Across the Swiss Alps: Klosters to Tirano8 Days & 7 Nights
- Cross the Alps from Switzerland to Italy
- Explore the Alpine villages of Klosters, Davos & Val Poschiavo
- Follow the route of Europe's most spectacular railway, the Bernina Bahn
- Experience the mighty Glacier Garden at the foot of the Bernina massif
- Relax in 3* Hotels and indulge in warming Fondue accompanied by Veltliner wine
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Alpine Hiking
Activity Level & Terrain
We have graded this tour as moderate. It is one of our easiest Alpine crossing as there is opportunity to take the train when necessary. The hikes are approx. 11 - 16 km long, depending on which variant you choose.
The trails are well waymarked, and the path fluctuates from wider well maintain paths to narrow alpine trails. There are ascents of approx. 700 m and descents up to 1100 m. Sections of the trail cross steep slopes which you will have to traverse across, surefootedness and a head for heights is required there.
All trails are very well way-marked, and together with access to our GPS-following app, route notes and maps, you will have no problem finding your way on our suggested walks and the available shortcuts.
Stay 6 nights in comfortable 3* hotels in private en-suite rooms and 1 night in a mountain hotel, in a private room. An example of the accommodation we use in some of the towns along the way can be found on the itinerary. If these accommodations are not available, a hotel of the same or better standard will be used. Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Switzerland are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.
Breakfasts are included each day, and usually consist of a large spread of local produce and filling breakfast options to prepare you for your days hike. Lunch and dinners are not included with exception of your night in Davos where dinner is included. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival.
Single Rooms and Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are on request and a supplement is payable.
- 6 Nights in 3-star family-run chalet-style hotels
- 1 Night in a traditional Mountain Hotel
- 7 Breakfasts
- 1 Dinner in Davos
- Baggage transfers between accommodations
- Route notes, map & info pack
- 24-7 Emergency telephone support
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to Klosters and from Tirano
- Public transport (eg. railways, cable cars, chairlifts, funiculars, buses)
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, and snacks
- Personal equipment
- Additional nights before or after the tour
When To Go
This trip is available to start daily, from the end of June to September. The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and mid-September when the wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is generally fair. On the weekends there may be reduced trains and buses in operation.
Weather and Climate
The Alps have generally warm and sunny summers and cold and snowy winters. However, weather in the Alps can change very quickly, particularly at altitude. You should be prepared for all weather eventualities as even snow can fall in the summer in the mountains and regardless of the time of year and snow can be found on the higher passes.
We recommend checking the local weather forecast daily before starting your hike. Most of the time, your hosts are well informed about the current weather situation and are happy to help
Getting to the Start
By Train: The best way to reach Klosters is by train; it is just 45 mins from Landquart. You can fly into Bern (3 hrs away), Zurich (2hrs), Basel (3.5 hrs), or Geneva (5hrs). Train timetables and details of public transportation in Switzerland are available via the excellent travel planner at www.sbb.ch
By Plane: You can fly into Bern (3 hrs away), Zurich (2hrs), Basel (3.5 hrs), or Geneva (5hrs). From all of the mentioned airports you can travel to Klosters (2hrs) via train.
Getting from the End
By Train: Leaving Tirano, the closest airports are Milan. Train timetables and details of Italian public transport in Italy are available via the travel planner at www.trenitalia.com/en
Alternatively we can arrange a return trip from Tirano with the Bernina Express to Switzerland for your onward travel.
By Plane: The nearest airport is Milan (2.5hrs) or you can return to Zurich (6hrs) on a stunning train journey crossing the Al
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Tourist and local taxes
In some places local taxes may apply. Where possible, Macs Adventure will take over these taxis for you in advance. It is not always possible to pay the tax in advance and you must pay them directly at your accommodation. The amount varies depending on the location and is usually between CHF 1-3 per person per night.
Bernina Express train ticket
We will glaldy arrange a return trip from Tirano with the Bernina Express to Switzerland for your onward travel, please contact our Destination and Adventure Specialist to arrange this.
In your information package you will find a detailed list of the hiking equipment we recommend, such as good hiking shoes, functional clothing, waterproof jackets and daypacks.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Klosters
Travel to the well-known ski resort of Klosters, deep in the Swiss Alps. The easiest way to arrive is by train and thus the first scenic highlight of your trip. Trains run regularly to Landquart, from there the famous red trains of the Rhaetian Railway take you through the Prättigau to Klosters (approx. 40 minutes).
Hotel Wynegg has been welcoming guests to Klosters for 140 years and was renovated and reopened in 2013. The restaurant awaits you with Swiss cuisine and international specialties.
The family-run Sport-Lodge Klosters offers panoramic views of the Gotschna mountain. Enjoy a drink in the lounge by a warming fireplace, or soak warm your muscles in their sauna, a fitness room, and a beauty salon.
The 4 * Hotel Alpina is located directly opposite the centre of Klosters-Platz (Main Square). The well-kept house offers Swiss comfort, a large wellness area and an in-house restaurant.
Enjoy a choice of walks, hike on the Via Valtellina, passing green alpine meadows and Lake Davos before reaching Davos. Alternatively take the Gotschnagratbahn train up to loftier heights and walking along the panorama trail to the mountain station of the Parsennbahn train before descending to Davos.
Valley hike via Valtellina: 11 km, Ascent/Descent: 600/500 m
Panorama Trail: 11 km, Ascent/Descent: 600/150 m
Hotel Edelweiss resides in a historic building is a quiet corner of Davos. Enjoy a stay in the individually decorated rooms. Indulge on delicious Swiss and Grisons cuisine served in the traditional dining room.
Take the train to the Davos Monstein train station (approx. 15 minutes), cross the lofty Wiesener Viaduct which towers over the Landwasser River, 90m below it. Hike through the Zügen Gorge to the mountain village, Filisur. Take the Rhaetian Railway to the historic picture-perfect town of Bergün (approx. 20 minute). Stroll through the mountain village as you are transported back in time, marvel at its traditional houses, decorated with ornate frescoes and large bay windows.
Ascent/Descent: 550m/750 m
The Kurhaus Bergün is located at 1,400m above sea level at the foot of the Albula Pass. The hotel awaits you with Art Nouveau styled rooms and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Das gemütliche Familienhotel Grischuna befindet sich in Filisur, mit direktem Anschluss an die UNESCO-Welterbe-Strecke Albula-Bernina und ist somit Treffpunkt für Bahn- und Bergfreunde aus aller Welt.
The Hotel Ladina in Bergün is in a quiet location near the Bergün train station, where the famous Rhaetian Railway stops. It offers cozy en-suite rooms, an exquisite restaurant with local specialities and a view of the Grisons Alps.
Today you have a choice of walks. For an easy option, hike allow the trail following the railway line, cross lush alpine meadows, walk along rocky slopes and marvel at the engineering of the railway line. The trail ends in Preda, embark on a small loop walk to the crystal-clear Lake Palpuogna before boarding the train to Pontresina.
More adventurous hikers can embark on a stage of the Via Albula: Take the train from Bergun to Preda in the morning. Walk past the Palpuogna Lake, cross the Alp Weissenstein (Crap Alv) to reach the beautiful mountain lakes Crav Alv Laelets. Find an idyllic place to take a break before tackling the last few meters to the pass and with a bit of luck you can spot an ibex on high up on the mountain side. Descend steeply to the village of Bever. From here you take the train to Pontresina (20min).
In the Engadin town of Pontresina admire the painted historic houses in the evening or watch the alpine glow on the hotel's terrace with a glass of wine or Swiss beer and recharge your batteries for the next day.
Railway Trail: 11 km, Ascent/Descent 600/760 m
King's Stage: 16 km, Ascent/Descent 700/760 m
The Hotel Allegra is located in the centre of Pontresina, with modern rooms designed according to the principles of Feng Shui. The property is directly connected to the Bellavita Spa, which has indoor and outdoor pools.
Stay in a hotel, built in 1881. The family-run Art Nouveau hotel is a local favourite with modern rooms, a wide selection of local specialities for breakfast and in an ideal location in the middle of the village.
Today is one of the highlights of the trip. Cross the Bernina Pass to the traditional Mountain Hotel, Alpe Grüm. This day can be divided into three hiking sections and you can decide which section you would like to hike or experience by train.
All sections can be hiked individually or in combination. You can shorten parts of the hike with the Rhaetian Train at any time during the day and thus have full flexibility as to what you want to experience on that day.
Pontresina - Morteratsch: 8.5 km, Ascent/Descent 250/180m
Morteratsch - Bernina Pass:11 km, Ascent/Descent 400/250 m
Bernina Pass - Alpe Grüm: 7 km, Ascent/Descent 150/350 m
The Mountain Hotel, Alpe Grüm is uniquely locatied below the Pitz Palü Moutnain and with a view of it's glacier. Directly on the UNESCO railway line Bernina Express, the house offers newly renovated, simple rooms. In the evening, delicious Swiss food is served in the restaurant.
Today's stage meanders from Alpe Grüm down into the Italian-influenced Val Poschiavo. Start your day hiking towards the milky-blue Palü Lake. In the high valley of Cavaglia, take a detour to admire the Glacier Garden, where the glacier water has carved shapes into the rock. From Cavaglia the hiking trail winds its way over the idyllically located Maiensassen and down into the lush green valley of Poschiavo.
In Poschiavo you will be greeted with an Italian Dolce Vita flair, enjoy an ice-cream on the Plazzo Centrale. In the evening try the local charcuterie, such as Luganighe with a chilled glass of Veltliner wine.
Ascent /Descent: 100/1100 m
The family run hotel, Croce Bianca is centrally located in Poschiavo. The renovated rooms are bright and modern. The Hotel manager Claudio runs the kitchen and spoils his guests at the in-house restaurant.
On the last day of hiking, enjoy a flat hike through the green Val Poschiavo where you can soak up the warming rays of the Italian sun. Hike to Lago Poschiavo on dirt roads and winding riverside paths. Watch as the Bernina Express train makes its way round the world-famous circular viaduct of Brusio. Take the train over the circular viaduct and continue slightly downhill towards Italy and the border town of Tirano. Enjoy a final beer in Tirano where hikers, cyclists and rail enthusiasts alike meet to finish their adventures.
Ascent /Descent: 350/600 m
The Hotel Corona is located on Tirano's main street, only 100 meters from the starting point of the famous Bernina Express red train. The rooms are simple and have all been recently renovated.
The Lifestyle Room Binario Zero is located in Tirano, next to tthe Bernina Bahn train station. The stylish rooms are spacious and individually furnished.
It is difficult to say goodbye to this unique journey. If you want to relive the route you have just hiked, take the Bernina Express back to Landquart admiring the trails just hiked.
We would be happy to book a train ticket for the Bernina Express for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us
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