Featured holiday St Moritz winter snow-shoe walking holiday Switzerland

7 nights/8 days
This is a seven-night, self-guided, winter snow-shoe walking holiday based in the Swiss mountain resort of St Moritz in the canton of Grisons and known for being home of the famous Cresta run. Travel by air and train or rail all the way and choose from a selection of snow-shoe walks in vicinity of St Moritz. Routes are clearly marked and snowshoes can be rented in the resort. Cross-country skiing is also possible.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
  • Return rail travel from Zurich airport to St Moritz, second class
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

St Moritz winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Highlights

• A choice of five snowshoe trails • A choice of many mountain hikes • See the Cresta run • Cross-country ski tracks

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,830 by air and rail

£2,375 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH06

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to St Moritz and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £280 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £80 per person.

St Moritz winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,830 by air and rail

£2,375 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH06

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to St Moritz and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £280 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £80 per person.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
● Return rail travel from Zurich airport to St Moritz
● 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double room Comfort Corviglia at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in St Moritz, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

St Moritz snowshoe trails

Muottas Muragl (moderate)

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes, distance: 3.1 km. This circular trail is marked blue taking you through the snowy landscape. The route starts and finishes at Muottas Muragl funicular summit station and is well signposted. For a more challenging option, follow the route marked red or a 7 km route marked black recommended for people who are experienced at snowshoeing.

Furtschellas Lake Trail – La Chüdera – Rabgiusa

Duration: 1 hour – 1hour 30 minutes each way. Distance: 1.1 miles each way This route is marked throughout. Start at the Furtschellas-Chüdera middle cable-car station, leading along the ski piste before turning to the left. Enjoy the magnificent views over the snow-covered valley and frozen lakes. You will reach the Ustaria Rabgiusa mountain restaurant after around 1 hour 30 minutes when you can enjoy a traditional meal before heading back along the same trail to Furtschellas middle station and taking a cable car back down the valley.

Staz Forest Trail (easy)

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes, distance: 3.6 km The Staz Forest Trail is a signposted route which takes you through woodland and snow-covered clearings. Begin the trail at Pontresina cross-country ski centre by the train station and end at the cross-country ski school in Celerina. The route can also be walked in the opposite direction.

Morteratsch Trail (moderate)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, distance: 2.9 km This trail starts on the left by the level crossing in Morteratsch and leads you up the valley towards the Bernina massif. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Piz Bernina and head back via the same trail. This route leads over open plateaus and through snowy forests.

Alp Bondo Trail (moderate)

Duration: 2 hours, distance: 4.6 km This snowshoe trail takes you through UNESCO World Heritage territory along the Rhaetian railway line, offering breath-taking mountain views. Begin the trail from Bernina Diavolezza lower station and hike towards Lago Bianco towards Alp Bondo. This trail is a loop so you will return to your starting point.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,830 by air and rail

£2,375 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH06

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to St Moritz and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £280 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £80 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to St Moritz
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double room Comfort Corviglia at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are hourly services via Chur to St Moritz. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you can take the Lyria fast TGV to Zurich and on to Chur and St Moritz. You might want to break the journey, perhaps with a night in Paris or Zurich.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in St Moritz, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,830 by air and rail

£2,375 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH06

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to St Moritz and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £280 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £80 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to St Moritz
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double room Comfort Corviglia at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are hourly services via Chur to St Moritz. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you can take the Lyria fast TGV to Zurich and on to Chur and St Moritz. You might want to break the journey, perhaps with a night in Paris or Zurich.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in St Moritz, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

Holiday prices

Holiday prices
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room by air and rail
Date Hotel Schweizerhof Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
4 Jan 2021-31 Jan 2021 £1,830 £3,160
1 Feb 2021-28 Feb 2021 £2,030 £3,160
1 Mar 2021-31 Mar 2021 £1,930 £3,160

Supplements
Supplements are per person in total
Description Date Hotel Schweizerhof Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
First class rail 4 Jan 2021-31 Mar 2021 £80 £80
Rail from London to St Moritz return 2nd class 4 Jan 2021-31 Mar 2021 £545 £545
Rail from London to St Moritz return std prem/1st 4 Jan 2021-31 Mar 2021 £825 £825



Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,830 by air and rail

£2,375 by rail

Holiday Code FHCH06

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. Also possible is travel by train from London to St Moritz and back in standard class. First class upgrade possible including standard premier on the Eurostar from London to Paris return at £280 per person. Fly-rail first class supplement for rail travel in Switzerland £80 per person.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich return, economy
• Return rail travel from Zurich airport to St Moritz
• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a double room Comfort Corviglia at the Hotel Schweizerhof in St Moritz
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich several times a day. From here there are hourly services via Chur to St Moritz. Travel by rail from the UK starts with taking the Eurostar to Paris. Here you can take the Lyria fast TGV to Zurich and on to Chur and St Moritz. You might want to break the journey, perhaps with a night in Paris or Zurich.

Additional information This is a winter holiday and dependent upon the snow conditions in St Moritz, and generally possible from just before Christmas until April.

St Moritz winter snowshoe walking and winter hiking holiday for individuals

Highlights of Grisons and the Engadine

Between the peaks, valleys, and lakes of Grisons and the Engadine, towns and villages with hidden cultural treasures abound. Some of the oldest settlements in Switzerland are located here, still with the same medieval atmosphere. One of the most iconic images associated with Grisons is Tarasp Castle, built in the 11th century, perched on its hundred-metre-high rock in the centre of its surrounding valley. To see more of traditional Engadine style, visit the ancient villages of Guarda, Ftan, and Sent. The village of Zernez is known as the ‘Gateway to the Swiss National Park,' which also extends south into Italy. The Inn Valley is the perfect place to admire your surroundings. 60km of hiking trails wind their way across the landscape between Maloja and Scuol, believed to be the most rewarding trails in Switzerland because of the high-altitude views. Between the months of May and September, the Inn Valley gorges are ideal for rafting, as their calm turquoise waters bustle white. The Bains Engadine in Scuol were the first Roman-Irish baths in Switzerland, now providing saunas and pools with a very impressive backdrop.

Cultural highlights of Grisons and the Engadine

The three main towns of interest are Chur, Davos, and St Moritz. Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland, affectionately named the ‘Alpine City.’ Twisting streets and historic buildings, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, boutiques, and a pedestrianised Old Town mean the city is abounding in charming character. A farmer's market is held in the main square of the Old Town every Saturday morning between the months of May and October. High above the town stands the Bishop's Palace. Fortified walls surround the central courtyard, which holds the Cathedral of the Assumption, dating back over 800 years. Chur is also home to the region's three largest museums. Explore its history in the Rhaetian Museum, the works of prestigious local artists at the Museum of Fine Art, and the flora, wildlife, and geological history at the Graubunden Natural History Museum. The two most popular mountain peaks in the area around Chur are the Branbruesch and the Dreibundenstein, both accessible by cable car and hiking routes. Chur has the highest concentration of restaurants and bars in Switzerland, making it an excellent destination for gastronomists and those who enjoy sampling a range of delicacies in a new restaurant each night. The highest ‘town’ in the Alps, at 1560m above sea level, is Davos, another popular destination with winter sports enthusiasts. In the summer, however, the snow melts to reveal over 700km of hiking paths. These can be accessed via cable cars up to the Jakobshorn (2590m), the Weissflujoch (2844m), and the Rinerhorn (2490m). Horse-drawn carriages take you along the narrower valleys of Sertig, Dischma, and Fluela. At Davos Lake, visitors can take a refreshing swim or enjoy the sports available at the sailing and surfing area. Alternatively, visit the Zugenschlucht gorge to follow the geology trail, the rocky path of the river, or to visit the mining museum. For something even more unusual, spend an hour at the Monstein Brewery, the highest brewery in Europe, and the first in Switzerland to be opened for tastings and tours. St Moritz is perhaps the best-loved Alpine winter destination in Switzerland, and possibly Europe. At 1822m above sea level, visitors are welcomed first by views across the Upper Engadine Valley. The local peaks, including the Piz Corvatsch, Chantarella, and Corviglia can be reached via mountainside railway, and from Corviglia, you can take a cable car up to Suvretta's most famous viewing point. Though St Moritz is not a waterside village, the nearby Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana are perfect for water sports, particularly the latter, which is known for being windy. The village of St Moritz itself is smattered with quaint cafes and stunning buildings with peaked roofs, and the central churches provide beautiful destinations after a morning of exploration on foot. Just outside St Moritz is Celerina, home to the Cresta Run, one of the area's most famous attributes. Celerina is also the first stop on the Glacier Express route from St Moritz to Zermatt: a journey of viaducts, steep inclines, spiralling declines, and some of Switzerland's most famous mountains.

Festivals in Grisons and the Engadine

In Switzerland there is only one nationally celebrated day, the Anniversary of the Founding of the Swiss Confederation on the 1st August, aside from Christmas, advent and New Year. Apart from these, festivals and holidays are determined by the canton and the town. The residents of Grisons see in the first day of March with Chalanda Marz, in which bells are rung to chase out the winter. In Disentis on July 11th, a religious procession takes place to honour Saint Placidus. In Pontresina, St Moritz, and across the canton, the BSI Engadine Festival brings the region to life with performances of classical music in August. The most unusual of the major festivals in Grisons and the Engadine may well be in Chur, at the Chur City Festival and Alpine Beard Festival in August. In the autumn, Chur Theatre performs a diverse international theatre and dance programme, and in August every two years open-air opera is performed at the Haldenstein Castle.

Gastronomy in Grisons and the Engadine

As Grisons is still comprised of three language areas (Italian, German, and Romansh), the cuisine remains eclectic and varied. Many ingredients, prominent in the Alpine terrain are recombined in new ways to create different, flavoursome dishes. Three popular dishes in particular are maluns, capuns, and pizokels. Maluns are made from boiled potatoes, which are then grated, rolled in flour, and then roasted in butter. Often eaten by farmers for breakfast, maluns are also popular snacks to accompany a cup of coffee or served with Alpine cheese at dinner. Capuns come in a range of varieties, but are always wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves, spinach leaves, or Swiss chard. Inside, they have some combination of dough, meat, fish, and vegetables. Pizokels are baked dishes of special dough and vegetables topped with cheese.

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