Bolzano and Merano Hiking Adventure

Guided

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on request on request

Hike in the lesser known areas of Bolzano and Merano, with their mild cimate and sunny surroundings. Hike on the Renon and Salto High Plateaus and Mount San Vigilio with stunning panoramas over the Dolomites and Austria!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Bolzano - Merano
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from April to November

Highlights

  • Discover the charming cities of Bolzano and Merano with their mild climates, perfect in spring & fall  
  • Explore the Renon and Naturnser alm, with their traditional Tyrolean style huts and a huge variety of trails!
  • Enjoy 4 days of hiking in the area, topped up by visits to local wineries with wine tastings
  • Visit the Otzi museum in Bolzano and discover the hidden gems of this beautiful city
  • Relax and unwind at the stunning 5-star Vigilus Mountain Resort, with plenty of time to get spoiled!
  • Experience the SPA town of Merano, also known as the ‘Flower City’ for its famous Flower Festival held each year in April

Day by Day


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Bolzano
Arrive in Bolzano / Bozen on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your hotel. Bolzano (240m / 787') is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol (Südtirol in German and Ladin, Sudtirolo in Italian, and also known by its Italian name Alto Adige). The city sits in a valley, surrounded by green vistas. It’s quite something to gaze up from the main square of pretty Piazza Walther, at the forest-clad slopes and ridges of jagged limestone that surround it! The city center is traffic-free, so as you meander away from the piazza, you hear sparrows cheeping, coffee machines whirring, old women gossiping, cups and saucers clinking.

Depending on your personal preference you may wish to stay in Bolzano city centre and enjoy the city life, or the quieter Renon plateau located on the hill just above Bolzano, immersed in lush green nature.

In the afternoon (time to be confirmed), meet a Dolomite Mountains representative (self guided trips) who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, route maps and everything necessary for your self guided adventure.
Dinner at leisure in Bolzano.
.… Hotel in Bolzano


Day 2 ~ Discover the Renon Pleateau
In the morning meet your local English speaking guide for a trip briefing and orientation (guided trips) and to discuss the activities available.

Today you will discover the beauty of Renon and Bolzano. The area of Renon / Ritten, towering above Bolzano to the north, offers an impressive variety of landscapes, people, fauna, and flora.
This circular hike will take you to the famous Earth Pyramids, among the most celebrated natural features on the Renon / Ritten Plateau and the most photographed landscape in South Tyrol. The raw material of which the earth pyramids are made comes from moraine clays deposited by the main Eisack valley glacier, in the late ice age. The so called ‘pinnacles’ are capped by large boulders creating unique structures, mushroom like pinnacles standing as high as 15m / 50’.
Overall, this hike includes some of the best spots on the Renon /Ritten plateau, with its flowery meadows and airy forests that open up to wonderful views of the nearby Dolomites.
(~ 4 hours hiking, 18.3 Km/10,9 mikes, 450m / 1,476’ ascent and descent.)
Dinner at leisure in Bolzano
B... Hotel in Bolzano


 
Day 3 ~ Visit Bolzano and wine tasting
In the morning, enjoy a visit of Bolzano town centre with your guide (guided trips), or at your leisure (self guided trips).
Despite all of the outdoor opportunities this city offers, Bolzano’s biggest attraction may be Ötzi: a mummy discovered in 1991. After spending the 5,300 years frozen in mountain ice, he was found completely by chance. Most intriguingly, he was murdered. You can see Ötzi at the Museum of Archaeology, where he is kept in a frozen state at 21-degrees Fahrenheit (-6˚C). The exhibit also includes a thrillingly vast number of artifacts that were found with him, from a bear-fur hat to a bow and arrows, and fascinating footage of the police extracting his body, not realizing how old he was. There is also a stunning new reconstruction of how tattooed and muscly Ötzi would have looked on the last day of his life. The chance to come face to face with a man who lived some 500 years before the building of the Pyramids makes the journey to Bolzano worthwhile on its own! Depending on what time you arrive, spend the afternoon exploring the life of this mysterious mummy at the Museum of Archaeology.

In the afternoon, take a private transfer and enjoy a visit at one of the local wineries with a delicious wine tasting, followed by a transfer to your next destination, a luxurious mountain resort located at 1,500m/4,920’ reacheable by road and cablecar from the lower town Lana. The resort has been entirely designed and built using only renewable resources. A pleasant symbiosis of modern design and comfort.
B,D... Mountain Resort 5-Star 



Day 4 ~ Hike on Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch  
After a hearty breakfast, take a spectacular hike to Monte San Vigilio/Vigiljoch 1,700m/5,576’, an untouched hikers paradise at that offers peace, tranquillity and a spectacular view of the Dolomites. A visit to San Vigilio’s church should not be missed, a magnificient reminder of medieval life in the Sudtirol.  Hike past the Schwarze Lacke or Laghetto Nero to continue along the trail to one of the typical Tyrolean huts for a delicious hearty meal, with stunning views of Val Venosta and the Merano basin below. Return to your hotel and enjoy the superb facilities on offer. (3 hours hiking, 7,5km/4,5 miles, 310m/1,017' ascent and descent. This hike is reduced to 45min duration by riding the chairlift both ways, not included on self guided trips).
B,D...Mountain Resort 5-Star 


Day 5 ~ Hike on Naturnser Alm to Merano 
Another hiking adventure awits you today. Hike along the wooded Naturno ridge that separates the Vinschgau/Venosta valley from Ultental/Ultimo valley. A worthwhile destination is the cozy Naturnser Alm (1,992 m/6,533’) with spectacular views of the Texel Group, the Ötztal and Ortler Alps. This hike is especially beautiful in the fall, when the larches have turned yellow and the bilberry shrub glow red around the pasture. Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch at Malga Naturno/Naturnser Alm, its panoramic terrace will not disappoint, neither will the sumptuous traditional cooking of the Walzl family. After lunch begin your descent to Rio Lagundo cablecar (not included on self guided trips) and take a private transfer to your hotel in Merano. Depending on the time of the day, you may have time to stroll through the charming, pedestrian town centre (~3 hours hiking 9km / 5.4 miles, 210m / 688' ascent and 630m /2,070’ descent).

Located between the Ötztal Mountains in the Gruppo di Tessa and the vineyards of Val d'Adige, the city of Merano (324m / 1,063') is surrounded by mountains standing up to 3,335 metres (10,942 feet) above sea level, at the entrance to the Passeier/Passiria and the Vinschgau/Venosta valleys. In the past the town has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound and Paul Lazarsfeld, who appreciated its mild climate. This is a crossroads between the majesty of the Alps and the allure of the South: a place where the barrenness of high mountain terrain is cancelled out by lush Mediterranean vegetation, a place where town and country interact in unique symbiosis. In addition to a wide array of spa and wellness options, Merano offers a rich array of recreational and cultural activities.

A long tradition as a spa town has left its mark on Merano. Historical and contemporary architecture are in perfect harmony along the Passer River: modern design hotels stand right next to traditional buildings from the Belle Epoque. Highlights of a feel-good holiday include the new Merano Thermal Baths spa complex and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle botanical gardens.
B,D.. Hotel in Merano


 
Day 6 ~ Hike on the Salto High Pleateau 
The Salto High Plateau had once been a volcanic area and today reaches an altitude ranging between 1,100m/3,608’ and 1.500m/4.920’. Its highest point is the Tschaufenhöhe pass 1.468m/4.815’.
Together with the Renon, the Salto High Plateau is among the most important mountain ranges around Bolzano & Merano. It boasts rich mountain flora, several hiking trails with panoramic views across to the Dolomites and nearby ranges.
A visit to ‘Stoanernen Mandln” or Little Stone Men is a must! Located almost at the top of the pleateau, Stoaneren Mandln is so called for the abundance of man-made rock towers with stunning 360degrees view over the neighboring mountain ranges.

Today's hike is long, though not particularly challenging and extremely panoramic. Plus, at the end of your hike you will meet your driver and visit Europe’s highest sparkling-wine producer, located at an altitude of 1.200m/3.940’, something to look forward to! 
Discover the Italian Metodo Classico sparkling wine and unearth the century-old tradition. The family produces fruity, elegant sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes, using only the classical method of bottle fermentation. Take a private transfer to your hotel and enjoy some relaxation in Merano.
(5-6 hours hiking, 18km / 10,8 miles, 400m/1,312' ascent, 890m / 2,920' descent).
B,D… Hotel in Merano



Day 7 ~ Depart

Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

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Cost

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Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and maps of the areas
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Bolzano
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star mountain resort
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Merano
  • All breakfasts
  • All Dinners except in Bolzano
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide for 5 days (guided trips)
  • Wine tastings on days 3 and 6
  • Train and lift tickets during organized activities (guided trips)
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.

Accommodation

About our Accommodations Beyond the Dolomites
At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
2
Available
€ 1680
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-21 Aug
2017
2
Sold out
€ 1680
16-20 Aug
2017
2
Limited space
€ 1220
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-7 Oct
2017
2
Sold out
€ 1220
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
10-15 Oct
2017
2
Available
€ 1680
21-27 Feb
2018
2
Available
€ 2660
26-31 Feb
2018
2
Limited space
€ 2260
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2860
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2660
18-23 Apr
2018
2
Sold out
€ 2260
18-23 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2860
17-22 Jul
2018
2
Sold out
€ 1680
1-5 Aug
2018
2
Sold out
€ 1220
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1220
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1220
16-21 Oct
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1680
13-19 Feb
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2630
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2660
10-16 Mar
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2630
18-23 Apr
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2260
24-30 Apr
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Jul
2019
2
Sold out
€ 1680
21-28 Jul
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2300
7-11 Aug
2019
2
Limited space
€ 1220
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
2
Limited space
€ 1220
7-14 Oct
2019
2
Available
€ 2300
15-20 Oct
2019
2
Sold out
€ 1680
5-11 Feb
2020
Available
12-18 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2660
19-25 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2630
19-24 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2860
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
2
Sold out
€ 2660
15-20 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2260
15-20 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2860
21-27 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2630
14-19 Jul
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
19-26 Jul
2020
2
Limited space
€ 2300
21-28 Jul
2020
6
Available
€ 3780
29 Jul - 3 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-16 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-17 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
2-7 Sep
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
4-11 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 2300
6-10 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-19 Oct
2020
6
Available
€ 3780
13-18 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 1680