La dolce vita is on a moun­tain bike! This tour will sub­merge you in old-world Euro­pean cul­ture and mas­sive moun­tains. Swiss cows will greet you in the ear­ly morn­ing sun, the fresh moun­tain air breath­ing his­to­ry, just as the old vil­lages do.

The exten­sive and well orga­nized infra­struc­ture of Switzer­land allows for easy access to what would oth­er­wise be remote wilder­ness. Our moun­tain bikes, on the oth­er hand, allow us to reach true remote wilder­ness by rid­ing the count­less trails that evolved over hun­dreds of years of West­ern Euro­pean development.

We begin this tour in the beau­ti­ful val­ley of Davos with superb Swiss hos­pi­tal­i­ty, and amaz­ing lift- and train-accessed sin­gle­track in a region that bursts with out­door enthu­si­asm. Next, we’ll ride into Flow Coun­try, the back­yard and home­town of moun­tain bik­ing leg­end Hans Rey. Smiles all around as we ride the end­less stretch­es of flow trails in the land of “Lit­tle Tibet”, named for its remote val­leys and land­scapes splashed with a rain­bow of colour.

While in the Ital­ian Alps near the Swiss bor­der, you’ll enjoy beau­ti­ful glac­i­er views, the spec­tac­u­lar Bern­i­na Express, and the dynam­ic town of Livi­g­no, with fist-pump­ing nightlife and mouth­wa­ter­ing fine din­ing. After a day of bik­ing, treat your­self at one of the old­est spa com­plex­es of Europe. Rel­ish the val­ley views from the puri­fy­ing hot min­er­al water of Medieval bath-house archi­tec­ture. A good night of rest at one of the high­est pass­es of the Alps will be a scenic expe­ri­ence you’ll nev­er for­get. Rolling into the final val­ley, a mix of cas­tles, medieval vil­lages, and fruit yards are all part of the play­ground we’ll explore while shred­ding the immac­u­late trails this for­mer Aus­tri­an region in Italy has to offer.

This trip is for expe­ri­enced, fit and tech­ni­cal­ly strong rid­ers only. Be sure to review our Skill and Fit­ness Rat­ing System for a bet­ter under­stand­ing of what to expect.

Is This Ride For You?

This ride is for you if you are an Advanced Lev­el Rid­er, with the fit­ness to con­quer some big days of ped­al­ing mul­ti­ple days in a row. Rid­ing trails with expo­sure does not both­er you. You enjoy all-moun­tain style rid­ing, and have the skills to play. Climb­ing is lim­it­ed on this trip, but when we do, it’s a steep one! You are super com­fort­able on your bike and are not scared to let go of the brakes or roll down 2 foot drops. You love to ride sin­gle­track and you’re up for adven­ture with a few crea­ture com­forts: a post-ride hot tub soak, a gor­geous lodge to come home to after an epic ride, and a chilled beer. You would­n’t pass the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a shut­tle or lift up for an epic descent.

Itinerary

DAY 1. Arrive in Zurich

Wel­come to Switzerland!

Your guide will meet you at the Zürich Air­port and dri­ve the group to an authen­tic Swiss hotel with a rooftop sauna, just out­side the main val­ley of Davos.

We’ll take the time this after­noon to build our bikes and go for a warm-up ride. 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a clas­sic Swiss raclette for din­ner and review the excit­ing itin­er­ary ahead.

DAY 2.  Get­ting Down and Dirty in Davos

After a good night sleep and a hearty break­fast, we’ll ride from the hotel down to catch a lift for some stun­ning views.

We’ll use some of the high-tech train and lift sys­tems that char­ac­ter­ize the Swiss pub­lic trans­port. The Swiss trans­port sys­tem gives us easy access to impres­sive alpine ter­rain and the best of the exten­sive Davos trail network.

At lunch, we’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for a yodel­ling local.

We’ll top the day off with a few cold micro­brews near the Mon­stein Brew­er, Europe’s high­est alpine brewery.

DAY 3. Adiós Davos, Hel­lo Flow in Livigno

With a cou­ple of days of Euro­pean trails under our belt, we’ll step it up today and ses­sion some more chal­leng­ing sin­gle­track of the region.

We’ll fuel up at a local restau­rant near the lake of Davos, before dri­ving to Livi­g­no and spend­ing the late after­noon on the ridicu­lous­ly-fun trails around Livi­g­no, also known as “Flow Country”.

Now you’ll under­stand why Hans Rey made this val­ley his home­town for many many years.

DAY 4. Unesco Train and the Best of Two Worlds

After a hearty break­fast, we’ll be picked up ear­ly from our hotel.

Start­ing from a moun­tain pass, we’ll ped­al up to a remote lake sur­round­ed by stun­ning alpine scenery, before being reward­ed with an epic sin­gle­track descent into Italy while enjoy­ing views of lakes, glac­i­ers and high alpine peaks.

A fine Ital­ian lunch will be wait­ing for us in a beau­ti­ful his­toric Swiss moun­tain village.

From the bot­tom of the val­ley, we’ll take the Unesco Her­itage train back up to the Bern­i­na Pass.

We’ll either shut­tle or ped­al back to the pass where we start­ed and roll back into the longest, most pic­turesque shop­ping street of Livigno.

Day 5. Smug­gler’s Trails in the Remote Val­leys of “Lit­tle Tibet”

Today, we’ll show you why the region is called “Lit­tle Tibet”.

Straight from town, we’ll explore some of the sweet­est trails of the Livi­g­no region, most­ly cre­at­ed by cen­turies of trudg­ing and smuggling.

Today’s rid­ing will come with or with­out lift assis­tance, depend­ing on how the group is feeling.

After the thrills of the after­noon, we can stop at one of the old­est spas in Europe, an expe­ri­ence you don’t want to miss!

Tonight, we’ll sleep at a moun­tain pass in a cir­cu­lar moun­tain lodge just off of what’s been ranked the “great­est dri­ve in the world”.

Day 6. Rid­ing “Gold­seeweg” in Stelvio Nation­al Park

We’ll awake to the fresh moun­tain air and stun­ning morn­ing glow of the Ortler Moun­tains, while we sip fresh brewed cof­fee and enjoy breakfast.

Today’s ride is worth get­ting stoked on.

We’ll expe­ri­ence a spec­tac­u­lar descent from the moun­tain pass all the way down to the small his­toric towns of Stil­fs and Prad, the gate­way to the Val­ley of Venosta.

We’ll have a pit stop at the best gela­te­ria of the val­ley for a quick bite to eat.

A lit­tle his­to­ry is on tap for the after­noon with a vis­it to a beau­ti­ful medieval cas­tle with one of the largest armoury col­lec­tions in the world.

We’ll spend the night in an unex­pect­ed relaxed trop­i­cal set­ting, with authen­tic Tyrolean cui­sine on the menu for tonight!

Day 7. Vin­schgau, His­toric Cas­tles, and the Best of the Val­ley of the Sun

We’ve saved the best for last!

After a gar­den side break­fast with moun­tain views, we’ll hop in the van to dri­ve to a chal­leng­ing hike-a-bike.  No need for grum­bling, as we’ll be reward­ed with breath­tak­ing views of fruit yards below and snow-capped moun­tain tops above, while shred­ding the best trails back into Goldrain.

Goldrain is a vil­lage named after the 300 days of sun­shine in the valley.

Thanks to a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the local nation­al park rangers and local trail builders, the pur­pose-built trails will blow you away, as will the medieval cas­tles that we’ll pass along the way.

Back at the hotel, we’ll chill out with a cold bev­er­age and share our most impres­sive expe­ri­ences of this amaz­ing week of riding. 

Day 8. Final Goodbyes

After a good night sleep, we’ll hit the road ear­ly in the morn­ing to get the group back to Zürich Airport.

Picture yourself here…