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Hotel Meisser, Guarda

Engadine – where winter is truly magical
 
Offering wonderful hospitality, this historic 3-star superior hotel sits in the idyllic village of Guarda. With paths from the door, it makes a delightful base for a week of winter walking and snowshoeing in glorious scenery. Snowshoe hire and a five-day local area travel pass are included.
Hotel Meisser, Guarda. 7 nights
Hotel Meisser, Guarda. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Guarda –

perfect for non-skiers
The sunny Engadine Valley in eastern Switzerland is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It is a place where winter is truly magical, with quintessentially Alpine scenery and picture-book villages whose streets transport you back in time as you walk amid the distinctive stone houses decorated with pastel murals.

High on the mountain slopes perches the most charming village of them all, Guarda, silently watching over the valley from its panoramic location. It is one of those special places that you will never want to leave.
So idyllic is it that it provided the setting for a Swiss fairy tale, and it quickly seduces you with its old-world charm. At the heart of the village lies the 3-star superior Hotel Meisser, a fittingly romantic hotel that makes a delightful base for a leisurely week of winter walking, snowshoeing and other activities. What is truly unique about this place, though, is its refined and relaxed atmosphere, inviting you to slow down and simply appreciate the magic of winter.

Switzerland without the skiing
"If you crave snowy walks with long views but no clattering crowds, choose a Swiss trip without the skiing," says Libby Purves in the Mail on Sunday.
Read her full article here >
 

Our expert says

“Everything is stunning about the Meisser: the hospitality, the stylish interiors, the village setting, the food. This unspoiled corner of Switzerland is perfect for a holiday without skis, with a good variety of winter walking trails both high up and down in the valley.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
Gallery
 

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the trails as the mood takes you. 
  • Good choice of routes
    The winter walking opportunities here are truly fantastic (there are 136km of trails in the valley as a whole), with some walks which lead direct from the door to neighbouring villages. We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking routes are well signposted. A favourite walk takes you around the base of the rock on which Tarasp Castle is built. Equally unmissable is the high-level route from the top of the cable car above Scuol (easily accessed by train) which rewards you with breathtaking views. Another, longer option is to walk from the slopes above Scuol back to Guarda along a section of the long-distance Via Engiadina.
    Winter walking
  • Equipment hire included all week
    Snowshoeing is another easy way of exploring this enchanting valley, and with hire included for the duration of your stay, you can strike out across the slopes above the village or along the banks of the River Inn. The map that we provide shows suggested routes.
    Snowshoeing
  • Guarda & beyond
    Guarda boasts a rich cultural heritage. There is a remarkable number of musicians, poets and authors among its inhabitants, as well as several artists, including a weaver, a blacksmith and several sculptors, who you can visit to admire their work (pay locally). The nearby spa town of Scuol is also worth visiting; you could even treat yourselves to a few hours in the Bogn Engadine Spa with its steam room, sauna and heated outdoor pool. The glamorous resort of Klosters is another option for a change of scenery.
  • Cross-country skiing, toboganning & more
    If you fancy some skiing, Scuol offers 77 kilometres of cross-country trails. Alternatively, you could take a relaxing horse-drawn sleigh ride, try your hand at curling on the hotel's own rink, or go toboganning – toboggan hire is included during your stay.
    Curling
    Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Special events
    Christmas is marked by a special dinner on 24 December. New Year celebrations feature a gala dinner, live music and dancing, followed by a big brunch on New Year's Day.
 

Where you stay

Widely considered to be the Engadine’s best preserved village, tranquil Guarda (altitude: 1645m) perches high on the slopes of this idyllic valley, affording broad views down to the valley floor and across to the jagged peaks on the other side. The ancient cobbled streets transport you back in time, lined as they are with typical Engadine houses built of stone, with deep-set windows and delicate pastel murals. Near the Hotel Meisser you will find a small handful of shops and cafés. 
Hotel Meisser
  • 3-star superior

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 21 December 2019 - 03 January 2020 & 04 January 2020 - 22 March 2020

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1460
    28 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1780
    04 Jan - 14 Jan 2020 £1295
    15 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 # £1330
    26 Feb - 15 Mar 2020 £1295

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    *Start any day (Sat or Sun only 21-29 Dec)
    # Supplements apply on 15 & 16 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich (1h45) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail & bus from Zürich Airport (3h)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 21 December 2019 - 03 January 2020 & 04 January 2020 - 22 March 2020

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1480
    28 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1795
    04 Jan - 14 Jan 2020 £1395
    15 Jan - 25 Feb 2020 £1430
    26 Feb - 15 Mar 2020 £1395

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below.

    *Start Monday to Saturday (Saturday only 21-29 Dec)

    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Guarda (TGV/Regional rail & bus). Approx duration out 11h15/home 12h including changes & walk (0h02).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Meisser, Guarda
    Balcony: 21 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £40
    Balcony: 28 Dec - 03 Jan 2020 £58
    Balcony: 04 Jan - 22 Mar 2020 £40
    Penthouse in 'Chasa Pepina': 21 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £110
    Penthouse in 'Chasa Pepina': 28 Dec - 03 Jan 2020 £140
    Penthouse in 'Chasa Pepina': 04 Jan - 22 Mar 2020 £110
    Single room: 21 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £10
    Single room: 28 Dec - 03 Jan 2020 £20
    Single room: 04 Jan - 22 Mar 2020 £10
    Suite in 'Chasa Pepina': 21 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £38
    Suite in 'Chasa Pepina': 28 Dec - 03 Jan 2020 £56
    Suite in 'Chasa Pepina': 04 Jan - 22 Mar 2020 £38
    Suite 'Piz Pisoc': 21 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £110
    Suite 'Piz Pisoc': 28 Dec - 03 Jan 2020 £140
    Suite 'Piz Pisoc': 04 Jan - 22 Mar 2020 £110
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich (latest flight arrival time: 1530; earliest flight departure time: 1300)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • snowshoe and toboggan hire
  • 5-day local travel pass (except New Year's week)
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail and bus from/to Zürich Airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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