Italy Tour - Walk
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Italy - Dolomites to Lake Garda                 

8 days, 7 nights. Meeting in Brixen (Bressanone),
ending in Verona.

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Discover the unique variety of Italy´s north - from the majestic mountains to the romantic lake.
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A region with a unique blend of culture and tradition. A mix of Alpine North and Mediterranean South, reflected by 3 different languages - Italian, German and Ladin - and a great variety of delicious dishes.
Immerse yourself in nature, where lush meadows nestle against towering limestone peaks. Walk the countryside and discover history, visiting cloisters, castles and fortresses.
Enjoy "la dolce vita" at the lake, where the climate is mild and the mood is romantic.

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Day 1

Meet in the historic town of Brixen (Bressanone) for a leisure afternoon walk to Neustift (Novacella).
In Brixen we stay 4 nights.

Enjoy a guided tour through the 12 th. cent. abbey and indulge in a wine tasting at the monk´s wine-cellar.

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Day 2

Following the "Keschtnweg" (chestnut-trail), our path leads through woodland, vineyards and apple orchards, reaching monastery Saeben, built on a rock face

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above the valley. An ancient place, dating back to the 6 th. century.

Down the pilgrims route to the picturesque village of Klausen (Chiusa), where you relax with a steaming cappuccino on the piazza.

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Day 3

Embark on an easy-paced hike over the rolling meadows of Seiseralm (Alpe di Siusi), while the hypnotic face of the Langkofel (Sassolungo) massif dominates this day´s panorama.

Descent the easy way to the Groedner valley (Valgardena), well known for its woodcarving.

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Days 4

Today´s destination is the Puez-Geisler Park (Puez Odle), one of the Dolomite´s most pristine areas.
Lunch is at a mountaintop refuge with astonishing views, to pay off the challenging hike, where footpaths are higher and the ascents are steeper.

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Days 5

Visit the famous iceman, a more than 5000 year old mummy, discovered in the nearby mountains, now kept at a museum in the district town Bozen (Bolzano). Enjoy an afternoon walk of the area, before heading forward to beautiful Lake Garda, where we settle down in our lakeside hotel in Malcesine, located on the lake´s eastern shore ( 3 nights )
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Day 6

The morning is dedicated to explore Malcesine, the charming village, clustered around the towering Scaliger Castle.
Rove the narrow twisting lanes and the ancient olive-groves.

A boat ride brings us to elegant Riva, for an afternoon walk on "Sentiero della Pace" (peace-trail) to Monte Brione, fortified by the Austrians during 19 th cent.
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We will be whisked up the mountainside via cable-car to Monte Baldo, enjoying one of the finest overlooks of the Lake Garda.
A descent for a stop at an isolated malga (alpine dairy farm) offering cheese or milk for sale.

Continue hiking on a tranquil mountain plateau, finally reaching the spiritual place of "Madonna della Corona", a pilgrims chapel, spectacular attached to a rock wall like an eagles nest.
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Day 8

On our final day, a morning transfer brings us to Romeo and Juliet´s Verona for a guided walk through town. There´s time for lunch on Piazza Bra, facing the famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater, before waving "ciao" to your fellow walkers.

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Level of walking: 3+

Moderate, rolling terrain with ascents and descents, wooded and dirt paths, occasional rocks or loose stones.

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Italy - Dolomites to Lake Garda

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Please read about our conditions and general informations on the special pages, accessable via the navigation on the left side.

This tour includes

- Daily country walks averaging 4-8 miles

- A group size of 4 - 10 participants

- Fine lodgings that exemplify the character and charm of each region and
  include private bathroom facilities

- Full breakfast daily and dinner with a glass of wine each evening

- Services and expertise of a professional, English-speaking local leader
  
throughout the trip

- Services of local guest experts on scheduled events

- Admissions to schedule sites

- All ground transportation, including ferries, trains, boats, lifts, etc. during the trip

- A full-time minicoach to accompany the group, carry luggage and offer
  opportunity to shorten walks, etc.

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