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Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser, Guarda

Engadine – a well-kept secret
 
Enjoy spectacular scenery and charming villages on three guided walking excursions from idyllic Guarda. You spend the week at a centuries-old 3-star superior hotel, and can explore the Engadine Valley using your included five-day local area travel pass.
Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser, Guarda. 7 nights
Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser, Guarda. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter walking week in Guarda,

a great choice for non-skiers
The sunny Engadine Valley is a place where winter is truly magical, and there can be few better ways to immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of its snow-covered landscapes than on foot.

Winter walking is a wonderfully relaxed activity, taking place on paths that have been specially flattened and which are clearly marked – even in the snow. And in the Engadine Valley, the network of trails is so extensive that you could happily fill a week doing little else! Our guided walking weeks are designed to introduce you not only to the routes closest to the hotel, but also to take you farther afield – to places you may not have discovered on your own.
As you explore, you’ll learn the secrets of one of Switzerland’s least-known valleys: the glorious Alpine scenery; the spectacular viewpoints; and the pretty villages whose distinctive stone houses transport you back in time. Right at the heart of one of these villages is the centuries-old Hotel Meisser, a charming hotel where the family has succeeded in creating a delightfully intimate atmosphere, and in preserving the building’s long history.
 

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

“The fact that we offer special walking weeks here underlines what a great choice Guarda is for non-skiers: not only are there ample prepared paths, but the scenery and centuries-old villages are idyllic too. The stunning Hotel Meisser is completely in harmony with it all.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

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Winter activities

  • Three guided hikes included
    Situated midway along the Lower Engadine, Guarda is a perfect base for winter walking. Over the course of the week, you will enjoy three guided walks led by either your English-speaking host, Benno Meisser, or a local guide. The weather conditions will dictate on which days the walks take place and which routes are chosen, but wherever you explore, you will be regaled with tales about the local area and be rewarded with fantastic views and hopefully sightings of wildlife. All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking.
  • 136km in the valley
    There is a wide choice of trails for your ‘free’ days – you can walk to neighbouring villages direct from the hotel door, or access further routes by public transport, use of which is free with the Graubünden Pass provided by the hotel. The pass entitles you to 5 days of unlimited travel on local buses and trains.

    In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our five favourite options, including the following three routes:

    Guarda to Lavin: 4km (8km with optional extension)
    This is the perfect first walk, not only because of its length and the fact that it’s mostly downhill, but also because it affords sweeping views across the valley. You could time it so that you arrive in Lavin for lunch (there are two restaurants, plus an excellent family-run bakery). You then have the choice of taking the train and bus back from Lavin or, for a longer walk, of continuing through the valley along the forested banks of the River Inn to Guarda station, from where it is just a short bus ride to the village itself.

    Motta Naluns to Ftan: 2km (6km with optional extension)
    This superb high-level route from the top of the Motta Naluns gondola to Ftan is a real highlight – the views over the surrounding peaks and Tarasp Castle are breathtaking. From Ftan – a great spot for lunch or Kaffe und Kuchen – you have three choices for the descent: on foot, by chairlift or by toboggan.

    Tarasp circuit: 4km
    Built on a 100-metre-high rock, Tarasp Castle is an impressive sight. This enjoyable walk leads around the base of the rock, giving you the chance to see the castle up close.
    Beautiful views
    Motta Naluns route
  • Snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides & more

    Snowshoeing
    Snowshoeing is a great way to explore this enchanting valley. There are a number of options easily accessible from the village, and you can borrow equipment from the hotel free of charge. One route leads uphill from Guarda through meadows and forest. Your target is a mountain hut at 2,120 metres (6km) but, since you return via the same route, you can turn back at any point. Another route (8km) winds through forest from Lavin to Zeznina.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    This is a relaxing way to appreciate the tranquil Engadine Valley. Your hosts will be happy to arrange this on your behalf.

    Tobogganing
    There are several toboggan runs in the area, including a 2-kilometre run above Guarda itself. Toboggans can be borrowed free of charge from the hotel.

    Ice-skating
    Rather than a conventional ice rink, the Engadine boasts a 3-kilometre ‘ice path’ along the forested banks of the River Inn near Scuol.

    Cross-country skiing – suitable for all levels
    The Lower Engadine boasts 77km of trails for both classic and skating skiers. An enjoyable route runs along the valley floor between Guarda and S-chanf. If you are feeling energetic, you can ski to S-chanf and get the train back. Otherwise, take the train to S-chanf and ski back – it is mostly gently downhill in this direction.
    Horse-drawn sleigh ride
    Snowshoeing
  • Scuol, Muottas Muragl & St Moritz

    Scuol
    Scuol’s main draw is the Bogn Engadine Spa, where you can relax in the saunas, steam baths and heated outdoor swimming pool. For added relaxation, take your pick of the treatments on offer, which include an unusual Roman-Irish bath combining steam and dry, hot air.

    Muottas Muragl
    The main reason to visit Muottas Muragl is the view – located at almost 2,500 metres above sea level, this high mountain plateau in the Upper Engadine commands superb vistas of the surrounding peaks and lakes. You could simply enjoy a leisurely lunch at the panoramic restaurant, but there are also several walking options – including a philosophy-themed path – and a couple of snowshoe hikes if you wish to take in more of the scenery.

    St Moritz
    The glitz and glamour of St Moritz – a good choice for a day of people-watching – is just over an hour away by train. As well as boasting 5-star hotels and chic boutiques, the resort is home to the Olympia Bob Run (the oldest bobsleigh run in the world) and the famous Cresta Run. 
    Views from Muottas Muragl
    St Moritz ©Filip Zuan/Engadin St Moritz Tourismus
 

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. The village is renowned for being a haven for artists and there is a number of workshops, plus a small supermarket.
Hotel Meisser
  • 3-star superior

Bedrooms

 

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  • 7 nights: 10 January 2021 - 17 January 2021, 31 January 2021 - 07 February 2021 & 14 March 2021 - 21 March 2021

    Start Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    10 Jan - 10 Jan 2021 £1545
    31 Jan - 31 Jan 2021 £1580
    14 Mar - 14 Mar 2021 £1530

    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.

    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)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    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.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Meisser, Guarda
    'Engadiner Arvensuite' suite in Chasa Pepina: 10 Jan - 21 Mar 2021 £40
    Double with Balcony (no twins): 10 Jan - 21 Mar 2021 £40
    Single room: 10 Jan - 21 Mar 2021 £10
    Suite 'Piz Pisoc': 10 Jan - 21 Mar 2021 £115
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich (latest flight arrival time: 1530; earliest flight departure time: 1300)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 
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    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    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
  • 3 guided excursions and cable car/gondola tickets for these
  • 5-day local travel pass
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • rail and bus from/to Zürich Airport
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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.
  • 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, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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