A Hiking Adventure Across Four Countries

Overview

From medieval Bergamo, nestled in the Italian Alps, we head out for a four-country odyssey of superb day hikes—crossing all the international borders on foot. Our unique route (a WT original) traces a path through the terraced vineyards of Lombardia’s Valtellina region, into Switzerland’s sunny Engadine Valley, across Liechtenstein, with its turreted castles, and into the grand Alps of Austria past prehistoric settlements on the Eschnerberg Trail. Savor Romanesque architecture, ancient spa towns, alpine meadows where cows graze, and fascinating archaeological sites, and enjoy farm-to-table meals and seasonal delicacies in all four countries. Of course, we’ll also taste the best wines en route, with a special wine-tasting at the renowned cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Bergamo, Italy / Bormio

A walking tour unlocks the medieval world of Bergamo, and we hike trails in the green Valtellina Valley, see the World Heritage-listed rock art at Capo di Ponte, and enjoy lunch in a family-run agriturismo for a chance to taste regional specialties. Our hotel, perched over the Valtellina Valley, has natural hot springs and a spa.

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Days 4-7
Livigno, Valle di Fraele / Engadine, Switzerland / Davos

We hike past sparkling lakes to the alpine village of Livigno, with its “end of the road” ambiance. A narrow trail brings us across the Italian-Swiss border into the pristine wilderness of Swiss National Park, and from Davos, we take the funicular up Weissfluhjoch (8,835') for a breathtaking hike.

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Days 8-9
Liechtenstein / Vaduz

Our Liechtenstein hikes bring us into vineyards, mountains, and charming towns including Vaduz, the capital, with its atmospheric castle perched high on a hill. The Prince of Liechtenstein lives here and we’ll have dinner and a tasting at his winery one evening.

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Days 10-12
Innsbruck, Austria

A historic alpine trail brings us on foot from Liechtenstein into the medieval Austrian town of Feldkirche. In the dramatic setting of Innsbruck, we explore its cobbled streets and Baroque architecture, then catch the funicular up to 7,400 feet for a final hike with panoramic views. Depart on Day 12.

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Highlights

Highlights

Unique hiking journey through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria
Wine tasting, delicious meals at agriturismos and family farms
Terraced vineyards, tiny alpine villages, the snowy peaks of the Alps
Medieval Bergamo, Innsbruck’s architectural gems, the spa town of Bormio, renowned for its hot springs
Superb accommodations, from an atmospheric spa hotel to a mountain-top aerie we reach by funicular

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6395  
Arrive: Bergamo, Italy
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-6 hours a day, altitudes up to 8,800 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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