A week discovering the most beautiful trails of Aosta Valley, with views of the highest peaks of the Alps that will definitely take your breath away. Given our van shuttle service plus two days using the chair lifts in Pila and La Thuile to reach higher altitudes, you will have a much greater number of gravity fed runs, staying fresh to maximize the quality of good times!
No need to mention restoration. But we are in Italy and that has always been a number one priority. Starting from a basic “Cappuccino e Cornetto” to the complete four course dinners with our local culinary goods that won’t be forgotten after this experience.
Arrival at Aosta in the early afternoon and transfer to Pila.
Our first day on the bike is dedicated to the best trails in Pila to get into the flow of things. Taking advantage of the chair lifts we’ll get to high altitude trails keeping away from the bike park.
After breakfast we’ll drop 1200 meters back down to Aosta and move to the other side of the valley (the south side / slope) where we’ll start pedaling upwards to conquer the top and enjoy another gratifying view before riding down, coasting along a mellow trail beside an old river all the way back to town.
Climb: 1000m height of which 300m on foot
Descent: 2000m drop, down a 17km trail
During this week you’ll see the Mont Blanc many times, but not quite the way you’ll see it today! The climb is shorter, yet the ride down will reflect the Aostan standard. We’ll be spending our afternoon in the natural bike park of La Thuile, known for hosting the Enduro World Series in 2014 and 2016. Using mechanical uplifts, we’re going to show you the best single tracks of this magnificent area!
Climb: 450m height
Descent: 900m drop, down a 10km trail
Good times! We start the day with a transfer the group to a small mountain village where we’ll have an espresso before continuing our adventure on our bikes through a deep wild valley to reach the refuge where we’ll stop for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll keep riding to reach our summit before ride back to Aosta.
Climb: 900m height
Descent: 1900m drop, down a 25km trail
During this week you have seen many single track, but not long as what you will see today! We start with our typical morning “caffè al bar” and ride off in the splendid surroundings of Cogne. The first pedal goes straight into the famous Gran Paradiso National Park and, with some luck, we will witness wild animals roaming their natural habitat. After the long climb we’ll riding down passing all the majestic views to reach the town center of Cogne.
Climb: 1300m of which 200m on foot
Descent: 1300m Drop on 29km downhill trail
To put the cherry on top and finish in style we’ll be riding the magnificent natural trails around Aosta. After all the effort our legs have put out, today we’ll reach all the trails with the shuttle and only at the group’s request we’ll pedal.
- Seven nights in Hotels with Breakfast
- Seven dinner
- Van Shuttles for all the transfers
- Professional MTB Guides for the entire tour
- Lift tickets for Pila and La Thuile bike park
What’s Not Included, but available on request:
- Bike Rentals, all the necessary Technical Gear
- 20L Camel Backpack
- Knee Pads
*This tour could be reserved during the months of July and August upon request.
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There are some places that offer visitors truly special experiences — such as the chance to bathe, in the depths of winter, in the warm spa waters in the sight of Mont Blanc — and focus on providing guests with the chance to do nothing but relax. These places are of course the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and the Saint-Vincent Spa but also the «Valle d’Aosta Wellness» hotels which offer their guests regenerating stays of Alpine well-being and the chance to taste great and genuine food.
Aosta Valley, during most seasons there are some days that are ideal for a pleasant walk : in Spring, with the reawakening of nature, in splendid contrast with portions of landscape that are still covered by snow; in Summer, the best period for excursions at a high altitude, thanks to the long days with generally good and stable weather; in Autumn, for an unusual variety of surrounding colors.
Some itineraries are pleasant and easy walks, others are longer and more tiring. Whether you go on a walk lasting just a couple of hours or a whole day, the reward is being able to calmly reach extraordinarily beautiful untouched places while appreciating the different colors of the route, where tiredness disappears when faced with the charm of the scenery.
In the Middle Ages, the Aosta Valley was a compulsory passage towards Alpine passes. Thus, toll collections were an important source of power and income. Since the Aosta Valley wasn’t directly controlled by any authority, it was easy to take the land and appoint yourself as its lord; therefore, local nobles moved away from the towns, in search of land where they could extend their domains. Castles, towers and fortified houses arose on unaccessible elevations to dominate vast stretches of land from above.
In the first century before Christ, after defeating the native population, the Romans began to urbanise the conquered territory: they organized the land, charted the road networks, connecting the Little and Great Saint Bernard Alpine passes with the consular road to Gaul and founded the town of Augusta Praetoria (Aosta). This is how the five centuries of Roman rule began in the Aosta Valley.
Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cableways, enable you to set out on a magical journey that is mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky.
As walking for long distances is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to stay at high altitudes.
Rafting, Canoeling, Kayaking
From April to September, the foamy, mountain streams become a hive of spectacular sporting activities: canoeing, kayaking and rafting offer water enthusiasts emotional experiences, among fast flowing water and natural slides.
Turin connects directly with the A5 motorway and is only 98 km from Aosta (Aosta Est exit) and 136 from Courmayeur.
Coming from Milan (164 Km), you take the A4 motorway and then at the Santhià motorway junction, you take the section towards Aosta. The journey takes no time at all for those coming from Genoa (226 km).
You can also approach the Valle from the French and Swiss sides through the Monte Bianco and Gran San Bernardo Tunnels, taking the main SS 26 and 27 roads, respectively or during the summer (between June and October) through the Piccolo and Gran San Bernardo passes.
Arriving by plane
Turin Airport is 115 km from Aosta. If you decide to hire a car, reaching Aosta will not be a problem: all you have to do is follow the signs to the Turin motorway ring-roads (tangenziali), take the Regina Margherita exit and go onto the A5 motorway to Aosta. The journey should take you just over an hour.
If you hire a car, there are various routes you can take: the best is to go to Novara and take the A4 motorway from the Novara Est junction going towards Turin. When you reach Santhià follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
There are no train services from the airport. There is a bus service connecting the airport with Milan Central Station. From Milan there is a direct coach service to Aosta, which departs from Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station, or you can go to Milan Central Station and go by train (changing at Chivasso Station).
Orio al Serio (Bergamo)
By car, you take the A4 motorway from Bergamo ( a few km from the airport) going towards Torino/Monte Bianco. When you reach Santhià, follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
here are no direct public transport services between Valle d’Aosta and Geneva Airport, except between 9/07 and 24/08, on Mondays and Fridays, providing a service departing from Saint-Vincent ; we mention it, however, because it is comparatively close to Aosta (140 km) and because a number of international flights depart from here, including some low-cost flights.
Geneva Airport, therefore, can be a good starting point for a flight plus car hire holiday in order to discover Valle d’Aosta.