4 days, 6 days
Full board
Beginner, Family
August, July, June, May, October, September

An awe-inspiring hike along the Via Spluga

Experience the thrill of hiking through one of Planet Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Make your way through the famous mountain ranges of Switzerland and Italy as you take the time to stop and admire lakes, quaint villages and local ways of life along the ViaSpluga. 

Hikes in the Alps don’t get more spectacular and life-affirming than this — so book today before it’s too late.

About the Swiss Alps

Sandwiched between Bern, Luzern and Lake Geneva, the Swiss Alps are characterised by their jaw-dropping peaks, sheer valleys and icy blue lakes. Perfect for summer hiking and winter sports, this part of Europe is awash with stunning areas of natural beauty. 

About the Italian Alps

Whether you’re in North East Italy’s Dolomites region or the North West’s Valle d’Aosta, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to areas of great natural beauty in the Italian Alps. 

Hiking in the Alps

This region between Thusis in Switzerland and Chiavenna in Italy’s Lombardy region is perfect for hiking, nature trails and soaking up the local culture. Blessed with ancient routes, quaint Alpine towns and some of the world’s most spectacular vistas, this area of the Alps is hugely popular with hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. 

A great place to start any hike in the Alps is Thusis — a charming Swiss settlement that encapsulates the local way of life. Home to just 3,000 people, this picturesque town is the largest in the region. 

If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful hiking routes in the Alps, you’ll find it just outside Thusis. The Via Mala Gorges deliver breathtaking views and the very best Mother Nature has to offer. Another famous and ancient hiking route in the area is the Via Traversina — which delivers hikers directly to the charming village of Andeer. 

This part of the world is blessed with some of the most picturesque settlements in Europe. The likes of Splügen, Isola and Chiavenna boast museums, charming eateries, cobbled streets, uniquely European architecture and a way of life that’s difficult to find in the 21st century. 

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a first-timer, a wealth of beauty and exciting experiences await you on Alpine walking holidays.

The beautiful town of Thusis

Located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, Thusis is the perfect place to start walking holidays in the Alps. Characterised by its cobbled streets, red-roof cottages and laid-back way of life, this charming settlement is the gateway to the breathtaking Via Mala Gorge along the Hinterrhein River — one of the world’s best hiking trails. 

The stunning spa resort of Andeer

Located in the Shamsertal region of the Swiss Alps, Andeer is a small spa town with a big heart. Ideally located for walks to Splügen and San Bernadino, this beautiful town is encircled by stunning mountain ranges, waterfalls, lakes and valleys. As pretty as it is vibrant, Andeer is known for its thermal baths — which offer water temperatures of up to 34C. It’s the perfect resting place for energetic Alps walking holidays.

The picturesque ski resort of Splügen

This quaint settlement serves as a major ski resort during the winter months. But come spring, it turns into one of the most beautiful hiking locations you’re likely to see anywhere in the world. This typical pass village has been frozen in time, boasting ancient European architecture, palazzi and the wooden Walser houses that are so prevalent in this region of Europe. Splügen is the perfect place to break up long Alpine walking holidays.

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Time of departure Flexible
Full board
Luggage transport
Support line
Hiking maps
Double room


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*This tour is based on a minimum of two participants. Only the services mentioned above are included in the price. Single travellers should expect to pay an extra fee for single rooms in hotels. Luggage transfer is only available for two or more participants.

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Ticket TypeAdult, Child (under 13 years)
Dog friendlyYes

Hiking the viaSpluga

This is an example of a viaSpluga hiking tour. Your final itinerary may differ, depending on factors such as the availability of hotels and eateries.


Total distance: 71 KM
H+: 2200
H-: 2240
Level: Easy to medium.


Day 1: Arrival in Thusis

Your viaSpluga hiking trail begins in the charming village of Thusis. Meet our representatives at your hotel to receive an initial briefing and some essential documentation. We will also issue any passes and vouchers you might need during your Alps hiking trip. Then it’s off to bed for an early start the next day.

Day 2: Thusis - Andeer

Your first full day of hiking in the Alps begins with a brisk walk through Thusis and into some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. This 15 km hike takes in some truly jaw-dropping vistas and the very best of the Via Mala gorges. Running parallel to this famous route is the Via Traversina — an equally historic route that takes hikers a little higher.

Our first day of Alpine hiking ends in the charming village of Andeer, which is characterised by its quintessentially European architecture and cobblestone streets. The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.


Length: 15.5 km
Duration: 5-6 hours
H+: 630 m
H-: 30 m


Our second full day of hiking in the Alps begins with a walk to one of the region’s most stunning beauty spots — the Roffla Waterfalls. After spending a few minutes taking in the scenery and spectacular falls, we take a well-trodden path that runs parallel to an ancient road. This is where we leave the modern world behind, as we make our way into the forest in search of flora and fauna.

Our next stop along the way is the pretty village of Sufers. This ancient settlement was founded during the Carolingian epoch and is awash with history. Once there, you’ll be able to take in the majesty of what surrounds you — a gorgeous valley and towering mountains at every turn. Then it’s back to the ancient path as we wind our way through the valley and onto the town of Splügen. This bustling town offers all the trappings of modern life, yet its ancient character and mystique remain almost unchanged.


Length: 14.5 km
Duration: 5 hours
H+: 730 m
H-: 230 m


We think the picturesque town of Splügen is one of the finest in the Alps. That’s why we encourage you to explore it as it wakes up in the morning. Immerse yourself in local life, enjoy a hearty Alpine breakfast and recharge your batteries for another day of spectacular Alpine hiking. Day 4 takes us through luscious pastures — surrounded by mountain ranges and breathtaking views. Along the way, we’ll point out a range of interesting landmarks, including avalanche barriers, ancient tracks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

This stage of your Alpine hike along the viaSpluga is relatively short, but it’s one of the most energetic. You’ll walk along a high-altitude trail as you leave the village and make your way up the northern slop of the Splügen Pass. You’ll then descend down into the village of Montespluga, which is dripping with Italian culture and centuries of history.

Length: 9 km
Duration: 3 hours
H+: 650 m
H-: 200 m

Day 5: Montespluga - Campodolcino

A full day of spectacular Alpine hiking begins with a brisk walk along the reservoir banks and to two spectacular dams. We’ll take a few moments of well-earned rest to take in the vistas over the Cardinello Gorge. You’ll definitely want to get your cameras out for this awe-inspiring photo opportunity!

As we continue, you’ll get the chance to see some of the most breathtaking rock formations in Europe. We then start a steep descent down the gorge and along a raging river. Although challenging, this is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll enjoy on this Alpine hiking tour. But your exertions will be well rewarded, as this leg of our tour takes us to the beautiful settlement of Isola — via a range of pretty mountain homes in Sosta and Mottaletta. And finally, a trek through ancient woodland leads us to our final destination of the day; the wondrous Campodolcino.

Length: 16 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
H+: 60 m
H-: 850 m

Day 6: Campodolcino - Chiavenna

Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast on the morning of day 6, as this is a challenging, mostly downhill section of our Alpine hiking tour. We’ll take the Liro torrent route that includes Val San Giacomo, dry-stone walls, bounteous meadows, chestnut groves and some spectacular vistas. There will also be opportunities to explore ancient religious sites and historic churches along the way.

We maintain a steady pace as we continue descending to Chiavenna along an ancient pathway. This leg of our tour includes one of the most spectacular photo opportunities — the vineyards, terraces and natural splendour of Valchiavenna. This quintessentially Alpine settlement is frozen in time, which is why it’s the perfect place to end our tour.

Length: 16 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
H+: 130 m
H-: 930 m

Day 7: Chiavenna

Today is a day to recharge your batteries and explore everything the historic settlement of Chiavenna has to offer. Whether you simply want to sip coffee and watch the world go by or explore the town’s frescoes, ancient architecture and piazza, take the time to immerse yourself in the local way of life.

Breakfast and departure.

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