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From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

1. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historical town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como to board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, you will enjoy the amazing view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking 2.5-hour ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

Bernina & St.Moritz Day Tour from Milan

2. Bernina & St.Moritz Day Tour from Milan

Spend a full-day traveling to St. Moritz on this exciting rail journey! The Bernina is one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, climbing more than 1,800 meters, making it the steepest railway journey in the world. Round-trip transfer from Milan is included in the tour. Your rail journey begins in Tirano, Italy, and takes you all the way to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Tirano is a picturesque Mediterranean town in a mountain setting dotted with palms and oleanders. The train ride will take you from an altitude of 429 meters up to 1,829 meters! You’ll cross the spiraling viaduct at Brusio and the Bernina Pass to the alpine valley known as the Engadin. On this 2 hour 30 minute journey you’ll marvel at the scenery of the Alps. UNESCO named the Bernina route a world heritage site. You’ll see monumental glaciers, cross steep gorges, and pass through tunnels under some of the area’s most massive mountains. In St. Moritz you’ll have time to explore Switzerland's most famous mountain resort before the return journey to Milan.

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

3. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the Bernina Express, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of Valtellina. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's large windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

4. From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

Head out on an amazing excursion through the spectacular landscapes of Swiss Alps onboard the panoramic Bernina Red Train. On the highest railways across the Alps, the Bernina Red Train climbs up to glistening glaciers up to 2256 metres above sea level. Capture amazing photos of the incredible landscapes you pass. Hop onto a bus and head to the small border town of Tirano in Valtellina region. Then, after a 2.5–hour breathtaking train ride, reach the luxury resort of St. Moritz. Take the chance to stroll around the area, or explore the shops during your stop. 

From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

5. From Milan: Bernina Express with Panoramic Carriages

From up among sparkling glaciers and down to a land of palms, the Bernina Express offers a change of scene like no other. No other railway links north to south in such a wonderful manner on trains with glass-topped panoramic cars. In the morning, depart by bus from Milan Piazza della Repubblica to the cosmopolitan city of St. Moritz. Upon arrival, enjoy time at your disposal for a panoramic walk along the lake area, some shopping, or sweet-tasting in one of the delicious local pastry shops. In the afternoon, head over to the train station and get seated in one of the panoramic carriages on board the Bernina Express Train bound for Tirano. Experience one of life’s finest cultural and natural-world experiences on a train that traverses no fewer than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, easily tackling inclines of up to 70 mm/m along the way. Admire the view as the train travels into the mountains. Gaze in awe at the panoramas of the Morteratsch Glacier and the world-famous Montebello Curve. Continue past the lakes of Lago Bianco e Laj Neir up to Alp Gruem. Arrive in Tirano before boarding a bus to make the return journey to Milan with a scheduled arrival in the late evening.

St. Moritz: Bernina & Mt Diavolezza Train & Cable Car Ticket

6. St. Moritz: Bernina & Mt Diavolezza Train & Cable Car Ticket

Cross the Alps in style as you ride the Bernina Express from St. Moritz to Tirano. Enjoy a comfortable journey in carriages with large panoramic windows which allow you to appreciate the beautiful scenery around you. Admire dramatic landscapes as the train winds through the mountains passing through 55 tunnels, over 196 bridges, and effortlessly makes its way up steep inclines. Board the Bernina Regio in St. Moritz and begin the train ride south. Pass by Pontresina then stop in Bernina Diavolezza. Marvel at the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps, including the Piz Bernina, and the Pers Glacier, a tributary of the Morteratsch Glacier. Head back to the train and gradually ascend through the valley to the Bernina Pass over Morteratsch station. Continue the journey to the Alp Grüm station and stop for a photo opportunity and to admire the beautiful views. After exciting hairpin turns the train continues along the Poschiavino river and passes Le Prese and Miralago on the shores of Lake Poschiavo. Finally, cross into Italy and disembark at the town of Tirano.

Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

7. Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

Spend a day admiring unique panoramas of the Swiss Alps whilst traveling on the famous Bernina Red Train, which in 2010 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will leave from Tirano, an ancient Italian town known for its Renaissance Basilica and its 18th-century palaces, churches and gates. Tirano is also famous for the excellent red wines made from Nebbiolo grapes, and culinary specialities like pizzoccheri, bresaola and alpine cheeses.  You will board the Bernina Red Train in Tirano, climb the Swiss Valposchiavo Valley and start the descent into the Engadin Valley until you reach Diavolezza station, where you'll take the cable car up to Diavolezza Refuge (3000 meters), also called the "Ballroom of the Alps".  Here you'll to enjoy the stunning view on the Piz Bernina and have free time to enjoy a drink or lunch at the refuge. On your way back to Tirano, where the experience ends, you can make a stop in the village of Poschiavo to take a stroll along the Poschiavo Lake.

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What people are saying about Tirano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 975 reviews

A long day, but definitely worth it! The meeting point for pick up was precise. Our guide and driver (Oleg & Allesandro) were great. Oleg was nice, funny & laid back. He gave good advice along the way on what to expect and pointed out interesting things. Everything was well planned and kept to an on-time schedule. We had about 2 hours in St Moritz which was plenty of time. Our only complaint was that we only had 30 min of free time in Varenna and about 10 of that was taken with the walk back to the bus.

Book this tour early (it is very popular). You will see most of beautiful scenery from the bus or train but your guide will give a lot of interesting information and will tell you when to prepare to take pictures! The views are breathtaking and inspirational! The Bernina express travels at a pace that you can take a lot of pictures and appreciate the mountains, lakes, villages, the snow and trees! St Moritz is beautiful, clean and picturesque! Awesome trip!

From the start of the day until the end, the tour was well organised, with an extremely knowledgeable guide. The coach was comfortable and everything ran like clockwork. It was great to see a bit more of Italy whilst we were based in Milan and, of course, the bonus of visiting St Moritz on a wonderful train journey. We were blessed to have had lovely weather (especially in April!)

Amazing train ride through the Alps. St. Moritz was OK. Ate a good meal there. Boat ride on Lake Como was also good. Oleg, our guide was great. He was knowledgeable and friendly. He even let us know about track 21 at the train station which I saw the next day.

very beautiful landscape. well organised trip. Guide was good. Suggestions- In the trip details It should be clearly mentioned that the train booking may not necessarily be on the bernina express. It doesn't matter much as the route is same.