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Beautiful scenery at Albula pass, Preda.

Trek the Bernina Express

Beautiful scenery at Albula pass, Preda.
Travel deep into nature with this 9-day hiking adventure covering the wild landscapes of Thusis, Tiefencastel, Albula pass, Alp Grüm and Poschiavo. This active holiday includes an overnight stay in Tirano (Italy) and a free day in St. Moritz.
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Embark on a scenic hike from Bergün to Spinas, passing the crystal-clear Palpuognasee lake and wild Alpine landscapes.

Explore moorland, lush forests, and wild Alpine surroundings during your hike from Pontresina to Tirano.

Travel by rail along the scenic Albula/Bernina line between Thusis and Tirano (hop on /off).

Enjoy a free day in St. Moritz, an upscale resort town in the Swiss Alps.

Spend an active holiday trekking the wild and beautiful Alpine landscapes from Thusis to Tirano. The hiking trail along the UNESCO World Heritage section of the Rhaetian Railway runs as near as possible to the Albula and Bernina railway line and offers fascinating views of an over 100-year-old engineering masterpiece combined with stunning Alpine scenery. The UNESCO structures, such as bridges, viaducts, tunnels and stations set in wild natural Alpine surroundings can best be discovered on this hike in total harmony with nature.

This tour departs daily from mid-April to mid-October 2020.

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8-night hotel accommodation in 3-star category
8 breakfasts
2nd class rail travel as specified
Rail ticket covering travel by rail along the Albula/Bernina line between Thusis and Tirano (hop on /off)
Daily luggage transfer hotel to hotel
Detailed itinerary and maps
Helpline and support throughout the tour


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Day 1

Upon arrival, make your own way to the starting point of the hiking route, Thusis. Upon checking in at your hotel, you will be provided with your hiking maps and detailed route descriptions.

Day 2
Thusis – Tiefencastel (6 hours)

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will begin the first section of your hike. A spectacular trail leading from Domleschg through the Schinschlucht gorge. The climb to the hamlet of Muldain is rewarded with spectacular views. The Solis viaduct and St. Peters church in Mistail dating from the 8th century form more highlights en route.

Day 3
Tiefencastel - Bergün (6 hours)

The second section leads to one of the highlights of the Via Albula/Bernina, the impressive Landwasser viaduct. Prior to this, it runs alongside the foaming Albula to a scenic spot for a photo of the world-famous viaduct. Continue past Filisur with its historic village centre. Passing the ‘dancing witches of Bellaluna’ the trail leads up to the well-kept, historic railway station at Stugl. Finishing point is at Bergün with its Engadine houses, a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

Day 4
Bergün – Preda - Albulapass – Spinas – St. Moritz (4 hours 30 mins)

Depart by train to Preda the “King’s Stage” for today's tour. The mountain hike leads past the crystal-clear
Palpuognasee lake, over Weissenstein Alp or Crap Alv up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2466 m altitude) and steeply down into Val Bever to the idyllic stage destination of Spinas. Continuation by local train to St. Moritz.

Day 5
St. Moritz

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and day at leisure in St Moritz.

Day 6
St. Moritz – Pontresina – Alp Grüm (4 hours 30 mins)

Hike through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Berninapass. One highlight follows another. The Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch glacier world, Lago Bianco-Lej Nair watershed and Graubunden’s highest mountain. After the white glacier waters of Lago Bianco, the route leads up to the fantastic vantage point of Sassal Mason. Onward to the hamlet of Alp Grüm.

Day 7
Alp Grüm - Poschiavo (3 hours

The hike today follows the flanks of the valley towards Poschiavo. Worthwhile detour to the glacial mills of Cavaglia. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down the slope to Poschiavo. Explore the centre of Poschiavo with its narrow, picturesque streets and its well-maintained and historically important buildings.

Day 8
Poschiavo – Miralago - Tirano (4 hours 30 mins)

Travel by train to Miralago, the starting point of the hike today. The varied route leads through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards to Italy. One of the highlights will be the massive curved railway viaduct of Brusio. S. Perpetua in Tirano, giving an excellent overview of the Mediterranean landscape and the town with its venerable palazzi. Overnight in Tirano (Italy).

Day 9
Tirano - Zürich

After breakfast at your hotel you will transfer via rail to Zürich airport or continue your onward journey. If returning to Zürich the journey will run along the Bernina Express Route.


Additional information

Official language
French, Swiss - German, Italian, Romansh
8 nights
from AUD1,625
per person, twin share
Thusis (Daily)
Mid April - Mid October 2020
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