You have a full week on the best trails, with an XC and Downhill tour covering the Chablais region, Rhône Valley and mountains. The tour coming with a support crew and transportation of your luggage, clothes, spares etc…
Please note that this is a point-to-point riding holiday and is designed for a Good Intermediate standard and above, with a level of fitness which will allow you to enjoy these amazing trails.
This is an example of the itinerary and is in NO WAY set in stone. During the first day of riding an individual plan will be discussed with yourself and the guides. The guides will gauge your preferences and ability and you will both plan a set up for the week.
Travel by Swiss Rail to Villars, Switzerland. Meet up with your guides and settle into our 3* hotel, Ecureils with great views across the Rhone Valley. Bike checks and any adjustments required, on hand we have bike mechanics as required. Warm up ride for those who wish it and depending on arrival times
A great circuitous route around Villars with great trails and across to Leysin to sample the great trails there too. The day will be approximately 55kms – 65kms of riding.
A selection of flowing and spectacular cross-country trails heading down to the valley floor and then up to Champéry, Les Portes du Soleil, then an overnight in Champéry, in the great 3* hotel.
Great trails around the Portes du Soleil, including sections of the Passports du Soleil and is a long but stunning day. WE stay overnight in Champéry.
The secret passes out of Champéry and eventually down to the valley floor and up to the ancient and tiny village of Finhaut and a great little hotel with amazing food!
A brilliant and amazing day out of Finhaut and across towards Martigny before ascending to Col de Planches at 1,400m with an amazing flowing descent to 550m and a little cable car up to 1,100m and stunning trails to Nendaz, Les 4 Vallées.
The BIGGEST day of the week: The Tour de Mont Fort! For the dedicated and hard-core trail riders it is an early start: We take the lift up to Tracouet (2,200m). We traverse and join the famous Tour de Mont Fort circuits which allows for extreme trails and alternatives for tired legs if needed! After a full and long day we end up back in Nendaz for a well deserved drink and some great food! This is a great day to treasure.
Villars-Gryon is a village in the canton of Vaud, part of the municipality of Ollon. It is also known for its boarding schools, especially for Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and Aiglon College, two of the most expensive schools in the world. Villars-Gryon is served by the Chemin de fer Bex-Villars-Bretaye railway, featuring a cog rack system leading from the town centre to a mountain trails network. The village of Villars overlooks the Rhône Valley and views of Mont Blanc are clearly visible from parts of the village and Bretaye. Bretaye is linked to Villars by the BVB railway. There is also a gondola lift connecting the village to Roc d'Orsay, 200m above Bretaye.
In 1969, Champéry became one of the founding villages of the Portes du Soleil. The main street features beautifully kept wooden chalets with tantalizing store fronts and restaurants. The village is still compact and quaint enough to keep everything close enough to walk around. This is a must do, as there is so much to take in. Overlooking Champéry are the 7 spectacular peaks of Les Dents du Midi which, some say, rival the Matterhorn and the Eiger for natural beauty. Home of the World Cup Downhill race and Pass'portes du Soleil
Boasting only 374 permanent residents, the town of Finhaut is nestled in the St-Maurice district, on the left side of the deep Trient Valley. It is famous for its colossal dam and the sunny terraces of the town harbours three more villages, Giétroz, Châtelard Villlage-and-Châtelard. Its territory stretches from the shores of Trento and the Black Water at 900m to the top of the tip of the Finive at 2,837m. It comprises 2,293 hectares consisting mainly of dense forests, alpine horizons and sharp rocks.
Nendaz is a fairly large town and is made up of mainly chalets, small hotels and apartments. The main streets lead off the roundabout next to the tourist office which is topped with a traditional gondola. Although cars are allowed in the villages, all the amenities are off the main streets and a brief 10 minute walk will see you the whole length of the main street. The food, bars and shops are still normally priced and the whole atmosphere is more about people there to enjoy the mountains and snow and not about how much money you have and what you do with it.
Our guides are CTC trained, 1st aid qualified and are experts on riding and the area – you will feel the passion they have for the sport and the determination to make your holiday and rides the very best.
We normally allocate you a personal guide for your group to make sure that rides are geared to your own personal levels and preferences. With us, you matter!
Matt has lived and worked in Zermatt for over 7 years. In the summers he is one of our top team of MTB guides. CTC Leader trained and with his entire working career as a guide or instructor, everything from skiing and mountain biking to windsurfing and scuba diving! His great personality, knowledge and skills will enhance your holiday and help you ride the best trails.
Al has been riding in Zermatt and the whole of Switzerland for over 10 years. His main interests are Road biking, XC mountain biking, mixed with snowboarding during the winter. A genuinely excellent, patient, and knowledgeable CTC trained tour leader with in depth knowledge of the roads and MTB trails, his mechanical skills have saved the ride more than once! Genuine in his interest in you and his love of all things cycling.
Stuart has been in Zermatt for over 10 years. His main interest is mountain biking, mixed with skiing and mountaineering during the winter. An excellent rider and tour leader, CTC Leader trained and with in depth knowledge of the trails, his, passion for the sport, relaxed approach and good sense of humour add a sparkle to all his rides. He has also completed the legendary Grand Raid Crystalp race.
Chris lives for the outdoor lifestyle. A Zermatt resident for over 25 years, enjoying his hobbies of mountaineering, climbing, skiing, paragliding, and, of course, mountain biking. CTC Leader trained and also an excellent photographer, it would be difficult to find someone with more all-round skills, excellent ability, knowledge and as patient as his name suggests! There are not many things Chris hasn't done! He has ridden 4 times in the Grand Raid Crystalp.
Always around and available, he is the personable face you tend to never see in a company – the boss available to discuss your holiday over a beer!
The tour is a supported, so as soon as you arrive in Villars for the first day, you will not have to worry about moving your luggage to any other resort. Each day, you will take your day pack and leave all larger luggage with the support crew and they will transport it to the next location. They are also on hand to deal with malfunctions of bikes and to collect people should they come into difficulties.
Our partners at Switzerland Travel Centre can provide good value and fully ATOL protected scheduled flights from most major UK airports to Geneva, Sion, Basel and Zurich – there are some great deals to be had!
You are welcome to provide your own flights if you prefer, perhaps using one of the many Low Cost airlines flying to Geneva, Basel or Zurich. We can advise you of the best flights and times.
There are now Low Cost airline flights to Geneva from Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham East Midlands, Robin Hood Doncaster, Stansted and Southampton – so we should be able to find a flight for you!
Self driving is not fully beneficial, as the tour is a point to point ride. Your entire luggage is transported for you to each over night location. However we can include a Train Transfer, to and from, your car at an extra supplement.
|Train Transfer Time from Basel:||3hr 55min||4hr 15min|
|Train Transfer Time from Bern:||3hr 10min||3hr 00min|
|Train Transfer Time from Geneva:||2hr 10min||2hr 30min|
|Train Transfer Time from Zürich:||3hr 50min||4hr 00min|
|Driving Distance from Calais:||520 miles||540 miles|
View the Swiss Rail timetable.
As we travel round on the OTP Valais Tour, we stay in a variety of accommodation. Your luggage and spares are moved for you with our support team.
Your base for the first couple of nights is the Hotel Ecureils. A family run hotel with great amenities and stunning views. Great rooms (all en-suite) and right by the village centre and lifts, large terrace for assembling and adjusting bikes and plenty of locked and secure bike storage.
The National is a family-run 3-star and very friendly hotel with comfortable and nicely decorated bedrooms with different mountain views. Choose your own breakfast at the buffet out of a rich variety of regional products Great restaurant, local bars and plenty of bike storage.
The Beau Séjour is a family-run 2-star and very friendly hotel with traditional rooms and a great restaurant and bar! Choose your own breakfast at the buffet out of a rich variety of regional products Great restaurant, local bars – and plenty of bike storage.
Your base for the last few nights is the Hotel Les Etagnes. It is a recently renovated chalet hotel with great amenities and stunning views. The hotel boasts great rooms (all en-suite), flat screen TVs, a great bar and restaurant area, large terrace for assembling and adjusting bikes and plenty of locked and secure bike storage.
Our prices are simple, we have ADULT prices, and discounted prices for CHILDREN up to 16yrs old.
Because the prices vary depending on the size of your group to guide ratio, the below prices are based on 6 people riding together with one guide.
|Summer 2013||Child – 16yrs||Adult|