View from San Salvatore to Lake Lugano
Hikers in Ticino
Wonderful view at Lake Lugano

Highlights of Ticino

Bellinzona, Monte Bré und Luganersee.

The valleys are scarcely populated, the mountain paths are panoramic and the cities burst of life and Italianità. This hiking trip leads through the southernmost part of Switzerland from the sublime castles fo Bellinzone through lively Lugano and on to Mendrisio. The views on the countless lakes in this region will guide your way to Ticinos highlights.

Walking

Walking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

The skyline of the capital of Ticino, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bellinzona is strategically positioned where the valley narrows at the southern entrance to the Alpine passes and is probably Switzerland's most Italianate town.

Steep climb to the Val d’Isone with views of Piano di Magadino and Lago Maggiore. Take one last look at the castles of Bellinzona before you walk down towards Isone.

approx. 4 hours
10 km
840 m
320 m

First through the swamp at Gola di Lago and then further on through a sea of ferns in a sparse birch forest towards Bigorio. Santa Maria Franciscan monastery like an eagle’s nest above Tesserete.

approx. 3,5 hours
11 km
530 m
740 m

In the morning transfer to Cimadera. The tour leads past the Denti della Vecchia rock formations over the Monte Boglia, through beech forests and high plateaux to Monte Bré, a vantage platform high above Lugano. The furniculaire takes you down to the city centre.

approx. 5,5 hours
13 km
1.040 m
1.260 m

The hike from Monte San Salvatore to Vico Morcote is a classic for the whole family. Always slightly downhill, woodlands alternating with well-kept villages, pretty grotti and scenic views. From Morcote you continue by ship and cable car to Serpiano.

approx. 4 hours
11 km
840 m
310 m

The Monte San Giorgio, also known as the «Fossil Mountain», is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, tackled after a short boat trip. Dinosaur fossils dating back 230-240 million years can be marvelled at in a small museum in Meride.

approx. 4 hours
13 km
610 m
570 m

Tour character

Walks with a view! The distances are rather short but you should expect some steep up- and downhills. Surefootedness is needed for the hikes on the crests.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 8, 2018 - May 5, 2018
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
Sunday
Season 2
May 6, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Sunday
Highlights of Ticino 7 days, CH-TSWBM-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
695,00
263,00
754,00
263,00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 8, 2018 - May 5, 2018
May 27, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
Sep 16, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
Season 2
May 6, 2018 - May 26, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018
Bellinzona
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Mendrisio
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
79,00
114,00
105,00
70,00
79,00
114,00
105,00
70,00

Services and infos

  • 6 nights incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer Isone – Cimadera
  • Entrance to the castles of Bellinzona
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Arrival by train via Zürich to Bellinzona.
  • Park&Rail at the railway station Bellinzona, approx. EUR 14,- a day, no reservation possible.
  • Departure by train from Mendrisio to Bellinzona, duration approx. 50 minutes.

Note

  • Rides with boats and cable cars, approx. EUR 40,- per person
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