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From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

1. From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

Spend a full-day traveling to St. Moritz on this exciting rail journey. The Bernina Express is one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, climbing more than 1,800 meters, making it the steepest railway journey in the world. Round-trip transfer from Milan is included in the tour. Your rail journey begins in Tirano, Italy, and takes you all the way to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Tirano is a picturesque Mediterranean town in a mountain setting dotted with palms and oleanders. Take a panoramic train ride from an altitude of 429 meters up to 1,829 meters, crossing the spiraling viaduct at Brusio and the Bernina Pass to the alpine valley known as the Engadin. On the journey, marvel at the scenery of the Alps. UNESCO named the Bernina route a world heritage site. See monumental glaciers, cross steep gorges, and pass through tunnels under some of the area’s most massive mountains. In St. Moritz you’ll have time to explore Switzerland's most famous mountain resort before the return journey to Milan.

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

3. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Heidi’s village of Maienfeld and in the summer months.   Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore.  Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein.  Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories.  Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range. 

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

4. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the classic Bernina Red Train, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of the Swiss Alps. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

5. From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

Head out on an amazing excursion through the spectacular landscapes of Swiss Alps onboard the panoramic Bernina Red Train. On the highest railways across the Alps, the Bernina Red Train climbs up to glistening glaciers up to 2256 meters above sea level. Capture amazing photos of the incredible landscapes you pass. Hop onto a bus and head to the small border town of Tirano in Valtellina region. Then, after a 2.5–hour breathtaking train ride, reach the luxury resort of St. Moritz. Take the chance to stroll around the area, or explore the shops during your stop. 

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

6. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

7. From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

From up among sparkling glaciers and down to a land of palms, the Bernina Express offers a change of scene like no other. No other railway links north to south in such a wonderful manner on trains with glass-topped panoramic cars. In the morning, depart by bus from Milan Piazza della Repubblica to the cosmopolitan city of St. Moritz. Upon arrival, enjoy time at your disposal for a panoramic walk along the lake area, some shopping, or sweet-tasting in one of the delicious local pastry shops. In the afternoon, head over to the train station and get seated in one of the panoramic carriages on board the Bernina Express Train bound for Tirano. Experience one of life’s finest cultural and natural-world experiences on a train that traverses no fewer than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, easily tackling inclines of up to 70 mm/m along the way. Admire the view as the train travels into the mountains. Gaze in awe at the panoramas of the Morteratsch Glacier and the world-famous Montebello Curve. Continue past the lakes of Lago Bianco e Laj Neir up to Alp Gruem. Arrive in Tirano before boarding a bus to make the return journey to Milan with a scheduled arrival in the late evening.

Davos: Tandem Paragliding Flight

8. Davos: Tandem Paragliding Flight

You will meet your pilot at the valley station of the Jakobshornbahn in Davos Platz. Your pilot team consists of pilots from Davos, which have 30 years of paragliding experience. Together with your pilot you will take the two sections of the Jakobshorn cable car up to the Jakobshorn summit. Before, during, and after the cable car ride, you will have enough time to discuss any questions with your pilot. You will also get an insight into the world of paragliding. Once at the top, your pilot will check the wind situation before selecting a suitable launch site. Normally your guides will begin your flight either directly below the summit, from the Jatzhütte or from the Brämabüel. When you arrive at the starting point, your pilot will prepare the material for your flight and connect you with the apparatus. It will then be time to launch, at which point you will begin running together with your pilot. Following a few steps, you will be together in the air. Throughout your flight you can talk easily to your pilot and tell them your wishes. You will be able to steer yourself, or simply glide along and enjoy the beautiful landscape. You landing site will later be located in Davos, where your thrilling experience will conclude.

Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

9. Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

Spend a day admiring unique panoramas of the Swiss Alps whilst traveling on the famous Bernina Red Train, which in 2010 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will leave from Tirano, an ancient Italian town known for its Renaissance Basilica and its 18th-century palaces, churches and gates. Tirano is also famous for the excellent red wines made from Nebbiolo grapes, and culinary specialities like pizzoccheri, bresaola and alpine cheeses.  You will board the Bernina Red Train in Tirano, climb the Swiss Valposchiavo Valley and start the descent into the Engadin Valley until you reach Diavolezza station, where you'll take the cable car up to Diavolezza Refuge (3000 meters), also called the "Ballroom of the Alps".  Here you'll to enjoy the stunning view on the Piz Bernina and have free time to enjoy a drink or lunch at the refuge. On your way back to Tirano, where the experience ends, you can make a stop in the village of Poschiavo to take a stroll along the Poschiavo Lake.

St. Moritz to Tirano: Bernina Express Panorama Train Ticket

10. St. Moritz to Tirano: Bernina Express Panorama Train Ticket

Experience the most spectacular way to cross the Alps as you ride the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano. Enjoy a comfortable journey in carriages with large panoramic windows which allow you to admire the beautiful scenery around you. Admire the spectacular landscapes as the train winds through the mountains passing through 55 tunnels, over 196 bridges, and up steep inclines with ease. Board the Bernina Express in St. Moritz and begin the 2 hours and 10-minute train ride to the south. Pass Pontresina and ascend gradually through the valley to the Bernina Pass over Morteratsch station. See the glacier and the highest summit of the Eastern Alps at Piz Bernina. Reach the Ospizio Bernina station which is the highest point on the train line at 2,253 meters above Lago Bianco. Continue the journey as the train descends to the station of Alp Grüm where you can enjoy a quick stop for a photo opportunity and admire the beautiful views. After many hairpin turns the train reaches follows the course of the River Poschiavino and passes Le Prese and Miralago, both situated on the shores of Lake Poschiavo. Finally, cross into Italy and disembark at the town of Tirano.

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What people are saying about Graubünden

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,535 reviews

We enjoyed a wonderful day visiting Lake Como and St Moritz on this group tour. It started with a few of us finding our way to the meeting spot and checking with one another to see if we were in the right place ... which we were. Once the tour started we quickly found our tour leader to be very experienced and informative in multiple languages of course. The were so many highlights and beautiful scenic panoramas along the way so collected lots of snaps to choose best ones for posts. The lake trip was a highlight not only for the scenery but some of the majestic if not historic homes of the rich and famous. The train ride over the mountains was something special. Special mention was the lunch we almost had in St Moritz when we ran out of time to wait for our meal. The waitress was not happy, but the train waits for no one! Thoroughly recommend this tour.

Excellent. Even though it was raining in Como the view was spectacular. Driving through the Morjola pass was extremely scary but one of the most beautiful and scenic experience. The stop in St Moritz was a good break. I had one of the most delicious tasting hot chocolate ever and I regret not buying two of the pastries. The Bernina Express train through the Swiss Alps was everything and thanks to Andre who provided the background and history throughout the entire trip. Highly recommended.

A very well organised trip. There's a lot of sitting involved (coach, boat, train) but you get beautiful and scenic views as promised. St Moritz was a bit of a disappointment, would rather explore Como area for a bit longer but understand it would have been difficult to manage timewise. All in all, worth both your time and price - would definitely do it again.

The tour guide and bus driver were punctual. The tour was well-organized and informative. I hope to do this again next time in Zürich with guests.

Maybe it would be good to have more time in Lichtenstein, but in general, I enjoyed the tour.