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Alpine Walking in Austria and Italy

Program Number: 3331RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2014 - 6/9/2014; 6/16/2015 - 6/29/2015; 6/30/2015 - 7/13/2015; 8/18/2015 - 8/31/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/19/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Austria/Italy
Price starting at: $3,596.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Explore the unparalleled beauty of two regions on opposite sides of the Alps: the Tyrol in Austria and the South Tyrol in Italy. Unearth similarities and contrasts in their culture, history, environment, and architecture as you immerse yourself in the splendid beauty of the Dolomite mountain valley and gain appreciation for these two varied and unique cultures.




Highlights

• Explore the magnificent Tyrol regions of Austria and Italy to discover their cultural similarities and differences.
• Visit Oetzi, the mummified Ice Age man.
• Walking lectures highlight the botany of the Dolomites -- including herbs and their healing powers.



Activity Particulars

Walking 4-7 miles (3-6 hours) per day. Terrain can be very uneven in the mountains, small roads, and trails that are mainly gravel and dirt, fields and meadows that have small stones. Temperatures range from 65-75 F in spring and 50-65 F in autumn. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Munich (Germany), coach to Seefeld (Austria), 6 nights; coach to Castelrotto (Italy), 5 nights; coach to Munich, 1 night, departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Munich (Germany)
Coach to Seefeld (Austria)
6 nights

Seefeld is an enchanting town marked with traditional Tyrolean farmhouses. Noted for its beautiful countryside, it has the largest continuous strand of arolla pines in the Eastern Alps. Experts discuss the Edelweiss, architecture and Austrian farm life. Excursions include a train ride to Garmisch Partenkirchen and the charming town of Innsbruck.



Coach to Castelrotto (Italy)
5 nights
Coach to Munich
1 night
Departure

Secluded in the Dolomites, Castelrotto’s storied culture is captured in time. Walk the area’s network of paths that lead to breathtaking views. Along the way, experts discuss the rich geology and botany of the Dolomites -- including herbs and their healing powers -- as well as local legends of witches and Oetzi, the mummified Ice Age man. Visit the village of Bressanone for its baroque Duomo, and Bolzano’s archaeological museum.




Accommodations
Seefeld: Full-service hotel. Castelrotto: Tyrolean-style hotel. Munich: Comfortable airport hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Veronika
  Seefeld, Austria 6 nights
   Albergo al Lupo Hotel
  Castelrotto, Italy 5 nights
   Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport
  Munich, Germany 1 night
 Hotel Veronika
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located on the sunny Seefeld Plateau, the four-star Hotel Veronika is as bright and welcoming as its surroundings. Each room has been individually designed and decorated, and the hotel has all of the modern amenities needed to ensure a carefree stay. Enjoy culinary delights, excellent service and the beautiful surrounding Austrian landscape.
  Contact info: Riehlweg 161
Seefeld,  A-6100 Austria
phone: +43 5212 2105
web: www.aktivhotel-veronika.at
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, radio, mini bar, safe, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, wellness center, gym, sauna and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Described as one of the oldest and most renowned inns in the ancient borough of Castelrotto, the Albergo al Lupo Hotel is a jewel amidst the town's medieval center. This recently renovated hotel offers up-to-date amenities while still preserving its time-honored appeal.
  Contact info: Oswald von Wolkenstein 5
Castelrotto,  I-39040 Italy
phone: +39 0471 70 63 32
web: www.hotelwolf.it
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a breakfast room, bar with chimney and wireless Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport is situated in a quiet area near the Munich Airport Business Park. Enjoy warm hospitality and culinary delights, along with the hotel's beer garden which is open during the summer months. There is easy access to the city of Munich by motorway and public transport.
  Contact info: Ludwigstr. 43
Hallbergmoos,  85399 Germany
phone: +49 811 888 0
web: www.movenpick-hotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, safe, mini bar, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, steam bath, sauna, air conditioning, laundry services and wireless Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Munich Airport. Meet your group by 10:30 AM for the group transfer to Seefeld (approx. 2 hours). (Hotel check-in is at 2:00 PM.) You will be staying at Hotel Veronika that night.
  End of Program:
Munich, Germany. After breakfast on the last day. (Hotel check-out is at 12:00 PM.) You will be staying at Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seefeld
  Transportation to site: Depart the Munich Airport either by train or taxi to the main train station in Munich. Trains run every 20-30 minutes and take about 40 minutes to get from the airport to the main train station. The train ride from Munich to Seefeld takes approximately 2 hours.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Munich
  Transportation from site: The Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport has a hotel shuttle service. The shuttle leaves every 30 minutes between 5:00 AM and 11:00 PM, takes about 15 minutes and costs 8 Euro.
Elevation Note: Day 6: Seefelderspitze, 7286 feet

Equipment Requirements: Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 In Transit: International overnight flight from US/Canada.

Day 2: Arrival Day (Seefeld - 3871 feet)
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival Munich airport. Meet your group by 10:30 AM for the group transfer to Seefeld (2 hours).
 Afternoon: If time permits, you will take a short orientation walk around this delightful village. Enjoy a briefing and welcome drink before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Wildmoosalm (4330 feet)
(Thursday, May 29)

Note: Mode of transportation: walking, horse and buggy. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Walk from the hotel, partly through a wooded area of Scots pine, to Wildmoosalm. Enjoy the splendid views as you take in a field lecture called "Wildmoosalm Flora and Fauna." Continue along the golf course to Lottenseehuette (hut) for a picnic lunch.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the hut.
 Afternoon: Walk on the scenic trail overlooking the Inn Valley for the horse and buggy ride back to Seefeld.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Partenachklamm (3444 feet)
(Friday, May 30)

Note: Mode of transportation: train and walking. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Take the local train (30 minutes) to Garmisch Partenkirchen. Walk to and through the beautiful Partenachklamm Gorge, an area of natural beauty. Your field lecture today is on the Partenachklamm Gorge.
 Lunch: Lunch at Wettensteinalm.
 Afternoon: Return to Seefeld by train. Enjoy some free time upon your return.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Day in Innsbruck (1883 feet)
(Saturday, May 31)

Note: Mode of transportation: local transportation and walking. Approximate walking time: 2 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart by local transportation (40 minutes) to Innsbruck, where you will visit the Tyrolean capital. Take in a field lecture about Innsbruck.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment located in the old town of Innsbruck.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time this afternoon. You may want to visit the Tyrolean State Museum. Return to Seefeld at your own time.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Rosshuette (5744 feet) / Seefelderspitze (7286 feet)
(Sunday, June 1)

Note: Mode of transportation: funicular and walking. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Weather permitting, take the funicular to the Rosshuette for the field trip walk to the Seefelderspitze. Your field lecture today covers Seefelderspitze and Seffelder Joch.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Walk down to Seefeld via the Seffelder Joch.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Lake Achensee (3005 feet)
(Monday, June 2)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach, ship, train and walking. Approximate walking time: 3 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by private coach (45 minutes) to Lake Achensee, an area famous in Austria for its outstanding natural beauty, making it a wonderful place to walk and hike. Walk from the charming village of Pertisau to Geisalm. Today's field lecture covers the Lake Achensee area, and the "Ice Man."
 Lunch: Picnic on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue walking around the lake through Achenseehof and on to Scholastika. From here, enjoy a relaxing boat trip to Seespitz, then the steam engine train to Jenbach. From Jenbach return to Seefeld via private coach.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Veronika
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Transfer from Seefeld to Castelrotto (3470 feet)
(Tuesday, June 3)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach and walking. Approximate walking time: 1.5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast depart by private coach to Castelrotto. On the way, you will stop in the walled town of Bressanone, where stands the 12th-century Duomo with frescoes from the 14th and 16th centuries. Learn about the areas between Seefeld and Castelrotto.
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local establishment en route to Castelrotto.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Castelrotto. Time permitting, take a short orientation walk in this beautiful village.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Castelrotto, "From Compatsch to Puflatsch"
(Wednesday, June 4)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach and walking. Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by local coach (15 minutes) to Seis and then take a cable car to Compatsch (6102 feet). Here you will start your walking field trip to Puflatsch. On the way, take in a field lecture entitled “Puflatsch."
 Lunch: Lunch at a picturesque Tyrolean inn.
 Afternoon: Continue walking to Saltria with views of Sciliar, "Mountain Range of the Witches." Take in a field lecture about this area.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: The Ancient Mill
(Thursday, June 5)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach and walking. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: From the hotel, walk to Telfen and on to Siusi (5511 feet), and then to the "Old Mill." Hear field lectures called “How Grains are Milled” and “Botany of the Area.” During your time at the Old Mill, you will get to watch the miller work with different grains.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the mill.
 Afternoon: Walk back to Siusi and transfer back to the hotel by private coach.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: A Day in Bolzano (859 feet)
(Friday, June 6)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach and walking. Approximate walking time: 3 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Local transportation (55 minutes) to Bolzano, the capital of the region. Walk through the park and learn about "Bolzano and Otzi" during a field lecture. Walk to the Archaeological Museum, known for the world famous Otzi, the 4000-year-old mummy that was discovered on the glaciers of the Italian-Austrian border. Otzi was brought back to Bolzano some years ago. In addition to the museum docent, you may rent headphones for approximately 2 USD to learn about each exhibit at your own pace. Following the museum there will be a walking field trip in the area.
 Lunch: Light lunch at a local establishment.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time this afternoon before returning to Castelrotto on your own by local transportation.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Alpe di Siusi
(Saturday, June 7)

Note: Mode of transportation: coach and walking. Approximate walking: 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by local coach (15 minutes) to Seis and then take a cable car to Compatsch (6102 feet). From here, walk to the Molignon hut (6737 feet). Take in a field lecture called “Flora, Fauna of the Tyrolean Mountains.”
 Lunch: Lunch at the hut.
 Afternoon: Continue walking to the Passo Duron (3408 feet). Breathtaking views await you at the summit, overlooking the Dolomite mountains. Take a circular trail back to Saltria and return to Castelrotto by private coach.
 Dinner: Farewell drink and dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Local entertainment at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Albergo al Lupo Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Transfer to Munich (1689 feet)
(Sunday, June 8)

Note: Approximate transfer time: 3.5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast transfer by private coach to Munich for a short orientation of the city (2.5 hours). At the conclusion of the walking city field trip, you can return with the Group Leader to the hotel or remain in the city and return on your own.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some free time on your own.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Movenpick Hotel Munich Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Departures
(Monday, June 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent shuttles to the airport for your flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seefeld Tyrolean State Museum
The Tyrolean State Museum is a wonderful testimony to history and art from the Stone Age to present-day; a journey that covers 30,000 years! Exhibits include Romanesque, Gothic, Dutch and Baroque masterpieces, a collection of precious musical instruments, and paintings by Egger-Lienz, Klimt and Kokoschka in the Modern Gallery. For additional information, visit www.tiroler-landesmuseen.at
  Castelrotto Bolzano Municipal Museum
Travel to Bolzano where you may wish to visit Bolzano's Municipal Museum. South Tyrol's oldest museum, it was designed by Karl Delug and built in 1902 on the foundation of the medieval Hurlach manor. Discover archaeological finds, examples of medieval, Gothic and Baroque art, traditional costumes, and objects of Tyrolean popular culture. For additional information, visit www.museums-southtyrol.it/en/museums.asp?muspo_id=614
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