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WALKING IN THE HEARTH OF SOUTH-TYROL: CHESTNUT & WINE ROUTE WALK

 A 7 or 8 days walking holiday

 South of the Alps and in the shadow of the Dolomites you can hike through some of the prettiest parts of South Tyrol. The main part of this tour is between Brixen (Bressanone), the cultural capital of Tyrol, and Bozen (Bolzano), the provincial capital. The area covered takes in  the Tyrolean culture to the north and the Italian culture to the South. The first part of the walk follows the Chestnut Path (“Keschtnweg”) before presenting you with a view of the beautiful plateau south of the Dolomites above Bozen. You will pass close to the village of Ritten, the “fashionable” summer resort for the rich from the capital city. Vineyards and orchards line the way on your hike through one of the most beautiful areas in  the centre of the South Tyrolean wine region. Lake Kaltern, the best-known lake in South Tyrol, is a further highlight on this route. Castles, palaces and manor houses emboss the landscape of the South Tyrolean Wine Route where numerous wineries offers tastings of their superb wines. The excellent cuisine and the amazing panorama make this hike an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

 

Hightlights of this walking holiday:

  • Old town of Bressanone (Brixen)

  • Neustift abbey, Convent Säben.

  • The high plateau of Ritten

  • Typical South Tyrolean hamlets and mountain farms

  • Lake Caldaro

  • The provincial capital, Bozen (Bolzano), with its famous arbours and Street-Fruit-Market

  • Sigmundskron Castle and the Messner Mountain Museum

  • Lush orchards and thriving vineyards along the South Tyrolean Wine Route

  • Tyrol Castle and the famous Tappeiner Way

  • The spa town of Meran with its Mediterranean flavour

 

Programme of the 7 day tour

 

 

Day 1

Arrival at Bressanone (Brixen)

Individual arrival at your hotel in Bressanone. If you arrive early in the day, you will have time to explore this thousand-year-old town with its colourful alleys, nice shops and traditional festivals. The pope has a summer residence in Bressanone for his yearly two week summer retreat. The surroundings of Bressanone are beautiful: the mountain slopes are covered with green vineyards and orchards.  It is certainly worth visiting the bishops palace and the 13th-14th century cathedral, inside which you can admire frescoes dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

Day 2

Bressanone (Brixen) –  Klausen (Chiusa)

Leaving Bressanone you hike up to the Pfeffersberg, passing small hamlets and mountain farms on your way along the plateau. To the south you have a wonderful view of the Dolomites summits. You reach Feldthurns and carry on to the Säben convent, the Acropolis of South Tyrol. Cloistered Benedictine nuns live in this 17th century convent and it is not open to the public. Your overnight stay is in Klausen (Chiusa) a picturesque village, which is often visited by painters and poets.  At the end of the afternoon there will be a short tour briefing.

Walking time: 5 hours /  differences in altitude:+625 -700m

 

Day 3

Klausen - Ritten (Renon) – Bolzano (Bozen) 

After a short transfer by bus to Barbian, you reach the Ritten, a wonderful plateau above the Eisack Valley with impressive views of the Dolomites and the Schlern (2461m a.s.l.).  You will pass the Earth Pyramids, a phenomenon created by erosion and ocurring above all in the places where Ice Age glaciers have deposited moraine silt in the valleys. To shorten the route you can take the  cable car to Bolzano, a town surrounded by many castles. In the evening you will have time to visit this lively town which unites Italian and Austrian culture. Due to its position, Bolzano is because of its position also called the gate of the Dolomites. You can visit many places of interest here, such as the cathedral, the 13th century Dominican church with a beautiful fresco by Michael Pacher (15th century) and a modern art museum.        

Walking time: 6 hours / differences in altitude:+675m  -250m

 

Day 4

 

Bolzano – surroundings of Lake Kalterer (lago di Caldaro) - the village of Kalterer / Caldaro

The sunny south of South Tyrol is awaiting you! Today you will discover the area around the most famous –and warmest- mountain lake of South Tyrol; Lake Kaltern (lago di Caldaro). This is a renowned wine-growing region, appreciated not only for its impressive vineyards, but also the numerous castles, manor houses, churches and farms. A must for every wine lover is a visit to the South Tyrolean wine museum in Kaltern, which gives an insight into the history of South Tyrolean wines. To shorten the route you can take the bus from the lake till the village

Walking time: 6-7 hours / differences in altitude:+ 550m  -350m

 

Day 5

Kalterer See (lago di Caldaro) - Tramin (Termeno)– Kalterer See

Today you will follow a part of the Tyrolean wine route: a treat for every wine lover and connoisseur. Picturesque vineyards and charming landscapes are accompanying you on your way. The most famous wineries of the region and many of the well-known wine producers are found in this area. You will enjoy nice views of the green vineyards, small villages and characteristic farmhouses. Also today to shorten the route you can take the bus from the lake till the village

Walking time: 6-7 hours / differences in altitude: +775m  -775m

 

Day 6

 

Kalterer See – Lana - Meran (Merano)

After breakfast there is a transfer to Lana. Shortly after Lana the hiking route continues along the famous Marlinger Waals – the longest irrigation ditch in South Tyrol. These irrigation ditches known as ‘Waale’ were constructed hundreds of years ago to supply dry strips of land with water. Today these ditches make wonderful footpaths used for hiking and walking. The route continues below Tyrol Castle along the famous ‘Tappeiner Weg’ towards Meran. Empress Sissi knew how to appreciate the mild climate. Inviting centuries-old arbours and superb parks add to the completion of a perfect day.  

Walking time: 6-7 hours / differences in altitude: +325m -325m

 

Day 7 

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

Programme of the 8 day tour:

Day 1

Arrival at Bressanone (Brixen)

Individual arrival at your hotel in Bressanone. If you arrive early in the day, you will have time to explore this thousand-year-old town with its colourful alleys, nice shops and traditional festivals.

 

Day 2

Bressanone - Neustift (Novacella) - Vahrner See (Lake Vahrn) - Bressanone

Leaving Brixen you walk along the river Eisack (Isarco) till the abbey of Novacella, which is in possession of the order of St. Augustine. The collegiate church, the library with a collection of 92.000 books and manuscripts is worthwhile visiting. Then you continue your walk to Lake Vahrn, where with good weather you good swim in its crystal-clear waters. You follow the Chestnut walking route to return to Bressanone

Walking time: 5-6 hours / differences in altitude: +375m -375m

 

Day 3

Klausen - Ritten (Renon) – Bolzano (Bozen)   

See above for the programme of the rest of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 6 or 7 overnight stays in good *** or **** star hotels with breakfast buffet or extended breakfast. 

  • If booked for half board: a 3-course menus

  • Tour information

  • Tour briefing on the evening in Klausen

  • Service hotline

  • Tickets for transfers according to programme

  • Luggage transportation

  • Carefully elaborated route description in English or German and maps 

 

 

 

 

Period

7 day tour: arrivals every Sunday from 22/04 till 14/10/2018 Saturday and also Saturdays from 26/05/2018 till 28/07/2018 (last available date). 8 day tour: arrivals every Saturday from 21/04 till 13/10/2018 Saturday and also Fridays from 25/05/2018 till 27/07/2018 (last available date).   On request with a minimum of 5 participants it is possible to start on another date (on request) High Season: 21/07-14/10/2018 (incl)

Level 2-3

Well-marked paths are mainly signposted across the meadows and throughout the forests. The Dolomites are always in view and the paths offer no element of danger. You can use public transport on some of the routes to shorten the walking distances.

Participants

minimum 2 people (solo traveller on request)

Prices p.p. 2018

7 day tour

In a double room with breakfast starting on 22/04     € 549,00
In a double room with breakfast      € 659,00

single room supplement     € 130,00

half board supplement p.p.    € 139,00 

High season supplement  € 40,00
8 day tour
In a double room with breakfast starting on 21/04     € 609,00
In a double room with breakfast      € 719,00

single room supplement     € 149,00

half board supplement p.p.    € 149,00 

High season supplement  € 55,00