My friend and I (2 ladies in our late 40s) will be staying 4 nights in Varenna in April 2014. We would like to take a day trip into Switzerland. It has been suggested that we visit Soglio for a taste of an authentic Swiss village. We'd prefer not to hire a car, and we'd also like to take the Bernina Express train if possible. I've worked out that we can get from Varenna to Tirano on the train, then take the Bernina Express to St Moritz. Now some questions:
What is the best/easiest way to get from St Moritz to Soglio? Then from Soglio back to Varenna? If Soglio is too difficult to access, can anyone suggest another nearby village to visit? Would we be better off taking the local train from Tirano to St Moritz and stopping off at a village along the way or take the Bernina Express TO St M and then local train on return to Tirano, stopping off on the way back?
From what I've read on TA, if we were to catch the Bernina Express to St Moritz and return, we could not stop off (unless we buy another ticket). It seems at that time of year, there's only 1 train per day in each direction anyway. Also, if we take the Bernina Express from Tirano to St M and return, we would only have about 2.5 hours in St M - not enough time to get to Soglio either??
I really would appreciate any locals or expert's input/suggested itineraries. Thank you so much in advance.