Hiking Switzerland’s Gourmet Trail

Overview

Enchanting Ticino lies in Switzerland, but has an undeniably romantic Italian flair with its sparkling lakes, colorful towns, and sun-drenched Mediterranean ambiance. And in the Engadine, chic mountain resorts beckon with their wild valleys and alpine atmosphere. We’ve created a beguiling journey combining great hikes and the distinctive cuisines of these two delightful regions. Come along and savor stunning alpine panoramas, shimmering blue lakes, charming villages, and wonderful food, including local wines, cheeses, and—of course—chocolate! Two gourmet dinners in Gault Millau or Michelin–starred restaurants, a risotto cooking lesson, fantastic hikes in a mountain-and-lake realm—this trip has it all.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2, Aug 20 - 21, 2016
Lugano / Monte Bré

From Lugano, ride the funicular to Monte Bré for a walk to an artists’ town, then begin your gourmet adventure with dinner at Arté, a Gault Millau and Michelin-starred lakeshore restaurant. The next day, we catch the funicular to Monte San Salvatore for a hike offering views of the Swiss and Savoy Alps.

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Days 3-4, Aug 22 - 23, 2016
Alpe Foppa / Ascona

From Alpe Foppa, traverse a ridgetop trail with beautiful views of the Lugano Valley, snow-capped peaks, and deep blue lakes. Our hike ends at a goat farm where we sample local cheeses, salami, and wines. A special farm-to-table lunch is a highlight of our hike from Ascona, a town of artisans on the shores of Lake Maggiore, to the village of Arcegno. Later, we dine at renowned Seven, whose innovative young chef creates a spectacular dining experience.

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Days 5-9, Aug 24 - 28, 2016
Pontresina / Davos / Chur

From the mountain resort of Pontresina in the heart of the Engadine, our hikes bring you along a castle-lined trail and into the wild and romantic Val Roseg, while a beautiful village-to-village hike leads to Lavin, encircled by mountains. In Davos, we reach our hotel by funicular, savoring breathtaking views along the way, and enjoy a cooking lesson from a renowned chef and his team. Depart on Day 9 via Chur.

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Highlights

Highlights

Explore and hike in Italian-speaking Ticino, where forested mountains plunge into sparkling lakes and traditional towns line the lakeshores
The unspoiled Engadine, with its wild narrow valleys, glaciated peaks, and houses with colorful facades
The famous resorts of Lugano, Ascona, Davos, and Pontresina
Two special dinners at Gault Millau and Michelin-starred lakeside restaurants, enjoy fine wines including Ticino’s ruby-red Merlot, the “Queen of Grapes”
Boat ride across Lake Lugano for a risotto-making lesson

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Lugano, Switzerland
Depart: Chur, Switzerland
Lodging: 8 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)

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