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 30 – October 16, 2022

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: 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

Day 3: 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

Day 4: Tesserete – Lugano
In the morning by bus 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

Day 5: Lugano – 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

Day 6: Serpiano – 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

Day 7: 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

Prices per Person in CHF

Double 3* Single 3*
Apr 30 – May 20, 2022; Sep 24 – Oct 16, 2022 899 1236
May 21 – Sep 23, 2022 952 1289

Supplements per person in CHF

Extra nights in Bellinzona 93
Surcharge single room 52
Extra nights in Mendrisio 99
Surcharge single room 47

Our Price Includes

  • 6 nights including breakfast at 3* hotels and local inns
  • Daily Luggage transfer
  • Entrance to the castles of Bellinzona
  • Entrance to the museum Monte San Giorgio
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents
  • GPS data available
  • Service Hotline

Not included

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

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    Highlights of Ticino

    April until October
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    Double: CHF 899
    Single: CHF 1,236