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Switzerland's Grisons Alps'

from £2195
Why not extend your time in the Swiss Alps by combining Alpine Arosa with Klosters, with magnificent hiking opportunities
  • Product Code 19340
  • Holiday Type Flora & Walking, Hutting And High Level, Multi Centre Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 6, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Arosa has all the ingredients for the perfect Alpine holiday. 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. Higher up you enter the realm of the ibex, and certainly for the higher grade options this is a peak-baggers dream. The Aroser Rothorn is a challenging walk reaching nearly 3000m, but there are lesser peaks such as the Schiesshorn, Weisshorn, Tiejer Flue and Matlishorn.

The attraction of the area extends beyond these peaks to the remote valleys and ridges and the pretty villages such as Tschiertchen. The beautiful grassy ridge above Langwies is a joy and the remote walk passing the tiny collection of barns at Alp Farur is both wild and charming. Arosa is at the end of the spectacular train line, opening up walks between the village and Chur on the valley floor. Several cable cars from the village centre can whisk you to well over 2000m.

The Swiss village of Klosters is an idyllic Graubünden village, tucked away at the confluence of four valleys where much of the old world charm of an Alpine Switzerland remains. A patchwork of picturesque flower-filled meadows cover the lower slopes and the sound of cowbells often accompanies you on your walks. Higher up we may see Marmots and maybe even the Chamois or Ibex which find their summer home amidst the high peaks.

The hiking opportunities here are magnificent and extensive, with routes progressing through meadowland, forest and alongside fast flowing glacial rivers up to exposed high level terrain. The well marked tracks are generally good underfoot, but at higher levels as we snake up and around the jagged peaks there are some tougher ascents and descents.

Some of the hikes we'll enjoy include a ridge walk to the Weissfluh, a walk along a wonderful ‘Panoramaweg’, and a walk starting with a gondola ride up the Rinerhorn, so the hiking is spectacular from the outset. The hike descends to the village of Monstein, where you might like to relax with a local craft beer.

Our departure on the 19th June will be at a more leisurely pace to allow time to appreciate the flora.

This two week holiday combines our one week Alpine Arosa holiday with our one week Klosters holiday. A fantastic way to see two Alpine resorts in one go!


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk above the treeline and experience breathtaking views.
  • A fantastic mix of walks from the doorstep combined with easy transport links.
  • Explore a remote and undiscovered area of Switzerland.
  • Enjoy easy access to over 400 miles of hiking trails.
  • Ascend the Rätschenhorn (2703m), via the Saaser Calanda col, which offers fabulous views.
  • Experience the ridge walk to the Weissfluh (2843m) with the possibility of traversing some easy snowfields.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Zurich (British Airways)
      Airport transfers by train
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Arosa Card and Davos Klosters card, with free travel and free or reduced entry to some local attractions
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6/FL

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham to Zurich Airport and travel the very scenic journey via Chur to Arosa by train.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    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:

    No trip to Arosa is complete without a visit to the top of the Arosa Weisshorn, and we start the day by taking the cable car up to this dramatic 2653m peak. The walk takes us steeply down to the Carmänna Pass, before crossing the lower slopes of the Plattenhorn to the Hörnlihutte, for morning coffee. Crossing beneath the Parpaner Weisshorn, the path takes us to Urdenfürggli and Gredigs Fürggli passes, before walking back down to the hotel, via the dramatic mountain lake, Älplisee, and Inner Arosa village. 11 miles (18km) , 610m ascent, 1435m descent, 5 hours.

    We take the train a short distance down the Schanfigg Valley to the small village of Peist. From here we climb through woodland to the Fatschel chairlift which whisks us up to the Schanfigg Höhenweg and our onwards route through alpine meadows to the ridge at Faninpass (2206m), where we can enjoy a dramatic picnic lunch, with views down into the next valley. Walking along the ridge, we ascend to the Mattjisch Horn (2461m), before dropping steeply down to Pirigen and afternoon tea at a lovely little Hütte. Lastly, we drop all the way down to Langwies, for the train back to Arosa, crossing the vertiginous Langwieser Viaduct. 12.4 miles (20km), 950m ascent / 1100m descent. 6 hours.

    This walk is another great day for peak baggers. It starts with a gondola ride to the Hörnlihutte, before retracing our route to Gredigs Fürggli. This time, however, we climb up to the beautiful restaurant and sun terrace at the top of the Paparner Rothorn (2865m), with its stunning views in all directions. After lunch, we cross to the Ost Gipfel of the Parpaner Rothorn for dramatic views of its sister, the Aroser Rothorn, before returning to Urdenfürggli, and our paqth back to Hörnli and the gondola back to Arosa. 7.4 miles (12km), 750m ascent & descent, 5½ hours.

    Arosa's Untersee lake marks the start of this walk, as we climb steadily up the far slopes of the Schanfigg Valley to the delightful alpine village of Medergen at 2000m, we can stop for coffee at a the Alpenrose, a beautiful mountain ‘Hütte' overlooking the valley. We then climb up a long line of steps (not for those with vertigo) below the Mederger Flue, for a dramatic picnic lunch. Passing behind the Chüpfenflue and Strela mountains, with magnificent views down to Davos, before we reach the Strelapass. From here it's a steep descent down to Chüpfen, and then easier down to Langwies, way down in the valley, to catch the train back to Arosa, crossing the vertiginous Langwieser Viaduct. 15 miles (24km), 1045m ascent / 1465m descent, 6 hours.

    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.

     

     

     

  3. Day 8

    We will say goodbye to beautiful Arosa and travel by train to Klosters to start our 1 week holiday in a fine Swiss idyllic.

  4. Day 9 to 14

    During our time in Klosters, our walks will start from the village of Klosters 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:

    Gotschnagrat Circuit. This magnificent high level walk on the Gotschnagrat Circuit takes us on a hike under, around and over the rocky spires of Gotschnagrat and Casanna. The varied habitats passed allow for a wide range of flowers, especially orchids and of course splendid views at all times. 8.7 miles (14km), 680m ascent/ descent, 4 hours 50 mins.

    Saaser Calanda. A definite day not to be missed is the interesting ascent through a collection of fascinating limestone rock formations to an easily rounded summit guarded by fearsome cliffs at the Saaser Calanda. We start with a ride on the Madrisa cabe car to Massplatte. Then meander through past the Geisshorn and Bockhorn before reaching Saaser Calanda for fantastic views. 5.6 miles (9km), 730m ascent/descent, 4 hours 40 mins.

    The Ducantal. We will explore a cinder track up a valley near Sertig Sand, past a hidden waterfall tucked away from the main paths. We will ascent up through the trees to the Ducantal narrow valley where we can view rock strata’s different from any other walk in this area. We will enjoy the views up the valley before pressing on to a gathering of small huts at Fanexmeder and Oberalp. Our path will take us down to Monstein and through the picturesque local village for a final descent. 7.2 miles (11.6km), 821m ascent / 954m descent, 5 ½ hours.

    Ridge Walk to the Weissfluhjoch. A superb ridge walk at the top of the grade because of some slight technical areas. We take the cable car to the top station of Gotschnagrat and start our ascent to the Parsennfurgga col where we can enjoy the views and a rest in a café. We then ascend along a steep zig zag path and encounter narrow pathways with fixed wires to assist. We will continue the short but steep descent to the top of the hill to view the Parsennfurgga below. We then catch a mountain train for a short distance before continuing on foot down to Davos. 12km / 8 miles 720m ascent, 990m descent, 5 hours.

    One free day will be organised during the week, you can use your Davos Klosters Inclusive Card on any of the local mountain lifts. The Davos Klosters Inclusive 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.davos.ch/en/summer/activities/davos-klosters-inclusive

  5. Day 15

    We travel by train back to Zurich Airport for our return flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Zurich (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by train c.3hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Sport

We spend 7 nights in the comfortable family run Hotel Sport. The hotel has an ideally located between the villages of Klosters Dorf and Klosters Platz - a short walk or bus ride will bring you to either one. The hotel is surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers, making for a perfect picturesque stay! There are a number of facilities such as the bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, bowling alley mini golf, tennis and table tennis courts. There is free WIFI available throughout the hotel.

Rooms are equipped with Austrian style beds (some of which can be separated into two singles on request) and an ensuite with either a bath or shower. All rooms include a fridge, hairdryer, radio, satellite TV, phone and safe.

Breakfast and dinners are included and will be taken at the hotel. Dinners is a three course menu with a salad and soup starter from the buffet. The hotel can cater well for dietary requirements. Lunches are not included and can typically be taken at mountain restaurants or as picnics, often in scenic locations.


Hotel Streiff, Arosa

We stay at the three star superior Hotel Streiff, located in Arosa Village, an alpine resort in the canton of Graubünden, and at the head of the Schanfigg Valley. Arosa is at a height of 1775m. The hotel is a short walk from the train station and less than a mile from the centre of the village. The hotel has a cosy, welcoming ambience, and the facilities include a wellness area with a sauna, steam bath and relaxation area, a sun terrace and a restaurant and bar.

Rooms are equipped with Austrian style beds (some of which can be separated into two singles on request), an en suite with either a bath or shower, a TV (with BBC World and other English language news channels are available), a safe, and complimentary wifi avaliable throughout.

Breakfasts and dinners are included and will be taken at the hotel. Dinner is a three course menu, and they can cater well for vegetarians and other dietary needs. Lunches are not included and typically can be taken at mountain restaurants or as picnics, often in scenic locations.  





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