Meran to Lake Garda Walking Holidays
Start: Meran

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Meran to Lake Garda Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £639 per person

Holiday Information Overview


Starting in the famous spa town Meran you walk through vineyards and orchards, past historic castles and sparkling tarns and visit idyllic places with some of the most wonderful views.

All of the mountains of South Tyrol and Trentino are incredibly fascinating!

Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast
Difficulty: Challenging. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.
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Walking Tour Highlights
• Start in the famous spa town of Meran.
• Walk through the mountains of the South Tyrol and Trentino.
• The stunning peaks of the Dolomites will accompany you along the way.
• End the tour at Lake Garda
• A challenging tour with tough walking, but great views.

Walking Route Features

You will mainly walk on well maintained walking paths, often on the Waal paths which are ancient water systems. In some sections you will be walking on forest trails and steep paths. We recommend a good basic fitness level for walking days of up to 5 to 6 hours as well as for longer ascents. Easier alternatives of the daily sections are possible by bus. A varied walking tour for lovers of promising trails.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


1st Day: Individual journey to Meran

Enjoy the Mediterranean flair in this wonderful and cultural town in the heart of South Tyrol. Wander around the charming arcades or follow in the footsteps of Emperess Sissi along the ‘Passer’ esplanade.

2nd Day: From Meran to Nals

Along the Waal paths you venture through 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 a 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.

Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 20 km | Up 560 m / Down 550 m.

3rd Day: From Nals to Kaltern/Kalterer Lake

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

Details: approx. 5 to 5,5 hours | 18 km | Up 710 m / Down 600 m.

4th Day: From Kaltern/Kalterer Lake to Coredo

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 and provincial border.

Into amazing canyons and through idyllic small villages to the pilgrimage site of Saint Romedio and past two small sparkling lakes, you will soon reach Coredo. Here you can enjoy the Italian comfort in the middle of Trentino.

Details: approx. 4,5 to 5 hours | 17 km | Up 200 m / Down 700 m.

5th Day: From Coredo to Molveno

After a short transfer you can admire the impressive landscape of the Nonstal, before you 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 same-named mountain lake with its turquoise water.

Details: approx. 4.5 to 5.5 hours | 15 km | Up 700 m / Down 400 m.

6th Day: From Molveno to Comano Terme

Enjoy the fascinating alpine world of the tall peaks of the Brenta group! You ascend into the mountain area of the Pradel by cable car and you discover one of its most beautiful hiking routes.

Stop at a Rifugio (mountain cabin) and enjoy a typical Italian snack as well as the impressive view of the surrounding mountain tops, before you slowly descend by cable car back to the banks of lake Molveno and then continue your way to the crystal clear, green tarn Lago Nembia.

You proceed to today’s final destination Comano Terme by bus, passing woodlands and hilly areas, meandering rivers and the home of numerous small country villages on your way.

Details: approx. 3 to 6 hours (depending on chosen route) | 15 km | Up 390 m / Down 900 m.

7th Day: From Comano Terme to Riva del Garda

At the end of your hiking week you walk 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 kilometres of your tour you walk through olive groves and Mediterranean cypress vegetation until you reach the goal of your hiking week, the banks of Lake Garda.

Details: approx. 3 to 4 hours | 10 km | Up 400 m / Down 800 m.

8th Day: Individual departure or extra days

Map & Route Information

Route Profile

Mountain Hiking ▲▲▲
You will mainly walk on well maintained walking paths, often on the Waal paths which are ancient water systems. In some sections you will be walking on forest trails and steep paths.

We recommend a good basic fitness level for walking days of up to 5 to 6 hours as well as for longer ascents. Easier alternatives of the daily sections are possible by bus. A varied walking tour for lovers of promising trails.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Meran to Lake Garda tour stays in pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available services

- 7 overnight stays in selected category, breakfast included
– If half-board: min. 3-course meal (6x, not in Riva)
– Luggage transfer
– Welcome meeting
– Mendelpass mountain railway
– Transfers according to program
– Trentino-Card with numerous inclusive services
– Ascent fare cable car Pradel-Molveno (only during summer season, otherwise short walk)
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel and tour documents
– GPS-data is available
– Service-Hotline

Not Included

• Train ride from Coredo/Dermulo to Crescino, bus fare: from Lago Nembia to Comano, approx. EUR 5 per person

Mountain Hiking ▲▲▲
You will mainly walk on well maintained walking paths, often on the Waal paths which are ancient water systems. In some sections you will be walking on forest trails and steep paths.

We recommend a good basic fitness level for walking days of up to 5 to 6 hours as well as for longer ascents. Easier alternatives of the daily sections are possible by bus. A varied walking tour for lovers of promising trails.

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Travel Information

We recommend flying to Innsbruck or Milan Bergamo and travelling by train to Meran. For more information, please visit Trenitalia.

By train to Meran.

Parking: mostly free hotel car parks available, or limited car parks near the hotels, approx. EUR 30 per week, payable on-site, no reservation required. Basement car park (limited number of spaces) approx. EUR 12 per day, payable on-site, no reservation required.

Return journey from Riva to Rovereto (www.ttesercizio.it) by bus and then by train via Bozen to Meran, approx. 3 hours.

Organised transfer from Riva to Meran available, cost EUR 45 per person (transfer only Sat). Booking required, payable on-site.

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Your Prices

Meran to Lake Garda, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast with half board as an optional upgrade.

2018 Walking Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 12.05. – 11.06. | 25.09. – 15.10.2018
Arrival Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
Season 2: 12.06. – 09.07. | 11.09. – 24.09.2018
Arrival Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
Season 3: 10.07. – 10.09.2018
Arrival Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

8 days: Prices per person
Season 1: £639 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £689 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £749 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £159
Half Board Supplement: £159

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Holiday Price: £639
Single Supplement: £159

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