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Mountain Bike Switzerland Tours

Thousands of Miles of Trails, Glaciers and Some of The Best Flow Trails in The World All Accessible by Lifts. A True Mountain Bike Experience!


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Mountain bike through the high alpine of Switzerland with our team of local Swiss Cycling & LGA IMBA Guides deep into the heart of the Alps. Explore the numerous flow trails dropping down into the valley after a day of riding next to the glaciers. Let us handle everything for you once you arrive so all you have to do is ride your bike. This is a trip-of-a-lifetime riding across the stunning landscape of the Swiss Alps!

The Alps offer incredible experiences for mountain biking, enduro and free-riding. The Graubünden area is the land of a thousand peaks, over 2,400 miles (4,000 km) of bike trails and incredible flow trails that are all accessible for guests on our trips.

Mountain Biking in Switzerland = Unlimited freedom! A diversity of single tracks and trails with no riding restrictions allow our groups to ride a variety of different trails every day.

Ride amongst the valleys of Davos on the only IMBA Epic trail in Europe – the Alps Trail, which covers 27-miles (45 km) through high alpine peaks & villages. Experience the one of a kind trail Trais Fluors high above St. Moritz, the flowing singletrack from the top of the Bernina Pass, and the true Flow Country of Livigno Italy.

Ride the Glacier Express, the most famous railway in the world, from Davos to St. Moritz and drop 4,000+ feet into town on singletrack from the Bernina Pass.

Your in good hands: Our local guides have lived in these regions for their entire lives. The LGA Team and Swiss Mountain Bike Guides have numerous routes through the valleys and inside knowledge to the best kept secrets.

Explore the best of Switzerland: Private brewery tour at the highest brewery in the Alps, lunch amongst the 4000 meter peaks and a few inclusive dinner options include a rustic-style fondue spot, a grill eatery and more.

Dates:
Aug. 12th – Aug. 19th, 2017

Location: Davos-Klosters & St. Moritz, Switzerland
Tour Length: 8 days | 7 nights | 6 Riding Days
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced
Guide Ratio: 4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
Hotel: Swiss Bike Hotels
Included Meals: Daily Breakfast | Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Price: $2800 per person

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THE EXPERIENCE

  • THE RIDING, CULINARY & LODGING EXPERIENCE

    THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

    High Alpine Trails surrounded by ancient glaciers, perfectly built Flow Trails descending the Swiss Mountains, and miles upon miles of untouched trails! We’ll start our adventure in the beautiful valley of Davos with unparalleled Swiss hospitality and world class lift-accessed singletrack in a region that is known for outdoor activities. After 4 days we will ride into the St Moritz Flow Country that offers some of the best riding experiences in the Alps.

    We have a wide variety of trails to show our guests and a couple that we leave as a secret until we get there, surely something not to be missed as it could be one of the best trails you have ever ridden. This trip will provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences on endless stretches of flow trails as well as a stop in Livigno, Italy – the “Little Tibet” of Europe. Over the course of the trip you’ll enjoy beautiful glacier views, the spectacular Bernina Express and a dynamic lifestyle that only Switzerland can offer. Once you land let us take care of all your needs so all you have to do is ride your bike!


    THE LODGING EXPERIENCE

    Rest your body, mind and soul along the way in our partner Swiss Bike Hotels. These Hotels cater to the cyclist and offer everything from bike cleaning, repair stands and free laundry service every night to keep your clothes fresh. Our location is ideal to access a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and local attractions. All of our partner bike hotels are within walking access to the towns so you can explore each location during your visit. Free WiFi, daily breakfast, and comfortable twin rooms await you at our favorite hotels in the areas.

DETAILS

  • WHAT’S INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED

    WHAT’S INCLUDED

    7 nights at Swiss Bike Hotels *Double Occupancy. Pricing and Accommodations are based on 2 people per room. If you would like a room to yourself -the single room supplement for the week is $460.00.
    7 Days of Lift Tickets and Guided Mountain Biking through Davos & St. Moritz
    Transportation to/from Zurich Airport, Hotels and Biking Areas
    Daily Skills Sessions with Professional International Mountain Bike Guides (IMBA)
    Ride on the Glacier Express, the most famous railway in the world
    Daily Breakfasts
    Welcome & Farewell Dinner (guests are responsible for alcoholic beverages during meals)

    WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare
    MTB Rental- We are happy to arrange equipment rental for you if you are not traveling with gear.
    5 Dinners are left open for the group to explore town together, experience the local cuisine with new friends or have a casual private dinner
    Lunches – Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week.
    Alcoholic beverages
    Gratuities are not included for the trip
    Personal items purchased during the trip
    Gear: Bike, Bike clothing, shoes, helmet, gloves, glasses, sunscreen, etc
    Single Supplement Rooms: *Pricing and Accommodations are based on 2 people per room. If you would like a room to yourself – the single room supplement for the week is $460.00.
    Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority! There are multiple options available including protection plans through your credit card and other travel insurance companies. We recommend Travelex as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations. If you want to protect your trip with Travelex we highly recommend either the Travel Select or Travel Max plan. If purchasing the Travel Select, you must add on the Adventure Plus Pak (included in Travel Max.) The Adventure Plus Pak provides a rental allowance in case of lost, stolen or damaged sporting equipment. Includes medical evacuation and waives policy exclusions for participation in extreme sports such as biking, skiing, skydiving, parachuting, mountain climbing and more.
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ITINERARY

  • DAY 1-10

    Day 1 – Arrival Day

    Fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH) by 11am where the LGA team will be there to travel with you to Davos. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.

    Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Switzerland! One of our all-time favorite places in the world! All guests will rendezvous at Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and meet the LGA Team. From here we will transfer you through the rolling green hills of Switzerland and into the beautiful town of Davos. Inspiring views await you at our Swiss Bike Hotels. This will be your home for the first half of the trip to explore this truly amazing area. We will build/assemble bikes if you brought one or we will visit our partner shop- Bike Academy Davos to pick up your rental bike. Possible ride depending on conditions. Tonight is your time to relax by the hotel fire, explore the town, and enjoy a fresh cooked meal from a local chef at our Welcome dinner. Steep yourself in Swiss culture and immerse into European life.

    Hotel: Swiss Bike Hotels
    Included Meals: Welcome Reception | Welcome Dinner


    Day 2-7

    The first half of the trip you will enjoy mountain biking the famous Davos Mountains. Thousands of miles of trails awaits you at one of Europes best bike destinations and home to the only IMBA Epic trail in all of Europe. These trails are arguably some of the best in the world and we will show you the best of the best every day.

    The Davos range has several areas to ride over the course of our stay in this stunning valley: Ride Davos- Jacobshorn, Klosters A-Line, Setrig Valley, IMBA Epic and many other high alpine trails that only our guides know the best way to access. This huge valley offers some of the longest, high alpine, and expansive terrain in Switzerland. A true Enduro lovers dream location to bike. Drop into 4,000 feet of vertical every day, covering miles of high alpine, perfect singletrack, with endless areas to stop along the way to see glacier waterfalls and the true beauty of the Swiss Alps.

    From perfect flow trails to smooth singletrack through the forest, and into remote fields with long backcountry stretches, this is a true once in a lifetime cycling adventure. Davos has something for everyone and at the end of the day enjoy a train ride back to town after exploring the high alpine of Switzerland.

    The second half of the trip you will enjoy mountain biking the legendary mountains of the St Moritz & Pontresina areas. Thousands of miles of trails awaits you at one of Switzerland’s top bike destinations and home to some of the biggest 4000 meter peaks in the country. These trails are arguably some of the best in the world and we will show you the best of the best every day.

    The Engadine Valley has several areas to ride over the course of our stay in this stunning valley: Ride the Bernina Pass, experience the true Flow Country of St Moritz, hop a board the famous Glacier Express train to the top of the Bernina Pass and into the Corvaligia Area, and one of our favorites- the Trais Fluors trail which is a true high alpine gem. There are many more options such as Corvatsch or Livigno which is home to an amazing network of flow trails as well as being a host for many World Cup races. Our guests have the option to explore thousands of miles of trails that only our guides know the best way to access. This huge valley offers some of the longest, high alpine, and expansive terrain in Switzerland. A true Enduro lovers dream location to bike. Daily rides can exceed over 5,000 feet of vertical every day, covering miles of high alpine, perfect singletrack, with endless areas to stop along the way to see glacier waterfalls and the true beauty of the Swiss Alps.

    Ride the famous Bernina Pass, St Moritz flow trails, and the Corvaligia Areas. One of our favorite all time rides is the Trais Fluors trail that can be connected to a wide range of options allowing for a stunning 10,000 day of vertical. Exploring the Corvatsch area in the morning opens the doors to a wide network of trails near glacier peaks and long, smooth, valley descents.

    Every day wake up to a great breakfast buffet with fresh cooked local favorites so you are ready to go for the day. Both hotels have a bike area that will allow you to get your bike dialed in and ready for a great day of biking ahead. Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week. Our guides will maximize your riding time every day so you get to make the most of your time on the trail and enjoy the local towns. Enjoy riding each day using trams, lift serviced access, trains, and shuttles to maximize individual time and enjoyment.

    Hotel: Swiss Bike Hotel
    Included Meals: Daily Breakfast | Farewell Dinner


     

    Day 8 – Departure Day

    Guests will be departing Pontresina on Saturday around 8am after a great 6 days of riding! Join us for breakfast and then pack up, say our goodbyes and enjoy a 3 hour train ride back to Zurich where you can catch a flight home or enjoy a night in the beautiful city walking along Lake Zurich. We recommend selecting a departure after 1pm from Zurich. If you would like to spend another night in Zurich, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

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FAQ

  • FAQ

    Check out our General FAQs section. Here you will find answers to your general questions.


    What Should I Bring With Me?

    Mountain Bike Gear:
    Mountain bike (if you need a rental bike please contact us)
    Bike Helmet & HeadBand for Sweat Protection
    Hydration Pack-Backpack or water bottles (2)
    Mountain Bike gloves
    Mountain Bike jersey or tops
    Bike Shorts & Padded chamois shorts recommended
    Leg warmers or longer tights (depending on weather)
    Rain jacket & Insulated layers (depending on conditions)
    Socks- ankle high or taller recommended
    Mtb bike shoes (or athletic shoes if using flat pedals)
    Eye protection-sunglasses
    Sunscreen
    Extra Snacks/performance food
    Extra tubes & patch kit for bike tube repairs. Guides will assist in repairs & will have extras
    Emergency contact & Medical info
    Optional: cycling computer, cell phone, camera

    Après Clothing:
    You will be in the Swiss Alps so bring proper clothing for when you’re not on the riding.

    Travel Requirements:
    Current Passport
    Credit card, cash to exchange into Swiss Franc
    ID or driver’s license
    Medical insurance cards
    Prescriptions or other medications
    Important phone numbers
    Proof of Travelers Insurance



    Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?

    Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all tours. Reservations are available immediately once a trip is announced and up to 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.


    When Should I Make My Travel Arrangements?

    Please wait until you receive confirmation from Le Grand Adventure Tours before making any travel arrangements. Our team is happy to assist you with any travel needs.


    When is The Final Payment For This Tours Due?

    Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.


    What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

    90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
    89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
    59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.
    Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for rain and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of rain and weather conditions.


    What Is Your Refund Policy?

    No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.


    What Type of Mountain Bike Do I Bring?

    A full suspension mountain bike is the best option.


    Can I Rent a Mountain Bike?

    We can rent bike through our partner shop Bike Academy Davos. Please provide advanced notice so we can help you reserve gear, thank you.


    What is the Best Way to Get There?

    Fly into Zurich Airport (ZRH) by 11am where the LGA team will be there to travel with you to Davos. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.


    What Is The Weather Going To Be Like?

    What you will need to bring depends of course largely on the weather you can expect on your trip. For the most accurate weather please check the Davos- St. Moritz forecast through Weather Underground a few days before your trip. We will be in the high alpine mountains so bring clothes that will keep you cool and/or warm in a wide variety of conditions.


    What is the Group Size?

    Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.


    Do we need to tip our guides? If so, what is standard?

    Gratuities are not included. Tips are accepted at your discretion based on the overall trip experience provided by our team.


    Do I Need Trip Insurance?

    Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority! There are multiple options available including protection plans through your credit card and other travel insurance companies. We recommend Travelex as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations. If you want to protect your trip with Travelex we highly recommend either the Travel Select or Travel Max plan. If purchasing the Travel Select, you must add on the Adventure Plus Pak (included in Travel Max.) The Adventure Plus Pak provides a rental allowance in case of lost, stolen or damaged sporting equipment. Includes medical evacuation and waives policy exclusions for participation in extreme sports such as biking, skiing, skydiving, parachuting, mountain climbing and more.
    The ultimate in travel protection, global emergencies and evacuations. Get a Quote Now at TravelexInsurance.com!
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    How Long Does It Take to Fly to Switzerland?

    Flight time from the West Coast of the United States to Zurich is approximately 11.5 hours if you book a non-stop flight. From the East Coast the flight time is approximately 8 hours.


    Can I Use My Credit Card in Switzerland?

    Credit cards are widely accepted, but Amex is not always accepted. Better stick with Visa. You will need some cash – but just for casual expenses. Most things can be paid for by credit card. The currency is CHF/Swiss Franc. EUR is not the currency of Switzerland (even if it is sometimes accepted by some merchants at a bad exchange rate). It never makes sense to carry too much cash on you – anywhere. Withdrawing cash from your checking account using your US cash/debit card is usually much cheaper than converting dollar bills at an exchange desk and you will get the BEST Exchange rate. Many credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee around 3-5%. This may be the time to get yourself a fun new rewards travel credit card that comes with “No Foreign Transaction Fees.” We never leave home without it.


    Which Languages are Spoken in Switzerland?

    The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. In the Davos & St. Moritz area they speak German or a Swiss-German dialect. You will find English is widely spoke all over Switzerland. It is still great to learn a few of the day to day vocabulary to be polite.


    Is It Safe to Travel to Switzerland?

    Switzerland is very safe. Always take regular precautions whenever abroad to save yourself from any potential headaches that could interfere with your travels.


    I Heard Switzerland is Expensive, How Expensive is it?

    With its plethora of international banks, the country is a center for global wealth. This means prices are high, but people are paid quite well. Supermarket sell pre-made meals for between 5-9 CHF. Bars and cafés are the cheapest food option, cost about 9-15 CHF for a lunch special. Restaurants with table service are around 20 CHF for lunch and 40 CHF for dinner (starter, main, and drink) to start. You’ll typically find pizzas for around 20 CHF in a restaurant. If you’re dining out (but still trying to stick to a budget), you’ll spend an average of 25-45 CHF a day on food.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

~ John Muir

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