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, and 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.
Depending on when you arrive to Meran, 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.
Walking time about 5.5 to 6 hours
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 village of Nals, idyllic surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards.
Walking time about 6 hours
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.
Walking time about 5 hours
You will begin the day with a train ride to the saddle of Mendel caring the name ‘Mendelpass’. 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 before soon reaching Còredo.
Walking time about 5.5 to 6 hours
You will begin the day with a short train ride (the tickets costs about 5 euro p.p. and is purchased locally). From the train there will be good 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 to the south west 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 the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, a beautiful mountain range, which is detached from the rest of the Dolomites. From here we head up to Cavedago and the famous triple-arched bridge. Soon after you will reach the destination of the day in Andalo.
Walking time about 4-6 hours
Today you will be able to enjoy great views of the fascinating mountain peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. A great walk leads you into the mountain area Pradel. Here 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 the clear green Lake Nembia you will continue by bus (ticket costs about 5 euro p.p. and is purchased locally). The bus takes you the last stretch through small villages and hilly terrain to the end station Comano Terme, where you stay for the night.
Walking time 5-6 hours
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.
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