Bellinzona – Monte Brè – 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 of Bellinzone through lively Lugano and on to Mendrisio. The views on the countless lakes in this region will guide your way to Ticino’s highlights.

Tour character: Hiking 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.

Tour Program (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Valid: April 4 – October 17, 2020, departure every Saturday

1st Day: Arrival in Bellinzona
Arrival via Zürich to Bellinzona. The skyline of the capital of Ticino comprises 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.
Parking: Park & Rail at Bellinzona railway station. CHF 12 per day.

2nd Day: Bellinzona – Isone
Steep climb to the 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.
Details: approx. 4 h, 10 kilometers, ↑ 840 m ↓ 315 m

3rd Day: Isone – Tesserete
First through the swamp at Gola di Lago and then further through ferns in a sparse birch forest towards Bigorio. Santa Maria Franciscan monastery lies like an eagle’s nest above Tesserete.
Details: approx. 3.5 h, 11 kilometers, ↑ 525 m ↓ 740 m

4th Day: Tesserete – Cimadera – Lugano
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 Brè, a vantage platform high above Lugano. The funicular takes you down to the city centre.
Details: approx. 5.5 h, 13 kilometers, ↑ 1'045 m ↓ 1'265 m

5th Day: Lugano – Monte San Salvatore – Morcote – Serpiano
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.
Details: approx. 4.5h, 12.5 kilometers, ↑ 855 m ↓ 855 m

6th Day: Serpiano – Meride – Mendrisio
The Monte San Giorgio, also known as the «Fossil Mountain», is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Dinosaur fossils dating back 240 million years can be marvelled at in a small museum in Meride.
Details: approx. 4 h, 13 kilometers, ↑ 615 m ↓ 570 m

7th Day: Departure or extra days
Return travel by train from Mendrisio to Bellinzona in approx. 50 minutes, costs approx. CHF 15 per person and ride

No minimum number of participants | Extra starting days on request

Prices per Person in CHF

Double 3* Single 3*
Apr 4 – Apr 10, 2020; Oct 10 – Oct 17, 2020 927 1233
Apr 11 – May 15, 2020; Aug 29 – Oct 09, 2020 968 1274
May 16 – Aug 28, 2020 999 1305

Supplements per person in CHF

Extra nights in Bellinzona 93
Surcharge single room 44
Extra nights in Mendrisio 88
Surcharge single room 44

Our Price Includes

  • 6 nights including breakfast at 3* hotels and local inns
  • Daily Luggage transfer (one piece of luggage per person, 20 kg)
  • Transfer Tesserete – Cimadera
  • Entrance to the castles of Bellinzona
  • Entrance to the museum Monte San Giorgio
  • Ticino Ticket with numerous discounts and included services
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed route instructions
  • GPS data available
  • Service Hotline

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Rides with boats and cable cars (approx CHF 45 per person), tourist tax

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