The Swiss canton of Ticino is famous for its mild climate, unique natural contrasts and varied landscape. This makes it one of the most beautiful hiking regions of Switzerland. Spring arrives earlier and autumn lingers longer than in the rest of the country. Hikers will find a well developed system of hiking trails which are all perfectly signposted.
Ticino is highly influenced by its Italian neighbours, with Italian as the main language. The newly opened “Trans Swiss Trail” leads through Ticino on the scenic route Strada Alta, along the river Ticino to Bellinzona and via the height of Gola di Lago down to the subtropical climate of Lago di Lugano.
Day 2: Strada Alta (Airolo – Osco), walking time 5 hours
Following the legendary scenic route of Strada Alta, in old times this was an important trading route to avoid the wild gorges of Leventina on the way to Gotthard. The stage between Airolo and Osco has many scenic views into the Bedretto valley and to the snowy peaks of the Gotthard massive. From Osco take a bus transfer to Biasca, site of the massive new Gotthard Base Tunnel rail project.
In the morning take a bus transfer to Anzonico. This little known but most beautiful part of the Strada Alta has villages that still vividly remind of the old times, lovingly maintained Rustici and naturally kept paths – a hiker’s paradise with breathtaking views.
Today a very different picture of Ticino presents itself: The Trans Swiss Trail follows the unspoilt river banks of Ticino – and you would never believe that not too far away truck after truck thunders along the motorway in the direction of the Gotthard Pass. Hear only the callings of water birds!
By train or bus from Bellinzona to Isona. A lovely hiking day away from any traffic; you hike via alpine pastures to Pass Gola di Lago, with breathtaking views on Denti Della Vecchia (“Luganese Dolomites”), on the high altitude path to Condra. From Tesserete by bus to Lugano.
From the top of Monte San Salvatore – either reached on foot or by funicular from Lugano/Paradiso – you enjoy a stunning panorama view on Lake Lugano and of the Alps. Highlight of this tour certainly is the picturesque village Carona and – at the end of the hiking tour – the former fisher’s village Morcote. Return to Lugano by bus or boat.
This tour is suitable for hikers of any age group, including children and seniors, however you must be of a good fitness level.
Daily walking times are kept fairly short to allow ample time to stop and enjoy the sights. You walk on well kept trails and hillside paths so good hiking boots are recommended.
Daily departures possible from May through mid-October
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1340|
|Single room surcharge||$350|
This tour includes:
Local train tickets
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment