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Highlights of Ticino

Bellinzona, Monte Bré & Lake Lugano.

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. On the way you will find small, traditional villages with typical Grotti. Here, local specialties are served, and guests are especially charmingly cared for.

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  • 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 Cima di Dentro 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
13 km
860 m
860 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 for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Bellinzona
  Season 1
30.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

Arrival daily
Highlights of Ticino, 7 days, CH-TSWBM-07X
Base price
829.00
869.00
Surcharge single room 299.00 299.00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 30, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Arrival daily
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Arrival daily
Highlights of Ticino, 7 days, CH-TSWBM-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
829.00
299.00
869.00
299.00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 30, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Bellinzona
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Mendrisio
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
85.00
49.00
89.00
45.00
85.00
49.00
89.00
45.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Bellinzona
  Season 1
Apr 30, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Arrival daily
Bellinzona
Double room p. P. 85.00 85.00
Surcharge single room 49.00 49.00
Mendrisio
Double room p. P. 89.00 89.00
Surcharge single room 45.00 45.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Entrance Bellinzona Castles
  • 1 Entrance Fossil Museum Monte San Giorgio

 

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Arrival by train via Zürich to Bellinzona.
  • Zurich or Milano airport.
  • Parking: public parking at the train station Bellinzona, approx. EUR 12 a day, no reservation.
  • Departure by train from Mendrisio to Bellinzona, duration approx. 50 minutes.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Rides with boats and cable cars, approx. EUR 45,- per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
ole røder DK | 11.08.2018
Very high standard with good meals and very nice personal
The hotel in Serpiano was exellent with a nice view. It was difficult to find a free parking place in Bellinzona. We parked near the station but the staff was not sure whether it was free. The hotel in Lugano was not very pleasant with an unkind receptionist. We spent two nights in Mendrisio which was not very interesting. We had preferred 2 days in Bellinzona. The last part of the trail to Isone could not be found there was no signpost and we had to walk much longer. The hotel in Tesserete was nice with a very friendly and informative host. The trail from Tesserete was very beautiful.
Sabrina Huber
Sabrina Huber answered:
Dear Mr Røder, thank you very much for your feedback. It is good to hear that you had such a good time in Ticino. We are sorry that you were not satisfied with the hotel in Lugano and the extra night in Mendrisio. Actually, Mendrisio is a beautiful town with a lovely historic centre. However, the capital of Ticino, Bellinzona, has also a lot to offer and is worth an extended stay. Moreover, we regret that you had problems with the trail to Isone. Actually this trek leads along an official Swiss hiking path which is signposted really well. So you might have gotten a wrong turn.

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