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Alps: Via Spluga – 200 years back in history

€595 per person

The road from Coira to Chiavenna through the Splugen Pass (2115m) has been the most preferred route from Germany to Italy in the past up to the 19th century. The pass is located in one of the narrowest parts of the Alps and acts as a gate between the Lake Constance and Lake Como basins and the Rhine and Po river valleys. Two centuries after the route has seized being of economic use, it has emerged as one of the most popular leisure walking routes in the world. Retrace the footsteps of the merchants of old and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this classic self-guided hiking route. Explore magnificent landscapes, charming towns and rediscover the ancient travel methods.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    6 Days I Tour Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    3* category accommodation in hotels and local inns, in en-suite rooms incl. breakfast (halfboard supplement optional upon extra payment (check the Rates & Remarks for details); luggage transfers; detailed maps and museum brochures; entry to the Rofla Gorge, entry to the Via Mala Gorge, entry to the St. Martino church and the regional museum in Zillis, entry to thermal bath of Andeer (max. 2 hours), entry to Museo of the Via Spluga in Campodolcino, entry to the Mill of Bottonera in Chiavenna, entry to Palazzo Vertemate Franchi in Piuro.
  • What is not included
    Drinks, other meals and transfers, tourist tax (payable locally)
  • Best period
    mid-June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1. Arrival.
Individual arrival in Thusis (Switzerland).
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Day 2. Thusis/Sila - Andeer (9.5km, 4hrs, +850m/-600m OR 11.5km, 5hrs, +1000m/-750m OR 6km, 1.30hrs, +200m/-100m)
You have a number of options for the first day of your independent walking program which will be presented in detail in your route notes. You will have the chance to contemplate the wonderful Via Mala gorges from a close distance. In Zillis you will have the chance to visit the 12-century Romanesque church of S. Martino with its wonderful medieval ceiling painting. Your overnight is in the thermal water resort of Andeer (Switzerland).
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Day 3. Andeer/Zillis - Splugen (13km, 5hrs, +700m/-200m OR 19km, 6.30hrs, +900m/-300m)
After a healthy breakfast, we invite you to begin your self-guided hiking day with the wonderful cascades of Roffla. This is one of the newer trails and takes us through the rocky side of the gorge and toward the magnificent waterfalls of the Rhine river. The destination for today's hiking route is the curious town of Splugen (Switzerland). Splugen has been the most important settlement in the Rheinwald (or Val di Reno) since ancient times. The ancient heart of the trade route, it has remained intact and almost perfectly preserved in contemporary times. Overnight in Splugen (Switzerland).
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Day 4. Splugen - Isola (15km, 6,30hrs, +700m/- 900m)
Today’s independent walking section holds a breathtaking reward. A glorious pass across to the Swiss Alpine trails of the traveled route. You will enter the most picturesque part of Via Spluga - the Cardinello gorge. You will follow a long balcony along the gorge with a splendid view over the Lior river. The overnight is in Isola (Italy).
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Day 5. Isola - Chiavenna (19,5km, 6,30hrs, +230m,/-900m)
Your last self-guided walk for this hiking tour is to Chiavenna. Tracing back to the Romans, this was a crossroad through the Alps of great importance - roads meandering from Lario to the end of Rezia and Norico. Chiavenna was once a customs for the Italian kingdom in the post-Carolingian times. Now, this captivating well-preserved historic town is the center of the Alpine Valchiavenna region. The overnight is in Chiavenna (Italy).
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Day 6. Departure
Departure day.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
595 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (high season supplement: 25 Euro (all departures in July § August)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 145 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size: 2 pers.)
Halfboard supplement (5x dinners, excl. drinks)
155 Euro per person
Tips
Daily departures between mid-June and mid-October. In the first hotel of the itinerary the guests will find a special “Via Spluga bag” with all the vouchers (hotels and museums), information material, maps, parking coupon, gadgets. One piece of luggage per person is allowed for the luggage transfers (15kg). Possible extensions from Chiavenna: extra day in the area, daily excursions to St. Moritz (1,30hrs by bus), to lake Como (30min; also possible ferry trip there) etc.
Accommodation
En-suite rooms on bed and breakfast basis in 3* category accommodations (hotels and local inns) (half board possible upon extra payment; check above for details)

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