Engadine Traverse (Inn-to-innhiking tour)
Length: 8 days, 7 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate - Strenuous
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This tour explores the rustic, preserved beauty of Switzerland's Engadine region, on the eastern edge of Switzerland near Austria. On this tour, we'll hike inn-to-inn combining stops in our favorite village bases with 2 superb nights at high mountain huts. We'll start in relatively unknown Guarda, often referred to as Switzerland's prettiest village, set in the quiet, traditional Lower 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 a night in Zernez, headquarters of Switzerland's only National Park, and a great place to view wildlife. Then we'll move through the mountainous Upper Engadine region, with nights in two high huts, the pleasant village of Pontresina, and Sils Maria, a tiny lakeside village near St. Moritz. Finally we hike down into the Val Bregaglia, with it's sunny, distinctly Italian feel to the cobblestoned hamlet of Soglio for a timeless final evening. Unforgettable lakes, lush valleys, and rugged glaciers provide us with a huge diversity of wonderful hikes.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our hotel - delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, local meats and cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for the task ahead. Soon we'll be out on the trail, where you'll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you'll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we'll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches - making them something to look forward to as well! Other than the two hut nights, our luggage will be transported separately from village to village, so we will have it for 5 of the 7 nights.
We should finish our hike around 4 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. After that, we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel or another local restaurant. These are multi-course feasts, featuring delicious local specialties, and both of our hotels on this trip serve delicious meals.
Day 1 Arrive in Switzerland, and transfer by train to our meeting point in Guarda. There is a train station in the Zurich airport, and transferring to Guarda is a scenic trip that 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. The nearby village of Scuol is also a noted spa resort, and makes a great rainy day destination, or the Schloss Tarasp is a photogenic opportunity to visit a medieval castle. After we meet, we'll talk about the tour to come and settle in for our welcome dinner at our lovely hotel. (Hotel Piz Buin)
If you're an independent hiker and prefer to go at your own pace, or have travel dates that don't match up with our guided tours, you may prefer to arrange our similar tour, the Engadine Highlights, as a self-guided hiking tour. The 7-day tour price is per person based on two people sharing a standard double room. We also offer a self-guided, village-based tour to the same region, our Engadine Dayhikes tour.
The self-guided Engadine Highlights tour includes 5 nights prepaid hotels, one night at the Coaz hut, breakfast each morning and dinner 5 nights, a Swiss Transfer Ticket rail pass for 2 free days of rail travel, private taxi for Guarda to Sils Maria, hiking maps, detailed route descriptions, and lots of useful information that will help your trip run smoothly.
This tour can be customized to fit your needs, and if you would prefer this Engadine Traverse as a self-guided tour, let us know. If you'd like to lengthen or shorten the tour, upgrade hotels (or go rustic), or create a customized tour of Switzerland from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience across the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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