A hiking and cultural adventure from coast to mountains through the historic Friuli region with Gianluca Canalicchio or Anne Brearley

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. The hikes vary from 1-5 miles on 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, Days 5-8. The trip builds nicely from level coastal walks to hilly vineyard country, to mountain trails. You will carry just a daypack with water bottle, sunscreen, camera, rain jacket, and anything else you need while on the trail. Luggage is transported by small bus. If you want to opt out of a day’s hiking, you can explore near the hotel, or catch a ride in the bus to our next location. 

For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, wine, and history that are a part of it), we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. Well-broken-in hiking boots with lug soles and good ankle support are a must for hikes.

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 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 may vary a bit in shape and size. They may not conform to international standards of large hotel chains. Our leaders always 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 much smaller than those in the US.

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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