ST. MORITZ - MILAN

FROM ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SWISS RESORTS TO THE CITY OF FASHION

Istrien Sternfahrt

General information:

Classification of the cycle-tour: Self-guided tour
Difficulty: easy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

 

Description:

This fantastic itinerary will take you from St. Moritz, one of the most famous Swiss resorts, to Milan, passing through Valtellina and crossing Lake Como, and then along the waterways to Milan. You will enjoy a unique panoramic view from the first stage, St. Moritz - Tirano, which will take you to Italy. You will then follow the cycle path „Sentiero Valtellina“. A relaxing boat trip across Lake Como to Lecco, the famous city of Manzoni, awaits you. Following the river Adda, in the direction of Trezzo d‘Adda, after the castle you will take the cycle path of the Martesana canal until you reach Milan. Along the way you will find old weirs and the classic manor houses of the Milanese aristocracy: here you can also get in touch with the work of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, through the Ecomuseum Adda itinerary that you will find along the way.

Characteristics of the route:

The bike route from St. Moritz to Milan is very varied and includes some parts by train and boat, with the possibility of excursions on foot. From Tirano, you will follow the „Sentiero Valtellina“ cycle path to Lake Como, where you will cross the lake by boat and then follow the cycle path of the river Adda/naviglio Martesana to Milan.

Highlights and places of interest along the route: 

  • St. Moritz: one of the most famous international tourist resorts in the Alps

  • Itinerary on the red Bernina train, UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Morbegno: abbey church of San Giovanni Battista

  • Lecco, city of Manzoni and capital of the homonymous province

  • River Adda: itinerary of Leonardo's Ecomuseum, working-class village of Crespi d'Adda (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

  • Milan: home of the latest Expo 2015, the city of fashion, design, art and finance

     

A day per day account of the route

Day 1: Arrival in St. Moritz
You will have plenty of time to visit this famous tourist destination. St. Moritz is surrounded by nature and majestic peaks, sun-kissed (the sun shines almost 322 days a year) and with the highest mineral water springs in Switzerland. 

Day 2: St. Moritz - Tirano
The morning is free at your disposal. In the early afternoon, the stage begins with the train (approx. 2,5 h), running on the same railway as the red Bernina train from St. Moritz to Tirano. Enjoy the wonderful panorama, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The railway line climbs to the glacier and then descends to Italy via alpine passes: 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and slopes up to 70 per thousand. At 2,253 m asl is the highest point: Bernina. Here, in the midst of the beautiful Alps, culture and nature are one thing to discover. Overnight stay in Tirano.

Day 3: Tirano - Morbegno/Lake of Como (approx. 65 km)

For those who have booked the e-bike, the delivery takes place here. From Tirano starts the slightly downhill route that will take you along the river Adda to cross Valtellina, passing by the small village of Teglio (famous for pizzoccheri, typical local pasta), to the smallest of the Italian provincial capitals: Sondrio. The first stage ends in Morbegno, whose numerous historic buildings bear witness to a rich and fascinating past. Walking through its streets, you can appreciate the beautiful facades of the old buildings, with iron balconies and friezes adorning the walls. The Collegiate Church of San Giovanni Battista, a splendid building in exquisite Baroque style, dating back to the 17th-18th centuries, is well worth a visit. Other churches are also noteworthy, but one of the symbols of the city is the Ponte di Ganda, characterized by very suggestive architectural lines. Finally, remember to also delight the palate: the local specialty is Bitto, a typical cheese of Valtellina and one of the main ingredients of pizzoccheri. Overnight stay in Morbegno/Lake Como.

Day 4: Morbegno/Lake of Como - Como (approx. 15 km)

In Colico you‘ll embark on the boat that will take you across the lake (approx. 3,5 h). You will admire the enchanting beauties of the whole area, with a short stop in Bellagio, known as the Pearl of Lake Como. Arrival in Como in the late afternoon.

Day 5: Como - Lecco (approx. 44 km)
Leaving Como to the east, you will follow a stretch where the mountains get closer and closer, while the variety of the landscape is characterised by the many lakes that meet: Lake Montorfano, Lake Alserio, Lake Pusiano, Lake Annone, until you arrive in Lecco. This stretch offers very varied points of interest, both from the landscape-natural and from the  historical-cultural point of view.

Day 6: Lecco - Trezzo sull`Adda (approx. 35 km)
Today you will follow the cycle path along the river Adda, which returns to flow in its bed leaving the lake. This stretch is set in a fairytale landscape, with historic hydroelectric power stations, monasteries, typical restaurants, exciting and enchanting views.

Day 7: Trezzo sull`Adda - Milan (approx. 40 km)

Today it is the final stage, along the famous Martesana cycle path, a canal completed in 1496 under the guidance of Ludovico il Moro. Among the places of interest you can admire several villas (Villa Melzi in Vaprio, Villa Aitelli in Inzago, Villa Serbelloni in Gorgonzola, to name a few), many mills, churches, old factories, and washhouses. The countryside will gradually leave room for the city and you will enter Milan from the north-east, continuing on the city‘s bike paths to reach your hotel.

Day 8: Individual departure

After breakfast, the holiday will come to an end. To discover and visit the artistic and cultural beauties of Milan it is advisable to stay one more night (we are available to give you all the suggestions).

 

Prices 2019:

On request.

Starting dates 2019:

  • Arrival every Saturday from 25/05/2019 (first available date) to 27/07/2019 and from 24/08/2019 to 14/09/2019 (last available date).

General information:

  • Arrival​:
    • By car:
      You can reach Engadin from Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria or over the Chur-Thusis-
      Tiefencastel (coming from Zurich), or over the Julier-pass (coming from Basel), or over the Albula-pass
      (open only in summer) or Zernez (coming from Munich) or over Lecco-Maloja (coming from Milan).
    • By train:
      train station of St. Moritz

    • By plane:
      Low cost flights available to Milan airports.

  • Transfer:
    On Saturdays, we can organise a private transfer from Milan to St. Moritz: Euro 125.00 per
    person (reservation and payment upon booking). Minimum 4 persons.

  • Alternative: 
    Good connection with public transport from Milan to Chiavenna and further to St. Moritz by bus or train. Timetables on: www.trenitalia.com, www.oebb.at, www.deutschebahn.com, www.sbb.ch (limited availability for bicycles).

  • Rental bikes:
    Stromer ST1X Sport e Comfort 

 

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