DAY 1 | Meet at the airport at 10.30am for our flight to Milan. Transfer by coach to Livigno, along the magnificent Lake Como, through the vineyards of the Valtellina and past the beautiful basilica in Tirano. Our hotel is located right in the centre of the village. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 2 | Today we explore the unique charms of Livigno on foot. A very gentle walk with no hills to climb, during which we admire the towering peaks of Mt. Mottolino and Mt. Carosello (3000m) on both sides of the valley. You can take a cable car ride to the very top for a spectacular 360 degrees view of the mountains (entrance – extra). In the afternoon, we visit the Alpine Museum of Livigno (entrance – extra). Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 3 | Full day optional excursion. A scenic drive will take us to the small, picturesque town of Poschiavo in Switzerland where we will have time to explore the typical Italian architecture with stone-roofed patrician houses that go back as far as the 16th century. We then proceed to ride one of the world’s most famous and beautiful train journeys (extra) – the Bernina Express. The slow-moving red train from Poschiavo to the Morteratsch glacier is an unforgettable journey, winding through mountains, across a glacier and passing magnificent lakes. At Morteratsch, we re-board our coach and make our way to the ‘Birrificio’ in Livigno, where the local beer – La Birra di Livigno 1816 – is produced (entrance – extra). During this visit we will also be able to taste four of their typical beers along with accompanying savouries. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 4 | Full day optional excursion to St Moritz. Today we enjoy the view from Muottas Muragl by taking the funicular rattling its way up the panoramic mountain. Those not wishing to go up the funicular can remain in the pretty town of Samedan for some free time and shopping. We then proceed to St Moritz for lunch and free time to relax in this beautiful Alpine resort town. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 5 | Optional half-day excursion to the nearby town of Bormio, with its charming medieval centre. Bormio has a sense of sophistication about it, with its chic shops and streets with cobbled stones. Free afternoon to explore the unique charms of Livigno and for some duty free shopping. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 6 | Optional full-day excursion to Sondrio, located in the heart of the Valtellina. This city has an ancient heart, where old bottegas face the streets that lead to Piazza Garibaldi, surrounded by 19th century buildings. Sondrio will be followed by Tirano, where even the most secluded corners conceal some fascinating memories of days gone by. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 7 | An optional guided visit (on foot), to the ‘Latteria’ in Livigno, where fresh dairy products including cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream are produced. A detailed explanation of the processes and machinery used (extra). Sampling their delicious products is also possible against a small fee. Free time in the afternoon at the nearby lake of Livigno ideal for duty free shopping, cycling along the Livigno stream, trekking and other activities. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
DAY 8 | Morning departure from Livigno to Milan for our flight back to Malta departing at 3.40pm.