We departed Italy at 08:00 and headed back north towards St. Moritz on our 5th day of the Glorious Switzerland Tour by Insight Vacations. We passed by the valley town of Davos which has attracted medical tourism for decades. People come from all over the world for fresh air, water with healing properties and medical treatments. They have sanitoriums which function like hotels for people with respiratory problems and even mental illness.
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Day 1 – Geneva (Switzerland)
Day 2 – Geneva, Montreux, Chillon and Zermatt (Switzerland)
Day 3 – Zermatt (Switzerland)
Day 4 – Stresa and Baveno (Italy)
Day 5 – Grison Alps and St. Moritz (Switzerland)
Day 6 – Vaduz (Liechtenstein) and Lucerne (Switzerland)
Day 7 – Lucerne and Stanserhorn (Switzerland)
We passed San Bernardino, Sufers, Savognin and Marmorera, then began our ascent to the snowy Julier Pass. We stopped at the top of the pass to take some pictures before we descended to the Engadine Valley (pronounced “on-gah-deen) which is in the Canton of Grison.
We proceeded to the modern resort town of St. Moritz, which boasts an elegant spa quarter that overlooks the frozen glacial lake. First thing we did was check into Hotel Steffani, which has been around for 4 generations since 1869. St. Moritz has hosted the 1928 and the 1948 Winter Olympics, and it still maintains its two tobogganing lanes: Bobsleigh Run and Cresta Run.
We had lunch on our own, and my family had barley soup, fish and chips and gnocchi across the street at Hauser Restaurant in St. Moritz.
We left at 14:30 for the train station to catch the 15:00 Bernina Line that took us all the way down south to Tirano (Italy) along the mountainside with a view of the Grison Alps and the valleys below. The railway is considered a UNESCO heritage because it has withstood the test of time. We reached the green vale of Tirano at 16:30 where our coach was waiting to take us back to St. Moritz.
We had traditional cheese fondue for dinner that evening at Engiadina, a local restaurant sitting on the edge of the frozen lake. The wine served was the rare Swiss white wine made with Fendant grapes. Coincidentally, I had just shattered the bottle of Fendant wine OK the sidewalk right before dinner, but all is good.