Walking to Lake Garda

Difficulty Level:  / 4 

In some sections you will be walking on forest trails and steep paths. We recommend a good basic fitness level for walking days of up to 5 to 6 hours as well as for longer ascents. Easier alternatives of the daily sections are possible by bus. A varied walking tour for lovers of promising trails.

Starting from your arrival in the famous spa town of Merano, you will witness the amazing vistas of the South Tyrol and Trentino mountain ranges. From vineyards and orchards, historic castles and sparkling tarns, to enormous plateaus and beautiful turqoise lakes the views will always be spectacular on this tour. 

The peaks of the Dolomites which accompany you will give you an excellent feel for the fascinating alpine world of  the lonely and steep rugged giants. 

In Trentino you will discover quaint mountain villages with winding narrow streets and beautiful stone house, before reaching the final destination of Lake Garda. Surrounded by high cliffs, enclosed by olive orchards, cypresses and fig trees you will really feel the Mediterranean flair. 

This tour taking you to Lake Garda will often be taking place on the ancient water systems called Waal Paths. Other sections will be forest trails and steep paths, so we recommend a good basic level of fitness. Some easier alternatives of the daily sections are possible by bus.

Check out the intinerary or contact us for more details.

 

1st Day: Arrival to Merano

Enjoy the Mediterranean flair in this wonderful and cultural town in the heart of South Tyrol. Wander around the charming arcades or follow in the footsteps of Emperess Sissi along the 'Passer' esplanade.

Hotel (example): Flora

2nd Day: From Merano to Nals

Along the Waal paths you venture through apple plantations before arriving at an impressive waterfall. Soon your trail leads you through the hills of the chestnut place Tisens and up to the historic little church of St. Christoph. After hiking through a beautiful woodland with fantastic views deep into the Etsch valley you reach Nals, an idyllic little village in the middle of apple orchards and vineyards. Walking time: approx. 5.5 to 6 hrs.

Details: approx. 21 km, +553 m / -552 m
Hotel (example): Wilma

3rd Day: From Nals to Kaltern/ Kalterer Lake

Today you can look forward to a fascinating hike on the trail of castles. On interesting and steep roads you walk from fortress to fortress where you can admire diverse historic architecture. In the afternoon you wander through the region of ‘holes in the ice’, a natural phenomenon which gives you the chance to discover icicles in midsummer. Past the tower of St. George and many more vineyards, you will soon reach Lake Kaltern. Walking time: approx. 6 hrs.

Details: approx. 19,4 km, +706 m / -592 m
Hotel (example): Masatsch

4th Day: From Kaltern/Kalterer Lake to Coredo

In the morning you travel to the Mendelpass (saddle of Mendel) by train. Enjoy the phenomenal view before you continue your comfortable walk over the plateau towards Nonstal, the language and provincial border. Into amazing canyons and through idyllic small villages to the pilgrimage site of Saint Romedio and past two small sparkling lakes, you will soon reach Coredo. Here you can enjoy the Italian comfort in the middle of Trentino. Walking time: approx. 5 hrs.

Details: approx. 19,9 km, +264 m / -786 m
Hotel (example): Scoiattolo

5th Day: From Coredo to Andalo

During a short train journey you can admire the impressive landscape of the Nonstal, before you begin your walk along the ‘Way of St. James’ up to the airy high plain of the Paganella. The path leads through dense woodland to the foot of the Brenta-Dolomites, before making its way up to Cavedago with its famous triple-arched bridge. Then across the wetland of a karst lake towards today’s final walking destination Andalo. Walking time: approx. 5.5 to 6 hrs.

Details: approx. 14,5 km, +840 m / -89 m
Hotel (example): La Roccia

6th Day: From Andalo to Comano Terme

Enjoy the fascinating alpine world of the tall peaks of the Brenta group! A fantastic walking tour leads you into the mountain area of the Pradel. Stop at a Rifugio (mountain cabin) and enjoy a typical Italian snack as well as the impressive view of the surrounding mountain tops. By cable car you go to the banks of the sparkling blue lake Molveno. From the crystal clear and green tarn Lago Nembia, you continue to Comano Terme by bus, passing woodlands and hilly areas, meandering rivers and home to numerous small country villages. Walking time: approx. 4 to 6 hrs.

Details: approx. 12,3 km, +428 m / -655 m
Hotel (example): Comano Cattoni Holiday

7th Day: From Comano Terme to  Riva del Garda

At the end of your hiking week you walk through the untouched meadows of the valley of Lomason. After that you climb up to Rifugio Monte San Pietro, where you are presented with a stunning view of Lake Garda. Walk down through winding streets and archways, past stonewalls to the castle of Tenno. On the last few kilometres of your tour you walk through olive groves and Mediterranean cypress vegetation until you reach the goal of your hiking week, the banks of Lake Garda. Walking time: approx. 5 to 6 hrs.

Details: approx. 23,7 km, +614 m / -949 m
Hotel (example): Portici

8th Day: Return to Ireland

Prices Include:

7 overnight stays in selected category, breakfast included
If half-board: min. 3-course meal (6x, not in Riva)
Luggage transfer
Welcome meeting
Mendelpass mountain railway
Trentino-Card with numerous inclusive services
Cable car fare Pradel-Molveno (only in the summer season, otherwise walk)
Carefully elaborated route description
Detailed travel and tour documents
Service-Hotline

Season 1:

21st May - 19th June 2016 and 19th September - 09th October 2016

€595 per person sharing

€154 Supplement for single room use

€155 Supplement for Half Board basis (x6)

Season 2:

20st June - 17th July 2016 and 29th August - 18th September 2016

€655 per person sharing

€154 Supplement for single room use

€155 Supplement for Half Board basis (x6)

Season 3:

18th July - 28th August 2016

€685 per person sharing

€154 Supplement for single room use

€155 Supplement for Half Board basis (x6)

 

For the duration of your stay you will be staying in beautiful 3*** hotels and country hotels such as the Hotel Flora in Merano, the Hotel Wilma in Nals, and the Hotel Portici in Riva Del Garda. 

This includes 7 nights including breakfast, and if you choose half board a minimum 3-course meal is also included forall nights apart from in Riva.

Contact us for full details on accommodation as it varies from time to time.

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