainside cafe for a fondue dinner.

Day 7 (Friday):   Back to Sierre to ride in the Val d'Anniviers. St. Luc has an amazing network of DH tracks, which we'll ride off the finicular in the morning. Then, after lunch, we'll head across to Chandolin for the one of
the best descents in the Rhône Valley, all the way down to Sierre. Back to Verbier. Dinner in Le Châble.

Day 8 (Saturday):  Breakfast at chalet and transfer to GVA for guest departure. Opportunity for sightseeing in Geneva, depending on flight time.

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