The River Inn is fed by the waters of more than 800 glaciers. It starts at Maloja Pass and then fills some of the most beautiful alpine lakes as it flows. Experience this beauty on the Via Engiadina hike, where you’ll follow the river’s path and immerse yourself in Swiss alpine wonder. Your adventure even leads you through Grevasalvas village, a spot where scenes from Heidi were filmed in the 1970s, adding an authentic touch to your journey!
You’ll pass Silvaplana and St. Moritz whilst marvelling at the glistening glaciers of the nearby Bernina range. You’ll soon leave the tourist centres behind as you walk through dreamy mountain villages up to the pristine mountain landscape of the Swiss National Park.
For more than 100 years, nature has been flourishing undisturbed in the south-eastern corner of Switzerland, so the Via Engiadina trek and the Inn River take you through an unspoilt mountainous landscape that really is second to none.
At a glance
29 June – 15 September 2024
(You can start any day)
Single Supplement – £245
Expect to walk for 4 – 7 hours each day, with between 560m – 1000m of ascent and 550m – 1175m of descent
Handpicked Hotels, 6 nights, Bed & Breakfast in 3* & 4* hotels
Luggage Transfers each day between hotels
Travel Guide App – which has all you need to follow the Via Engiadina. In addition to a digital map, you will find further information about your route. The App is also available offline, simply download the trip in advance.
Service-Hotline which is available 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm and provided by our local partner in Switzerland
Please note Tourist Tax is not included in the price, and will need to be paid locally.
Additional Nights – 3* Hotel Zurich – £100pp, 4* Hotel Zurich £125pp (B&B)
The best airport to fly into is Zurich. From here take the stunningly beautiful train journey to St Moritz, followed by a short bus ride to Maloja high in the Upper Engadine. Find out more here
On your departure day (Day 7), the train from Zernez to Zurich takes approx. 3 hours so if you have an early flight home we recommend adding an extra night in Zurich at the end of your holiday.
Day 1 - Arrive
Make your own way to Maloja. We recommend flying to Zurich and taking the train to St Moritz (approx 3½ hours), where a connecting bus will take you to Maloja (30 mins). Alternatively you can fly to Milan or Bergamo and hire a car. Arrive and settle in.
Overnight – 3* Hotel, Maloja (B&B)
Day 2 - Maloja - St Moritz
Route Statistics – 18 km, 6 – 7 hours walking, 1000m ascent / 850m descent
After starting in Maloja, you soon reach Heididorf (Heidi’s village) which is actually called Grevasalvas. Just before you reach the bottom of the valley at picturesque Sils-im-Engadin, the trail takes you past Silvaplana to St. Moritz with a constantly breathtaking view over the lakes in the Upper Engadin.
Overnight – 3* Hotel, St Moritz (B&B)
Day 3 - St. Moritz - Bever
Route Statistics – 20 km, 6 – 7 hours walking, 900m ascent / 1175m descent
High above St. Moritz, the mountain path continues along Piz Padella and reaches Alp Muntatsch. After taking a break, you can walk to the original village of Samedan, which is pretty close by. Val Bever is just a stone’s throw away from here.
Overnight – 4* Hotel, Bever (B&B)
Day 4 - Bever - Zuoz
Route Statistics – 11 km, 3 – 4 hours walking, 560 ascent / 550m descent
Today the Via Engiadina yields an easier day for you, as you climb gradually to Crast Mora. Enjoy the view of the valley floor and the nearby peaks of the Bernina range. The route takes you over stone stairs and forest roads to a plateau. You will cross a stream above the Val Müra gorge and descend into Zuoz.
Overnight – 3* Hotel Zuoz (B&B)
Day 5 - Swiss National Park - Circular Hike
Route Statistics – 14km, 4-5 hours walking, 620m ascent / 620m descent
Today starts with a short bus or rail journey to S-chanf, which you pay for locally. From here, you will walk through the Swiss National Park (Switzerland’s only National Park), across verdant pastures to Val Trupchun, one of the most idyllic side valleys of the Upper Engadin. This diverse hike is rich in the remarkable flora and fauna of the region.
Overnight – 3* Hotel, Zuoz (B&B)
Day 6 - Zuoz Zernez
Route Statistics – 20km, 5½ – 6½ hours walking, 725m ascent/ 965m descent
Your final day starts by meandering along the valley floor of the Upper Engadin. You will pass through enchanting pine and larch woodland and visit idyllic Engadin hamlets and villages. Then you ascend to the Acla Laret and pass Chapella. As you cross the Punt Ota brook, you have now transitioned from the Upper Engadin to the Lower Engadin. Your week finishes by descending through fragrant mountain meadows to Zernez.
Overnight – 3* Hotel, Zernez (B&B)
Day 7 - Depart
After breakfast, make your own onward travel arrangements from Zernez.
The train to Zurich takes approx. 3 hours, so you might consider an extra night in Zurich, having spent the afternoon exploring one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities.
Need to Knows
Trusted local partner – please note that this holiday is organised and delivered in collaboration with a trusted local partner based in Switzerland.
Group size – the minimum number for the holiday is two, due to safety reasons.
Luggage Transfers – this is limited to one piece of luggage per person, 20kg max. Your luggage must be clearly labelled with the tags provided.
Terrain – This route uses waymarked and signposted routes only, providing mostly straightforward navigation in good weather. Trails vary from well-trodden woodland paths to steeper paths on looser, rocky terrain. Surefootedness is essential and naturally, in the high mountains a certain level of hiking experience and a good level of fitness are essential. Also, in early season on higher terrain you might have to cross patches of snow.
Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.
At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.
Travel Advice – check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice here.
Passport & Visa – any questions should be directed to the relevant embassy of your destination country; find out more here. It is your responsibility to be in possession of a full passport, valid for your chosen destination.
Travel Insurance – having adequate and valid travel insurance is a condition of booking with us. Details of our insurance partner, Campbell Irvine, are here.
Health Information – You should carry either an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) Neither is an alternative to adequate travel insurance. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
ABTA – Independent travel advice and help is always available from ABTA by calling 020 3117 0599 or visiting www.abta.com.