22105
Austria/Switzerland
Hiking the Hillsides: Switzerland & Austria With Your Grandchild
Explore an ancient castle, ride a historic train and witness some of Europe’s most spectacular views as you and your grandchild walk and discover the alpine wonders of Switzerland.
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Program No. 22105RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,699
Flights start at
1,300
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10 days
9 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals in Switzerland
Pontresina
D
Sporthotel Pontresina

Activity note: Hotel check in is at 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Meet your group at the Zurich Airport, for the group transfer to Pontresina (approx. 3.5 hours). Pontresina enjoys a sunny, sheltered location at the entrance to the Val Bernina (Berninatal) on a southwest facing terrace just 7 miles from St. Moritz. The charm of this medium-sized resort lies in the architectural blend of fine old Engadine houses with their typical “sgraffito” (decorated walls) from the 17th and 18th centuries and the elegant hotels in Belle Époque style. Before dinner, attend a welcome orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals. Unless otherwise noted dinners on this program are typically a three course set menu.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Alpine Cheese Dairy, Diavolezza
Pontresina
B,L,D
Sporthotel Pontresina

Activity note: Approximately 2 miles of walking, for 1.5 hours, on mountain trails.

Breakfast: On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: On the Alp Nuova, high above Pontresina, cheese is once again being made by hand according to traditional methods. Sixty years ago, the last cheese wheel left the dairy on the Alp Nuova in Morteratsch; the dairy was shut down, and a small enterprise with a big history fell silent. However, the traditional craft of cheese making has recently been revived. With extensive historical knowledge and even more passion, cheesemaker Peter enjoys teaching how to make cheese--and everyone is encouraged to try their hand at making cheese themselves.Taste some typical Swiss cheese! Then take a short train ride by famous Bernina Express and by cable car up to Diavolezza.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Diavolezza is the best vantage point for viewing one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Alps. It offers stunning views of the Pers and Morteratsch Glaciers, Piz Palü, Piz Bellavista and Piz Bernina - the last of which is, at 13,284 feet, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. Learn more about the glaciers of the surrounding area from your Group Leader. Afterwards, return by cable car and train back to the hotel for some free time.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Muottas Muragl
Pontresina
B,L,D
Sporthotel Pontresina

Activity note: Approximately 4 miles of walking, for 3 hours, on mountain trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A funicular railway takes you up to the peak of Muottas Muragl (8045 feet). The trail leads down to Alp Langard (7642 feet) and offers spectacular views. Learn about alpine farming during a field lecture.

Lunch: At a mountain hut.

Afternoon: From the Alp Luangard, we take the chairlift down to Pontresina and return to the hotel. Enjoy some free time in Pontresina and relax.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
St. Moritz, Piz Nair and High Ropes Park
Pontresina
B,L,D
Sporthotel Pontresina

Activity note: Approximately 4 miles of walking, for 3 hours, on mountain trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After a short ride by public bus, arrive in St. Moritz. By funicular and gondela, travel up to Piz Nair, a summit overlooking St. Moritz. Enjoy the spectacular view. Return by gondela and funicular to Chantarella. From here, hike to the Heidi hut and take take in a field lecture on the Heidi lodge.

Lunch: Picnic en route.

Afternoon: We continue our hike down to St. Moritz. This is one of the most famous holiday villages in the world and was the first place in Switzerland which offered winter holidays. St. Moritz has already hosted the Olympic winter games twice. Today besides the mountains, hiking, and skiing, St. Moritz is well known for international events such as the white turf races or world championship in skiing and also for its exclusively shopping and accommodation possibilities. Enjoy a visit of St. Moritz. By train we travel back to Pontresina to test our skills on the high-rope park. Various levels of difficulty ensure challenges for everyone. The facility is suitable for children of 4 years of age and over, adults, families, and other groups – in short, for everyone who takes pleasure in the joy of exercise

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Celerina and Transfer to Scoul
Scuol
B,L,D
Hotel Bellaval

Activity note: Approximately 5 miles of walking, for 2.5 hour, on mountain trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Your luggage will be transferred to the next hotel in Scuol. Travel to Celerina and explore the barefoot trail in the Staz forest. The undergrowth alternates between water, meadow, and forest path. Every family member will appreciate and benefit from the tactile sensation resulting from hiking barefoot.

Lunch: At a food truck next to the lake.

Afternoon: If the weather is good you can jump into the lake. Then continue walking to Punt Muragl. By train travel to Scuol. Around the innovative holiday and spa resort of Scuol – where mineral water bubbles from the village fountain – stretches an unspoiled landscape of national-park quality. The authentic Engadine holiday villages have managed to retain their traditional identity and are proud to show guests their rich Romansh culture. The valley may lie at the end of the railway line and far from day-tripper traffic, but it has also frequently been a pioneer of new ideas.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Schellen Ursli Path
Scuol
B,L,D
Hotel Bellaval

Activity note: Approximately 3 miles of walking, for 1.5 hours, on mountain trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: An adventure for people of all ages, the Schellen Ursli Path (Via Uorsin) starts at Guarda, the home of Schellen Ursli, and tells the story of the boy while also teaching you about the local flora and fauna. Along the way, several signposts tell the story of the Engadine boy with the cowbell. Take in a field lecture on the Schellen Ursli Path.

Lunch: Picnic at the lake.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time. One option is to visit the aquatic center and swimming pool landscape (for a fee).

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Castle Tarasp, Organic Farm, and Trotti-Bike Fun
Scuol
B,L,D
Hotel Bellaval

Activity note: Approximate walking time: 2 miles for 1 hour on a paved road and at the farm and castle.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Castle Tarasp. This landmark of the lower Engadine is a picture book castle built in the 11th century on a 300 foot high rock that dominates the landscape. Then visit an organic farm and experience and learn how people nowadays live on a Swiss farm.

Lunch: Picnic on the trail.

Afternoon: Ride the gondola up Motta Mountain (6724 feet) and embark on a biking adventure. Each participant will have a Trottinet, a bike specially designed for riding on natural dirt paths. No special knowledge is required for riding a Trottinet. After a small walk, experience the wonderful downhill ride to Scuol via a well-marked trail that leads past Prui and through Ftan.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Innsbruck
Innsbruck
B,L,D
Hotel Weisses Kreuz

Activity note: Approximate walking time: 3 hours of city walking.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer via private coach to Innsbruck. Explore the ski jump tower of Innsbruck. From the stylish restaurant there are uninterrupted panoramic views of the lofty surrounding peaks of Patscherkofel, Nordkette, Hohe Munde, and Serles. Transfer to hotel and check-in.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afterwards explore the heart of the city on a walking excursion. See the famous Golden Roof, the recently renovated Imperial Palace and St. James Dome. Learn about all of these places during a field lecture.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departures. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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