Marvel at vineyards and apple orchards as far as the eye can see, during the first part of your week of walking. Starting from the well-known spa town of Meran you walk along the South Tyrolean wine route, past historic castles and palaces. Again and again idyllic wine-growing villages along the way invite you to a brief break and to sample the countless South Tyrolean delicacies with wine and apples as staple ingredients. Another highlight of the tour is a detour to the provincial capital Bolzano. This town oozes elegance and Italian flair with its quaint arbour alleys and the hussle bussle on the busy square ‚Piazza Walther’. During the whole walking experience you are accompanied by countless panoramic views, for instance, onto the jaggered peaks of the Dolomites, the Sarnthaler Alps, the most fertile Etsch valley or lake Kalterer See.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Discover the countless enchanting corners of Meran during a stroll through this spa town, a favourite dwelling spot of the Empress Sissi. After a walk through its arbour alleys, relax along the promenade of the raging river Passer.
Along the path ‚Marlinger Waalweg’, the longest Waal of South Tyrol into the ‚apple metropolis’ Lana. On your way marvellous views onto Meran and the Etsch valley until Bozen await. Through deciduous forests you ascend all the way to Tisens, famous for its sweet chestnuts. The second section of Day 2 brings you to an area teeming with castles, in Nals the 3 castles Stachelburg, Schwanburg and Payrsberg await. Walking time approx. 5.5 hours; 19km.
A wonderful walk past palaces and castles along the high-altitude path with a fantastic view. Part of the way leads you along the 3-castle route into the well-known wine-growing village of Eppan with its extensive wine growing areas and the characteristic flair of the South Tyrolean wine route. Then a short bus ride into the provincial capital Bozen. Enjoy the Italian flair in the arbour alleys and whilst sipping a cappuccino on Waltherplatz square. Walking time: approx. 4 hours; 11km.
In the morning take the cable car to Jenesien and experience South Tyrol’s most stunning facets. Starting with a unique panoramic view from lake Kalterer See over the castles and palaces along the wine route to the jaggered rockfaces of the Dolomites. Walk across vast meadows dotted with horses and cattle and through clear forests with ancient larch trees until you reach the village of Mölten on the high plateau of the Tschöggelberg mountain. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours; 11km.
The picturesque village of Mölten, situated above 1100 m is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Meadows covered in flowers, insanely fragrant larch forests and alpine pastures right up to the ‚Steinerne Mandln’ (stoney people) invite to a relaxing walk. Nature at its finest as well as breathtaking distant views onto the Etsch valley right at your feet and numerous impressive mountain peaks are a constant companion on this circular walk. Walking time: approx. 4 hours; 14km.
The final leg of this tour takes you across a glorious Alpine pasture scenery with green meadows and grazing cattle to the Leadner Alp, where you simply have to taste their home-made dumpling specialities. After a hearty break your walk continues along the panoramic high-altitude path via Hafling to Trauttmannsdorff palace. Please visit the magnificent parks and landscaped gardens before you descend into the centre of Meran. Walking time: approx. 5 hours; 13km.
RATING: Easy to Moderate
You walk on well-maintained walking paths, on ‚Waalwegen’ (old irrigation systems) and in sections on forest roads and asphalt paths. Technically an easy tour, with daily walking times of 4 to 4.5 hours. A good basic fitness level is required.
We suggest flying into Verona. We can supply train tickets or private taxi transfers from there.
Departure Dates 2018: Every Saturday and Sunday from mid-May to mid-October
|Season 1||12.05. – 10.06 | 24.09. – 14.10|
|Season 2||11.06. – 06.07 | 27.08. – 23.09|
|Season 3||7.07. – 26.08|
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$815|
|Price per person: season 2||$880|
|Price per person: season 3||$930|
Optional dinner plan (6 x 3-course dinners)
This Tour Includes:
Local “tourist taxes” may be charged at each hotel. These can only be paid locally.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment