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.
What a great trip! I could not have asked for more...great guides, delicious food, beautiful hikes, and a well planned and interesting itinerary with a combination of city/village activities and hiking. I loved that we hiked a variety of terrain—along lakeshores, through forests and meadows, in valleys and in the mountains. We were treated to many amazing sights—panoramic views, spectacular fields of wild flowers, a distant glacier.
— Dorothy D., Denver, CO
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.
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.
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.