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Hiking holidays Via Gottardo Airolo - Bellizona

Hiking: Via Gottardo

From Gotthard Pass to World Heritage

The Gotthard massif rises mightily into the sky and separates German-speaking Switzerland from Ticino. Behind it, the valley of the Leventina spreads out, which you will hike through completely on this tour.

On your way from the Gotthard pass to the castles of Bellinzona, you will discover rugged gorges and dreamy villages. You can observe how the peaks of the Gotthard massif gradually give way to the blooming plains of Ticino.  

Itinerary

Baggage drop-off in Airolo. From Airolo steep uphill to Valle di Büi. The tour to Lake Ritom can be extended over the Föisc. Tired hikers can add a tour around the lake after arrival at the Refugio (approx. 7 km). Overnight stay on the shore of Lake Ritom.

approx. 3.5 - 4 h
approx. 8.5-9 km
910 m
1'035 m

Descent from Lago Ritom to Altanca and now further along the Strada Alta. Deep down in the valley the traffic on the motorway roars, while up on the Strada Alta there is calm. Magnificent views of the Leventina and Val Bedretto mountain ranges. Bright chapels glow in villages and meadows. From the village Osco by bus down to Faido.

approx. 4 h
approx. 13 km
360 m
1'050 m

Bus ride to Lavorgo. Giornico, the "Gateway to the Leventina" is full of historical monuments. From here you can go uphill on one of the oldest accesses to the Leventina via Faidàl and Personico.

approx. 6 h
approx. 19 km
815 m
1'125 m

From Biasca, the path runs through the Riviera Valley, once on this side, once on the other side of the Ticino River. A peaceful walk through alluvial forests and on the river dam, ending in the middle of the Bellinzona fortress.

approx. 6 h
approx. 25 km
120 m
170 m

The three castles of Bellinzona are among the most impressive examples of medieval fortifications in the entire Alpine region. Even today, these mighty monuments with their crenellated walls, towers and gates amaze the observer. Individual departure at the end of the hike.

approx. 1.5 h
approx. 3 km
290 m
70 m

Tour characteristic

For the last stage, good basic fitness is necessary. In the Leventina you need to be sure-footed.

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
every day
Season 2
May 30, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Jun 27, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020
every day
Via Gottardo: Airolo - Bellinzona, 5 days, CH-TSWAB-05X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
625'-
185'-
669'-
185'-

Category: Middle class Hotels, Mountain inn at the Ritom Lake

Season 1
Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
Season 2
May 30, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020
Jun 27, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020
Airolo
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Bellinzona
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
89'-
129'-
89'-
129'-
89'-
129'-
89'-
129'-
Price
Travel documents digital only (reduction per room)
-30'-

Services & Information

Included:

  • 4 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Visit the castles of Bellinzona
  • Ticino Ticket (numerous discounts and inclusive services)
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline

Not included:

  • Towels in the Mountain inn at the Ritom Lake
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Costs for collecting luggage at the station. CHF 24.- per person.

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Parking at the train station in Airolo. CHF 5.- per day.
  • Return journey by train to Airolo. Duration: approx. 1 h

Travel documents "analogous"

By default, your travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit  you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details.
  • Official guidebook « Cycling Switzerland»
  • maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form. You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual vouchers

En route you will inform  yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free  apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 30.- per room is offered.

This tour has 1 more variation

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
4 stars
Cornelia Wyss CH | 23.10.2019
Wunderbare Wanderung durch Tessiner Dörfer und Kastanienwälder
Wunderschöne Wanderung abseits der grossen Touristenziele durch kleine Dörfer, Weiler, vorbei an Kirchen, Bauernhöfen, einfachen Tessiner Häusern oder auch prächtigen Villen mit grossen Parkanlagen, durch Birken- und Kastanienwälder, über Wiesen oder dem Ticino entlang. Die Wegfindung auf der zweiten Etappe zwischen Rodi und Faido war teilweise schwierig, weil die Wege manchmal zugeschüttet waren mit Resten von Holzschlag. Die dritte Etappe ist bezüglich Technik und Kondition anspruchsvoller und müsste mit zwei von vier Fussabdrücken entsprechend gekennzeichnet sein. Besonders wenn die Wege feucht sind, besteht bei engen Stellen Rutschgefahr. Sehr freundliche Gastgeber in allen Hotels. Die Strada bassa zwischen Airolo und der Centrale Ritom war allerdings offiziell bis Ende September wegen einer Baustelle gesperrt. Am 6. Oktober bestand die Baustelle aber immer noch. Wir mussten verbotenerweise einige Meter dem Fluss entlang unter der Autobahn durchkraxeln, um überhaupt weiter zu kommen. Eigentlich kein grosses Problem, aber für meinen fast blinden Sohn eine Herausforderung.
Katrin Brunner
Katrin Brunner answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihre schön beschriebene Rückmeldung zum Leventinaweg/Via Gottardo. Da kriegt man gleich Lust, selber ins Tessin zu fahren und loszumarschieren. Baustellen und Holzschlag sind leider Themen, die uns die ganze Saison hindurch immer wieder begleiten. Wir versuchen dies, wenn immer möglich zu kommunizieren. Leider erreichen uns die Informationen der zuständigen Stellen oft auch nicht. Glücklicherweise haben Sie und Ihr Sohn die Herausforderungen gut gemeistert. Ihren Hinweis betreffend des Anspruchs der dritten Etappe gebe ich weiter an unsere Stelle, die für die Katalog/Reiseunterlagenproduktion zuständig ist.
4 stars
Geneviève B. CH | 09.06.2019
Airolo-Bellinzona
Super trajet, superbes paysages. Le 3e jour est un peu plus exigeant techniquement, cela devrait figurer dans la documentation. La dernière nuit dans ce bel hôtel de Bellinzona avec spa a été un réel bienfait.
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Merci pour la note concernant la niveau de difficulté de la 3ième jour. Nous allons révoir nos documents et ajouterons une petite note pour mieux caractériser la difficulté de cette journée.

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