The Sion Castles Tour is a demanding route with a great variety of backdrops and scenery: terraced vineyards, orchards, forests, alpine panoramas, villages and castles.
Distance 41.9 km
The Sion Castles Tour takes cyclists on a delightful journey of discovery through the Sion region. The itinerary passes through the municipalities of Savièse, Grimisuat, Arbaz, Ayent and St-Léonard. The route is full of variety, with ever-changing scenery. You ride in forest, across terraced vineyards and through villages, with glorious views of the Valais mountains and the two castles that dominate the city of Sion: Valère and Tourbillon. Arbaz, at an altitude of 1,140 metres, is the highest point of this fairly demanding ride, best suited to keen cyclists in good physical shape.
We recommend a walk around Sion’s Old Town at the foot of the castles. Also well worth a visit in the region: Derborence, Lake Tseuzier and the Val d’Hérens.
Update: November 17, 2020
Safety informationStrictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike. Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).
Tips and hints
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Getting thereTo reach Sion by car, follow the A9 motorway through Valais. If travelling from the west, take exit 26 (Sion-Ouest), and if driving from the east, take exit 27 (Sion-Est). Follow the signs for Sion railway station.
ParkingUse the free car parks by the Rue des Échutes and on the Place des Potences.
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EquipmentWe recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
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