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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: $4795  
Length: 8 days
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.


  • 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!

All the leaders were personable and made the trip fun and enjoyable for everyone.Martha K.—Plymouth, MN

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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.

Itinerary at a Glance

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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).

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.

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.

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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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 7,830 feet. 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

Aug 16-23, 2016*

Sep 9-16, 2016*
Jul 8-15, 2017
Jul 29-Aug 5, 2017
Sep 9-16, 2017

*Please note: date change since catalog publication

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4795 (11-14 members)
$5195 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $560
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • 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).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Munich, Germany (airport code MUC)
Suggested arrival time in Munich on Day 1: no later than 2:00 pm to arrive in time for the group meeting at the hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at 6:00 pm.
Innsbruck, Austria
Date: Day 8

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Innsbruck, Austria (airport code INN) or Munich (MUC)
Suggested flight departure time: anytime if departing via Innsbruck airport, or no earlier than 10:00 am if departing via Munich airport.

Atlas Grand Hotel

Atlas Grand Hotel

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

With a Baroque interior and a boutique atmosphere, the Atlas Grand is set in the heart of old Garmisch-Partenkirchen near a pedestrian district. In ...
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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).

Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano trained in Environmental Sciences in his native Ecuador and began his guiding career by bringing visitors to the jungle and highlands of Ecuador and the storied Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist. He later moved to Britain, where he lives with his British wife and ...
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Mike Browder

Departure Dates: August 16-23, 2016, September 9-16, 2016

Mike Browder leads WT adventures from Corsica to the Alps and northward to the fjords of Norway. He has worked in outdoor settings all his life, directing parks and recreation programs in Bend, Oregon, coaching ski teams, and mountain climbing in North America and Asia, including a 2003 ascent of ...
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Tony Farina

Tony Farina, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, earned his degree in Outdoor Experiential Education, with a minor in Liberal Arts, from Prescott College in Arizona, a school known for its programs in environmental studies and adventure education. His passion for travel, mountains, and sea ...
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Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure ...
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Tania Masi

Departure Dates: August 16-23, 2016

Born in Florence, Italy, of an American mother and proud Florentine father, Tania Masi was raised with an appreciation for both American and European cultures. With nine languages and a Master of Geography under her belt—not to mention a career as a journalist and documentary film director ...
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Sean Morrissey

Sean Morrissey was born and raised in London, spent time in Ireland growing up, and now lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Leila, who also guides for Wilderness Travel (he holds USA, UK, and Irish passports). He moved to Australia at age 20, worked there for two years, then heeded the call of ...
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Rob Noonan

Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and later earning a degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona. He has guided our Patagonia hiking journeys since 1994, but his love of ...
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Stewart Wheelhouse

Departure Dates: September 9-16, 2016

Stewart Wheelhouse, a Welshman by birth, has spent the past 23 years leading adventures and expeditions throughout the world. He has traveled the length of Africa, written guidebooks on cycling through Europe, and led expeditions in Asia and Australia. A wonderful storyteller and traveling ...
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Daniel Windham

Daniel Windham, born in Georgia's foothills, discovered his passion for the mountains at an early age while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. After moving to northern Italy, becoming a mountain guide, and running a mountain hut with his Italian wife, he returned (via a couple of years in Costa ...
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Client Comments

All the leaders were personable and made the trip fun and enjoyable for everyone. Martha K., Plymouth, MN A great trip! Wonderful guides, very nice hotels, incredible food at the two resort hotels, and very beautiful, interesting, and varied hikes. Kristie R., Lafayette, CA We loved it—great hikes, food, hotels, and extraordinary scenery. Joe I., Santa Fe, NM Your guides and their efforts to make the trip as special as possible are a big reason I have been a repeat customer. David W., Centennial, CO 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
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 This was such a great experience. Everything was wonderfully planned, down to the last detail. Susanne R., Long Island Cty, NY Everything we hoped it would be! John E., Forth Worth, TX 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