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Nestled in the western end of Switzerland's Engadine Valley, the atmospheric village of Sils offers the perfect winter wonderland in which to enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, winter walking and picturesque rail journeys.

Type of Holiday: Winter Holidays

From £1295 per person (inc flights) for 7 nights, based on two people sharing

Duration: 7 nights, 8 days or 10 nights, 11 days (min. stay may apply)
Departures: Various departures from December to March
Start point: Sils, Engadine
End point: Sils, Engadine

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Engadine - a winter wonderland

Sitting serenely between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplauna, the charming village of Sils is a paradise for winter walkers and cross-country skiers. The rugged mountains beautifully frame this idyllic area, whilst the warm hospitality the locals offer make this the perfect location for a wonderful winter holiday.

With direct access to 220 kilometres of cross-country trails, Sils caters to cross-country skiers of all levels; you can ski part of the 42-kilometre Engadine marathon route which runs straight through the village. A good network of local buses and trains, both from Sils and nearby St Moritz, are free during your stay, allowing you the opportunity to extend your range. Downhill skiing can be enjoyed in the Corvatsch-Furtschellas area, located just above the village, and for a day trip out you can also visit nearby St Moritz (just 20 minutes by bus), with an even greater variety of slopes. The winter walking opportunities from Sils are excellent and there is a good choice of waymarked trails leading across the lakes and along the valley floor.

Explore the area by heading into the tranquil Fex valley, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the quiet, traffic-free Val Roseg, where you may even spot chamois or deer. Hop aboard the Bernina Express from St Moritz to enjoy a picturesque rail journey into Italy, which takes in 55 tunnels and 196 bridges and is surely one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps.

Originally a farmhouse dating from 1630, the family-owned and run Hotel Privata is a stylish yet traditional hotel offering a home from home feel. Guests congregate after a day's skiing for tea and cakes around the open fire in the Stuvetta, the small intimate lounge bar that was once the farmhouse's winter kitchen. Every corner of the house is filled with furniture from across the centuries, and, in the cellars, the ancient vaulting can still be seen. The culinary tradition at the Privata also taps into the local and family heritage as well as drawing on modern Italian flavours.

What price includes

  • 7 breakfasts & dinners/10 breakfasts & dinners if 10 nights
  • afternoon tea and cake every day
  • free use of buses and trains in the valley
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from Heathrow (regional available)
  • connecting travel from/to Zürich Airport if applicable



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel Privata, Sils

Nearest train station to meeting point:
St Moritz, Bahnhof

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Take the bus from St Moritz to Sils//Segl Maria. Hotel Privata is a 5 minute walk from the station.

How to get there:
Train from London to St Moritz (via Paris)

Plan your journey by train to Sils, Engadine

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel Privata, Sils

Nearest train station to finish point:
St Moritz, Bahnhof

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Take the bus from Sils//Segl Maria to St Moritz

How to get back:
Train from St Moritz to London (via Paris)

Plan your return train journey from Sils