Take a ride on the Bernina Express, Switzerland’s alpine delight. This train journey takes you along one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world through the Bernina Pass to the exclusive resort of St Moritz at the ‘Top of the World.’ Enjoy a round-trip scenic coach trip and ride a bright red rail car, passing unrivaled landscapes amid the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps, including time to spend in charming Tirano and St Mortiz.
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- Journey along the UNESCO-listed Bernina Express route
- Spectacular views of Northern Italy,
- Swiss Alps, and
- St Moritz pass
What to Expect Starting From central Milan and set out on the journey to Tirano on air-conditioned coach. Soak up the scenery as you head north into the foothills of the Alps, and enjoy free time to explore Tirano. Next, step aboard the red-painted train carriages of the Bernina Express and enjoy unbeatable views from panoramic windows. The train ride takes in one of the most impressive sections of the Bernina route, including views of Lake Como, the spiral viaduct of Brusio, and the mountains of the Bernina Pass. As you cross into Switzerland, pass snow-covered peaks, wild gorges, and Swiss Alps, before stopping at the ski resort of St Moritz. In St Moritz, enjoying delicious lunch admire the alpine scenery, or stroll the historic town and browse for souvenirs.
While you see this mountain range and this mountain village from Bernina Express route train weaving through these mountains and this village here’s a lake at the foot of these mountains boats ferries fog tunnels I want to tell you a story of an adventure I took to a very special place a border region in Europe it’s right here here’s this region from another angle this is looking south you can see that this is where Italy ends and Switzerland begins this is the magical place and talking about I want to tell you about this because this trip perfectly encapsulates what I think as my recipe for escape I use the word escape because it kind of feels like I’m running running away from something running away from some incessant pull to do things some pressure that tells me to work and produce and do more it’s this constant call to perform for society I kind of love it in fact this isn’t a bad thing this pressure this intensity it keeps us all working but the only way that I can really keep going keep grinding is if I can escape to pull away and to run away from everything just for a while so let me tell you my ingredients for a real escape number one and the most important foundational ingredient is mountains the best escapes happen in the mountains he doe sn’t have to be the mountains of northern Italy or Switzerland any mountain range will do I have found escape in mountains from Oregon to Utah to Spain to Guatemala even the little mountains near where I live on the east coast of the United States Mountains are a perfect place to escape
The mountains are like a filter a border if you will they block out busyness there’s nothing busy happening in the mountains everything looks like this [Music] it’s quiet there’s always following water there’s always mist there’s fog and there are always ecosystems that manifest themselves in extremes extremely sharp Peaks giving way to extremely steep slopes extremely blue water extremely yellow trees we explored lots of mountains the second ingredient happens atop the mountain it’s the mountain village like this one where the people have been quietly living their lives for ages there’s no hustle up here there’s no grind there’s no one trying to climb any ladder it is so quiet I haven’t heard this sort of silence for like a year or more it’s so there’s no one doing what I’ve been doing for the past seven years which is hustling and grinding to make something big in some big system no one is doing that here they’re just doing this we hit a lot of these little villages on this trip just a few kilometers over the Swiss border you can see this one it’s called so glial and it was one of my favorite places of the trip if not this entire year we spent the day running down these trails convincing our children that these rocks are actually a playground and finishing the day with a dinner that looked over these mountains the town was silent empty we were eating Italian food but we were in Switzerland it was perfect ingredient number three is unplanned adventure my life is really tightly planned I have two children and I work like three jobs every day I make lists of exactly what I can get done in eight and a half hours and then I work focusing on each of these items down to the minute so for me escape looks like this see that little tiny church all the way up there it’s right there yep we’re gonna turn and we’re gonna hike and we’re gonna discover a way to get up to that mountain do you think we can make it happen or no so yeah you can point it a church on a mountain and just decide that you want to hike to it maybe you’ll make it maybe you won’t I can tell we’re in the right place because if I look up through the crack up there we’re getting closer and closer these unplanned adventures are for some reason incredibly restorative and satisfying for me we made it up to this level church that I later learned was called San Martino I had no idea of the kids would be able to make it up the side of the mountain but they did it and they did a great job which made it even more exciting for some reason the spontaneity and unplanned nature of this adventure made it all the more exciting and all the more restorative for my brain
] ingredient number four lakes and fairies when I was dating is and I looked like this I would go up to visit her in Washington Washington State she lived across the water from Seattle so I’d go across these ferries a lot I learned to really love ferries giant boats that are often a major mode of transportation for the locals they’re cheap they’re frequent and they’re totally local no frills just a bunch of people trying to get around the place they live in the ferries in Lake Como bounce around to different villages you can even take your car on to these ferries which for some reason feels kind of awesome you can also get around on another kind of boat [Music] having a boat to yourself also touches on the previous ingredient of unplanned adventure feels like the epitome of escape you’re cruising around a lake wherever you want you find a village that looks cool and you end up parking in the public dock and running around [Music] until we decide to jump back on the boat and do it again this was our chosen splurge for the trip and it was well worth it my favorite part about how we got this boat is you just find a local guy at a dock and ask if he can rent his boat and he tells you yes and before you know it you’re cruising the last ingredient is one that I have a hard time quantifying I don’t know what to call it or how to even think about it but I’m going to call it moving through mountains in any way any fashion any mode of transportation with your legs with a train with a car just moving through big mountains watching Peaks and mountain rivers move by you as you traverse the large daunting mountains mountain roads always look like they were designed to be art but somehow they’re incredibly functional to get you up the steep grade and across the mountain pass [Music] first we drove through these mountains the boys listening to an audio book about a frog in a toad and is and I having long conversations about big things and little things connecting and dreaming about the future moving through these mountains does something to my brain and I can’t really describe it but it’s good it’s really good just over the border from Italy into Switzerland you can get on a train that takes you over the Swiss Alps when you’re on a train like this surrounded by large mountains and moving through them for me my mind is forced to be right here I’d successfully escaped any pressure any of that pulling stress that makes you think about the thing you have to do it was all gone we got off in a little town called post gavel which had a river with water that was so blue it seemed unfair we found a little town square and wandered the town before getting back on the train and making the journey back and let me remind you that it doesn’t have to be these quaint beautiful world-renowned Alps moving through any mountain range in a train or in a car or hiking has the same effect for me it’s that mountain effect the mountains somehow always filter the world away from me now I love cities and beaches but when my chest is tight and my brain is buzzing with stress I know it’s time for an escape so this is my recipe for escape Mountain Village unplanned adventures waters and boats and moving through mountains it’s like medicine for me it cures an overworked brain and helps me truly restore myself and reinvigorate the relationships with my family a very big thank you to peak design for sponsoring this video peak design makes a bag that I have been using for years ever since I started really doing travel filmmaking and traveling a lot it’s a very smart camera bag as well as a bag that I use for a lot of other things that have nothing to do with cameras they just launched the version 2 of their everyday bag which is the bag I’ve been using for years and they sent me one it’s still got a lot of the smart design stuff from the original but it’s got some upgrades that are pretty cool and I’ve been having a really fun time playing around with weatherproof coating it’s got some other kind of subtle design tweaks in terms of the cuts and the where the zipper is and exactly where the pockets are it’s got magnets in the backs of the straps and so the straps kind of lay like perfectly flat against the back it’s little smart features like that that really keep me coming back to peak design they designed a tripod earlier this year that has become my new travel tripod I use it for every project and with this new bag they increased the size of the water bottle container so now you can slip the tripod into it and it won’t like swing out for loic’s your support I use this little key fob and wrap it around the tripod and connect it to a little Universal peak connector right there so this is the new peak design everyday bag this is the 30 liter and it’s just a comfortable smart bag that’s very durable so thanks peak design as a part of this new launch they also have a smaller version which is this zip design which is a little bit different and I’ve been using that as I’ve been traversing around it through my drone in here and then of course their sling which is if I’m just using the drone and going out and kind of exploring with the drone and maybe like one lens or something that I can throw in here this thing is fantastic it’s super small and easy and it’s just a sling that goes around I have been using this stuff long before they ever sponsored by videos and can say they’re great so check out the link in my description and you can go over to peak design check out these bags and hopefully you like them as much as I do thank you peak design for sponsoring this video and thank you for watching this piece on my trip to Italy and Switzerland it was really kind of my way of articulating this feeling of escape that I could have yearned for after long periods of work and I hope you enjoyed it I’ll see you next time