From Trieste to Venice

Off the Beaten Path in Northeast Italy, Slovenia, and Austria

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system. Trip members need to have some hiking experience and be in good physical shape.

Average Hiking Day
• 3 hours
• 6 miles
• 1,000 feet gain/loss

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally downhill over loose scree. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for up to 4 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 6 miles in a day.


Trails that traverse a mix of terrain, from coastal hikes and trails through rolling hills in the Collio, to steeper trails in the Friulian Dolomites. The trip builds nicely from level coastal walks to hilly vineyard country, to mountain trails.


The weather in early summer and fall is generally clear and pleasant. At the times that our trips are scheduled, we tend to miss the humidity and the hiking is wonderfully comfortable. Expect a mix of sun and partly cloudy days, with the chance of precipitation at 30% or less. Rain showers can occur at any time throughout the trip, so please a good rain jacket is advised.

Our hiking adventure explores three distinct regions: the Adriatic Coast and Venice, the hill country of the Collio, and the mountain realms of the Friulian Dolomites in Kobarid, Slovenia and Tarvisio. Along the Adriatic Coast (Days 1-3), expect temperatures ranging from lows of 62°F at night to highs of 74°F during the day. In the Collio (Days 3-5), it can be cooler, with temperatures ranging from 61°F to 47°F at night. In the mountainous region around Kobarid and Tarvisio (Days 5-8), the range is a bit wider, with temperatures from  64°F by day and 44°F at night. Venice tends to be warmer and still a bit humid in September, with temperatures between 75°F by day and 58°F at night.


We spend four nights in welcoming mountain hotels (in Kobarid, Slovenia, and Tarvisio). The remaining five nights are in more historic buildings, palazzi or castles, where individual rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders always do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.


Meals will be taken at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. 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.


Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. Our support vehicle will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack.

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.

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