Ticino, Lake Lugano

Our “Swiss Lakes Tours” are aimed at paddlers who have tried it before and who want to explore some of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland whilst further developing your skills.

What to expect

In Ticino we visit Switzerland’s most southerly lake, Lago di Lugano, dotted with palm trees and spectacular mountain scenery. The shape of the lake offers ever changing views and provides lots of possibilities to explore, with good food, coffee stops and the pretty fishing villages of Morcote and Gandria to visit along the way. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site and really gets you into that holiday feeling with its Italian flavour and laid back atmosphere.

We spend two days on Lago Lugano to really take in Ticinese ambiance and culture. We meet on the Friday evening in Marroggia at the campsite and take the opportunity to sample the great Ticinese food at the local pizzeria. On the first day we paddle form the campsite accross the Italian border to Porto Ceresio and return via the famous Morcote. On the second day we continue our journey towards Lugano with the option of passing by Gandria, before completing our journey in Lugano itself.

As with all our tours, we also take the opportunity to help develop your skills, improving your forward paddling technique and manoeuvrability in your kayak. These trips are our improver courses built into a journey and we aim to help you become a stronger paddler, as well as exploring a new area and enjoying a great weekend away


Some paddling experience or completion of one of our beginner courses

Meeting Point

SBB/FFS Maroggia Melano


Meeting on the Friday night, we spend two nights camping (CHF40 per person) on the lakeside near Melano-Maroggia. There is also a possibility of renting a caravan for the weekend. This can be done directly with the campsite here.


Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.


Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

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