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Across the Swiss Alps: Klosters to Tirano

8 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
Cross the Swiss Alps on this inn to inn walk, from the ski town of Klosters to the historic village of Tirano. Combine two of the top Swiss long-distance hiking trails, the Via Valtellina and Via Albula, with a memorable train journey on the Bernina Train. Hike from mountain pass to mountain pass, taking in the scenery and serenity of the traditional Alpine towns and villages along the way. Experience a night in the traditional mountain hotel, Alp Grüm, where you can soak in views of the Piz Palü mountain and its glacier. Every other day finishes in a comfortable 3* hotels. With well-maintained and signposted trails, Switzerland is a self-guided walker’s paradise. Combine this with mountainous scenery, fresh Alpine air, and seamless public transport, you have the perfect recipe for a fantastic adventure taking you over the Alps from Switzerland to Italy.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect for both first-time and experienced hikers, who like their creature comforts. This moderate graded walk explores one of Switzerland’s most beautiful valleys.The hikes can all be completed with a basic level of fitness, as if necessary, the walking days can be shortened or skipped with ease as the Rhaetian Railway is never far from the trail. Stay in friendly, comfortable 3* hotels and one mountain hut, all of which extend a warm welcome to hikers.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

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:

  • Mountains
  • Alpine Hiking

Inspiration:

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.

Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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.

Meals

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.

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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
Extras
  • 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

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

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.

Equipment

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Klosters Day 2 Walk to Davos 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 3 Walk to Filisur and take the train to Bergün 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk to Pontresina 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Walk to Alpe Grüm 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 6 Walk to Poschiavo 6.5 miles / 11 km Day 7 Walk to Lago Poschiavo, take the train Tirano 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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