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The Alps of Bavaria and Tyrol are a hiker’s paradise

From Garmisch to Innsbruck, we hike the best trails in Germany and Austria. With at least two Trip Leaders, we can usually choose between two hiking options each day.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4995  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Garmisch, Germany
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 7 nights in 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 (depending on option), altitudes between 4,000-8,650 feet, van support (for luggage or tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders
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Highlights

  • Choose between moderate or challenging hikes on many days
  • Enjoy ancient Tyrolean alpine culture and architecture
  • Beautifully located hotels with traditional hospitality
  • September trip coordinates with Oktoberfest. Extend your trip!


This trip has it all—fabulous hikes, incredible scenery, amazing hotels, and fantastic food. It opened our eyes to a new part of the world!Linda G.—West Hartford, CT

Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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Discover a hiker’s paradise with us as we head out on trails amid soaring limestone mountains, flower-filled alpine meadows, gleaming lakes, and picture-perfect villages of ancient wooden chalets. Our journey cuts a swath across this glorious alpine world from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, twin villages 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 us 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.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Superbly situated beneath the spire of the Zugspitze (9,721'), Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the ideal start for our hiking adventure. Our ridgetop hikes offer panoramic views of over 400 alpine summits as we follow trails through lush, wildflower-covered alpine meadows and past traditional alms, chalet-style farmhouses where we can stop for a drink or snack.

Days 3-4
Hollentalklamm Gorge / Kranzberg

A breathtaking trail brings us through the steep-sided Hollentalklamm Gorge, with its trails hewn from and tunneling through the gorge’s walls as the river twists and turns below us. Our other options include a hike right from our hotel through forests and meadows to the summit of Hoher Kranzberg (4,600') or one of the most beautiful ridge hikes in the Alps, bringing us 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 built in 1932 and set on 32 acres of protected mountain meadows in the heart of the Bavarian Alps.

Days 5-6
Seefeld Valley, Austria / Tyrolean Alps

We hike from Bavaria into Tyrol and cross the Austrian border to arrive at the lovely Seefeld Valley, with its traditional villages of wooden chalets and tranquil meadows below the impressive Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains. Our hiking route follows the Leutasch Klamm, a deep river gorge that Napoleon took to invade Tyrol in 1805. We emerge into the beautiful Leutasch Valley, where ancient Tyrolean farming hamlets with fresco-painted wooden houses extend along the valley floor. 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.

Days 7-8
Innsbruck, Austria

The Zirbenweg trail brings us through the oldest stone pine forest in the Alps to the summit of the Viggarspitze (7,566'), perched high above Innsbruck and with 360 degree views of the valley below. A spectacular descent by chairlift brings us into Innsbruck, Tyrol’s capital, where we explore its medieval city center before departing on Day 8.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 4+, Moderate to Strenuous. Good hiking experience is essential. Most hiking is between 5,000 and 7,000 feet, and the maximum elevation reached is 8,650 feet (on an optional strenuous hike). There is a good bit of up-and-down during the 6-8 hours of daily hiking, with 2,000- to 3,000-foot elevation gain and loss per day. On some days there are easier hiking options, though, and since there is a support vehicle, trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

We strongly urge you to “train up” for your trip. The best training for hiking is hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise (stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill). It’s important to take time to build up muscle and endurance prior to your trip. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in.

Accommodations are in specially selected 4- and 5-star hotels. Our hotels combine local charm and hospitality with fine food. Lunches are in mountain restaurants, in villages, or in small cafes. Dinners are at our hotels and provide the perfect complement to vigorous days on the trail. These are true multi-course feasts, sometimes centered on authentic local cuisine such as game, lamb, or pork, along with other specialties as well, such as fish and wonderful salads—all served with warm Bavarian or Tyrolean-style hospitality.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jul 11-18, 2015  Mike Browder
Sep 12-19, 2015  Sean Morrissey

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4995 (11-14 members)
$5395 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $490
Forced single supplement: $245
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader (up to three per trip, depending on group size)
  • Accommodations in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • All meals included
  • Van support and luggage transfer
  • All land transportation, transfers between overnight stops
  • All cable cars, funiculars, and cog rails to and from trailheads for scheduled hikes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; airport transfers; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses such as immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Garmisch Hotels

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Garmisch, Germany

In Garmisch we stay at one of the following properties:

Das Kranzbach Hotel

Das Kranzbach Hotel

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Kranzbach, Germany

A spa hotel surrounded by forested mountains, this is a true luxury retreat in a secluded location. The original building on the property, ...
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Hotel Klosterbrau

Hotel Klosterbrau

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Seefeld, Austria

A former 16th century monastery, the Klosterbrau is one of Austria’s most famous 5-star hotels, owned and operated by the Seyrling family for ...
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Penz Hotel

Penz Hotel

Day 7 (1 night), Innsbruck, Austria

A nice change from the Tyrolean theme in many Bavarian hotels is the sleek, contemporary decor of the Penz, located on a quiet “platz” ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Mike Browder

Departure Dates: July 11-18, 2015

Mike Browder has worked in outdoor settings all his life, from directing parks and recreation programs in Bend, Oregon, to mountain climbing in North America and Asia (including an ascent of Everest!) to coaching school ski programs. He spent much of the 1990s in Central Asia, guiding, teaching ...
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Sean Morrissey

Departure Dates: September 12-19, 2015

Sean Morrissey was born and raised in London but also spent time in Ireland with relatives while growing up (he holds both Irish and British passports). He moved to Australia at age 20, worked there for two years, then heeded the call of the mountains and became a professional guide, working in ...
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Client Comments

This trip has it all—fabulous hikes, incredible scenery, amazing hotels, and fantastic food. It opened our eyes to a new part of the world! Linda G., West Hartford, CT Everything we hoped it would be! John E., Forth Worth, TX This was such a great experience. Everything was wonderfully planned, down to the last detail. Susanne R., Long Island Cty, NY
Once again, WT delivered a wonderful trip. I celebrated my 50th birthday in style and will have very fond memories of it. Angela S., Wrightsvlle Beach, NC 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! Jane W., Atlanta, GA