Bergamo to Innsbruck route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5995  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Bergamo, Italy
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level: 9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders
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Highlights

  • Exclusive hiking journey through four countries, crossing all borders on foot!
  • Breathtaking landscapes, from serene valleys cradling tiny villages with steepled churches to the snowy peaks of the Alps
  • Historic hotels include the Bagni Vecchi in Bormio

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Bergamo is an exquisite open-air museum of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Our veteran—and beloved—Trip Leader Gianluca Canalicchio has created an amazing journey from Bergamo across four countries (you’ll cross all the borders on foot!) to Innsbruck, Austria, linking national parks, ancient Roman baths, the castles of tiny Liechtenstein, utterly classic hotels—including one where the Austrian Imperial Court stayed, and stunning hikes that reveal incredible views of the Alps. Along the way you’ll savor a tasty cuisine that includes polenta taragna and the alpine cheeses and wonderful wines of the Valtellina.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Bergamo, Italy / Bormio

From Bergamo, in the foothills of the Alps, we head to the Valcamonica to explore a huge collection of stone carvings dating back some 8,000 years. At Stelvio Pass, our hike grants tremendous views of the Valtellina, with its serene pastures, mountain farmsteads, and glacial lakes. In Bormio, we overnight at a hotel that was a retreat for the Imperial Court of Austria, taste Braulio, a renowned local liqueur, and sample homemade bresaola and cheese at a family-run agriturismo.

Days 4-5
Livigno, Valle di Fraele

Our trails in the Valle di Fraele lead to sparkling lakes where we’ll watch for ibex, and from the village of Livigno, a cable car brings you to a mountain rifugio for a hike offering breathtaking views of the Alps—and if you like, a tasty lunch of risotto bitto!

Days 6-7
Engadine, Switzerland / Davos

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.

Days 8-9
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

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, a cable car brings you up high to hike above a peaceful valley through meadows full of alpine wildflowers.

Days 10-12
Innsbruck, Austria

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 hike with panoramic views of Innsbruck. Depart on Day 12.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. We have nine hiking days, with hikes of 3-5 hours over variable hill and mountain trails, with occasional short, steep sections, and all at moderate to low altitudes. Our support vehicle will transport the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (sweater, camera, water bottle). Hiking experience is recommended (no climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary), and all participants must be in good physical condition. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling, or other sports exercise. Your feet should be fully prepared, accustomed to full days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots.

We spend our nights in picturesque inns, full of charm and ambiance. All hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings the rooms may not conform to uniform international standards. Our leaders try to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.

Each day we'll sample the culinary delights that these countries have to offer. The meals included in the trip itinerary will be taken at our hotels, at rural agriturismos and restaurants in the towns, with the occasional packed lunch to enjoy on a scenic point on our hike. For lunches and dinners “on your own,” the Trip Leader will be happy to recommend options for local restaurants. 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.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Jul 14-25, 2015

Sep 9-20, 2015  Gianluca Canalicchio

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5995 (13-15 members)
$6295 (10-12 members)
$6695 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $690
Forced single supplement: $490
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of at least two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders (and sometimes three, depending on group size)
  • Accommodations in hotels
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • Van support and luggage transfer
  • Cable cars and chairlifts to trailheads for scheduled hikes
  • Land transportation during the trip, transfers between overnight stops, early morning train or airport transfers in Innsbruck on Day 12

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

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!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Gombit Hotel

Gombit Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Bergamo, Italy

This ultra-modern 13-room hotel is set within a restored medieval tower in a fantastic location right in the heart of the “Citta Alta,” ...
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Hotel Bagni Vecchi

Hotel Bagni Vecchi

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Bormio, Italy

Perfectly situated in a breathtaking mountain setting, this lovely 36-room hotel is full of character and an amazing place to stay and relax, ...
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Alpina Hotel

Alpina Hotel

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Livigno, Italy

Located in the center of the village, this historical hotel has been recently renovated. Guest rooms are warm and cozy (though a bit on the small ...
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Schatzalp Snow & Mountain Resort

Schatzalp Snow & Mountain Resort

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Davos, Switzerland

This mountain “aerie” sits on a sunny shelf high above the resort town of Davos, and is reached by a short funicular ride up the ...
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Landhaus am Giessen

Landhaus am Giessen

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Vaduz, Liechtenstein

There are no bells and whistles at the traditional inn, but it offers a homey atmosphere and guest rooms that are basic but comfortable, each with a ...
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Hotel in Innsbruck

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Innsbruck , Austria

In Innsbruck, we stay at one of the following properties:

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).

Gianluca Canalicchio

Departure Dates: July 14-25, 2015, September 9-20, 2015

Gianluca Canalicchio was born and raised in Rome, where his parents moved in 1960 from Umbria, when they left their life of hard work on their farm in search of new opportunities. He has a degree in accounting, speaks four languages (Italian, Spanish, French, and English), and loves dancing, ...
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Tania Masi

Departure Dates: July 14-25, 2015

Tania Masi is a journalist and travel writer who has published various hiking, city, and regional guidebooks in Europe. Born in Florence, Italy, of an American mother and proud Florentine father, she was raised with an appreciation for both American and European cultures and has lived in New York ...
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