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Guided Walk from Lugano to Gandria promoted by Lugano Region - return by boat

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    Pass By: Piazza della Riforma, Lugano Switzerland

    With its many bistros and restaurants, Piazza della Riforma is the city’s main place of encounter.

    Throughout the year several different events, including Easter in the City, Estival Jazz, Blues to Bop, Autumn Festival and Christmas in the Square, take place here. But in the past, when the square was called Piazza Grande, it was the scene of several political events. In fact, the 15th February 1798 was a chaotic day of fighting, at the end of which, despite initial success, the enemy was pushed back by the Lugano partisans. The most enlightened members of the bourgeois took advantage of events to finally achieve long-sought independence for the town, buoyed by the slogan “Free and Swiss”. At Zurich the twelve cantons proclaimed Canton Ticino’s independence and on 16 February the citizens erected the tree of liberty in Piazza Grande. In 1830, the square took on its current name thanks to the constitutional reform.

    Stop At: Parco Civico, Viale Carlo Cattaneo, Lugano 6900 Switzerland

    A short walk from the lively center of Lugano lies the Parco Ciani, a destination for many tourists who come there to admire what is considered one of the most beautiful Swiss parks.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Olive Trail, Via Cortivo, Lugano Switzerland

    The Path winds along the countryside between Castagnola and Gandria and crosses hillsides of ancient olive trees where just recently fruiting olive trees have been reintroduced. You can reach the path either from Castagnola (close to the old Municipal, or from Gandria (start from the parking area at the canton’s street above the village). The path is described beginning in Gandria and is identified by the olive logo. There are 18 panels offering descriptions of the olive tree’s history, its botany, its cultivation and its products as well (the olive fruit ant olive oil).

    The idea of the Olive Tree Path was conceived of by the “Friends of the Olive Tree” association in collaboration with the Fund of Naturalistic and Archeological Sites in Gandria belonging to the Foundation of the Italian speaking Switzerland for Scientific Research and University Studies.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lake Lugano, Lugano Switzerland

    For centuries, Lake Lugano has been a magnet for tourists, attracting visitors from all over the world. The lake is criss-crossed by boats and ferries throughout the year but in summer the lake becomes a stunning arena for a whole host of leisure activities. Don’t forget to discover the stunning local countryside.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Centro storico Gandria, Piazza A. Giambonini, Gandria, Lugano 6978 Switzerland

    This fishermen village is quite unique, perched at the bottom of Mount Brè, and it’s rightly famous for its wonderful and romantic atmosphere.

    Gandria is a romantic locality nestled on the shores of Lake Ceresio that may be reached either by land or by lake. Many tourists and locals enjoy the boat trip from Lugano and the walk back to Castagnola along the lake shore.

    The town’s centre that is closed to traffic is an oasis of peace with its picturesque tiny streets and stairs that offer glimpses of great views and gorgeous landscapes. At the centre of the town there is the 16th century church of San Vigilio with its outstanding baroque interior and the high late-medieval belfry.

    On the lake opposite Gandria, one finds the Museum of Swiss Customs that is located in a locality known as “Cantine di Gandria” that may be reached by boat. Along the trail from Cantine di Gandria to Caprino there are several grotti, an ideal place to take shelter from the heat and to have the opportunity of getting a taste of the typical Ticinese cuisine.

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Departure Point
    Ente Turistico del Luganese - Lugano, Palazzo Civico, Piazza Riforma 1, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Boat Trip
    • Guided Excursion to Gandria
    • Departure from Lugano Region tourist office in Piazza Riforma at 10 am
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Lugano
    • Entry/Admission - Centro storico Gandria
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Dress smart casual and comfortable shoes
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please be on time!
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Very nice and chilled-out walk with knowledgeable guide. He managed to translate everything in English, Italian and German for the group. Views were beautiful and worth it.More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Sarah N
    VMaspoli, Product Manager at Ente Turistico del Luganese, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Buongiorno Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed Gandria and our guided tour:-) Thank you very much for such a great review! Hope to see you again soon in our wonderful region. Cari saluti da Lugano...More

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    It's an hour walk and it's free. You only have to pay for the boat.
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