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Foray through the cuisine of the Grisons

Lenzerheide | Pontresina

from CHF 1'115.- per person for 4 nights  Price per person in a double room for 4 nights. The offer is bookable from 13 August to 30 September 2021 and from 10 to 23 October 2021.

Capuns, Pizokel or Pizzoccheri - who doesn't know them, the specialities from the Grisons? The culinary stronghold in the south of Switzerland has much more to offer! On this culinary journey, you will take the red train through the most beautiful mountain landscapes of the Grisons and learn more about traditional crafts and the local food culture. The hotel chefs will personally take care of your palate and spoil you with a gourmet dinner every day!

Arrival


Our recommendation for your arrival: via Andermatt through the Rhine Gorge

The best place to start your culinary voyage of discovery is Andermatt - the ideal starting point for your Graubünden voyage of discovery. The train climbs leisurely towards the Oberalp Pass. The Rhine has its source nearby. Its source lies at the small, mystical Tomasee lake at the foot of Piz Badus. The Rhine connects the Alps with the North Sea and is one of the most important rivers in Europe. So it was that, in the spirit of this connection between mountain and sea, the highest lighthouse in the world (2046 metres above sea level) is located on the Oberalp Pass. The next section of the route takes you into the Rhine Gorge. Ruinaulta is what the locals call the monumental Rhine Gorge between Ilanz and Reichnau in Romansh. The gorge was formed 10,000 years ago by the Flims landslide and today forms a unique natural backdrop: turquoise-green water and rock faces up to 350 metres high. Enjoy lunch in Chur before taking the Postbus to Lenzerheide.


Arrival by car:
You have the option of parking the car in Chur at the P+Rail and then arriving in Lenzerheide by Postauro. The cost of a parking space is CHF 12 per day. For an excursion to the Rhine Gorge from Chur, we recommend the return journey to Ilanz (e.g. with the Rhine Gorge Adventure Train: 13.6.-25.10.20, Chur from 08.34 / Ilanz to 09.23 - Ilanz from 11.41 or 15.58 / Chur to 12.29 or 16.45).
Culture tip Chur: The exhibition "The Great Panoramas" by Grisons artist Giovanni Giaccometti in the Grisons Art Museum (open daily except Mondays, admission CHF 15.- per person). The yellow bus will take you from Chur directly to your accommodation: the Schweizerhof Lenzerheide****S, a house with tradition & modernity, environmental awareness and living hospitality! Here you will spend the next 2 nights.

2 nights in the Lenzerheide


Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide

Your accommodation in the Lenzerheide: At the Schweizerhof Lenzerheide****S, those seeking relaxation will find the largest hotel hamam in the entire Alpine region, while culinary lovers will find three first-class restaurants - with natural products, whenever possible from the region. On one evening the Schweizerhof team will spoil you with a 6-course gourmet dinner in the hotel restaurant, on the other evening they will serve you exclusive specialities in "Scalottas Terroir". It's not just because of this that the Scalottas has been awarded a MICHELIN Green Star: All dishes are conjured up using ingredients from near-natural production, some even from the restaurant's own farmland - as well as with a renunciation of products from factory farming and a careful use of resources. A true culinary highlight!

In the afternoon of the 1st day of the tour and on the 2nd day of the tour you have the choice: would you rather explore the landscape with its majestic mountain peaks on foot or by e-bike? The hotel's own e-bikes are at your disposal. For your picnic on the way, you will receive a rucksack on the 2nd day of your journey, filled with the finest products from the region (bread from the wood-fired oven, cheese from Floh Bienerth from Andeer, Salsiz from Brügger, preserves from Hansjörg Ladurner).

Excursion tips in Lenzerheide:

  • Hike to the viewpoint Crap la Tretscha near Lantsch/Lenz (1h55, 6.7km, 200hm) (see below for route and map material).
  • Visit to the Belfort mountain ruins on the Voia Culturala cultural trail (2h23, 5.2km, 303hm)(see below for route and map material)
  • For the hardcore hikers: Alp Sanaspans - Rothorn (5h, 13.1km, 1499hm) (see below for route and map material)
  • Local museum Vaz/Obervaz: learn more about life and work in days gone by and the origins of tourism (CHF 7.- per person, Mon & Thu: 15.30-17.30, Wed: 10.00-17.30, Sun: 14.00-17.30)
  • E-bike tour to the Parpan alpine cheese dairy (0h40, 5.2km, 209hm): the goings-on in the cheese dairy can be followed through large windows. Cheese is made from June onwards in the mornings between 9.00 and 11.00 a.m., from mid-July no longer daily. Alpine cheese production ceases in mid-September. Nevertheless, there is always something exciting to discover! (see below under route and map material).

2 nights in the Engadine


Hotel Saratz Pontresina

After a hearty breakfast with a selection of abundant natural products from the region at the Hotel Schweizerhof, hand in your suitcase at reception and set off weightlessly - with only your day's luggage on your back - on your next Graubünden adventure. From Lenzerheide you can take the post bus to Tiefencastel. There the Rhaetian Railway runs on the Albula line to the Upper Engadine (train ticket included with the GraubündenPass).

Your accommodation in the Engadine: for the next 2 nights your host is the Hotel Saratz****S. Elegant but familiar, modern but charming - and in the combination of old and new it exudes one thing above all: atmosphere. Here, modern lifestyle is combined with Engadine hotel tradition, grandezza with design, nature with architecture. Enjoy your welcome drink on the sun terrace with a view of the Val Roseg. The 35'000m2 hotel park with heated outdoor swimming pool and sand tennis court as well as the wellness area including indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, Saracen bath with various saunas and steam baths provide relaxation.

Culinary delights include a delicious 4-course gourmet dinner in the Art Nouveau restaurant on one evening and an inventive menu in the modern Giodi Vegetarian & Co. on the other. In the morning you will enjoy a balanced and rich Engadine breakfast buffet with Saratz specialities every day.

On the 3rd day of your journey, the day of your arrival in Pontresina, a cheese experience awaits you: take an easy hike (approx. 70 minutes) to the alpine show dairy Morteratsch. Experience traditional cheese production at first hand on the idyllic alp! Until 3 October, the alpine master produces Heutaler cheese, glacier mutschli and fresh Molkenziger (ricotta) over an open fire every day. Afterwards, a fine dried meat and cheese plate awaits you in the alpine restaurant. Back at the hotel, muscle relaxation awaits you in the wellness area and a treat for the palate in one of the two hotel restaurants.

On the 4th day of your journey, enjoy a rich breakfast with products from the region.  Afterwards, the 2nd part of the UNESCO World Heritage Albula/Bernina route awaits you. On the famous Bernina route you meander leisurely into Valposchiavo. In the Puschlav, many a place invites you to get off the train, including Le Prese - a settlement nestled between steep mountain flanks directly on Lago di Poschiavo. At Hotel Le Prese you will be treated to a fine 3-course menu with ingredients 100% from Valposchiavo (95% organic). Back in Poschiavo, you will be introduced to the art of Demeter viticulture at LA TORRE and taste a variety of wines. The return journey is on the Bernina line to Pontresina.

Below you will find the timetable for the Bernina line to Le Prese (2 stops to Poschiavo) and back. For the journey with the Bernina Express you need a seat reservation (CHF 32.- per person there and back):

Pontresina from 10.22 (Bernina Express) or 09.28 / 10.08 / 11.04
Le Prese arrival 12.20 (Bernina Express) or 11.02 / 11.48 / 12.29

Stop in Le Prese for lunch at the La Perla Restaurant or at the Raselli Sport Hotel (subject to availability).

Le Prese from 13.44 (Bernina Express) or 13.28 / 13.40 / 14.15
Poschiavo arrival 13.53 (Bernina Express) or 13.36 / 13.47 / 14.29

Stop in Poschiavo for wine tasting at La Torre wine shop (7 minutes walk from Poschiavo station).

Poschiavo from 16.49 (Bernina Express) or 15.09 / 15.37 / 16.28
Pontresina arrival 18.15 (Bernina Express) or 16.21 / 16.53 / 17.51

Further excursion tips in the Pontresina region:

  • Visit to the Caviglia Glacier Mill: Info
  • Adventure trip on the nostalgic train from Pontresina to Alp Grüm and back (no extra charge): Info
  • 14 July to 12 August 2021, Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • Hikes to the glacier world of Corvatsch/Diavolezza e.g. from the Bernina Pass to the Diavolezza mountain station (4h, 8.8km, 805hm) (see route and map material below)
  • Excursion to the Swiss National Park:
        o Visit Swiss National Park Centre Zernez: Info
        o Hike Val Trupchun (see route and map material below)

Included services:


  • 4 nights in the following Private Selection Hotels
    2 nights at the Schweizerhof Lenzerheide****S
    2 nights at Hotel Saratz****S, Pontresina
  • Daily rich breakfast from the buffet with products from the region
  • Daily 4-6 course gourmet dinner in 4 different restaurants
    Schweizerhof Lenzerheide: Arvenstube restaurant (6 courses) and Scalottas Terroir (4 courses, 15P. GaultMillau & green MICHELIN star).
    Hotel Saratz: Art Nouveau Restaurant (4-courses) and Giodi Vegetarian and Co. (à la carte)
  • Backpack filled with local produce for your picnic on the way in Lenzerheide
  • free bike hire at both hotels (e-bikes partly at extra charge)
  • Cheese & dried meat board at the Morteratsch alpine show dairy
  • 3-course lunch "100% Valposchiavo" at Hotel Le Prese on the 4th day of the tour
  • Wine tasting and guided tour at LA TORRE in Poschiavo on the 4th day of travel
  • Free access to the spa and wellness world in both hotels
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel (1 piece of luggage à 20kg per person)
  • graubündenPASS for 2 days (redeemable within 14 days) for free travel on public transport throughout the canton - ticket provided for the 3rd and 4th day of travel, excluding arrival and departure ticket!
  • Tips on places of interest and railway excursions along the route
  • Hiking suggestions including interactive route app

Prices


Price per person for 4 nights


1st class
2nd class
with the GA (class depands on type of GA)CHF 1'115.00
CHF 1'115.00
with the half-fare card
CHF 1'245.00
CHF 1'215.00
without discount
CHF 1'280.00
CHF 1'245.00
surcharge for a single room
CHF 195.00
CHF 195.00

Upgrades/additional services:

  • seat reservation for the panoramic train Bernina Express: CHF 32.00 per person
    (Pontresina – Poschiavo/Le Prese roundtrip)
  • GA- upgrade in the 1st calss (for 2 days): CHF 50.00 per person
  • train ticket for the day of arrival: Andermatt – Chur - Lenzerheide: from CHF 32.00 per person
  • surcharge for an upgrade in the superior room category: CHF 95.00 per person

PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive on a Thursday, unfortunately no wine tasting is possible (refund of CHF 15.- per person). From 4 October without a visit to the Morteratsch Alpine Show Dairy / refund of CHF 16.00 per person. Depending on availability, the order of the hotels may vary. Arrivals on Sunday only possible in reverse order of hotels!

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Would you like to book this offer? Then contact us via phone +41 41 368 10 05, send us an e-mail at info@privateselection.ch or fill in the enquiry form.

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The Private Selection Hotel Service AG is part of the guarantee fund of the Swiss tourism sector and ensures the repayment of your deposit paid in connection with the booking of a package as well as your return journey. For further details kindly ask Private Selection Hotels or on www.garantiefonds.ch.