Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Bergamo is an exquisite open-air museum of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. This amazing journey—a WT original—brings you from Bergamo across four countries, crossing all the borders on foot, to Innsbruck, Austria, surrounded by the high peaks of the Alps. Recognized by USA Today as one of the year’s “Ten New Amazing Guided Adventure Trips,” our route links stunning hikes through remote national parks and beneath alpine peaks. We’ll hike to ancient Roman baths, the castles of tiny Liechtenstein, and stay in classic hotels, including one visited by the Austrian Imperial Court. Along the way you’ll savor tasty cuisine that includes polenta taragna and the alpine cheeses and aromatic wines of Italy’s Valtellina.
I've traveled all over the world with many outfitters/trip operators and find that my first experience with Wilderness Travel to be one of high caliber.
— John S., Monona, WI
Bergamo, Italy / Bormio
From Bergamo, head to the Valcamonica to explore its famous collection of ancient stone carvings. At Stelvio Pass, our hike grants tremendous views of the Valtellina, with its serene pastures, mountain farmsteads, and glacial lakes. In Bormio, we taste Braulio, a renowned local liqueur, and sample homemade bresaola and cheese at a family-run agriturismo.
Livigno, Valle di Fraele / Engadine, Switzerland / Davos
Our trails in the Valle di Fraele lead to sparkling lakes where ibex roam, and a hike from a mountain rifugio offers breathtaking views of the Alps—and if you like, a tasty lunch of risotto bitto! Hiking through larch and pine forests, we head right across the border into the Swiss National Park and the Val Trupchun, habitat of red deer. Our hotel in Davos is the ideal base for our hike around the summit of the Weissfluhjoch.
Crossing into Liechtenstein, our hike brings you through castle-topped villages to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, with its own atmospheric castle perched high on a hill above town. In the mountain resort of Malbun, hike above a peaceful valley through meadows full of alpine wildflowers.
After hiking into Austria and the medieval town of Feldkirch, a scenic train ride brings you to Innsbruck, a gorgeous city brimming with Renaissance and Baroque architecture. By funicular, head up into the mountains for a final hike with panoramic views. Depart on Day 12.