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Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser, Guarda

Engadine – a well-kept secret
 
This centuries-old 3-star superior hotel sits in the idyllic village of Guarda, high above the Engadine Valley. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and charming villages on three guided excursions with your very hospitable hosts. A five-day local area travel pass is included.
Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser. 7 nights
Winter Walking Week at Hotel Meisser. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter walking week in Guarda,

a great choice for non-skiers
One of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, the sunny Engadine Valley is a place where winter is truly magical and is characterised by frozen lakes, quintessentially Alpine scenery and picture-book villages whose streets transport you back in time as you walk amid the distinctive stone houses. It is perhaps best discovered on foot, and you can do just that on this special winter walking week at the delightful Hotel Meisser.
Anyone can enjoy winter walking – no special technique or equipment is required as you walk on specially flattened paths that are waymarked in such a way that the signs won’t disappear in a snow shower. As such, you can walk in your normal waterproof walking boots. This special week features three guided walks with your hosts and other guests, but we strongly recommend that you spend your free days exploring the many trails independently – perhaps enjoying some snowshoeing, too, since this is another great and easy way to explore – so as to make the most of your time in this enchanting region.

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
 
Gallery
 

Winter activities

This non-skiing holiday serves as a perfect introduction to this glorious corner of Switzerland.
  • Three excursions included
    Over the course of the week, you enjoy three guided walks led by your English-speaking host, Benno, or a local guide. The days and routes are dependent on local conditions, but wherever you explore, you will be regaled with tales about the local area and rewarded with sweeping views down towards the river below and hopefully sightings of wildlife.
  • Explore independently on free days
    There is also ample opportunity to explore this beautiful region on your own as there is a total of 136km of specially prepared paths in the valley. We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking trails are well signposted. One route circumnavigates the base of the rock on which Tarasp Castle is built, while an unmissable high-level route leads from the top of the cable car above Scuol (easily accessed by train) and 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. Benno and his wife, Maya, will be delighted to advise you on further options, and you can borrow snowshoes (which attach easily to normal boots) from them if you fancy a change.
    Snowshoeing
  • Guarda & beyond
    The spa town of Scuol is worth visiting in its own right, or you could head to the resort of Klosters for a complete change of scenery. Do not, however, neglect Guarda itself. Explore at your leisure to enjoy a fascinating insight into the village's rich cultural heritage – Guarda boasts a remarkable number of musicians, poets and authors among its inhabitants, as well as several artists (a blacksmith, a weaver and several sculptors among them) whom you can visit. Yet more options for your free time include a relaxing horse-drawn sleigh ride or a game of curling – the hotel has its own rink.
    Horse-drawn sleigh ride
    Curling
 

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

 
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  • 7 nights: 11 January - 19 January 2020, 01 February - 09 February 2020 & 07 March - 15 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    11 Jan - 12 Jan £1460
    01 Feb - 02 Feb £1495
    07 Mar - 08 Mar £1460

    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 Saturday or Sunday

    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: 11 January - 19 January 2020, 01 February - 09 February 2020 & 07 March - 15 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    11 Jan - 12 Jan £1560
    01 Feb - 02 Feb £1595
    07 Mar - 08 Mar £1560

    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 Saturday

    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
    Balcony: 11 Jan - 15 Mar 2020 £40
    Penthouse in 'Chasa Pepina': 11 Jan - 15 Mar 2020 £110
    Single room: 11 Jan - 15 Mar 2020 £10
    Suite in 'Chasa Pepina': 11 Jan - 15 Mar 2020 £38
    Suite 'Piz Pisoc': 11 Jan - 15 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 
    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
  • 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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