Edelweiss, Traditional Villages, and Snow-Capped Peaks

Overview

Soaring limestone mountains, alpine meadows sprinkled with wildflowers, gleaming lakes, and picture-perfect villages of geranium-bedecked chalets—the Tyrolean Alps are a hiker’s paradise! Our journey through this glorious alpine world cuts a grand swath from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, nestled at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze in the heart of Bavaria, to beautiful Innsbruck in Austria’s Tyrol, with its medieval center of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Our Trip Leaders offer two hiking options on many days, allowing you to experience this splendid realm at moderate or challenging levels. Fine dining and overnights in traditional hotels, including a historic 5-star spa in a spectacular setting, top off each unforgettable day.

The trip was absolutely amazing. I would not change anything. The hikes were all stunning and the hotels were excellent. The three leaders were also fantastic!
— Martha K. Plymouth, MN

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, head out on ridgetop hikes offering panoramic views of more than 400 alpine summits as you follow trails through lush, wildflower-covered alpine meadows and past traditional alms, wonderful chalet-style farmhouses serving local specialties (we’ll be sure to stop for a delicious snack).

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Days 3-4
Hollentalklamm Gorge / Kranzberg

A breathtaking trail brings you through the steep-sided Hollentalklamm Gorge, with the river twisting and tumbling below. Other options include a hike right from our hotel through forests and meadows to the summit of Hoher Kranzberg (4,600'), or a ridgetop hike—one of the most beautiful in the Alps—that brings you past Herzogstand (5,679'), the site of the former hunting lodge of 16th century Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria. Our accommodation, the historic Kranzbach, is a 5-star spa hotel set on 32 acres of protected mountain meadows in the heart of the Bavarian Alps.

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Days 5-6
Seefeld, Austria / Tyrolean Alps

Following the Leutasch Klamm, a deep river gorge that Napoleon took to invade Tyrol in 1805, you’ll hike right across the Austrian border and emerge into the beautiful Leutasch Valley, with its ancient farming hamlets with fresco-painted wooden houses. Our base is in Seefeld, perched on a sunny plateau high above the Inn Valley (our 5-star hotel is a former 16th century monastery). One of our challenging hiking options begins in the tiny hamlet of Lehner and heads up into the forested Puittal Valley to just below the Scharnitzjoch, a dramatic mountain pass.

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Days 7-8
Innsbruck, Austria

The Zirbenweg Trail (“Eagle’s Walk”) brings us through the oldest stone pine forest in the Alps to the summit of the Viggarspitze (7,566'), with its incredible views of Innsbruck and the Nordkette Mountains. A spectacular descent by chairlift brings you into Innsbruck, where you’ll explore its medieval city center before departing on Day 8.

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Highlights

Highlights

Choose between moderate or challenging hikes on many days
Enjoy ancient Tyrolean alpine culture and architecture
Ideally located hotels with traditional hospitality
September trip coordinates with Oktoberfest—extend your trip!

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4795  
Arrive: Garmisch, Germany
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

6 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 4-8 hours a day, altitudes between 4,000-8,650 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.