Lake Garda., Italy
Backroads guests petting cows in the Dolomites
Dolomites in Italy, reflected in a pond
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Völs am Schlern, Dolomites
Backroads guests drinking wine
Buildings on Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda
Backroads leader serving food in the Dolomites
Backroads guests hiking in the Dolomites
Waterfall in Schlern-Rosengarten National Park
Old Stone Street , Limone Sul Garda, Lake Garda
Backroads guest hiking in the Dolomites
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Dolomites to Lake Garda Walking & Hiking Tour

Majestic Mountains & Italy’s Largest Lake

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,699 - $5,999 pp dbl occ

($1,250 for sgl occ)

Ah, bella Italia. A land of history, culture... but also of contrasts. Here, cut-glass alpine peaks tower just around the bend from lemon groves and turquoise waters. Gingerbread villages huddle at one end of a valley, while tile rooftops bask in the sun at the other. This is the road from the Dolomites to the Italian Lakes. Where you can have your strudel, and eat it too.

Italy Dolomites to Lake Garda Walking & Hiking Tour
Italy Dolomites to Lake Garda Walking & Hiking Tour

Italy

Start Bolzano / End Verona

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Discover some of Italy’s most beloved landscapes in fall and spring, when mellower crowds and dazzling weather bring the locals out to play
  • Hike through dreamy alpine meadows and along sheer limestone cliff faces in the World Heritage site of Schlern-Rosengarten National Park
  • Journey across cultural borderlines, from the German-speaking villages of South Tyrol to the Mediterranean breadbasket of Lago di Garda
  • Unwind at luxurious Italian retreats which welcome us with indulgent cuisine, spa offerings and the best of la dolce vita
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Start your weeklong adventure high in the Italian Dolomites, where trails beckon you to hike in the shadows of the Rosengarten and Schlern massifs | Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up to the Catinaccio mountain range | Fuel up along the hike at rustic mountain huts and maybe even take a dip in a refreshing alpine tarn | Admire stunning panoramic vistas of Bolzano in the valley below | Our welcome dinner pairs with a flight of local wines to showcase the Dolomites' surprising and delightful fusion cuisine | Discover our home base of Völs am Schlern, a fairy-tale village whose Tyrolean roots are distinctively still part of the region's character | Works of art by the likes of Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Dix and Paul Klee line the walls of our beautiful hotel | Get an exclusive tour of a medieval castle before being invited to the dinner table of one of our local friends.

Accommodations
Romantik Hotel Turm
Romantik Hotel Turm
Völs am Schlern
| Premiere Hotel

A 13th-century hotel with Tyrolean-style décor and delicious regional cuisine prepared by proprietor and renowned chef Stefan Pramstrahler. (pool, spa)
 

Days 3-6
Description

Descend from the mountains to our magical lakeside hotel, arriving by boat across Lake Garda | The lake's dazzling waters welcome you to sample la dolce vita | The elegant resort town of Riva del Garda connects to our hotel via trails that snake high above the lake | Spend the afternoons at our luxurious retreat and take a dip in Lake Garda at the private swimming beach or indulge with a treatment at the spa | Stroll the limonaia (lemon groves) that give Limone sul Garda its name | Explore the turbulent history beneath all this beauty as we hike to WWI-era fortifications in Pregasina | Shop and wander through Riva del Garda, admiring the mix of Austrian and Italian influences in its architecture and cuisine | Pedestrians are welcome on the famed Lake Garda bike path, suspended along a cliffside | Raise a glass to new amici in Italy at a final dinner with panoramic lake views.

Accommodations
EALA My Lakeside Dream
EALA My Lakeside Dream
Limone sul Garda
| Premiere Hotel
The Risatti family of hoteliers opened this new property in 2021, packed with stylish modern amenities and situated on a prized plot of family land with breathtaking views. (pool, spa)

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rugged mountain trails, well-maintained footpaths and steps, lakeside paths and cobblestone village walkways, plus some rocky sections and steep climbs and descents. The elevation gains and losses can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Air-Conditioning

Romantik Hotel Turm is a Premiere Hotel housed in a beautiful historic building. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that the hotel is not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures. 

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