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International Media Trip “Lakes & Mountains” August 25 - 27, 2010

Ticino. Active Nature (D). St. Gotthard, Airolo & Piora Valley

Switzerland Tourism Toedistrasse 7, P.O.Box, CH-8027 Zurich, Telephone +41 (0)44 288 11 11, Fax +41 (0)44 288 12 05, www.MySwitzerland.com


Wednesday, August 25 Individual breakfast at your hotel and check-out. 08:00

Meeting with your guide, Mr. Christian Wilhelm, at the hotel reception and transfer by bus to Rodi Fiesso (passing through Faido with stop at the last turn of the Piottino Gorge).

09:30

Short walk along the historic route of the Piottino Gorge.

10:00

Visit to the Dazio Grande, a carefully restored 16th century customhouse, situated at the mouth of the historic road leading to St. Gotthard in the Piottino Gorge.

11:00

Transfer by bus to the hospice of the St. Gotthard along the old Tremola road, that snakes up as a light-coloured ribbon with over 24 turns.

12:30

Lunch at the restaurant Ospizio San Gottardo.

14:00

Short excursion in the beautiful St. Gotthard region.

15:30

Transfer by bus to Airolo.

16:00

Visit to the cheese factory Caseificio del Gottardo, where you can see how to make cheese – a truly unique experience.

18:00

Transfer by bus to the Hotel Alpina in Airolo and check-in. Hotel Alpina*** Via San Gottardo 6780 Airolo Tel. +41 91 873 32 32 Fax +41 91 873 32 33 info@hotel-alpina.net www.alpina-airolo.ch

19:00

Meeting at the hotel reception and transfer by bus to the Bedretto Valley.

19:30

Dinner at the Châlet Stella Alpina in Ronco Bedretto (Bedretto Valley).

22:00

Return by bus to Airolo. Overnight at your hotel.

Thursday, August 26 Individual breakfast in your hotel. 09:15

Meeting with your guide, Mr. Christian Wilhelm, at the hotel reception.

09:30

Transfer by bus to Piotta.

09:50

From Piotta one of the steepest funicular (87.8% maximum gradient) takes you to Piora. Piotta, Centrale FPR, dep. 09:50 Piora, arr. 10:02

Switzerland Tourism Toedistrasse 7, P.O.Box, CH-8027 Zurich, Telephone +41 (0)44 288 11 11, Fax +41 (0)44 288 12 05, www.MySwitzerland.com


10:05

Excursion in the charming and sunny Piora Valley. This splendid alpine region is situated at 1800-2200 m and is the widest alpine pasture in Ticino. In this valley you can find more than 20 alpine lakes. Among those the main lakes are Ritom, Tom and Cadagno. The excursion takes you along the recent didactic trail (10.7km, ca 4h, 2h before lunch and 2h after lunch).

12:30

Lunch at the Cadagno hut.

13:30

The excursion continues to Lake Cadagno, a great rarity because its water is stratified into two separate layers which never mix, a phenomenon known as meromixis and studied in the nearby Centre for Alpine Biology. Continuation to the Ritom dam and to Piora, from where you take the funicular back to Piotta.

16:20

Return by funicular to Piotta. Piora, dep. 16:20 Piotta, Centrale FPR, arr. 16:32

16:35

Return by bus to your hotel in Airolo.

19:00

Meeting at the hotel reception and transfer by bus to Lavorgo.

19:30

Dinner at the Restaurant Defanti in Lavorgo.

21:30

Return by bus to your hotel in Airolo. Overnight at your hotel.

Friday, August 27 Individual breakfast at the hotel and check-out. AM

Transfer by bus to the railway station.

TBC

Transfer to Zurich Airport.

Contacts Switzerland Tourism Tödistrasse 7 CH – 8027 Zurich

Eugenio Genazzi Phone direct: +41 44 288 13 24 Fax: +41 44 288 12 05 E-mail: eugenio.genazzi@switzerland.com

Ticino Turismo Via Lugano 12 CH – 6500 Bellinzona

Tosca Zanotta Phone direct: +41 91 821 53 34 Mobile: +41 79 264 63 40 Fax: +41 91 825 36 14 E-mail: tosca.zanotta@ticino.ch

Tour Guide

Mr. Christian Wilhelm Mobile phone: +41 76 565 43 50

Switzerland Tourism Toedistrasse 7, P.O.Box, CH-8027 Zurich, Telephone +41 (0)44 288 11 11, Fax +41 (0)44 288 12 05, www.MySwitzerland.com


Addresses Hotel Alpina

Hotel Alpina*** Via San Gottardo 6780 Airolo Tel. +41 91 873 32 32 Fax +41 91 873 32 33 info@hotel-alpina.net www.alpina-airolo.ch

Hotel Forni

Hotel Forni*** Via Stazione 6780 Airolo Tel. +41 91 869 12 70 Fax +41 91 869 15 23 info@forni.ch www.forni.ch

Restaurant Ospizio S. Gottardo

Ristorante Ospizio San Gottardo S. Gottardo 6780 Airolo Tel. +41 91 869 12 35 Fax +41 91 869 18 11 hotel@gotthard-hospiz.ch www.gotthard-hospiz.ch

Restaurant Ch창let Stella Alpina

Ristorante Ch창let Stella Alpina Ronco 6781 Bedretto Tel. +41 91 869 17 14 Fax +41 91 869 17 14 info@stellaalpina.ch www.stellaalpina.ch

Restaurant Defanti

Ristorante Defanti 6746 Lavorgo Tel. +41 91 865 14 34 Fax +41 91 865 17 26 defanti.hotel@bluewin.ch www.defanti.ch

Cadagno hut

Capanna Cadagno Cadagno Tel. +41 91 868 13 23 capanna.cadagno@ticino.com www.capanna-cadagno.ch

Dazio Grande

Dazio Grande 6772 Rodi Fiesso Tel. +41 91 874 60 66 Fax +41 91 874 60 61 Director Ms. Maria Pia Conconi info@daziogrande.ch www.daziogrande.ch

Cheese factory

Caseificio del Gottardo 6780 Airolo Tel. +41 91 869 11 80 / Tel. +41 91 869 17 37 Fax +41 91 869 17 30

Switzerland Tourism Toedistrasse 7, P.O.Box, CH-8027 Zurich, Telephone +41 (0)44 288 11 11, Fax +41 (0)44 288 12 05, www.MySwitzerland.com


caseificiodelgottardo@bluewin.ch www.cdga.ch Funicular Ritom

Funicolare Ritom 6776 Piotta Tel. +41 91 868 31 51 Fax +41 91 868 31 52 info@ritom.ch www.ritom.ch

Additional Information      

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St.Gotthard, Airolo & Piora Valley