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Trans-Alpine Adventure: Tour Itinerary

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This E-MTB tour in Switzerland will take you on a journey across the Swiss Alps, over high Alpine mountain passes and into lush valleys, sampling traditional Swiss and Italian mountain produce as you go. You’ll be riding at over 2,000m / 6,500ft and cross the high alpine border into Italy, and there is an element of exposure on some trails.

You should arrive in Lenzerheide at least one day before your tour start date, to allow for any travel or baggage delays and to give yourself time to relax after your journey.

We recommend staying at Hotel Dieschen in Lenzerheide, since this is where your guide will meet the group tomorrow.

Your guide will meet you at Hotel Dieschen in Lenzerheide in the morning. Over a coffee he will go through the all-important pre-trip briefing, and answer any questions that you may have.

After your guide meeting set up rental bikes, before hitting the trails in and around the world-famous Lenzerheide bike park.

Your guide will build you up progressively to warm up the legs and make sure everyone is confident on their E-MTB, before returning back to your Lenzerheide hotel for your first evening meal as a team.

Accommodation:
Hotel Lenzerheide
Meals included:
Dinner
20
kms
4
hrs

Today you will leave Lenzerheide behind and start your high-alpine adventure with a gondola ride high above the valley to Rothhorn and the first of many breathtaking vistas that you will encounter during this mountain bike tour Switzerland.

Once you have taken in the view you’ll start a long and famous descent that will take you to the valley floor and the town of Arosa, by which point you’ll be fully awake and appreciating why Switzerland holds such appeal for mountain bikers!

After a break, another gondola ride and perhaps a great local coffee to set you up for 7km and 500m vertical descent of pure flow on a newly-built singletrack flow trail to lunch.

After lunch we’ll embark on a long ride towards the main town of Graubünden – Chur. The door to this beautiful area. On singletrack, gondolas and uphill climb we hit the town.

There the first beer stop is awaiting us while we catch the train to Klosters and our next accommodation where you’ll be welcomed with great food and the typical local hospitality.

Make sure you get plenty of rest because tomorrow you’ll have even more descending to tackle!

Accommodation:
Family-run hotel Klosters
Meals included:
B, D
45
kms
6
hrs

You’ll wake to the sound of cow bells this morning, then we’ll leave our mountain accommodation and work our way down to the gondola station where we board our first uplift of the day. We will utilise this seamless infrastructure today and throughout the week to ensure we reach the best trails and see as much of the region as possible.

The trails today will be predominantly flowing, but you can be sure that you will encounter slightly more technical features and sections that will demand thought and consideration, which will include a true highlight – the Chörbschhorn – which is punctuated by an alpine style lunch mid-descent.

After a tough morning of riding we can have a more relaxed afternoon, with a massage and a bit of shopping, or your guide can take you back out for more after lunch!

Accommodation:
Large hotel Davos
Meals included:
B, D
40
kms
6
hrs

Today we start our morning with an easy pedal towards the IMBA Epic Trail and Davos Glaris, and from there we will catch the gondola to whisk us up to Rinerhorn. Once at this high point, we spend the rest of the morning traversing on the Epic Trail all the way to Monstein, when we will be met by a beautiful lunch on the patio.

Suitably fed, watered and rested in this truly awe-inspiring location surrounded on all sides by jagged peaks, you will saddle up again and head further along the IMBA Epic Trail on a moderately technical descent that will see you arriving at Filisur.

We’ll then give our legs a rest and take the train to Bergün, a very picturesque, old mountain village where you’ll get to experience authentic Swiss mountain life!

Accommodation:
Small mountain hotel, Bergün
Meals included:
B, D
43
kms
7
hrs

After another good breakfast, a shuttle will collect us and transfer us to the top of one of the most beautiful passes in the area – the Albula Pass. From there we start our riding with a nice, long single track mountain trail into Engadin. At the trail end our shuttle will be waiting for us to transfer us to the next highlight – the Bernina Pass.

A long and steady climb will bring us closer to the Italian part of Graubünden, passing high alpine forests and enjoying views of glaciers and pristine lakes along the way.

We’ll stop at the top of the pass for lunch, which will give us our first signs of Italian-speaking Switzerland, then after a short rest, we’ll start another downhill section from the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo, in the Italian part of Switzerland.

To finish the day we have a short spin to the beautiful lake of Poschiavo, to our small hotel in Le Prese, where they specialise in local and organic produce in their restaurant.

There we will enjoy dinner with a variety of local tastes, and all products from the valley itself.

Accommodation:
Small hotel Le Prese
Meals included:
B, D
40
kms
7
hrs

We have an early start today, but this is to meet our shuttle. For about 30 minutes we wind our way around many curves higher and higher back towards the Italian border. We’ll stop for a shot of espresso, then start our ride.

We have a challenging, but short, climb and then we see the view to the Bernina region again, with its majestic peaks.

After enjoying this tremendous view we start a trail that very few people can claim to have ridden: 1700m downhill on old Romanian traffic and smuggler routes. It is a challenge, but the experience you’ve built up over the course of the week will prepare you for this long descent.

We’ll arrive back in Poschiavo, where we’ll enjoy perhaps the best lunch of the week with pizza and caffè before boarding the Bernina Express train to take us over the pass for our final flowing descent to Pontresina.

Accommodation:
Sport hotel Pontresina
Meals included:
B, D
29
kms
5
hrs

You’ve worked hard this week and for our last day the emphasis is very much on ‘fun’! We’ll aim to hit as many trails as possible from the hotel in Pontresina, using gondolas, trains and cable cars to link up a number of trails that cross the valley around St.Moritz.

We will set out to complete three trails in the morning before visiting a local café half way up the mountain side, where you can settle down to the best burger and coffee in the country…fact! After taking in the astonishing views down the valley you will hop on your last train transfer to a high point of 3053m and your final fling of this mountain biking tour Switzerland.

Starting from 3053m you’ll set off on rocky singletrack trails that will have you pumping and jumping your bike down trails that seem to be made by the gods!

It’s short but sweet! You’ll then have 20 mins of work left, where you will climb up to a mountain hut. This is your last chance to pick up water before we start descending for the next hour on trails that change in style all the way to the valley floor.

When you arrive back at your hotel in Pontresina you can take advantage of spa (and laundry) facilities before our final celebratory dinner together.

Accommodation:
Sport hotel Pontresina
Meals included:
Breakfast
46
kms
5
hrs

Sadly, today you leave Switzerland behind after a magical week of mountain biking across the Alps. Your hotel is just a short walk from Pontresina train station, where you will catch the train back to Zurich airport.

Meals included:
Breakfast
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