If you’re looking to spend an intense holiday week deep in the Alps with the complete urban restoration, here’s something for you. It’s the right balance between the comfort of shuttle and lift access, physical endurance with some climbing, some hike-a-biking and lot’s of natural alpine riding. As many know that the only way to truly feel the experience, you first need to offer some sacrifice.
When you get to the top, you’ll feel in heaven and riding amongst the mountain gods. Truly epic. No need to mention that restoration is one of our Italian priorities, so expect to start you day off with a basic “Cappuccino e Cornetto”, in the evening walking around the center you can choose from the many restaurants that Aosta offers and finish your day with an Italian ice cream!
Upon arrival in Aosta, check in, chill out and check out the town and all the ancient mystique of a Roman city built on an Alpine valley bed, like a true blast from the past. A very special town indeed and great to do the tourists things.
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 to warm up with some flowy bike park runs then we’ll take the highest lift to reach alpine trails on the top of the resorts ridge line, to ride sideways off the mountain and down to Aosta.
From Aosta we take advantage with the shuttle to where we’ll start climb to conquer the top to enjoy another gratifying view before riding down a narrow ridgeline, that smoothly dissolves into a long mellow trail along an enchanting canal all the way back to town.
Climb: 1000 m height of which 300m on foot
Descent: 2000m drop, down a 17km trail
We start the day with a shuttle transfer to Valtournenche, where we’ll have another espresso, before continuing on our bikes, transferring all the way to Cervinia. Hopping onto lifts to cut some climbs and simply ride down to the next lift station, continue this up and down, all the way to our lunch break in Cervinia at 2k Alt. In the afternoon we’ll keep riding at the foot of the famous Matterhorn until it’s time to ride back where we started in the morning.
Climb: 600/700m height
Descent: 1900m drop, down a 20 km trail
During this week you’ll have seen the Mont Blanc many times, but not quite the way you’ll see it today! We’ll be spending our day in La Thuile, known for hosting the Enduro World Series in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Using mechanical uplifts, we’re going to show you the best single tracks of this magnificent area, with the option of taking a shorter climbs to go on a loop further out of the resort to ride some of the famous EWS runs that all come back to the heart of La Thuile.
During the week you’ll already have seen many big trails, but not as long as what you’ll ride today. We’ll start with our typical morning “caffè al bar” then ride off into the splendid surroundings of Cogne. The first pedal goes straight into the famous Gran Paradiso National Park and, with some luck, we’ll witness wild animals roaming their natural habitat unconcerned. After a long climb and a little bit of hiking, we’ll be riding down one of the most epic trails lengthwise, technical with amazing flow, while stopping to rest and take in some of the most awesome sights around to finish back into the fable like town center of Cogne to replenish liquids and jump back into the van.
Climb: 1300m of which 200m on foot
Descent: 1400m Drop on 27km 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 pedal only on the groups request.
- Seven nights in Hotels with Breakfast
- Van Shuttles for all the transfers
- Professional MTB Guides for 6 days
- Lift tickets for Pila, Cervinia and La Thuile
- local Wine tasting
What’s Not Included, but available on request:
- Bike Rentals
- Airport transfer
- Knee Pads
*This tour could be reserved from last week of June to the first week of September.
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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.
1350.- / person
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(All Prices are in Euro)