The walk begins in the famous mountain surrounded spa town of Merano. From here you walk through vineyards and orchards, past historic castles and glittering mountain lakes. The trails lead you through idyllic villages and past spectacular views. The mountains in South Tyrol and Trentino are fascinating with their turquoise lakes, green alpine pastures, deep river valleys and spectacular gorges.
The view of the Dolomites raw mountain peaks will follow you during most of the trip. In the Trentino region you will experience the small mountain villages with their winding, narrow alleys and picturesque stone houses. As the grand finale for the walking holiday, you will arrive at the shore of Lake Garda, surrounded by rocky cliffs, olive groves and fig trees. After this week of walking adventures to Lake Garda, a cappuccino and gelato never tasted better.
The walking on this trip is at level 2 and offers a varied hike, primarily along well-maintained tracks and the Waal paths (an old water supply system). There will also be hikes along forest paths and several steep climbs, as well as threading local roads.
It is recommended that you are in a good physical condition. When you are on a self-guided tour, you make your own decisions on how many detours you are up for. The program is arranged with an average daily walking time of 4-6 hours in a hilly terrain, sometimes with long ascents.
Depending on when you arrive in Merano, it will be possible to explore the mountain village and its South Tyrolean atmosphere by strolling through the charming alleys and along the nice ‘Passer’ esplanade in the village.
Today's walk will take you along the Waal paths, through apple orchards to an impressive waterfall. From here the trail leads you through Tisens chestnuts and further up to the small historic church of St. Christoph. The walk continues through a beautiful wooded area, with nice views of the Etsch Valley. You will then arrive at the small idyllic village of Nals, surrounded by vineyards.
You can look forward to a fascinating trekking day on the 'Castle Trail'. On interesting and steep roads you will walk between admirable castles and fortresses, with their diverse and historic architecture. The afternoon brings you through an area with "holes in the ice" - a natural phenomenon that gives you the chance to experience icicles even during mid-summer. After passing the Tower of St. George and several vineyards, you will arrive at Lake Kaltern, where you will stay for the night.
You will begin the day with a train ride to the saddle of Mendel carrying the name ‘Mendel Pass’. From here there is a breathtaking view before you continue on foot across the plateau towards Nonstal, which is located on the border of the region. The walk will take you through fantastic canyons and through small idyllic villages to the pilgrimage place - Saint Romedio. You will continue past two small fine lakes and soon reach Còredo, the final destination of the day.
You will begin the day with a short train ride (the tickets cost about 5 euro p.p. and are purchased locally).
From the train there will be lovely views of the impressive landscape of the Nonstal valley. The walk will bring you onto a small section of the Way of St. James, which, further in the south west, is also known as The Camino.
The trail leads you through orchards and up on the high plain of Paganella.
The path winds through dense vegetation to Cavedago and the famous triple-arched bridge. From here you'll reach the village Molveno, which lies at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites. It is a beautiful mountain range with a turquoise mountain lake that are detached from the rest of the Dolomites. You'll spend the night here.
Today you will be able to enjoy great views of the fascinating mountain peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. A cable car will bring you up to the mountain area Pradel, where you'll find the most beautiful hike of the tour. You will be able to take a break at one of the Rifugios, where they are selling typical Italian snacks, which can be enjoyed along with a unique view of the landscape and the surrounding mountain peaks. A cable car will bring you to the banks of the sparkling blue Lake Molveno, from where you'll walk to Lake Nembia.
From the clear green Lake Nembia you can continue by bus (ticket costs about 5 euro p.p. and is purchased locally). The bus takes you across the last stretch through small villages and a hilly terrain to the end station Comano Terme, where you stay for the night.
As you approach the end of your walking holiday the route will take you through untouched meadows in the Valley of Lomason. A healthy ascent will lead you up to the Rifugio of Monte San Pietro from where a spectacular view of Lake Garda awaits you. Continue down through the winding streets and alleyways, past stonewalls belonging to the Castle of Tenno. The last few miles of your trip goes through olive groves and cypress vegetation before you reach the final destination at the banks of Lake Garda.
After breakfast you will be checking out for you individual journey home or to your new exciting destination.
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On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, directions, maps and other practical things, but you must arrange your own transportation to the tour starting point and back. There is a welcome meeting, where you'll be briefed about your tour.
See the price
When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.
Important: Please note that transportation to and from the destination in Italy is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
From the airport to Merano
You can reach Meran by train from Milan or Venice within approximately 4 hours. If you have the possibility to fly to Innsbruck, the train ride from there is just around 3 hours. It is possible to get an overview of the transportation options on Rome2Rio (the link takes you to a search from Milan Bergamo to Merano but you can easily change the search so that it shows your preferred airport).
Driving on your own
If you choose to drive to Merano by yourself, then it's possible to park your car at the first hotel. Parking is free on the first night that you spend at the hotel and during the rest of the week the parking costs 10-12 euros/night.
Transfer back to the first hotel after the tour (fx if you need to get back to your parked car)
After the tour it is possible to be driven back to the first hotel - for example to get your car. The transfer from Riva del Garda to Merano on the day of departure needs to be reserved in advance and it costs € 58 per person, paid locally.
Note: It is not possible to book the return transfer for Wednesdays and Thursdays. The transfer on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays is in the morning. On Tuesdays the transfer is in the afternoon.
There will be an information meeting held by a staff member of our local partners. This will take place at 6pm on the arrival day. You will meet the staff member in the reception, unless told otherwise upon check-in.
Note: If you arrive too late to be able to take part in the meeting, then your welcome package with all the walking material will be ready for you at the hotel.
It is possible to purchase 6x dinner at the hotels on this trip (except on Day 7 in Riva on Lake Garda). The meal will include at least 3 courses. If you wish to upgrade to half board, please select it in the booking form.
Note: Some of the places may not serve dinner at the hotels (fx a nearby restaurant).
You'll be spending the nights at 3-star tourist class hotels and charming South Tyrolean lodges. Breakfast is included in the trip.
At some of the places you may be charged a small 'Tourist tax' - this is payable locally.
It is possible to order an additional overnight stay at the hotel in Merano before the tour or in Riva del Garda after the tour. You can see the prices for these options by choosing a date, going into the booking form and continuing to Page 2.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
On this trip, it is possible to bring your dog along. Should this be of interest, then note the breed and height of the dog in the comment section when booking. It is possible that there will be a small additional charge when bringing a dog, this will be payable locally at the hotels.