For Women: Giro del Ticino

Vineyards, chestnut forests, mountains and lakes - a tour for female connoisseurs | 4 days

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A leisurely stroll through the Ticino, Switzerland's sunshine region. From Bellinzona and its world-famous castles, you roll comfortably through the Magadino plain to Lake Maggiore to Locarno and Ascona. Then a little side trip into the idyllic Maggia Valley awaits you before your ride continues on to Lugano. Cycle through the hilly Malcantone and finally discover the southernmost tip of Switzerland, the Mendrisiotto and Valle di Muggio. The different climates and geological backgrounds give the regions their very special characteristics. They shape the nature of the local products, which develops their very special nuances in the different terroirs.

On this comfort trekking you travel with a light daypack. Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel.

This offer is exclusively for women. The offer is part of the 100% Women campaign of Switzerland Tourism.

  • Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro, learn more about the three medieval castles of Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A stop at the Gelateria di Titi on the shores of Lago di Lugano is a must
  • Discover the Valle di Muggio, one of the most beautiful valleys in Switzerland, and the mill of Bruzzella, which still today grinds the Rosso del Ticino, the red corn of Ticino
  • Taste the typical Merlot del Ticino on the way through the vineyards

Tarred and gravel roads without difficulties. Little steepness (S0). No special (e-)bike experience required.


Easy - active! Light tours with some effort and a sweat on the brow from time to time. Do regular sport in preparation.

Cycling times without rests up to 4 hrs, up to approx. 50 km


5-8 guests per guide

Meeting place

10.15 AM Bellinzona station (train arrival 10.12 AM Bellinzona station)


approx. 16.30 PM Balerna


(depending on the date, an alternative choice of hotel with comparable services may occur).


The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH. Please note the protection concept.

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Giro del Ticino

4 days
1 possible date
from 1345.- CHF
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21.09. - 24.09.2023
4 days
1345.- CHF

Tag 1 After the welcome, you'll take a few hairpin bends up through the neighborhoods of Bellinzona to Artore. Here above the valley sits the Castel di Sasso Corbaro, the uppermost of Bellinzona's three medieval castles. Like a barrier, the entire fortress stands across the valley, making it difficult for the Dukes of Milan to gain access to Switzerland and its northern neighboring countries. Then you roll through the Magadino plain, the vegetable chamber of Ticino, reaching Lago Maggiore, Locarno and Ascona. (E-bike time without rests: 3 h, distance: 35 km, ascent/decent: 405/450 meters).

Day 2 A delicious breakfast and a good caffè, then you step into the saddle and leisurely cruise through the impressive landscape of the Maggia Valley towards Bignasco. Chestnut forests alternate with traditional Ticino villages, always accompanied by the turquoise-blue Maggia, which sometimes shimmers in the wide riverbed and then rushes from basin to basin through narrow gorges. The typical Formaggini or Salumi Ticinese give energy when the legs start to get tired. Or, if you prefer it sweet, don't miss a stop at the Panetteteria Poncini. The Panettone are known and loved far beyond Ticino. In Cavergno the Bavona river flows into the Maggia. Here, after a break, you will head out of the valley again. On the way you will learn more about the history, culture and tradition in the Museo Etnographico di Valle Maggia. (E-bike time without rests: 4.5 h, distance: 65 km, ascent/descent: 650/650 meters, options to shorten the route are given).

Day 3 Thanks to the new base tunnel, it's a short ride and you're already getting off the train in Sottoceneri in Lugano. The route leads into Malcantone, an idyllic hilly landscape between Lago di Lugano and Monte Lema. 20 hairpin bends lead up to Arosio - fortunately mostly in the shade and thanks to the e-bike only half as strenuous. The name Malconatone most likely refers to the remoteness of the region. It is all the more beautiful to roll through the landscape on the low-traffic roads. At the latest in Caslano, however, it gets busier again. A cool down in the Lago di Lugano offers a welcome refreshment and so does a visit to the Gelateria di Titi with its tempting selection of homemade ice cream. Then you take the last section back to Lugano under your wheels. (E-bike time without rests: 3.5 h, distance: 35 km, ascent/descent: 920/920 meters).

Day 4 The Mediterranean climate and the landscape of the Mendrisiotto are somewhat reminiscent of Tuscany. From Mendrisio, the route leads up to Castel San Pietro and the Valle di Muggio. The valley was awarded the honorable distinction of "Switzerland's most beautiful landscape" by the Swiss Landscape Conservation Foundation in 2014. And indeed, the valley is a gem that can hardly be surpassed in beauty. Discover the rich culture and tradition and visit the restored mill of Bruzzella that grinds the typical Rosso del Ticino, the red corn of Ticino. Finally, the journey leads through the vineyards back to the valley. So it's high time to raise a glass of Merlo to celebrate the eventful days before the tour comes to an end. (E-bike time without rests: 3 h, distance: 25 km, ascent/descent: 615/680 meters).

  • Guiding and support by guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 3x hotel (basis double room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Visit Museum Valle di Maggia
  • Visit Mulino di Bruzzella
  • Wine tasting
  • Daily luggage transfer from hotel to hotel at a value of CHF 45.-
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour CHF 13.- (according to myclimate CO2 calculator)
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (train/bus) approx. CHF 20.-
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 175.-
  • E-bike and helmet CHF 275.-
Rental equipment

The rental equipment will be handed over on the tour:

  • E-Bike
  • Bike helmet

Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l with rain cover
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x biking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Bike underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Bike gloves
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Sport/trekking boots
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Water bottle
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
  • Swimming dress/trousers and towel
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