"To say the least, we had an absolutely wonderful, spectacular, and enjoyable time from top to bottom. All the hikes were really excellent. The accommodations were also top rate and the whole program exceeded our expectations. We will definitely consider other trips with Ryder-Walker.”- Doug & Becky Obletz
"It came down to price and our discussions with Ryder-Walker representatives. They clearly understood where we were going, what we wanted and what we were capable of doing. Other companies did not have this grasp or knowledge of their respective options. All in all, the trip was fantastic and even better than advertised."- Matthew H.
"Outstanding itinerary: all the hikes were challenging but not excessive, and they were all distinctively different. 2. Outstanding accommodations: the inns we stayed in were extremely comfortable and appealing in their own way. We have been on different treks with different companies seven times, and this was the best."- David W.
"We had the most wonderful time. Over drinks one night we all said it was the best trip we’ve ever taken. Thank you so much for everything. Recommending it to other people and would like to do another one with you!"- Jessica Williams
"We quickly realized that working with Ryder Walker made the trip so easy. There is no way we could have found all the right hotels and planned out a related series of hikes by ourselves. We are very happy we chose Ryder Walker. We signed up for a comfort level of 4 out of 4 and were more than pleased with the accommodations that were reserved for us!"- John C.
"I mostly just wanted to thank you all in person for our wonderful self guided Engadine trip. Every single part of our trip was perfect, from the lodging to the food to the hiking, maps, trail directions and train schedules. Including the final hike into Soglio where the farmhouse restaurant was open and we got to stop for fresh goat cheese and bread -- then the owner took us out back to meet the goats. We loved every minute of this special trip and are thinking about Italy next. Thank you so much!"- Gail Johnston
"We love your personal knowledge of the areas, the great hotels and food and the helpfulness of your staff. I have used many of the major Adventure Travel companies and think you guys are the cats meow!"- Peter G.
Enjoy charming country inns and pleasant hikes.
Practice your Romansch, an ancient language with Roman roots.
Hike past lush, green valleys, snow-capped peaks and tumbling glaciers.
This self-guided inn-to-inn hiking tour covers the length of the Swiss Inn River Valley from near the Austrian border to that of Italy. Staying in the most charming villages and quaint inns, you will hike from the gentler terrain of the lower Engadine with its quaint old villages, through the upper Engadine with its majestic, glaciated peaks and into the wild and dramatic Val Bregaglia with the soaring granite spires of the Sciora range. The villages along the way range from the tiny antique villages of Guarda and Soglio, both preserved as national treasures, to the pristine Sils Maria and the pleasant resort town of Pontresina. The hiking follows ancient footpaths linking tiny villages, ruins and lively towns, climbs to passes and summits, and traverses the valley above sparkling lakes before plunging into the Val Bregaglia and finishing in the medieval hill town of Soglio.
Transfer by train to Scuol. Overnight in a charming inn in two converted 17th C. patrician homes.
Ride the Motta Naluns cable car and enjoy a level walk to Prui, and walk deep into the Val Tasna. After a picnic, continue to Ardez and the ancient hill town turned artist colony, Guarda. Overnight in a quaint inn in a restored 16th C. home.
Ascend a remote valley linking tiny hamlets to a beautiful vantage point over the snowy Bernina range and the broad upper Engadine valley. Overnight in a welcoming first class inn in the preserved village of Zuoz.
Ascend the remote Val Champagna to Muottas Muragl. A lovely traverse above the Val Bernina offers the finest views of the Engadine, Piz Palu and Bernina. Overnight in Pontresina, home of the 12th century mountain church, Santa Maria.
A moderately strenuous day through larch forests and high meadows provides a sensational opportunity to view the sparkling lakes of the Engadine. Lunch at a fabulous mountain restaurant is followed by a lakeside walk to Sils Maria. Overnight in a gracious, old world hotel.
The most strenuous day of the trek is to the Piz Lunghin (summit optional). The lake below the summit is one of finest viewpoints of the stunning, steep terrain of the Bregaglia. Return to Sils and our elegant, old world hotel.
Following a descent of the Maloja Pass, strike out on a fabulous rough-hewn Roman road, an ancient path connecting long-deserted farming hamlets of the Val Bregaglia. The magnificent granite spires of the Bregaglia tower all around as you wind your way into the antique, circular village, Soglio. Overnight in a charming country inn.
A local bus will carry you to Promontogno and then to St. Moritz for rail transport to your Swiss point of departure. Travelers may also head South into Italy or to other destinations in Europe. Typically, same day flights can not be met in Zurich.