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Bernina Express Chur – Lugano

Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt
With the Rhaetian Railway's Bernina Express along the UNESCO World Heritage route.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From mountain to palm tree paradise - this is what the spectacular crossing of the Alps with the panoramic train ride of the Bernina Express promises. Over 196 bridges, through 55 tunnels, along romantic valleys and in the midst of impressive nature - this is what this exciting train journey offers. A fascinating and unforgettable adventure. Through the large panoramic windows, everything seems to be very close at hand, offering you incredible views and highlights of this wonderful and unforgettable region.

Stroll through Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland, eat a gelato in Tirano and enjoy the dolce vita in Italy and then continue your trip to Lugano.

The train ride to Ticino alone is an experience and you won't be able to resist the Mediterranean charm, that's guaranteed because the settings are just perfect.

Lugano is simply a must see. A charming paradise on the waterside of the Lake of Lugano. Palm trees, a romantic lake promenade and a beautiful old town.

Price per person from CHF 489.–




Highlights

  • Bernina Express, the highest railway line across the Alps
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes
  • Bernina Pass
  • Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland and cultural centre of the canton Graubünden
  • Lugano in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland captivates with its beautiful location on Lake Lugano
© Rhätische Bahn / Christof Sonderegger© Rhätische Bahn / Christof Sonderegger Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Christof Sonderegger Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Andrea Badrutt Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn / Giorgio Murbach Bernina Express © swiss-image.ch / Jean-Marc Bonard

Travel details

Itinerary
1st day: Arrival in Chur
Arrival in Chur by train. Visit Switzerland's oldest town, the gateway between north and south. Numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries create a mediterranean flair in the car-free old town. The local mountain, Brambrüesch, can be reached directly from the city centre by cable car. Overnight in Chur.

2nd day: Bernina Express Chur – Lugano (9h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you travel with the Bernina Express of the Rhaetian Railway along the UNESCO World Heritage Route. Enjoy an alpine rail journey that will take you from the high glaciers of the mountains south to Lugano. The Bernina Express is the highest railway line across the Alps and connects Northern and Southern Europe in a spectacular way. You travel over the Bernina Pass and the open hairpin loop at Brusio to Tirano (Italy). Time for lunch or a stroll. Onward journey with the Bernina Express bus through the Valtellina and along Lake Como to Lugano. Overnight in Lugano.

3rd day: Lugano and return journey
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day in Lugano. A charming paradise on the shores of Lago di
Lugano. Palm trees, a romantic lakeside promenade and a beautiful old town. A stay in the beautiful Ticino is pure relaxation. Paul Klee, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse and even Giacomo Casanova was attracted to the lovely town. Just as we recommend an excursion to Monte Generoso. Individual return journey.

This tour can also be booked in the opposite direction.

Services

Included
  • Swiss Travel Pass Flex 3 days 2nd class
  • Seat reservation Bernina Express train + coach
  • 1 night in Chur, 3* hotel, standard double room with breakfast
  • 1 night in Lugano, 3* hotel, standard double room with breakfast
  • 50% discount on most mountain railways, free entry at more than 500 museums (only valid on a selected travel day)
Not Included
  • From CHF 85.- upgrade to 1st class rail
  • Excursions
  • Additional services
  • Additional nights
  • Supplement for single room
  • Upgrade to 4* and 5* hotels
  • Upgrade to higher room categories
  • City taxes

Travel dates

Travel dates
Bernina Express
Daily Chur - Tirano - Chur
Bernina Express Bus
Fri-Sat: 4.–26.3.22
Thu-Sun: 31.3.–24.4.22 + 3.–27.11.22 + 16.2.–26.3.23
Daily: 28.4.–30.10.22

Travel options

Bernina Express St. Moritz – Lugano
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt
Bernina Express
St. Moritz – Lugano

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Price per person from
CHF 524.–
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt
Bernina Express © Rhätische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt
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