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Austria/Italy

Alpine Hiking in Austria and Italy

Traverse scenic paths through the magnificent Alps, discovering rich history, traditional villages and stunning alpine flora and fauna in some of Europe’s most pristine natural beauty.
Rating (5)
Program No. 3331RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,799
Flights start at
1,000
Austria/Italy

Alpine Hiking in Austria and Italy

Traverse scenic paths through the magnificent Alps, discovering rich history, traditional villages and stunning alpine flora and fauna in some of Europe’s most pristine natural beauty.
Length
14 days
Starts at
3,799
Length
14 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
3,799
Flights start at
1,000
Program No. 3331RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 30 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
3,799
Sep 13 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
3,799
Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
3,799
Sep 27 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
4,099
Itinerary Note

This date stays in two upgraded, four star hotels.

May 23 - Jun 5, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Jun 6 - Jun 19, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Jun 13 - Jun 26, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Jun 20 - Jul 3, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Aug 29 - Sep 11, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Sep 12 - Sep 25, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Sep 26 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
4,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 30 - Sep 12, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 13 - Sep 26, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 20 - Oct 3, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 27 - Oct 10, 2022
Starting at
4,599
Itinerary Note

This date stays in two upgraded, four star hotels.

May 23 - Jun 5, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Jun 6 - Jun 19, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Jun 13 - Jun 26, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Jun 20 - Jul 3, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Aug 29 - Sep 11, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Sep 12 - Sep 25, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2023
Starting at
4,749
Sep 26 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
4,749

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking 4-10 miles daily on varied terrain; mountains, small trails that are mainly gravel and dirt, fields and meadows that have small stones. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required. Elevations up to 7,286 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the magnificent Tyrol regions of Austria and Italy to discover their cultural similarities and differences.
  • Discover Ötzi, the mummified Ice Age man.
  • Walking lectures highlight the botany of the Dolomites -- including herbs and their healing powers.
Featured Expert
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Nacho Engel
Nacho Engel is a professional certified walking instructor who has been leading explorations in Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal for 25 years. During that time, he spent four years living in Finnish Lapland, where he worked as a wilderness guide. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Nacho has also led explorations on the Camino de Santiago — the pilgrimage route across northern Spain — for 12 years now. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and he continues to make his home in Spain.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Nacho Engel View biography
Nacho Engel is a professional certified walking instructor who has been leading explorations in Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal for 25 years. During that time, he spent four years living in Finnish Lapland, where he worked as a wilderness guide. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Nacho has also led explorations on the Camino de Santiago — the pilgrimage route across northern Spain — for 12 years now. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and he continues to make his home in Spain.
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Petra Bergant View biography
Hiking was a big part of Petra Bergant’s childhood in Austria, and she now enjoys sharing her love for rambling along the Austrian countryside with lifelong learners from around the world. Following a career in travel that included leading VIP clients through Austria and promoting Austrian travel while she lived in Paris, Petra made her way to California where she became a personal assistant to an Oscar-winning actor. She became a certified yoga teacher has taught yoga, meditation and pranayama workshops and classes since 2004.
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Brigitte Tennyson View biography
A native of Austria, Brigitte Tennyson has been leading walking adventures throughout Europe since 1984. Fluent in English, German and Italian, Brigitte is studying Croatian as she splits her time between Croatia and Austria. Brigitte shares her interest and expertise in European history, music and environmental issues with participants as she leads them on mountain walks and explorations of European towns.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Alps, A Cultural History
by Andrew Beattie
Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark.
Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69
by Edward Whymper
Edward Whymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
The Austrians, A Thousand-Year Odyssey
by Gordon Brook-Shepherd
Detailed, impressively researched and readable, this book is a wide-ranging narrative history of the last 1,000 years of Austria and the Austrian character.
Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains
by Jon Krakauer
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
Homestead
by Rosini Lippi
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote village.
Schlepping Through the Alps, My Search for Austria's Jewish Past with Its Last Wandering Shepherd
by Sam Apple
A hilarious and touching exploration of history, tradition and sheep. This account of travels in Austria with Hans Breuer, a shepherd who sings Yiddish folk songs to his sheep, is admittedly a comic quest, but it also delves into some of the darker corners of Austria's history in World War II.
Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier
by Brenda Fowler
The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps.
Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps
by Fergus Fleming
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
Cuisines of the Alps
by Kay Shaw Nelson
Subtitled "Recipes, Drinks, and Lore from France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia," this colorful tour of the region's rustic cuisine offers more than 140 recipes, a section on regional wines and historical information.
Walking in the Dolomites
by Gillian Price
A comprehensive walker's guide to the Dolomites geared to a wide variety of difficulty levels. Illustrated with photographs and maps.
La Nouvelle Heloise
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rousseau may be best known for his political philosophy, but in this novel we see his softer side. This is the passionate story told through the letters of two lovers in a small town at the foot of the Alps.
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front
by Mark Thompson
Thompson's history captures the drama, nationalist frenzy and pathos of WWI. The historian also traces the nearly forgotten, brutal three-year struggle to capture the Isonzo River sector in the rugged Alps and Dolomites from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in this epic history.
Alps Map
by Freytag & Berndt
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
Medusa, An Aurelio Zen Mystery
by Michael Dibdin
In this ninth book in the thoroughly enjoyable Aurelio Zen series, our worldly detective investigates a mysterious corpse in a long-abandoned military tunnel in the Dolomites.
The Habsburg Empire, A New History
by Pieter M. Judson
With a fresh approach to the Habsburgs' legacy, this panoramic history revises commonly held perspectives on the empire's effectiveness and its echoes in Europe today.





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