Hiking view at the Spluga
Mountain lake in Splügen
Signpost at the Via Spluga
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Via Spluga

The most beautiful path over the alps.

Even 2,000 years ago, the Romans appreciated the connection over the Splügen Pass from north to south. Today, the Via Spluga is a long-distance hiking trail from Thusis in Switzerland to Chiavenna in Italy, with around 66 kilometres of culture, history, tradition and, of course, fantastic nature. Once you arrive in Italy, you can treat yourself to a cappuccino, Prosecco or gelato as a reward for crossing the Alps.

Details of the hiking tour with Eurohike

The first highlight awaits you on the first stage: the Viamala Gorge. 359 steps lead safely to its centre, where rock faces up to 300 metres high frame a true natural spectacle. Once you arrive in Andeer, you can relax in the thermal baths. The Roffla Gorge on the way to Splügen is man-made - seriously! After 8,000 blasts, a rock gallery modelled on Niagara Falls was created.

After a round trip around the Suretta lakes, you first head high up over the Splügen Pass and deep down into the Val Cardinello gorge. This is one thing above all: imposing! Here it's also: "Ciao, Bella Italia!" - you have already passed the national border of Switzerland. Through small mountain villages and beautiful nature you finally reach the destination of your tour: Chiavenna.

Highlights of the tour along the Via Spluga

  • The old and new village of Thusis way back in history. In 1845, a fire destroyed large parts of the old town. In the new village, many houses were rebuilt in the Mediterranean style, and today many visitors enjoy the special architecture.
  • The impressive Viamala Gorge: Over the course of time, the notorious gorge has undergone a real image change. In prehistoric times, the passage was considered narrow and dangerous. In the meantime, the gorge's beauty and special features have made it a real magnet for visitors.
  • The chestnut forests in Val San Giacomo: For around 25 kilometres, the unspoilt valley leads from the Splügen Pass towards Chiavenna. Breathe in the clean air here and find yourself in harmony with nature!
  • Charming Chiavenna serves as a gateway to the breathtaking south. Stroll through the narrow streets and sip a cappuccino while reminiscing about the tour. 

Useful information about the 7-day hiking tour

The stages of the tour are not excessively long, ranging from 13 to 18 kilometres in length, but there are a few metres of altitude to be climbed each day - both uphill and downhill. The first-class route promises a great tour, where beautiful views line up with cultural highlights.

  • From Mont Blanc to Ticino - Switzerland offers hiking highlights galore. You can find information on the various regions and tours here.
  • More details and information about the hiking regions in Graubünden at a glance.
  • All facts and details about hiking in the Alps at a glance.
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  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

Hiking path through the dramatic Viamala-Schlucht (gorge) and Schams with numerous cultural monuments (e.g. church in Zillis) and traffic constructions (Traversiner suspension bridge and Punt da Suransuns, Wildener bridges, Rania bridge). Relaxation in the Andeer spa.

approx. 6 hours
17 km
1.000 m
720 m

Ingeniously laid path through the difficult Roflaschlucht (gorge) and the sparsely populated Rheinwald valley floor. Andeer and Splügen offer interesting townscapes. The Rheinwalder Valley Museum Crestawald Fortress Museum and Roflaschlucht cliff path are worth a visit.

approx. 5 hours
14 km
920 m
430 m

Todays‘ walk leads you up to Bodmastafel. A trail leads you past the peaks of the Alps of Rhäzüns up to the plateau of Suretta. Sparkling lakes and nice views await you here before you walk past the viewpoint Franzisch-Grind back to Splügen.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
13 km
860 m
860 m

Alpine hike over the Splügenpass on a unique mule trail with an exposed descent through the gorge of the Val Cardinello. En route: historic traffic constructions (engineered road with marble bridges and avalanche galleries). The refuge in Isola is now a guest house.

approx. 6 hours
18 km
990 m
1.190 m

Following the course of the Liro, through shady chestnut woods in the Val San Giacomo to Chiavenna with its southern ambience. Isolated pilgrimage churches of San Giacomo Filippo and Gallivaggio, Italian savoir vivre in Chiavenna’s vibrant Centro Storico.

approx. 5 hours
18 km
330 m
1.240 m

Tour character

Surefootedness is needed for the alpine hiking trails. Two legs are quite long and you need to be in a good phyiscal condition to be able to go on this hike. The trails in the gorges lead over tarmac paths that might be slippery.

Prices and events

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
10.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
18.06.2022 - 09.09.2022

Arrival daily
Via Spluga, 7 days, CH-GRWTC-07X
Base price
699.00
759.00
Surcharge single room 159.00 159.00

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Arrival daily
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Arrival daily
Via Spluga, 7 days, CH-GRWTC-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
699.00
159.00
759.00
159.00

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Thusis
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Chiavenna
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
79.00
39.00
65.00
29.00
79.00
39.00
65.00
29.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

Arrival daily
Thusis
Double room p. P. 79.00 79.00
Surcharge single room 39.00 39.00
Chiavenna
Double room p. P. 65.00 65.00
Surcharge single room 29.00 29.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Leistungen

Included:

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Carefully elaborated route description

 

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

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Zurich airport.
  • Arrival by train via Chur to Thusis.
  • Parking: chargeable parking near the hotel, approx. EUR 30 per week.
  • Departure by bus and train via Splügenpass to Thusis or via St. Moritz to Chur.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Sabrina Huber
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Sabrina Huber, Travel specialist
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Andreas Kaiser DE | 26.09.2019
Wunderschöne Wanderwoche
Eine anspruchsvolle Wanderreise in unberührter Bergwelt. Die Hotels waren durchwegs gut und der Gepäcktransport hat immer reibungslos funktioniert. Wir sind schon auf der Suche nach unserer nächsten Tour!

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