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Meran to Lake Garda

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Homepage > Italy > Meran to Lake Garda
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from 4th May to 6th October
  • Location: Meran
Tour Details

Starting in the famous spa town of Meran, this walking holiday in Italy will take you through vineyards and orchards, past historic castles and sparkling tarns and visit idyllic places with some of the most wonderful panoramic views. Whilst on your hiking vacation in Italy you will see all of the mountains of South Tyrol and Trentino, they are incredibly fascinating!

They offer plentiful views of turquoise lakes, enormous plateaus, deep river valleys and canyons. The rugged peaks of the Dolomites accompany you on your way, giving you an excellent feel for the fascinating alpine world of the lonely and steep rugged giants.

In Trentino, you discover mountain villages with winding narrow streets and idyllic stone houses before you reach your final destination, Lake Garda. In the middle of high cliffs, enclosed by olive orchards, cypresses and fig trees you feel the Mediterranean flair. It’s now time to relax and enjoy cappuccino and Gelato at the banks of the dark blue lake – ‘La vita é bella!’

Join us on this wonderful walking holiday Lake Garda and discover true Italy!

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Price Includes

  • 7 Nights on Bed and Breakfast
  • 3 star Hotels and Guest Houses
  • Luggage transfers
  • Welcome meeting
  • Mendelpass mountain railway
  • GPS Files on request
  • Transfers according to programme
  • Cable car fare, Pradel to Molveno (only in summer months)
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Supplement
  • Flights
  • Extra nights
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Travel Insurance
  • 6 Dinners (not in Riva)
  • City Tax
  • Bus Lago to Molveno approx. 3€
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

 Meran:                       Hotel Flora

Nais:                            Hotel Traubenheim

Kaltern:                      Hotel Masatsch

Coredo:                      Hotel Miraval

Molveno:                    Hotel Londra

Riva del Garda:         Hotel Sole

Tour Characteristics

You will mainly walk on well-maintained walking paths, often these are Waal paths which are ancient water systems. On some sections, there are forest paths and some steep ascents

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Individual arrival to Meran

Day 2Meran to Nals – 12.5 miles / 20 km (560m up & 550m down)

This morning’s walk starts along the Waal paths. These ancient remnants of the old water system allow you to venture through the 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 the 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.

Day 3Nals to Caldaro / Lake Caldaro – 11.2 miles / 18 km (710m up & 600m down)

Today you can look forward to a fascinating hike on the trail of castles. On interesting and sometimes steep roads, you walk from fortress to fortress where you can admire the 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.

Day 4Caldaro / Lake Caldaro to Coredo – 10.6 miles / 17 km (200m up & 700m down)

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 (changing from German to Italian) and provincial border. Now we walk into amazing canyons, through idyllic small villages, to the pilgrimage site of Saint Romedio. Passing two small sparkling lakes, you will soon reach Coredo. Here you can enjoy the Italian comfort in the middle of Trentino.

Day 5Coredo to Molveno – 9.3 miles / 15 km (700m up & 400m down)

In-store today, after a short transfer, you can admire the impressive landscape of the Nonstal, a steep-sided valley of 3 towns, mainly German-speaking.  Before you now begin your walk along the “Way of St. James” up to the airy high plain of the Paganella. The path leads through wide woodland areas up to Cavedago with its famous triple-arched bridge. Further on across the wetland of a Karst Lake towards Andalo and then on to the village of Molveno, situated at the foot of the Brenta-Dolomites and the mountain lake of the same name, with its turquoise water.

Day 6 Molveno loop walk – 9.3 miles / 15 km (390m up & 900m down)

Enjoy the fascinating alpine world of the tall peaks of the Brenta region! You ascend into the mountain area of the Pradel by cable car and discover one of its most beautiful hiking routes. Stop at a Rifugio (a mountain hut) and enjoy a typical Italian snack as well as the impressive view of the surrounding mountain tops, before you slowly descend to the crystal clear, green tarn Lago Nembia.

Day 7Molveno to Riva del Garda – 6.2 miles / 10 km (400m up & 800m down)

The last hike of your week’s holiday starts by taking you 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 stretches of your tour, you walk through olive groves and Mediterranean cypress vegetation until you reach the main goal of the week, the banks of Lake Garda.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

Plane: Munich, Innsbruck or Verona then train to Meran/Back from Riva del Garda

Car: Public parking from 30 Euro per week. Basement car parking from 12 Euro Per day.

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