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Valais Cycling Tour: Le Bouveret - Sion (stage 10)

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Map / Valais Cycling Tour: Le Bouveret - Sion (stage 10)
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From the lakeside town of Le Bouveret to the capital of Valais, this final stage of the Valais Cycling Tour takes you along the banks of the mighty Rhone River, through Rhone Valley Vineyards, and up a final climb towards the spa resort of Ovronnaz.

moderate
85.9 km
5:00 h
1389 m
1255 m

The Valais is more than just a mountainous region as the canton extends all the way to Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Europe. The start of the route takes you along the Rhone River, the iconic river of the Valais. This stage allows you to discover the beautiful vineyards of Valais, the largest area of vineyards in Switzerland. The ascent to Ovronnaz is the highlight of the stage. Finally you descend into the city of Sion, nestled in the heart of central Valais.

Author’s recommendation

When you arrive in Aigle (Illarsaz), cross the Rhone bridge to check out the velodrome at the World Cycling Centre, headquarters of the international governing body for cycling, the UCI.   Take a refreshing break in the café!

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Ovronnaz, 1371 m
Lowest point
Le Bouveret, 372 m
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Safety information

Strictly 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.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Tips, hints and links

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Start

Le Bouveret, Rte du Lac (374 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.385633, 6.853259
UTM
32T 334933 5139134

Destination

Sion, Rue de l'Industrie, 1950 Sion

Turn-by-turn directions

The beginning of the stage is flat and slowly rises along the shady banks of the Rhone River. After passing St-Maurice and its ancient abbey, the route shifts directions at Martigny in an area known as the Rhone elbow. You then enter into the heart of the Valais as you ride through orchards into Fully. The stage continues into the vineyards as you start climbing towards Ovronnaz. A magnificent panoramic view awaits you before your descent into the wine making village of Chamoson. The itinerary continues in the direction of Ardon, then Conthey before your arrival into the city of Sion. Your tour is complete! Now is the time to relax and enjoy the charming café terraces in the city centre.

Public transport

CFF train from St-Maurice/Monthey. Bus also available.

Getting there

From autoroute A9, take the Villeneuve exit and follow signs towards France (route H144). After crossing the Rhone take a right on Route 21 towards France until Le Bouveret.

Parking

This tour is one stage of the Valais Cycling tour where the finish is not at the same place as the starting point. Therefore, we recommend arriving by public transport. Otherwise there are parkings at Aquaparc or Swiss Vapeur Parc, follow the local park routeing to access them. 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Swiss Activity Map: National map with SwitzerlandMobility routes to scale 1:275'000

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
85.9 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1389 m
Descent
1255 m
In and out Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent Insider tip Summit route

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