This tour explores the rustic, preserved beauty of Switzerland’s Engadine region. You’ll start with 2 nights in relatively unknown Guarda, set in the quiet, traditional Engadine valley. It’s a stunningly preserved village with beautifully etched floral decorations on its homes, a strong Romansh culture, and of course, beautiful mountain scenery. Then you’ll move on for 4 more nights in Pontresina, the stylish, low-key resort village in the St. Moritz lakes region, dominated by the glacier-clad Piz Bernina range. In general, the mountains in the Engadine are not quite as big as in the Jungfrau, Matterhorn or Mont Blanc regions, but the pace feels slower, the atmosphere is authentic and beautiful, and the region is home to Switzerland’s only National Park. Unforgettable lakes, great wildlife, and rugged glaciers provide a huge diversity of wonderful hikes.
Your typical day starts with a delicious buffet breakfast at our hotel – a feast of freshly baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, eggs, coffee and freshly squeezed juice – which gives you the energy needed for the day ahead. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, with many hiking options to choose from.
You should finish your hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, perhaps settle into the pool, or just gaze upon the outside panorama from your room balcony. After that, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, often centered on local specialties like bratwurst, rösti, or cheese fondue, but may also feature chicken, fish, or other continental specialties. Our hotels all serve fabulous food, and dinners will be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. Typically we leave 1 dinner in Pontresina free so you will have time to explore on your own in town.
With two charming villages, lofty trails, and flexible hikes, the Engadine tour is an excellent introduction to one of the world’s greatest hiking areas.
Guarda – Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to Guarda. There is a train station in the Zurich airport, and transferring to Guarda will be an easy introduction to Switzerland.
The trip itself is incredibly scenic, and takes about 3 hours from Zurich. Perhaps you’ll arrive a few days early, with time to take the famous Glacier Express between Zermatt and the Engadine valley. After you arrive, take a short walk through town, enjoy the crisp mountain air, and settle in for dinner at your lovely hotel.
Guarda – There are a number of lovely hikes in the area, including an energetic climb to the rugged mountain views of the upper Tuoi valley. Here you can visit a small alpine hut, delight in the myriad wildflowers, and enjoy dramatic views of the local peak, Piz Buin.
The nearby village of Scuol is also a noted spa resort, and makes a great rainy day destination.
Pontresina – Transfer by train to the lakes region of the upper Engadine, to the mellow and pretty resort town of Pontresina. The hiking here is amazingly varied, and you’ll have numerous hikes to choose from.
For your first hike, you might enjoy the mellow forested walk into the Roseg valley, or perhaps a steeper climb to one of the huts ringing the valley. Or stop in Zernez enroute to visit the National Park headquarters and keep an eye out for wildlife on one of the park trails.
Pontresina – One possibility is a morning transfer down to the charming, Italian-steeped village of Soglio, where you can take a rising traverse route back to the Maloja pass.
Broad-leaved beeches, medieval villages, welcome waterfalls, and sunny views of the Piz Badile and other mountains accompany you along the way.
Pontresina – The mighty Morteratsch glacier is an impressive destination, and a moderate climb to the Boval hut rewards you with panoramic views of white-capped giants in every direction.
On a rainy day, a mellow walk through the woods and along the lake of St. Moritz is another option.
Pontresina – One of our favorite hikes anywhere is the panoramic Muragl traverse above Pontresina. Boasting quiet wooded stretches, abundant wildlife, and surprising views of the giant Piz Bernina and the paternoster lakes of St. Moritz, this hike makes a fitting finale to a wonderful week.
depart – Today we say adieu, and depart for our post-tour destinations.
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