Arosa has all the ingredients for the perfect Alpine holiday.
16th Jun 2021 – 23rd Jun 2021
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Tour code: 19330
Last Modified: 19th October 2020
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If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Switzerland's Grison Alps.
Arosa has all the ingredients for the perfect Alpine holiday and you can experience it all with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Many of our clients have fond memories of when we holidayed here over twenty years ago and little has changed since. The village itself lies between 1700m and 1800m, so many walks start with a short ascent through trees, but beyond that the landscape opens into alpine meadows with peaks in every direction. With abundant orchids and many other flower varieties, this is a flower lovers dream.
The attraction of the area extends beyond these peaks to the remote valleys and ridges and the pretty villages such Tschiertchen, Maran and Medergen, a tiny collection of chalets and barns perched high above the Schanfigg Valley. The beautiful grassy ridge and flower meadows above Langwies are a joy and a remote walk. In all there are over 120 miles of trails to explore in the area.
Transport is excellent. Arosa is at the end of a dramatic and spectacular train line, opening up walks from traditional alpine villages between Arosa and Chur on the valley floor. There are cable cars from the village whisking you to well over 2000m, to mountain peaks and ridges. The Arosa card is included in the cost of the holiday and provides free travel on local transport and reductions on many attractions.
There’s a path from the village frequented by black squirrels, lots of marmots and a cornucopia of flowers, especially in June. Our departure on the 16th June 2021 will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora.
What's not included?
This Grade 6/FL walking holiday includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and walks in some remote areas. This departure is ideal for flower enthusiasts and walks will be at a slower pace within the grade 6 terrain. Some of the walks may be at the top of the grade. Because the geological composition changes dramatically between Arosa and the Weisshorn, there is an abundance of flora with over 900 different flowering plants, 30 ferns, 250 mosses and mushrooms. The wonderful gentians and orchids will be a real highlight. Your enthusiastic leader will adjust the pace to suit the interests of the group, though may not be a flower expert.
The walks are mostly on good paths and tracks with some narrow, complex and steep rocky areas, with vertiginous mountain paths in some parts. Sometimes we may cross streams and snow may even be present. The actual walking time can take up to 4-6 hours a day and could involve as much as 870m of ascent and descent on some days. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 2653m. The walks on this holiday are weather dependant and may change depending on the local conditions. See the itinerary section for more information.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Hotel The Excelsior
We fly from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham to Zurich Airport and travel the very scenic journey via Chur to Arosa by train.
Transfer Time = 3h
Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel The Excelsior
During our time in Arosa, our walks will start from the village of Arosa and others will require us to take a cable car, train or the occasional local bus. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:
We wind our way through flower-rich woodland, above the upper reaches of the sloping Schanfigg Valley, taking in the magnificent panoramic views from the Langwiesser Aussicht. We climb to Rot Tritt at 2006m for more views of the diverse lush and rocky landscape, before morning coffee at the Ochsenalp Mountain Restaurant. The afternoon sees us return via the Scheidegg Lake and across the lower slopes of the Arosa Weisshorn to the cable car middle-station for an enjoyable ride down into Arosa.
Arosa’s Untersee lake marks the start of today’s walk from where we cross the rolling valley and climb steadily up the far slopes of the Schanfigg Valley to the delightful alpine village of Medergen at 2000m. A picturesque coffee break at Alpenrose, a beautiful mountain ‘Hütte’ overlooking the valley, is very much welcomed before we drop down to the pretty old Alpine villages of Chüpfen and Dörfli and cross through abundant flower meadows down to Langwies. We wind our way down in the valley to catch the train back to Arosa, crossing the vertiginous Langwieser Viaduct.
No trip to Arosa is complete without a visit to the top of the impressive Arosa Weishorn! We enjoy a cable car ride up to this dramatic 2653m peak for incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Our walk takes us steeply down to the luscious Carmänna Pass, before crossing the lower slopes of the Platenhorn to the Hörnlihutte, for lunch.
The Ramozhütte is a small hostel operated by the Swiss Alpine Club, located high in the remote and dramatic Welschtobel Valley. Today’s walk, regarded by many clients as the highlight of the tour, takes us along the sweeping rocky valley and through the lush alpine forests, with a well deserved stop for a picnic lunch at the Ramozhütte.
One free day will be organised during the week, you can use your Arosa Card on any of the local cable cars. Alternatively take the very scenic modern railway line down to Chur. The Arosa Card is included and will be provided on the first day of your holiday. It gives you free travel on local transport and reductions on many local attractions. See more details at the following website: www.arosa.ch/en/summer/all-inclusive.
We travel by train back to Zurich Airport for our return flight back to the UK.
Walks & Excursions
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Switzerland
The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
We will fly between London and Zurich airport and return. Travel between the airport and the hotel is by rail and takes approximately 3 hours, with a change of trains at Zurich and Chur.
Please note that your leader may be leading our Klosters 1 week trip after your Arosa holiday, so may require to leave earlier on the day of departure to meet these clients at the airport. Also, some flights may depart later than others so your leader may give you the option to travel as a group by rail to the airport in the morning or independently in the early afternoon. Please ask your leader for details.
Land only package: This applies if you will be organising your own travel arrangements, and travelling to the hotel independently to the rest of the group. You will still be entitled to receive a rail ticket. This enables you to travel by train between the airport and your first centre. To obtain this pass ahead of your holiday then please email Rebecca Allen at [email protected] with your travel details and we can organise the delivery of your individual specific ticket, in good time before your holiday. Please be aware that the passes are not usually delivered to our offices until ten days prior to the departure date. You will be sent your pass after this time.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Hotel The Excelsior
CH-7050 Arosa Switzerland
+41 81 378 47 47
Arosa is a picturesque alpine resort located at the head of the Schanfigg valley at a height of 1775m. The village is surrounded by lakes, valleys and mountains. Obersee Lake is dotted with boats and has a seasonal water display with fountains, lights and music whereas Unterese Lake's sandy beach is perfect for relaxing. The village has many facilities including a tourist office, supermarket, pharmacy, post office with ATM and bakeries.
We stay at the four star superior Hotel The Excelsior, a short hilly walk from the train station and less than a mile from the centre of the village. This modern alpine hotel was renovated in 2012 and has a unique Mediterranean decor. The hotel has spectacular views of the stunning Arosa mountains. Take a well deserved relax after a days exploration in the hotels swimming pool, sauna and wellness area. There is a restaurant serving delicious food and a bar to enjoy an evening drink in.
We stay in brightly decorated standard rooms, equipped with Austrian style beds which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Single rooms include Austrian style beds. Room facilities include
There are no tea/coffee making facilities in rooms.
Breakfasts and dinners are included and will be taken at the hotel's Montanara Restaurant. Breakfast is a continental buffet and dinner is a three-course menu. The dishes are usually locally sourced traditional Swiss delicacies. The hotel can also cater well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements so please advise us at the time of booking of any requirements and requests. Lunches are not included and typically can be taken at mountain restaurants or as picnics, often in scenic locations.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Switzerland
Electricity in Switzerland is supplied at 230 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two prong round pin continental pug adapter which will fit into any three prong receptacle. More information can be found at www.power-plus-sockets.com.
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holidays in Arosa. The local tourist office website www.arosa.ch/en (in English) has pictures and videos of the area, there is also a link to live webcams.
You may find the following map of the area useful: 3309T - Arosa - Switzerland 1/33 333 Map, which can be obtained from The Map Shop.
Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Find out more
Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Switzerland
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Switzerland.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.