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Hiking Tour - 200 Years Back in Swiss History

No. of Nights : 06
Cities Covered : Buchs - Weisstannen - Elm - Braunwald - Urnerboden - Attinghausen - Engelberg - Meiringen
Price : CHF 1155

Le grand chemin dItalie" - this is the way nineteenth-century European travellers often called the road from Coira to Chiavenna through the Splugen. For many years this has been the most travelled route from Germany to Italy, thanks to its particularly privileged geographical position. The Splugen Pass (2115m), located in one of the narrowest points of the Alpine chain, marks the passage through the Lepontine and Rhaetian Alps. Equidistant from Milan and Zurich, it is the communication gate of the two basins of Lake Constance and Lake Como as well as the large valleys of the Rhine and Po. Today, after two centuries, it can be seen that interest in that road is coming back to life and this does not depend on trade and economic reasons; more on a mix of motivations including ecology and a reminiscent tourism: the wish to disappear into a intact and well-preserved natural space combines with the desire to recover the ancient way of travelling, to discover new places and to feel the same sensations as those of the ancient travellers.

Highlights:

Rofla gorge with spectacular waterfalls; Via Mala Gorge - extraordinary geological characteristics, a real breathtaking show; St. Martino churc and the regional museum in Zillis - visit of the three apses Romanic church and dicover the daily life of the past centuries in a XVI-th century bulding; thermal bath of Andeer; Museum of the Via Spluga in Campodolcino possibility to know the history of the valley through a verry good exposition; Mill of Bottonera in Chiavenna;

Day 1:

Arrival in Thusis a small, active town, where numerous hotels and shops of all kinds, offer along the main street of their merchandise.

Day 2:

Visit the magnificent gorges of Via Mala, three hundred meters of wall that you face a close distance, up and down along the river Rhine. In Zillis rises the Romanesque church of S. Martino (1130), Carolingian three apses with the famous ceiling painting set in typically medieval style - the life of Christ. Further on reaching the thermal water source (34C degrees) attractive with its new facilities and modern hidroterapeutic centre. /Route Thusis - Verlorenes Loch - Zillis - 3h, uphill walk 500m, downhil walk 300; Route Thusis/Sila - Travorsina - Zillis 4.30h, uphill walk 850m, downhil walk 500; Zillis - Andeer 1.30h, uphill walking 200m, downhil walking 100m

Day 3:

Visit the magnificent gorges of Via Mala, three hundred meters of wall that you face a close distance, up and down along the river Rhine. In Zillis rises the Romanesque church of S. Martino (1130), Carolingian three apses with the famous ceiling painting set in typically medieval style - the life of Christ. Further on reaching the thermal water source (34C degrees) attractive with its new facilities and modern hidroterapeutic centre. /Route Thusis - Verlorenes Loch - Zillis - 3h, uphill walk 500m, downhil walk 300; Route Thusis/Sila - Travorsina - Zillis 4.30h, uphill walk 850m, downhil walk 500; Zillis - Andeer 1.30h, uphill walking 200m, downhil walking 100m


Day 4:

Sublime pass across to the Swiss Alpine of Spluga. Cardinello throat and the most picturesque stretch of Via Spluga; the trail along the gorge halfway up as a long balcony overlooking the impetuous Liro river, reminds the tragic winter crossings of the military. Overnight in Isola. /Splugen - Isola 6.30h, uphill hiking 700m, downhil hiking 900m/

Day 5:

Walk to Chiavenna: already in Roman times was an important crossroads for roads that climb from Lario, enters the Alps to overcome them to the ends of Rezia and Norico. In the post Carolingian times, Chiavenna was one of the customs of the Italian kingdom, with its "closed" doors to bridges on the river. Charming old town still kept intact and well preserved. Overnight in Chiavenna. /Isola - Chiavenna 6h uphill hiking 100m, downhil hiking 1000m/

Day 6:

Walk to Chiavenna: already in Roman times was an important crossroads for roads that climb from Lario, enters the Alps to overcome them to the ends of Rezia and Norico. In the post Carolingian times, Chiavenna was one of the customs of the Italian kingdom, with its "closed" doors to bridges on the river. Charming old town still kept intact and well preserved. Overnight in Chiavenna. /Isola - Chiavenna 6h uphill hiking 100m, downhil hiking 1000m/

Day 7:

Return by public transport to Thusis.



Accommodation and luggage transportation

En-suite rooms on bed and breakfast basis, 5 lunchpacks and all luggage transfers as per itinerary included.

Group size:

Min. 2 persons

Price of extra services:

Single room supplement not available

accommodation in en-suite rooms on bed and breakfast and 5 lunchpacks; luggage transfers; detailed maps and museum brochures; entry to the Rofla Gorge, entry to the Via Mala Gorge, entry to the St. Martino churc and the regional museum in Zillis, entry to thermal bath of Andeer (max. 2 hours), entry to Museo of theVia Spluga in Campodolcino, entry to Mill of Bottonera in Chiavenna, entry to Palazzo Vertemate Franchi in Piuro.

Flights and airport taxes, Transfers to Chiavenna/Thusis; return to Airport, transfer by bus from Thusis to Chiavenna/Chiavenna to Thusis;

Tips:

No Sunday arrivals please. In the first hotel of the itinerary the guests will find a special "Via Spluga bag" with all the vouchers (hotels and museums), information material, maps, parking coupon, gadgets.The program may start both form Thusis or Chiavenna. However starting from Chiavenna is recommended as it is easier to get there through Milano airport depending on the arrival flight. Possible extensions from Chiavenna: daily excursions to St. Moritz (1,30hrs by bus), to lake Como (30min also possibble ferry trip there) etc. The supplier of this tour can also book your flight tickets (please ask for quotation).

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