EUR 630.00

Italy - Walking from the Dolomites to Lake Garda

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.

  • Accommodation at 3-star hotels and charming lodges
  • Self-guided walk at your own pace, with detailed walking descriptions and maps
  • Follow fantastic hiking trails through the hilly terrain of the Dolomites.
  • Enjoy the sights from the mountain train, which brings you up to breathtaking views from the Mendelpasset
  • Trails that wind through olive groves and orchards.
  • Walking past old castles and palaces, situated in stunning natural surroundings
  • The lakes Andalo and Nembia, with their respective turquoise and green colors creating a beautiful contrast against the raw mountain peaks.
  • Luggage transport between accommodations

Overview
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Day 1 Arrival in Meran

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.

Day 2 Walking from Meran to Nals

 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.

Day 3 Walking from Nals to Kaltern

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.

Day 4 Walking from Kaltern to Còredo

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.

Day 5 Walking from Còredo to Andalo

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.

Day 6 From Andalo to Nembia Lake and Comano Terme

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.

Day 7 Walking from Comano Terme to the shores of Lake Garda

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.

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast you will be checking out for you individual journey home.

Prices includes

  • 7 nights in 3 star tourist class hotels and charming lodges incl. breakfast
  • Welcome meeting on the day of arrival
  • Detailed walking descriptions (route maps, route descriptions, information on relevant tourist attractions and important phone numbers.)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Tickets to Mendalpass Mountain Railway (Day 4)
  • Tickets to the cable car from Pradel to Molveno - only in the summer season, otherwise walk (day 6)
  • Trentino-card with numerous inclusive services
  • Direct phone number to a service hotline
Not included
  • Transportation to and from the destination.
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
EUR 630.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices. 

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organize your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Departure dates
This tour starts on saturdays and sundays with starting dates from 21. May to 9. October 2016.

Transportation

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. This is easily done online. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits the start and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

You can reach Meran by train from Milan and 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 train schedule on www.trenitalia.com

Welcome meeting

There will be an information meeting held by a staff member of our local partners. This will take place at 18.00 O’clock on the arrival day. You will meet the staff member in the reception, unless told otherwise upon check-in.

Accommodation

Overnight at 3 star tourist class hotels and charming South Tyrolean lodges. Breakfast is included in the trip.
Some places you will possibly be charged a small 'Tourist tax' - this is payable locally.

 
Food and beverage

It is possible to purchase 6x dinner at the hotels on this trip (not on day 7 of Riva on Lake Garda). The meal will at least be a 3-course menu.
If you wish to book half board, please note it in the “Comments Section” when booking the tour. The additional cost is € 185 per person.

 
Walking with dogs

On this trip, it is possible to bring your dog. 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.

Trip grading

The walking on this trip is a level 2. 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 the hilly terrain. You can read more about our grading system here.

 
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

 
Travel insurance

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.

 
Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for traveling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

 
Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

 
Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate of Bolzano area, see data below:
Statistics as seen on www.yr.no

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