Over the Alps with the Bernina Express and a course in making pizzoccheri in Valtellina

Package price per person, 4 days from € 259,00

Group price valid from 20 participants.

Valtellina is an area that is much-loved by those who have had the chance to visit and explore there. Sharing a border with Switzerland, Valtellina is home not only to famous skiing spots such as Bormio and Livigno, but also to a great wine-producing and gastronomic tradition, whose treats include excellent cheeses and cured meats. Exclusive glimpses of mountains alternate with typical little villages such as Teglio, the land of the famous pizzoccheri, Chiavenna, Morbegno and Sondrio, the capital of the province. The Tirano-St Moritz section of the railway, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the most spectacular mountain crossings in the world: making its way through an extraordinary natural pass, the “Little Red Train” clings to mountainsides and valleys, through perpetual ice and snow, linking Northern and Southern Europe. However, you cannot miss a day dedicated to fashionable Lake Como and exclusive Bellagio, destination of international VIPs. To finish your trip in the best way, equipped with apron and rolling pin, you will learn how to prepare “pizzoccheri”, a home-made pasta made from buckwheat flour, a hearty dish of Valtellinese cuisine. You will be supervised by chefs from the Accademia del Pizzocchero di Teglio (the Teglio Pizzocchero Academy), who will accompany you right up to the well-deserved final dinner!

Tour includes

  • 3 Nights B&B in a 3* hotel in Valtellina (Tirano/Sondrio area)
  • 2 Dinners at the hotel
  • 1 Full day guided excursion on the Bernina Express from Tirano to St Moritz
  • 1 Ticket for Bernina Express, Tirano-St Moritz
  • 1 Full day guided tour of Como and Bellagio
  • 1 Boat from Tremezzo to Bellagio (round trip)
  • 1 Tasting of local wines and produce
  • 1 Cooking class and typical dinner

Day 1 Arrival at hotel, in the Tirano/Sondrio area, for 3 nights HB.

Day 2 All ready to enjoy a unique sight, seated comfortably in a cosy train that winds through the valleys and mountains between Italy and Switzerland: departure from Tirano and arrival in elegant St Moritz. After visiting the town, return to hotel by bus. In the evening, a pleasant tasting of typical valley produce.

Day 3 After breakfast, we descend from the Valleys for a tour to discover Lake Como and its shores, abounding in villas and lush vegetation. After a morning dedicated to visiting the town of Como, a boat will carry you to visit the jewel in the crown of Lake Como – Bellagio. In the evening, you will have to roll up your sleeves for the cooking class dedicated to the art of making pizzoccheri, which you will be able to taste immediately afterwards.

Day 4 After breakfast, departure for return trip.

By Air: The group arrives by air and services usually start at the arrival at the airport. Included ground services like local coach or assistance at the airport will be specified in the section “Description – Tour Includes”
By Coach: The group arrives by coach from the country of origin.