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Track the Bernina Express

Track the Bernina Express

8 nights from
AU$1,575 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    01 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    13 Oct 2019
8 nights from
AU$1,575 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Self-Guided
  • STC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Switzerland
  • Travel From
    01 Jun 2019
  • Travel Until
    13 Oct 2019
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 8-night accommodation InclusionInclusion Luggage transport between hotelsInclusionInclusion Rail ticket for the Albula/Bernina line between Thusis & Tirano (hop on/off)MealMeal Daily breakfastTourTour Hike along the Rhaetian Railway route and explore St. MoritzTransferTransfer Rail transfers from airport or border to Thusis & from Tirano to Swiss border or airport

Summary

Be in total harmony with nature as you venture off the beaten path through this 9-day hiking tour. Follow the tracks of the Bernina Express, passing through Alpine pastures and along glittering lakes. Close to the Albula and Bernina railway line, winding through bucolic valleys by dozens of tunnels and spiralling viaducts, the UNESCO World Heritage section of the Rhaetian Railway is a sight to behold. Take the hiking trail along this over 100-year old engineering masterpiece to experience the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps. You will also have chance to explore the resort town of St. Moritz and cross the border to Tirano, a quiet town in Italy.

2019 Departure dates: Daily between 1 June and 13 October

Highlights

  • 8-night accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Hike along the Rhaetian Railway route, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Free day in St. Moritz
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Departure transfer from Tirano to Zürich

Inclusions

  • Rail transfer in 2nd class from airport or border to Thusis in Graubünden
  • Return rail transfer from Tirano to Swiss border or airport
  • 8-night accommodation in local hotels or inns (3-star category) as per itinerary, standard rooms (with ensuite)
  • Daily breakfast at hotel
  • All local taxes and service fees
  • Travel documentation
  • Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Rail ticket covering travel by rail along the Albula/Bernina line, between Thusis & Tirano (hop on /off)
  • Helpline and support throughout the tour
  • Hiking map and route details at first hotel

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Switzerland
Onward travel to starting point of the hiking route, Thusis. Check-in at your hotel. Your hiking maps and detailed route descriptions are deposited here.

Overnight stay at your hotel in Thusis.

Day 2, Thusis – Tiefencastel (6 hours)
Breakfast at hotel.

A spectacular trail leading from Domleschg through the Schinschlucht gorge. The climb to the hamlet of Muldain is rewarded with spectacular views. The Solis viaduct and St. Peters church in Mistail dating from the 8th century form more highlights en route.

Overnight in Tiefencastel.

Day 3, Tiefencastel – Bergün (6 hours)
Breakfast at hotel.

The second section leads to one of the highlights of the Via Albula/Bernina, the impressive Landwasser viaduct. Prior to this, it runs alongside the foaming Albula to a scenic spot for a photo of the world-famous viaduct. Continue past Filisur with its historic village centre. Passing the ‘dancing witches of Bellaluna’, the trail leads up to the well-kept, historic railway station at Stugl. Finishing point is at Bergün with its Engadin houses, a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

Overnight in Bergün.

Day 4, Bergün – Preda - Albulapass – Spinas – St.Moritz (4 hours 30 min)
Breakfast at hotel.

Depart by train to Preda, the "King's Stage" of the tour today. The mountain hike leads past the crystal-clear Palpuognasee Lake, over Weissenstein Alp or Crap Alv up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2,466 m altitude) and steeply down into Val Bever to the idyllic stage destination of Spinas.

Continuation by local train to St. Moritz.

Overnight in St. Moritz

Day 5, St. Moritz
Breakfast at hotel and day at leisure.

Explore St. Moritz on a hike around the lake or through the famous Stazerwald.

Overnight in St.Moritz

Day 6, St .Moritz – Pontresina – Alp Grüm (4 hours 30 min)
Breakfast at hotel.

Through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Bernina Pass, one highlight follows another, including the Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch glacier world, Lago Bianco-Lej Nair watershed and Graubunden's highest mountain. After the white glacier waters of Lago Bianco, the route leads up to the fantastic vantage point of Sassal Mason. Onward to the hamlet of Alp Grüm.

Overnight on Alp Grüm.

Day 7, Alp Grüm – Poschiavo (3 hours)
Breakfast at hotel.

The hike today leads on the flanks of the valley towards Poschiavo. Worthwhile detour to the glacial mills of Cavaglia. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down the slope to Poschiavo.

Explore the centre of Poschiavo with its narrow, picturesque streets and its well-maintained and historically important buildings.

Overnight in Poschiavo.

Day 8, Poschiavo – Miralago – Tirano (4 hours 30 min)
Breakfast at hotel.

Travel by train to Miralago, the starting point of the hike today. The varied route leads through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards to Italy. One of the highlights will be the massive curved railway viaduct of Brusio. S. Perpetua in Tirano gives an excellent overview of the Mediterranean landscape and the town with its venerable palazzi.

Overnight in Tirano (Italy).

Day 9, Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Return transfer by rail to Swiss border or airport. If returning to Zurich, the journey will run along the Bernina Express Route, allowing you take in the highlights of the famous journey from the comfort of your seat.

Accommodation

This tour is only available in standard category. Local hotels may vary due to availability.

Thusis: Hotel Weisses Kreuz or similar
Bergün: Hotel Albula or similar
St. Moritz: Hotel Soldanella or similar
Alp Grüm: Hotel Alp Grüm or similar
Poschiavo: Hotel Suisse or similar
Tirano: Hotel Bernina or similar

Important Notes

  • Extension nights available
  • Combinable with other arrangements or connection programme to Italy
  • Extra night, child rate and triple room on request
  • It is easy to shorten the long legs in the beginning of the trip by taking the train. If you want to walk all stretches, good stamina is needed. Some of the trails lead over narrow and rocky paths. Surefootedness is needed, especially for the descent to Val Bever.

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