Day 1, July 5 - Verona (-/-/D)
Upon arrival at the Malpensa Airport in Milan, meet your group leader – Walter – and travel to your first Italian city by private minibus. Free time in the afternoon to mingle with other group members or discover the neighbourhood. Dinner and overnight at the hotel near Verona (4 star).
Day 2, July 6 - Verona (B/-/D)
WELCOME TO VENICE
After breakfast, gather with your group and your host, and take a pleasant train ride to magical Venice. You will spend the day exploring the winding alleys, famous canals and stunning architecture of this unforgettable city at leisure (this is not a guided visit). You will return to Verona by train in the evening with your group. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3, July 7 - Madonna di Campiglio (B/-/D)
Today you will spend the morning exploring Verona (UNESCO heritage site) at leisure. Scroll by mediaeval castles and Roman monuments, and across vibrant city squares. Savour some of the great local gelato or wine, and pay a well-deserved visit to Juliet’s house in the heart of this eternal city of love. In the afternoon, you will embark on your hiking journey to the Alps aboard a chartered tour bus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel (3 star) in Madonna di Campiglio (altitude 1550 m).
Day 4, July 8 - Madonna di Campiglio (B/-/D)
HUTS AND WATERFALLS OF THE DOLOMITES
After breakfast, take a short ride by public transit, and then ascend by cable car to the Grostè Pass (1722 m) in the heart of the Brenta Range (UNESCO heritage site). Begin your hike surrounded by rock formations that take on different colors, shapes and layers: majestic vertical walls, sharp peaks and rock towers. Our return path will lead us through more valleys as we hike by mountain shacks and by the splashing waters of the Vallesinella Waterfalls. Proceed to reach your hotel by public transit. Dinner at the hotel.
- Hike Length: 10km. Hiking time: 4 hours. Elevation: 80m upward; 980m downward.
Day 5, July 9 - Madonna di Campiglio (B/-/D)
THE BEAUTY OF STELVIO NATL PARK
In the morning, you will ride by private minibus to Val di Rabbi for a guided excursion to the impressive Saent Falls. After the hike, return to the hotel by private vehicle for another zesty dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
- Hike Length: 10km. Hiking time: 4 hours. Elevation: 660m upward; 525m downward.
Day 6, July 10 - Madonna di Campiglio (B/-/D)
SCENIC LAKES OF TRENTINO
After breakfast, you will ride to the trailhead by private minibus, and enjoy another amazing hike among the small Alpine lakes scattered on the slopes of the Presanella range, affording splendid views over the Brenta Dolomites. You will return to the hotel on foot for dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
- Hike Length: 13.5km. Hiking time: 5:30 hours. Elevation: 615m upward; 800m downward.
Day 7, July 11 - Madonna di Campiglio (B/-/D)
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Transfer by private minibus to the trailhead in the morning. You will enjoy a gorgeous hike to Lake Tovel, the largest of all natural lakes in the Adamello Brenta Park, which will leave you speechless. Our route will alternate forest roads with paths immersed in larch forests. After lunch, another short hike will take us to the Sanctuary of San Romedio, a landmark of unique cultural and historic relevance. Part of the hiking path is a tunnel carved into the mountain side, followed by a long stairway to the sanctuary, perched on a tall mountain peak. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
- Hike Length: 8.5km. Hiking time: 3.5 hours. Elevation: 400m upward; 400m downward.
Day 8, July 12 - Sirmione-Milan (B/-/D)
BELLE BY THE LAKE
After breakfast, check out and travel to Milan by private charter. En route, stop in Sirmione for lunch and self-guided visit of the center and the Castle of this lovely town on Lake Garda. Dinner and overnight at hotel near Milan (4 star).
Day 9, July 13 - Milan (B/-/D)
MARVELS OF MILAN
After breakfast you will ride to the city center by public transit and enjoy a 3-hour guided tour with entrance to the world-renowned Duomo of Milan. In the afternoon, you will have free time to continue exploring the landmarks on Milan, including La Scala Theater and browse local shops. Return to the hotel by public transit (not included). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10, July 14 - Milan (B/-/-)
Time to bid goodbye to Italy and our newly-found travel mates. The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel (airport transfer not included).
(B/L/D-AI): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner; (AI) = All Inclusive
The itinerary above may be modified due to weather, road conditions or other matters beyond our control.
Hotel accommodation in double occupancy with daily breakfast and dinner
Five day hikes as described with a professional mountain guide
Three-hour guided tour of the city center of Milan
Transfers by private charter between cities or hotels
Private trail shuttle for some daily excursions
Round-trip ticket from Verona to Venice by express train "Frecciarossa"
Trentino Guest Card for discounts on local services
Entrance to Juliet's House in Verona
Entrance to the Cathedral of Milan
Entrance to La Scala theatre in Milan
One gondola ride near Madonna di Campiglio
Guest Fees charged by the hotels
Public transit tickets
Any optional excursions
Government and local taxes not listed in the “Inclusions” list above
Any beverages or meals not clearly mentioned in the program above
Personal or additional expenses
Travel or Trip Cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
Airport transfer oh the last day
Anything else which is not clearly mentioned in the “Inclusions” list above, or anywhere else in this program.
Backpack for day use
Reusable water bottle (min. 1 L.)
Snack bars (granola, etc)
A picnic lunch, when suggested
Hiking pants (water resistant)
This package includes accommodation at a 3 or 4-star hotel with daily breakfast and dinner for 9 nights (double occupancy).
- Day 1 and 2: 4-star hotel near Verona (about 1.5Km/ 1ml from the city centre and the Roman Arena);
- Day 3 – Day 7: 3-star hotel in the lovely mountain town of Madonna di Campiglio (the Pearl of the Dolomites);
- Day 8 and 9: 4-star hotel near Milan (about 5Km/ 3.5ml from the city centre and the Duomo).
Single supplement: $500 USD pp*
* The supplement is required ONLY if you request you request single occupancy for this trip, or if we are unable to find a roommate for you.
TRIP CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
- The booking deposit is non-refundable
- 100% refund - except the $300 deposit - if cancellation made over 45 days prior to departure (May 22)
- 50% refund if cancellation made between 30 and 45 days prior to departure
- No refund if cancellation made less than 30 days prior to departure