We suggest that you come by public transport as far as Chur and then take the Rhätische Bahn railway through the Rhine gorge to Ilanz. Here, the Rhine idyllically snakes through the often 300- meter-high chasm before it runs into the North Sea some 1233 kilometres later. The Rhätische Bahn railway runs along the banks of the Rhine and allows for an imposing view through the gorge. You can add a ticket for the Rhine gorge journey by paying a small supplement when you book your tour.
From Ilanz, take the Post Bus continuing via Laax to Flims-Waldhaus and the HOTEL ADULA. Relax in the Wellness and spa facilities and tantalise your taste buds with a gourmet evening dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.
Recommendation: If you want to explore the Rhine Gorge on foot, we recommend getting off at Versam-Safien on the railway line from Chur to Ilanz and go for a one and half hour walk to Valendas-Sagogn. There you can get on the Rheatian Railway again and continue to Ilanz. The footpath leads along the banks of the Rhine and provides a close gorge experience. Alternatively, the viewpoint "Il Spir" near Flims is also worth a visit.
Today there is one of the most spectacular Alpine crossings waiting for you. You’ll take the Bernina Express from Pontresina to Tirano (IT). The highest section of railway in the Alps, it links northern and southern Europe and builds physical as well as metaphorical bridges between different regions, languages and cultures. This stretch is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, boasts 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and overcomes gradients of up to 7%. Thanks to its large panoramic windows you will have an uninterrupted view of the Alpine panorama.
The Valtellina town of Tirano is the terminus of the railway and is perfect for a spot of lunch. We recommend the “Pizzeria la Botte” which has a selection of inviting Valtelline specialities such as “Pizzoccheri” for you to feast on. The restaurant is located 10 minutes’ walk from the station, near the church. Suitably replenished, your journey continues by train back into Switzerland as far as Zuoz and the HOTEL CASTELL.
You can relive the experiences of your day as you relax in the Wellness and spa facilities before being spoiled at the hotel’s restaurant.
Taking the Post Bus again, your journey continues from Zuoz, through the Swiss National Park, over the Ofen Pass and into the idyllic Val Müstair. The Swiss National Park is the oldest national park in the Alps. Together with the communes of Val Müstair and Scuol, it forms the Engiadina Val Müstair UNESCO biosphere reserve. The park, like the Val Müstair, is renowned for its biodiversity. Wild animals can be monitored particularly efficiently in this unique setting.
In case you’d like to get closer to nature, the best place to get off is at the post bus stop “Sta Maria Val Müstair, Posta” and then follow the Jakobsweg as far as Müstair. Once there, we recommend you visit the
St Johann cloisters, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1983. From Müstair take the Post Bus as far as Samnaun. Along the way you will come past Lake Reschen where the famous church tower mystically juts out from the water. Safely arrived at the CHALET SILVRETTA HOTEL & SPA, indulge yourself in a heavenly jacuzzi bath in the Wellness facility and let the hotel’s chef take care of dinner …
On Day 6 you’ll take the Post Bus from Samnaun via Scuol towards S-charl, one the most remote places in Switzerland. In this sleepy village you can really disconnect from every day life. We suggest that you do the walk from S-charl back to Scuol (or at least a part of it) and check out the jaw-droppingly huge scree gorge. You’ll spend the last evening of your Postal Tour relaxing in the Wellness facilities before enjoying one last culinary highlight from the restaurant at the HOTEL BELVÉDÈRE.
Savour once again the wide variety of the breakfast buffet before you prepare for your homeward journey. The tour didn’t weigh you down with luggage but at least now you’re full to the brim with new experiences and impressions of the very diverse Grisons.
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