Swiss Alps by Train: A Voyage on the Bernina Railway with Laura Benitti

Swiss Alps by Train: A Voyage on the Bernina Railway with Laura Benitti


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The Bernina Railway is one of the oldest train lines in the world. Built between 1908 and 1910, it’s the highest railway in the Alps, as well as one of the steepest in the world. First conceived as a freight and passenger transport line, it has become an extraordinary tourist destination and can be enjoyed in any season. Together we will virtually enjoy breathtaking views among forests, alpine lakes, small picturesque villages, and majestic glaciers. We will travel up to the delightful Swiss region of the Engadine and the fashionable ski destination of Saint Moritz, famous for its elegant hotels and fairy-tale lake, frozen in winter for hockey and skating.

Led by an expert on art and history, Laura Benitti, this interactive seminar will celebrate the unbelievable beauty of the Swiss Alps by train. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will discover a hidden gem in Alpine Europe.

Laura was born in Turin, where she studied history of art, but moved to Milan in 2002. Since her graduation, she has accumulated a long experience as an art consultant and registrar in a few museums in Turin, as well as expertise as a local Milan guide. She loves to be both an experienced and friendly local ambassador of Milan and Como area for her travelers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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J.K.
:A Great Train Ride

Laura is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who is easy to listen to and very informative about a lovely part of the world.

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S.O.
Simply Not Worth It...

This is my third Context travel seminar. The first two (Luberon Villages & Scottish Highlands) were terrific. The Swiss Alps by Train, by comparison, was very disappointing.
The problem was that there was not nearly enough information for the time... initially, the speaker spent time explaining the auto drive from Lake Como to St Moritz and then how to drive from Lake Como to the start of the train journey. Why? There was little history of the area, only cursory comments on the train stops and what one might do there. Actual info about the train schedule was only given in response to a chat question and I never did learn how long the journey was.

I should say that we’ve driven from Lake Como through St. Moritz to the Engandine Valley and we’ve taken several trains through spectacular Swiss alps. It may just be that this small area of focus and short train ride just doesn’t justify an hour of time. But the presentation was skimpy and superficial in any case.

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S.-.B.M.
A Breathtaking Virtual Tour through Northern Italy and Switzerland

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative train ride through lovely countryside with excellent commentary by Dr Benitti. Listeners were taken on a relaxing tour of the main station stops en route from Tirano, Italy, up to the end of the Bernina Railway's trail in the St Moritz area. The lecture was paced just right to take it all in. The history and referral to historic posters of the line at the start was so nostalgic. Laura's use of maps with the terrain highlighted along the route were most helpful. Inserts of a few actual videos or drone views enhanced the tour! Loved the many beautiful photos too. She also related tips of what to do if you got off of the train for a short time or overnight. Loved this session.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
46%
(6)
8%
(1)
31%
(4)
0%
(0)
15%
(2)
J
J.K.
:A Great Train Ride

Laura is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who is easy to listen to and very informative about a lovely part of the world.

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment

S
S.O.
Simply Not Worth It...

This is my third Context travel seminar. The first two (Luberon Villages & Scottish Highlands) were terrific. The Swiss Alps by Train, by comparison, was very disappointing.
The problem was that there was not nearly enough information for the time... initially, the speaker spent time explaining the auto drive from Lake Como to St Moritz and then how to drive from Lake Como to the start of the train journey. Why? There was little history of the area, only cursory comments on the train stops and what one might do there. Actual info about the train schedule was only given in response to a chat question and I never did learn how long the journey was.

I should say that we’ve driven from Lake Como through St. Moritz to the Engandine Valley and we’ve taken several trains through spectacular Swiss alps. It may just be that this small area of focus and short train ride just doesn’t justify an hour of time. But the presentation was skimpy and superficial in any case.

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment

S
S.-.B.M.
A Breathtaking Virtual Tour through Northern Italy and Switzerland

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative train ride through lovely countryside with excellent commentary by Dr Benitti. Listeners were taken on a relaxing tour of the main station stops en route from Tirano, Italy, up to the end of the Bernina Railway's trail in the St Moritz area. The lecture was paced just right to take it all in. The history and referral to historic posters of the line at the start was so nostalgic. Laura's use of maps with the terrain highlighted along the route were most helpful. Inserts of a few actual videos or drone views enhanced the tour! Loved the many beautiful photos too. She also related tips of what to do if you got off of the train for a short time or overnight. Loved this session.