Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
More than just an impressive slice of Europe’s mightiest mountain range, the Italian Alps have an undeniably unique spirit and renowned legend all their own. Some of the world’s best hiking trails meander through a landscape of lost-in-time huts, historic villages and glistening glaciers. Proud locals offer exquisite fare and world-class hospitality to travelers and families looking for luxury, inspiration and escape. Andiamo!
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Hike with your family through Gran Paradiso, Italy’s oldest nature reserve and an aptly named national park | Trails through a dense green forest lead to cascading waterfalls in the Aosta Valley | Catch a glimpse of the regal alpine ibex, a species saved from near extinction that now thrives in the region’s high altitude terrain | Venture to fairy-tale mountain hamlets, encountering traditional architecture and unique local customs | Linger over a post-hike libation and incredible farm-to-table fare at our exquisite Relais & Châteaux lodge.
Once a royal hunting lodge, this 100-year-old mountain resort has maintained a palatial sensibility, with decadent décor, unparalleled views and garden-fresh Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Arrive at the base of the legendary Matterhorn | Known here as Monte Cervino, this incomparable peak rises up along the Italian-Swiss border | Walk along a balcony trail to the Finestra di Cignana pass | A classic rifugio (traditional mountain hut) hosts your family for lunch and breathtaking vistas | Hike down the western slopes of Valtournenche | Complete the day with a soak in thermal waters at our regal hotel, a historic estate in Saint-Vincent.
A Leading Hotels of the World property in the heart of the Italian Alps where belle époque splendor blends effortlessly with elegant simplicity. (pool, spa)
Catch a ride in an all-terrain Jeep to our trailhead at Piani di Verra Superiore | Trek rugged mountain trails with stunning views of glaciers and the Monte Rosa massif | Get insight into the region’s fascinating history and one-of-a-kind culture with our local guide | From the comfort of your family's private chalet—once part of an ancient Walser village—watch as alpenglow lights up the rockface in sorbet hues | Grand boulevards, Baroque palaces and chic piazzas await in Turin, Piedmont’s elegant capital and our captivating gateway city.
Natural wood design, stone features and lush surroundings are just part of the allure of this chalet-style alpine oasis, whose traditional charms are elevated only by its breathtaking setting. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip includes access roads, mountain hiking paths and rocky exposed single-track trails.
While we offer daily hiking options on this trip, you should be aware that most hikes include steep ascents and descents as well as hiking at elevation, which is typically between 6,000 and 8,000 feet—and one day at 12,000 feet. While you're free to take your time navigating the sometimes rocky and uneven terrain, you should feel comfortable carrying your daypack (with plenty of water) while tackling the daily ascents and descents.
Backroads provides hiking poles, which are very helpful.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Our hikes through this captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, most of which are remote and do not intersect with roads accessible by Backroads vans. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the hard-to-reach nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.