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.
Online booking: www.eurotrek.ch
Day 1: Arrival to Bellinzona
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.
Day 2: Bellinzona – Isone
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.
Details: approx. 4 h, approx. 10 km, uphill 840 m, downhill 320 m
Day 3: Isone – Tesserete
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.
Details: approx. 3.5 h, approx. 11 km, uphill 530 m, downhill 740 m
Day 4: 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 Bré, a vantage platform high above Lugano. The furniculaire takes you down to the city centre.
Details: approx. 5.5 h, approx. 13 km, uphill 1.040 m, downhill 1.260 m
Day 5: 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 h, approx. 11 km, uphill 840 m, downhill 310 m
Day 6: Serpiano – Meride – Mendrisio | Departure or extra days
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.
Details: approx. 4 h, approx. 13 km, uphill 610 m, downhill 570 m
- 6 nights incl. breakfast
- Daily Luggage transfer
- Transfer Isone – Cimadera
- Entrance to the castles of Bellinzona
- Entrance to the museum Monte San Giorgio
- Thorough route guidance
- Detailed travel documents
- GPS data available
- Rides with boats and cable cars (approx CHF 45.- per person)