From palm trees to glaciers, the canton of Ticino in southern Switzerland has it all! It's a serious outdoor adventure playground with crystal clear waters streaming into two large glacial lakes, majestic Alps, and an abundance of sun and warmth.
07/07/2019 - 07/16/2019
Cost to attend
- 9 nights lodging in Locarno
24 meals (8 B, 8 L, 8 D)
Unlimited Swiss Travel Pass, good for 15 days anywhere in Switzerland* (Bus, Train, Boat, also train ride into parts of Italy)
Boat ride into Italy
Tram rides (2)
E-bike rental - 2 hour
Italian speaking assistant guide
Daily planned activities from sunrise to sunset
Pre-trip in-person meeting, also details sent via email
Assistance in finding and/or booking airfare
Assistance in finding a roommate, if needed
Meet us in Zurich, Switzerland airport OR meet us in Locarno, Switzerland
*Since the Unlimited Swiss Travel Pass is good for 15 days and our trip is 10 days, consider staying a few days longer in Switzerland on your own and travel by train on some of the most spectacular scenic routes Switzerland has to offer! If you are interested in this and want some companionship, I’ll let you know of others who may be interested in this as well.
Additional Rental equipment
Deposit Required for Reservation – $500 per person
Full payment due 90 days before departure.
Single Supplement – additional $500 - Eliminate this cost if you will share a room with a same gender roommate that is assigned to you.
Pay by check, cash or credit card via paypal and Venmo
If paying by Credit Card Fee, there is a 3.5% fee (applies only to the final payment – pay by check to avoid it)
Passports are required
Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
Learn more about our trip by doing a search on these key words.
Lugano, Robiei, Canton of Ticino, Locarno, Vallemaggia, Valle Verzasca, Lago Lugano, Lago Maggiore, Ascona, Basodino Glacier, Morcote, Gordola, Sonogno, Cardada,
Tuesday - Thursday
Sunday, July 7: Day 1 - Fly to Zurich, Switzerland
Monday, July 8: Day 2 - Train to Locarno (D)
Tuesday, July 9: Day 3 - Locarno, Madonna del Sasso, Cardada, Cimetta (B, L, D)
Wednesday, July 10: Day 4 - Lugano, Italy by boat, Morcote (voted most beautiful village in Switzerland) (B, L, D)
Thursday, July 11: Day 5 - Valle Verzasca, Gordola, Tenero, Sonogno (B, L, D)
Friday, July 12: Day 6 - Vallemaggia, Robiei (B, L, D)
Saturday, July 13: Day 7 - Valle Verzasca, Corippo, Lavertezzo (B, L, D)
Sunday, July 14: Day 8 - Vallemaggia, Bignasco (B, L, D)
Monday, July 15: Day 9 - Lugano, San Salvatore (B, L, D)
Tuesday, July 16: Day 10 - Travel Day to Zurich w/ flight home (B)
Flights into Zurich start at $1299 RT from Salt Lake City
Sheryl McGlochlin - Guide and host
Beautiful 4 story Italian Villa in Locarno, a 5-minute walk to Lake Maggiore
Fully Equipped Kitchen
6:30 - 8 AM - Breakfast buffet, prepare a sack lunch since most days we'll spend our time in the Alps or on the water
8:15 AM - 5 PM - A variety of activities in the featured areas listed above suited for a moderate physical ability
5 - 7 PM - Most of our delicious meals are prepared in our Villa, eaten on our 2 story deck overlooking the city, in privacy, all you can eat, exactly the way you like it AND with no smell of cigarette smoke. Dine out on your own if you like but most of our healthy, hearty meals can be prepared faster than a restaurant can prepare it, and with MUCH more love! We'll also have a brief meeting to review the next day’s activities
7:00 - 10:00 PM - Free time
DISCLAIMER ON ITINERARY:
The above itinerary is a sample of how to get the most from our trip. You are not required to participate in every activity, every day. At any time, you are invited to slow down and enjoy a pace that feels good to you.
MEALS & FOOD:
Take the opportunity to learn and practice valuable cooking skills in other cultures in the world!
Food has always brought people together. We work together to not only feed everyone delicious food but create a social activity. Tapping into talents, knowledge and experience of people is an enriching experience. Regardless of where I travel in the world, a tradition of mine is to find local food and then create delicious meals for our guests. It’s more than fun, it's a valuable self reliance skill to learn and practice often.
In my “Feed a Family” course I taught for several years, the curriculum focused on preparing delicious, easy, healthy, hearty meals in just minutes using our kitchen, where ever that may be. As I travel, our accommodations will always include a well-equipped kitchen. Opportunities to cook for and feed people in Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, and many locations in the US along with creating meals in primitive camping settings and Dutch Oven Cooking have all been rewarding and memorable. I quickly observe and assess local resources and products available. Sometimes I ask for help from local chefs or a kind mother in a grocery store. Our guests also continue to give me new ideas. Dining out is also fun, which we'll do on the first and last night of our trip.
A casual, communal dining style on most evenings
Daily European Breakfast Buffet in our Villa
Dine out on your own, if you prefer (not included in price).
Meals included on the trip begin with dinner on day of arrival and end with breakfast on day of departure.
Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included
Those w/ food allergies or food restrictions may be accommodated if we are notified before departure.
Guests are invited and encouraged to help with basic meal preparation and cleanup.
European Breakfast Buffet includes:
Local pastries, breads & sweets
Make a customized omelet if you like!
Sack lunch makings include (create your own):
Bread, wraps, pita bread
Casual Dinners include Italian entree's like:
Fish w/ potatoes
A variety of local breads and cheese
Daily Salad Bar w/ assorted toppings and dressings
ACTIVITIES include in this trip (including the cost):
Yoga on the shore of Lake Maggiore or Lake Lugano
Visiting historical sites and religious sanctuaries
Learning about the Swiss-Italian Culture
Activities similar to the following, but not limited to, are not included in the trip cost:
Included in this trip is a UNLIMITED SWISS TRAVEL PASS which includes trains, buses and boats throughout all of Switzerland and some areas of Italy. Boat rides on Lake Maggiore are not included since it's a private lake.
ACTIVITY LEVEL is rated: EASY to MODERATE
Moderate IF you plan to participate in all that we have planned.
Easier options are available by riding more trams, funiculars, chair lifts, buses, trains, etc.
What makes this a MODERATE Level:
Those who participate in at least 80% of the planned activities will be walking a minimum of 5 miles/day.
Even with lots of transportation options there are still stairs and walking involved.
E-biking is included in the cost, however you are not required to ride a bike if you choose not to.
If you love exploring the outdoors and want to get your "mountain fix" this trip will be just what you need!
Hikers are invited to stop, rest occasionally and take photos.
Walking up and down some stairs is a daily activity for everyone.
Those who plan to hike a lot should be comfortable with 4 - 10 miles/day, hiking 4 - 8 hours a day, with a minimum of 1000 ft accumulative elevation gain, hiking approx. 2 - 3 miles/hour depending on the elevation gain or loss.
A light back pack will be sufficient each day.
FOR EASIER OPTIONS:
If you are unable to hike/walk a lot or want to take it easy, you may choose to stay closer to the city of Locarno, enjoy shopping or relaxing near Lake Lugano or Lake Maggiore. You may travel by bus, train, or boat more often than those who are hiking.
If you have any questions about your physical abilities, please contact me in advance.
Distance from our Villa in Locarno:
Monte San Salvatore - Lugano - 90 minutes (train/bus)
Madonna del Sasso - 30 minutes (hiking) or 10 minutes (funicular)
Cimetta - (chair lift or hiking to the top)
Cardada, Switzerland - 34 minutes (walking, hiking and taking a Tram)
Orselina, Switzerland - 32 minutes (walking, hiking) or 10 minutes (bus)
Italy from Lugano - 1 hour by boat (includes stops along the way)
Lake Lugano, Switzerland - 65 min (train)
Ascona, Switzerland - 15 minute (bus)
Lake Maggiore, Switzerland - 5 minute (walk)
Valle Verzasca, Switzerland - 35 minutes (bus)
Zurich, Switzerland - 2 hours 8 minutes (train)
Milan, Italy - 2 hour 20 minutes (train)
*Lugano, Switzerland - 65 minutes (train)
Gandria - 90 minutes by train & boat
Tenero - 5 minutes by train
Travel insurance, https://www.travelexinsurance.com/
Make a copy of your passport
Get an idea of general weather conditions on your own during this time of year, however, 2 weeks before departure we watch weather reports closely.
Safety is always our number one priority regarding outdoor activities.
We have activity options in mind for inclement weather.
We are subject to itinerary changes due to circumstances beyond our control.
COMMUNICATION on the trip:
Walkie Talkies are used by guides
A brief meeting is held each evening to discuss plans for the following day.
A month prior to departure, watch for an invite to attend a pre-trip meeting in Salt Lake City, designed for those who are able to visit with us in person. Since many are not able to attend this meeting, final details will be sent via email to all guests. Contact me anytime via text, email or phone with any concerns.
Be fluid and flexible - all outdoor adventures are subject to weather conditions beyond our control i.e. weather, road and trail conditions.
Be a contributor. We’ve discovered clients who are the happiest and most pleasant to be around are those who make an effort to get to know others and help others if needed, in a variety of ways, whether they’re on a hiking trail or in the kitchen. It’s a very attractive quality to discover in someone!
Be one who loves variety! There may be a constant transition to new places and different activities but it’s all good! Whether it’s transportation, meals, or activities, we thrive on variety!
SHARING PHOTOS AT THE END OF THE TRIP:
You’ll receive an invitation to open a shared folder on Google Drive. Once inside, each client will find a folder with their name on it. Upload your photos in your folder. You also have access to each others photos.
Learn more about Sheryl and her desire to help people be active outdoors at Liveandthrive.com. View her images, quotes, testimonials, events and information to better understand who she is and why you would want to be part of her adventure trips.
Equipment or Gear
Short & long pants
Short & long sleeve shirts
Favorite electronic devices
Backup memory cards
International electrical outlets
Please send me more information and updates on this trip. I'm interested in learning more.