Self-guided Engadine Express

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Combining dayhikes with a superb 2-day inn-to-inn trek, this tour explores the rustic, preserved beauty of Switzerland's Engadine region.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 15 – Sep 20, 2020
  • Tour Cost
  • $2995/person
    $400 single
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Guided Engadine Express

Small group guided tour with guaranteed departures, max size 14 people.


This tour explores the rustic, preserved beauty of Switzerland’s Engadine region. On this tour, we’ve combined dayhikes from our favorite village bases with a superb 2 day inn-to-inn trek to a high mountain hut. You’ll start with 2 nights in relatively unknown Guarda, Switzerland’s prettiest village, 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, great mountain scenery. Then you’ll move on to the Upper Engadine region for a night in Sils Maria, one night in a high alpine club hut, and 2 nights in Pontresina.

Unforgettable lakes, lush valleys, and rugged glaciers provide a huge diversity of wonderful hikes. The standard tour includes 5 nights in 3-star hotels and 1 night in a mountain hut. You will have reservations at Coaz hut, but will need to bring cash to pay for the night and meals at the hut when you arrive.

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 Engadine specialties, 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 one dinner in Pontresina free, so you will have a chance to explore on your own.

With charming villages, lofty trails, and flexible hikes, the Engadine tour is an excellent introduction to one of the world’s greatest hiking areas.

Map of Self-guided Engadine Express


Day 1

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.

  • 3-star Piz Buin or similar
  • D

Day 2

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.

  • 3-star PIz Buin or similar
  • B / D
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 3

Sils Maria – In the morning, transfer by train to the small, lakeside village of Sils Maria. The hiking in this region is amazingly varied, and you might enjoy a mellow lakeside walk to the Maloja pass, followed by a short climb up to a pretty alpine lake.

We’ll stay in a very friendly 3-star hotel in Sils Maria.

  • 3-star Hotel Maria or similar
  • B / D
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 4

Coaz Hut – Starting your inn-to-inn hike, a steep climb brings you to the high Fuorcla Surlej pass, ringed by breathtaking views of the glacier-draped Piz Bernina massif.

Continue on to the back of the valley to Coaz hut for a remote and memorable night high in the Alps.  You’ll have a reservation at the hut and will need to pay for this night on arrival.  It’s best to bring cash (about CHF 100 per person) although they do accept credit cards also.

  • Coaz hut
  • B / D
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 5

Pontresina – A gentle, forested descent through the Roseg valley leads to Pontresina, a pretty and low-key village that will be your base for the final two nights.

In the evening, enjoy the luxurious pool and spa at our fantastic 3-star hotel. Dinner will be on your own tonight in Pontresina.

  • 3-star Steinbock or similar
  • B
  • hike scenic area trails

Day 6

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.

  • 3-star Steinbock or similar
  • B / D
  • hike local area trails

Day 7

depart – Today you say adieu, and depart for your post-tour destinations.

  • B
Included 5 nights 3-star hotels
1 night hut (self-pay)
6 breakfasts, 5 dinners
2nd class 3 day Flex rail pass
luggage transfer Sils Maria to Pontresina

also included:
train schedules
topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions

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