"My brother and his wife went with you. I went with their recommendation. So glad I did!"- Lauri W.
Walk through time-forgotten villages and quiet forests.
Picnic amongst beautiful mountain lakes.
Photograph glaciers, snow-capped peaks and cute chalets huddled in pastoral valleys.
Retreat in time to another era and a place far away: the enchanted En River Valley. Time forgotten 16th century villages, with their fascinating architecture, cling to the hillsides, and numerous ruins and a castle mark the valley’s importance through the medieval period and Hapsburg Empire. Above the valley the peaks of the Silvretta, Lischana, and Bernina ranges soar. This trek follows the length of the En River through Switzerland, from near the Austrian border to that of Italy.
Staying in the most charming villages and following a gentle to moderate route toward the south, you’ll pass from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine, with its flower filled meadows, to the upper Engadine, with its majestic, glaciated peaks, and the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia and its piercing granite spires. A flexible inn-to-inn itinerary allows for both gentler and more strenuous hiking options. You’ll walk alongside some of the region’s sparkling meadows, and hike to a number of mountain restaurants where the views compete with the cuisine for attention. Hikers should be prepared for a week of spectacular hiking and the hospitality of Engadine innkeepers who pride themselves on their historic inns, quaint villages, and unique cultural heritage
In the upper Engadine, the Swiss have developed an extensive trail and lift system, and built a number of resort villages with every convenience and amenity. You’ll take advantage of this alpine Disneyland by
riding a few of the lifts, which start and/or finish some of your hiking days. You will also visit a couple of wonderful high alpine restaurants, as well as some of the finest picnic spots you will ever encounter.
Throughout the week, you’ll experience a range of accommodations, from first class to old world hotels, and charming village inns. Favorites are the converted 17th century houses and inns along the way, and our elegant hotels. Food ranges from haute cuisine in elegant dining rooms to regional specialties in
authentic surroundings. Dinner is typically a four or five course meal, and breakfast, an ample buffet, is eaten at your leisure.
Villages along the route include Scuol, both modern and ancient in a beautiful way, Guarda, a hamlet on the Swiss National Historic Register, the wonderfully authentic Zuoz, and the Victorian resort village of Pontresina. The range of villages rivals the geography in fascination and variety, and our selected inns complement each location.
Arrive in Switzerland and transfer to Scuol, the home of both modern and ancient Irish/Roman baths – an extensive spa complex. Check into your hotel.
A short bus ride takes you to the tiny hillside hamlet of Vna. Lovely farm roads lead into single track as you descend to the mysterious Kurhaus Val Sinestra. Farm road and trail lead to the town of Sent. Bus or walk back to Scuol.
Distance: 7 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 287 ft./950 ft.
Start with another short bus ride to the chairlift at Ftan. Ride the lift and hike across lovely open alpine ground to Alp Laret, an active dairy and simple restaurant. Descend to Alp Valmalla and wander down the Val Tasna to historic Ardez. Short train/van ride to Guarda or walk.
Distance: up to 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 670 ft./up to 2000 ft.
Wander up and out of Guarda on good trails, initially through meadow and then forest. Reach a beautiful wide open valley and follow the broad trail to the fantastic Chamanna Tuoi serving great hut goodies. Return via a similar but slightly different route.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: up to 2000 ft.
Transfer by train to Zuoz and hike along the Via Engiadina, the same trail as your first hike, except now you are in the heart of the Upper Engadine. Ascend on cobblestones out of Zuoz and traverse farm roads to forested trails above the hamlet of La Punt. Connect to sunny Bever for a quick train transfer to Zuoz.
Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1200/1400 ft.
Transfer to the Muottas Muragl funicular and then hike high above Pontresina on the “Panoramaweg”, German for scenic path, to the top of the Alp Languard lift. Stop along the way for a picnic or hut lunch with stunning views over the Engadine valley and the Piz Languard. Ride the lift down and return to Pontresina and your fabulous hotel.
Distance: 4.5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 500 ft./750 ft.
Perhaps the gentlest day of the trip is a rewarding way to finish. The Val Roseg is as spectacular as any in the Alps. Ringed by high glaciated peaks, the ascent of the valley is without obstacles, so you can keep your eyes on the heights! A network of serpentine and forested trails returns you to Pontresina and your superb hotel.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 900 ft.