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Arosa – Wellness & Nature in the Swiss Alps
Nestled at the end of the picturesque Schanfigg Valley and dotted with charming wooden houses, Arosa is an archetypal Alpine village. Often bathed in sunshine and sheltered from strong winds, it is glorious in summer when the vivid green of the forests and pastures contrasts with snow-capped mountain peaks.
We invite you to discover a destination where the views are breathtaking, the air is clear and flora and fauna flourish. We invite you to discover Arosa, a place to wander and wonder and connect with nature.
Based at the 4* Superior Valsena Hotel & Apartments, a contemporary oasis with impeccable sustainable credentials surrounded by mountains and unspoiled nature, our 4 day/3 night summer holiday promises to nourish mind, body, and soul of adventurers and relaxation seekers alike.
What we love
- The breathtaking scenery!
- The pure air!
- The flora and fauna!
- The incredible sustainable hotel!
- The chance to eat in variety of Arosa’s best restaurants!
- The curated experiences!
- The relaxed pace!
Experiences you will treasure
- Three nights at the extraordinary 4* Superior Valsena Hotel & Apartments where sustainability combines with luxury and the swimming pool comes with panoramic views of mountains
- Time to wander and wonder at your own pace. Stroll amid the mountain flowers, travel over the peaks in a cable car, float in a boat on the Obersee Lake, or simply sit and breath the air
- Dining in a choice of seven restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel
- Encountering ibexes and chamois high above the tree line on a nature hike with an expert guide
- Watching wildlife on the Weisshorn with an expert guide
- Seeing bears rescued from captivity rediscovering their natural habitats at the Arosa Barenland
How much is it?
What's included in your holiday
- 3x nights B&B at 4*Superior Valsana Hotel & Apartments, Premium Double Room*
- Dine Around** option which enables you to eat lunch and dinner at the hotel or in any of six restaurants in town. (**See Hotel Valsana’s Resort Dine Around below)
- Return train transfer from Zurich to Arosa
- Arosa Card which gives you free travel on a range of mountain railways and cable cars, as well as public transport and leisure activities. (read below for more details)
- Guided One with Nature experience
- Guided Wildlife Watching on Weisshorn hike
- Private visit to Arosa Barenland on a private tour with Scientific Director, Hans Schmid
*You also have the option to stay in one of the hotel’s apartments. This option carries an extra charge - see below for more information or enquire.
Itinerary - what you will do when
Day One – Thursday 6th July / 7th September
08:40 - depart London Heathrow Terminal 2 on Swiss Air flight LX0317 for Zurich Terminal 2
11:35 – arrive Zurich airport and transfer to the airport rail station
Depart Zurich Airport rail station on train IR75 2118 to Zurich HB
Transfer to train to Chur and onto Arosa
15:09 – arrive Arosa
Transfer to 4* Superior Valsana Hotel & Apartments by hotel transport and check in
The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. You might like to make the most of your Arosa Pass*, or head to the hotel’s spa where you can sink into a relaxation pool with mountain views, or soak in a steam bath looking out onto the woods.
*See Arosa Pass below for more details
Dinner- Choose from a selection of local restaurants, using your Dine Around card - see below for more details
Day Two – Friday 7th July / 8th September
Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – One with Nature – On the Tracks of Ibex and Chamois experience. Departing from the hotel, this guided expedition gives you a unique glimpse into the animal kingdom of the high mountains. From a look out post at the mountain station of Gredigs Fürggli, on the Urdenbahn cable car route, you will be able to spot Grisons ibexes and chamois.
13:00 – return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure - time to make the most of your Arosa Pass*
Day Three – Saturday 8th July / 9th September
Breakfast at the hotel
08:30 – Wildlife Watching on the Weisshorn experience. Departing from the hotel, this guided hike takes you 750m up to the Weisshorn summit where the views will take your breath away. Take your time as you climb and look out for mountain wildlife including chamois and marmots. You will be provided with binoculars, hiking shoes and refreshments in a backpack.
12:30 – the tour finishes and return to Arosa/ Hotel for a chance to find lunch
14:00 – visit to Arosa Barenland for a private tour with Scientific Director, Hans Schmid. Arosa Barenland is a sanctuary providing bears rescued from captivity in Albania, Serbia, and Ukraine with a species-appropriate home. In the midst of this natural mountain landscape with its pastures, bushes, rocks, streams and forest, the bears can re-learn their natural behaviour.
16:30 – return to the hotel.
Evening at leisure
Day Four – Sunday 9th July / 10th September
Breakfast at the hotel,
10:30 - check out and transfer to Arosa rail station by hotel transport
10:49 – depart Arosa on train R1432 to Chur then onto Zurich HB and Zurich Airport rail station.
17:10 – depart Zurich on Swiss Air flight LX326 for London Heathrow
17:55 – arrive London Heathrow Terminal 2
Your Arosa Card
This is your golden ticket to fabulous summer stay in Arosa. You will receive your card at the hotel and once you have it, you will be able to access an array of deals, discounts and free extras including:
- Free travel on a range of mountain railways and cable cars, as well as public transport and leisure activities. The added benefit of the card is that it allows you to bypass the ticket offices.
- Free cable car travel Arosa-Weisshorn
- Free gondola travel on the Hörnli Express and Urdenbahn
- Free 2nd class travel on the Rhaetian Railway line between Arosa and Lüen-Castiel
- Free local bus travel on the Hörnliexpress-Prätschli and Hörnliexpress Untersee routes
- Free pedalo and boat rental on the Obersee and entry to the lido on the Untersee
- Free entry to minigolf, ice skating, rope park and the local history museum
Return Flights with Swiss Air
Outbound: Thursday 6th July
Depart London Heathrow T2 on LX0317 08:40
Arrive Zurich 11:35
Flight time 1hr 55 minutes
Inbound: Sunday 9th July
Depart Zurich on LX0326 17:10
Arrive London Heathrow T2 17:55
Flight time 1hr 45 minutes
LUGGAGE ALLLOWANCE – 1 x check in bag 23kg
Where you will stay
Located in the heart of Arosa, the state of the art 4* Superior Valsana Hotel has been built to the highest environmental and energy standards. Inside, the décor is contemporary with botanical prints, industrial accents and reclaimed furniture, while outside there are panoramic views of the mountains and Obersee Lake.
The Modern chalet bedrooms are bright and spacious with south facing balconies offering views of the mountains. The bathrooms have rain showers, colourful Moroccan tiling, large towels and luxurious eco toiletries. There is free Wi-Fi and a turntable with vintage vinyl records.
The in-house restaurant Twist brings classic dishes to life with fresh regional produce and there is plenty of delicious choice for plant based and gluten-free eaters. The Twist terrace offers panoramic al fresco drinking and dining, while the Twist Lounge & Bar is a cosy and glamorous personal living room.
The spa is dedicated to restoring body and mind. The steam room and sauna look out over the woods and there are also three treatment rooms for Clarins rituals. Yoga and fitness classes are held regularly and there is also a sports club with personal trainers and Technogym machines.
And don’t miss the swimming pool which offers panoramic views of the mountains.
Hotel Valsana’s Resort Dine Around
Eat your way around Arosa with hotel’s ‘Dine Around’ card, worth CHF70 per person per day*. Use it to eat lunch and dinner at the hotel’s acclaimed in-house Restaurant Twist, or six fantastic restaurants in town. All are within walking distance and there is something to suit all tastes. (*Please note, the offer excludes beverages.)
The resturants are:
- Restaurant Twist (three-course menu)
- Restaurant Alpenblick (à la carte)
- The Basement (à la carte)
- La Brezza (à la carte)
- La Collina (à la carte)
- Tschuggen Bar (à la carte)
- Tschuggen Grand Restaurant (à la carte)
A Deeper Dive
We love the Valsana Hotel, proof that luxury and sustainability can go hand in hand. Inspired by nature and its beautiful setting, the Valsana has outstanding (and award winning) eco credentials.
Part of the Green Globe* certified Tschuggen Collection, Valsana has been 100% climate neutral since 2019. Much of this has been achieved by updating infrastructure and through the smarter use of resources, with any remaining emissions off-set to support dedicated projects including rewilding alpine wetlands and supporting the Virunga mountain gorilla project in Rwanda.
Valsana was built as a hotel for the future with sustainability at its core. Constructed in 2017, its electricity comes courtesy of the local hydro-power plant and the heating system is one of the most environmentally friendly in Europe - the hotel uses geothermal probes and captures waste heat from other appliances and activities that's then stored in the ice battery until it's needed.
Priority was given to sustainable materials too. For example, much of the wood – including the panels in the lounge and the bedroom chairs, was upcycled from the old building and the landscaping that surrounds the hotel is a bio-diverse lawn featuring a house for wild bees.
Inside, the sustainability of every detail has been considered. In the bedrooms, guests sleep on 100% natural Elky Natur mattress and the Nespresso Coffee Pods are sustainable and recycled after use. In the bathrooms, organic Swiss brands Nooii and FAIRCosmEthics products come in re-fillable containers and reminders to re-use towels are printed on glasses rather than paper. In the public areas, the lights in the corridors and vestibules react to motion sensors, the bars are plastic straw-free, all the food is locally sourced and seasonal where possible, the wines are European, while the water is sourced in Arosa.
*The Green Globe is awarded to companies in the tourism and events industries whose corporate approach targets the respectful and economical use of resources.
Reliable, comfortable, and often boasting breathtakingly beautiful views, Switzerland’s trains are hard to beat.
The first things that sets the Swiss system apart is its size - even the smallest towns have a frequent and reliable service so you really can travel around the country by train.
The second is that the timetable is integrated to make connections quick and easy - the average wait for a connecting train is no more than 10 minutes – and it is aligned with other forms of public transport too, so if you arrive at your destination and need to take a bus, there will be one.
And third, they are punctual. Official statistics for 2022 put punctuality at 92.5%, with punctuality defined as within three minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Add clean, modern, accessible carriages and, on the routes through the mountains, oversized windows that make the most of the spectacular scenery, and this really is the very best way to travel. Which is why we have opted for a train transfer from Zurich to Arosa. The final leg from Chur to Arosa itself is a single gauge that winds up the mountain, setting the scene for this Alpine holiday.
The restaurants included in the Dine Around option of your
The range of menus on offer at the restaurants included in the Dine Around option matche the scenery and panoramas of Arosa, both filling and good for your soul.
As well as four local restaurants, you can also eat at both of the Tschuggen Collection's Arosa hotels – The Valsana and the Grand Hotel, both of which pride themselves on sustainability and a beneficial relationship with the natural surroundings of the Schanfigg Valley. For example, at Restaurant Twist, the menu's mantra is that their meals are intended to “promote good health, reduce inflammation and boost immunity”, of course, at the same time as being tantalising on the tastebuds!
And at The Grand Restaurant the menu boasts its plant-based dishes with an emphasis on nutrient based ingredients, which celebrate sophistication without being ostentatious.
Nestled in the stunning, picturesque Schanfigg Valley, Arosa is the very picture of an Alpine village, from its diverse array of ski runs and hiking trials, to the charming wooden houses that are so quintessentially Swiss, it is considered one of Switzerland’s most traditional resorts.
From the humble beginnings of a small Medieval farming village, Arosa first came to light in recent years after Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was wintering in nearby Davos, skied down into Arosa’s valley, ending his journey with a luncheon at a local inn, the Seehof (Arosa’s first hotel). He wrote about his adventure in British magazine, The Strand in 1894, and Arosa became a firm favourite with British ski enthusiasts thereafter.
The hotel also offers one and two-bedroom apartments, all of which feature a fully-equipped kitchen.
One-Bedroom Apartment - perfect for 2
Measuring 49sq m, these apartment-style suites have a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom with a shower and mountain-facing tub, separate living area and a 15sq m south-facing balcony. There’s a fireplace on the top floor and a fully equipped kitchen.
Two-Bedroom Apartment - can accommodate up to 4
Measuring around 80sq m, these suites have a master bedroom with a king-size bed and a second bedroom with twins, as well as a separate living area, and two bathrooms with a bathtub (one has a shower as well).There’s a south-facing balcony, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen
If you would like to book one of these please enquire for price and availability
We are offering this tour with Swiss Air flights but if you wish to be mindful of your carbon footprint, you might like to travel to Zurich from the UK by train.
Before you book
- Please read our Booking Conditions, Covid-19 Additional Terms and Information and our commitment to your welfare.
This tour requires a minimum of 6 passengers refer to point 7 in our booking conditions
Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking
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