Hiking - Sentiero Lago di Lugano
5 days / unescorted
Lugano - Serpiano - Mendrisio
Incorporating a small part of the entire trail, this hiking tour will nevertheless give you perfect insight in to the Ticino - the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Around blue lakes, past palm trees and up into the craggy mountains with their Mediterranean flora - this tour will show you a very different side of the country.
- Grade B: intermediate
- Average walking time: 3h30 - 7h
- Start/End: Lugano / Mendrisio
- Terrain: Above and below tree line, forest, lakeshore
- Luggage Transfer: From hotel to hotel
- Local Transport: Day 2 & 4 - pay locally (~ CHF 20 pp)
- Accommodation: 3-star Hotels / Breakfast
Air or rail travel to Zürich. Pick-up by representative and overnight stay in Regensdorf near Zürich.
Lugano - Serpiano
Set out from Lugano-Paradiso to ascend Monte San Salvatore. Alternatively make use of the included Half Fare Card and take the cogwheel railway to the top. From the top of San Salvatore continue slightly downhill through woodlands alternating with well-kept villages, pretty grottis (traditional inns) and scenic views until you reach Morcote. Take the boat across Lake Lugano to Brusino and continue to by cable car to the hamlet of Serpiano toward to the top of Monte San Giorgio. Hiking time 5h30. Overnight in Serpiano.
||Seripiano - Mendrisio
The Monte San Giorgio is also known as the 'Fossil Mountain' due to dinosaur fossils found here, dating back 230-240 million years. Explore a little before starting the gentle ascent through valleys, forests and hamlets to the town of Mendrisio. Along the way there is time to stop at a grotto for some typical Ticino refreshments. The region of Mendrisiotto is particularly well-known for the delicious food and wine produced and served here. Hiking time 3h30. Overnight in Mendrisio.
||Mendrisio - Monte Generoso - Mendrisio
Monte Generoso offers arguably the best views across Ticino. An enchanting panorama can be enjoyed from the top taking in all of the lakes in the region as well as mountain peaks as far away as the Matterhorn in the Valais. It is however a slow and steady climb through the lush forests to the top at 1,700m. Alternatively make use of the included Half Fare Card to use the cogwheel railway to the top and back down. Hiking time 7h. Overnight in Mendrisio.
Pick-up from hotel and transfer to Zürich airport for return journey to the UK.
You will be accommodated in 3* hotels.
- All rooms with shower or bath
Dates & Prices
Departures: Daily 01 April - 15 October
- From £568 per adult for sharing twin/double room
- From £674 per adult for single room
Return flights in economy class from major UK airport, 7 overnights as per itinerary, breakfast, hikes and walks as per itinerary, ALLROUND SERVICE including 'Meet and Greet' at the airport, tour briefing, transfer to start/end of trail, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, compreshensive tour documentations, English speaking helpline and support throughout.
Payment by credit card:
A transaction fee of 1.6% up to a maximum of £20 will apply when paying by credit card. A transaction fee of 2.2% up to a maximum of £20 will apply when paying by AMEX (Diners Card cannot be accepted). No charge will be made for debit cards.