From Summit to Sea

Take a week. Ride amongst the highest peaks in Europe with some of the biggest altitude drops around, then down the Ligurian coast with that Mediterranean fragrance and stunning views of the sea. This uncompromising tour allows you to enjoy some of the most exciting parts of Italian mountain biking, an incredible volume of trails, with easy access and always ending with a gelato or an aperitivo, in true Italian fashion.

6 days. 2 regions. Endless good times.

Price: € 1600,00 per person

Tour Dates: 27th May to 2nd June 2019 / 29th September to 5th October 2019

Lenght: 6 Days / 6 Nights

Tech Level: 3

Fit Level: 3

Group of friends? You can book from 20th April to 2nd June & 21st September to 3th November

Trip Highlights

  • Ride from the mountain tops, then down to the beach.
  • Flow through the changing landscape, finish at the seaside for an aperitivo.
  • Dream trails with the mind blowing backdrop of the Monte Bianco.
  • Indulge yourself with some typical Aostan mountain dishes, before changing courses to fresh Ligurian sea food.
  • Be mesmerized by the beauty of the sunset on snowy peaks or in the refection of the Mediterranean sea.
  • Ride 3,500m descents per day

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Itinerary

After arriving in Aosta independently, we’ll check in to the hotel where you'll meet the crew for a short briefing on our program before heading out for the dinner. Depending on your energy levels after travelling, you'll have the chance to explore the old Roman city centre at night time, or you can head back at the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

After the typical espresso, we'll start in style riding some of the magnificent natural trails around the city of Aosta. With a full week of riding in front of us, we’ll warm up slowly to get your riding confidence up, doing runs with shuttle access.


Now waking up right in the centre of the valley, in the town of Aosta itself, we'll hop on the shuttle for a ½ hour transfer up to 1500 m.s.l, where we’ll continue climbing by bike for a further 1000 meters. Riding a ridge line from your dreams down to a refuge for lunch, we'll taste some of the best food and wine Valle d'Aosta has to offer. From there we'll continue riding down all the way to the centre of Aosta for the evening.

Time to check out from our hotel in Aosta, ride a few more natural trails with shuttle access, before our transfer to the Ligurian coast, a 3:30hr trip. Once there we'll check in together, store the bikes safely, and get familiar with our new surroundings.

From the little town San Terenzo, we'll take a quick 15 minute transfer to the city of La Spezia. There we will get onboard of the Cinque Terre Express.
We jump on the bikes and climb 750 meters, with stunning views of the Cinque Terre below us.
This trail has it all, from flowy up and downs, some short climbs and lots of downwards action, all in the midst of spectacular scenery.

After filling our tummies we'll hop on the boat that will bring us to the little island of Palmaria.
Back on the bikes for a loop of the island, first on a mellow up hill to the top of Palmaria, then down a trail on the opposite side of the island, looking out into the blue of the Mediterranean Sea towards Corsica.

After the morning ritual, ‘il cafe al bar’, we'll set off crossing the regional border into Tuscany, for Mount Brugiana - an enduro mtb heaven with views of the world-renowned Carrara white marble quarries.

Our lunch will be served on an open terrace overlooking the city and the sea.
After our post lunch coffee, we'll pedal up to the end of the dirt road, before riding down an incredible trail with 900m of drop and including all aspects a good trial must have; some technical sections, but mostly fast, flowy, and fun! Good times all the way back down to the city where our aperitivo awaits.

After five days biking, an easy shuttle access day in Sestri Levante is called for. We'll make the most out of our adventure and whatever energy is left in the tank. Taking the opportunity to try out the famous "Superenduro" trails. Around noon we’ll start our trip back to Aosta.

Tour Details

Tour price 1600€ per person (excluding flights, price based on two sharing a room)
We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you’d prefer to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of 240€ will be charged.

Price includes:

  • Services of a fully-qualified, English speaking tour leader for the duration of the trip
  • Local English speaking guides
  • 6 Nights accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • All transport as required by the itinerary
  • Speed boat transfer on Day 5
  • Return Transfer from Aosta to Liguria

Price excludes:

  • International/Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers*
  • Lunches
  • Bike rental if required
  • Travel and activity insurance. If you don’t have it, you can buy it HERE
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks etc.)
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

*The cost of the shuttle transfer from and back to the airport depends on the number of people interested in the service. We will inform you of this during your booking.

Distance Aosta - Milan (164 Km),

You can approach the Valley from the French or the Swiss sides through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or Gran San Bernardo Tunnel.
If arriving by plane, choose from one of the following airports: Torino Caselle, Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Bergamo Orio al Serio & Geneva.

Independent arrival is welcomed in Aosta till 18:00
If you prefer travelling light or you don’t want the hassle of taking your own car, we can transfer you from a nearby airport. The Tour Leader will come and pick you up in the Dolce Vita Bike Co. 9 seater shuttle-van, towing a spacious closed trailer for all your luggage and bike bags. The *This service is not included in the price, please discuss your requirements for airport transfer services during booking.

On day 7 the return trip to Aosta is scheduled to arrive around 17:00, where your car will be waiting.

For any further logistical help, we will happily advise at the time of booking. The tour leader is always at your service.

The ideal bike for the Summit to Sea tour is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 140/160mm of travel front and rear.

It is essential that your bike has been serviced by a certified mechanic, including suspension, before the trip.

If you prefer we can arrange bike rental services for a surcharge. We'll ensure a high quality full suspension mtb/e-mtb ready for you at your arrival. Please discuss your requirements during booking.

We're are in Italy and food has always been our number one priority! From a basic “Cappuccino e Cornetto” to the complete four course dinner with our famous local culinary goods.

We only use quality accommodation with a minimum 3 star hotel standard or similar.

You'll be able to enjoy many fabulous and locally-sourced traditional regional dishes from the mountains, and fresh fish from the Mediterranean, as well as many other genuine local products such as wines, cheeses and olive oils.

Your health and safety is our top priority. When traveling with us you'll have the peace of mind that our fully qualified tour leader is equipped with the inReach satellite system from Garmin, including an SOS alert for help in case of an emergency, via a 24h active global monitoring centre using the 100% global Iridium® satellite network.

If you don't have your travel and activity insurance, you can buy it HERE.

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