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Alps Traverse: Munich to Venice

Munich, Germany

Trip Highlights

  • Traversing over the Alps
  • Historic Castles
  • Stunning Mountain Views
  • Deep, Dramatic Valleys
  • Wonderful Lodging
  • Delicious Regional Cuisine
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Description

This Alps guided trek is a must-do for all global hiking enthusiasts! Crossing over the spine of the Alps, we’ll explore from Germany to Austria to Italy in one spectacular itinerary. Our route takes us over high passes, through deep lush valleys, by famous castles and in and out of quaint, European storybook villages rich with history and culture. The views on our hikes are breath-taking with innumerable dramatic peaks, stunning lakes, cascading waterfalls and much more. The trek is demanding, but guests carry only a light backpack as the bulk of our luggage is transferred to the next accommodation most days. In the evenings, you will enjoy German, Austrian and Italian cooking, paired with a hearty serving of local hospitality in the traditional alpine villages we visit. Starting in Munich, hiking to Innsbruck and eventually ending our traverse of the Alps in Venice is an unforgettable way to explore world renowned cities, visit historic sites and experience the soaring peaks and towering rock walls that the Alps are famous for and that first inspired early mountaineers. Let Wildland Trekking inspire and lead you on this trip of a lifetime traversing the Alps!

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$5820 Per Person
$965 Single Supplement  

$965 Single Supplement

The single supplement on this trip provides for single rooms at all hotels during the trip. There is only capacity in the hotels for two guests per trip to secure single rooms so availability is limited on a first come first serve basis for guests requesting singe supplement.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 14 Days
Distance: 110 MI / 177 KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip has long days of hiking with significant elevation changes (3,000+ ft is not unusual, with the largest gain being 3,675 ft in one day), but we’re carrying light day packs on moderately rugged trails with very comfortable night-time accommodations. Expect an average of 6 or 7 hours, with a max of as much as 9 hours, of hiking in a day.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 11.8 mi (19 km)

Backpack Weight:

2 days at 20-30 lbs, 10-20 lbs otherwise

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

3675 ft (1120 m)

Heights Exposure:

Significant Exposure

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 7-9 hours, 2 days of this trip all items needed for the night will need to be carried (~20-30lbs)
  • Maintaining balance and footing on steep, variable and uneven terrain
  • Hiking with occasional significant heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Alps hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking. June and September will feature more solitude than July and August.

We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and you will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

PRIVATE TRIPS

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Train Transfer: 2-2.5 hours (before hike)
  • Bus Transfer: 5-10 minutes (before hike)
  • Hiking Distance: 5 to 6.2 mi (8 to 10 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 951 to 1312 ft (290 to 400 m)

On this Alps hiking tour, we meet at the Aloft Hotel lobby near the Munich central train station (Hauptbahnhof). After some short introductions and an orientation meeting, we’ll board a train to the medieval city of Füssen. From this beautiful Bavarian town we have a short transfer to our accommodations near our main attraction of the day, the fairy tale home of Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle. After checking in we’ll walk up to tour the castle, then we’ll stretch our legs and shake off our travels on a walk to a few scenic nearby lakes, Schwansee and Alpsee. The distance of this additional hike is dependent on the amount of time we have after the castle visit and the weather conditions. Once back at our accommodations, we’ll have time to relax before our first dinner together.

The Alps with the Bavarian city of Munich

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 10.6 mi (17 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3675 ft (1120 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2247 ft (685 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 30 minutes (after hike)

Our first full day of hiking brings us to some top notch Alpine scenery. Our path starts off crossing the famous Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle. We continue on toward the Ammergau massif, where our groups often see small herds of wild chamois. Our surrounding views are full of incredible ridge lines, limestone pinnacles and green forests. At the end of our hike, a short private transfer takes us to our hotel in the town of Halblech. Here we can relax until dinner after a truly spectacular day in the mountains.

Alpine flowers along a scenic trail

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 7.5 mi (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1640 ft (500 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2789 ft (850 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Vehicle Transfers: 30 minutes (before hike) & 15 minutes (after hike)

After a European breakfast buffet at the hotel we will begin with a short transfer to the Kenzenhütte. Today we’ll climb over two mountain summits Lösertaljoch (5,518ft/1,682m) & Scheinbergjoch (5,787ft/1,764m, optional and weather dependent) with beautiful views into the surrounding mountains and especially into the deep Linderhof Valley. We’ll eventually make our way down to the historic Linderhof Castle. After touring this interesting and beautiful site, we’ll take a short transfer to our awaiting luggage and hotel. Tonight’s accommodations are in Ettal at a charming hotel situated in a classic mountain hamlet.

historic alpine castle and gardens

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 11.8 mi (19 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1640 ft (500 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 984 ft (300 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 20 minutes (before hike)
  • Train Transfer: 30 minutes (after hike)

This morning we shuttle briefly from Ettal to the famous Olympic city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen sitting at the base of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (9,678ft/2,950m). We begin our hike traversing through the spectacular Partnach Gorges. We’ll continue hiking towards the towering grey cliffs of the Wettersteinwand, which creates the natural boundary between Germany and Austria. Beautiful forested trails, mountain scenery and alpine lakes are the highlights along our route to the iconic Bavarian village of Mittenwald. Here we’ll catch a train to Seefeld, Austria and our first glimpse into the Northern Tyrol region of the Alps! We’ll check into our hotel and meet for our first Austrian dinner together.

hiker in scenic gorges

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 7.5 mi (12 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3117 ft (950 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2953 ft (900 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 15 minutes (before hike)

Today starts with a short private vehicle transfer into the scenic Leutasch Valley. Our hike takes us up to the Scharnitzjoch pass and is filled with our first views of the outstanding Northern Tyrolean region. The high mountains here are some of the finest in all of the Alps. Our path passes a few mountain refuges along the way which we will stop for a break, some refreshments and to just soak up the amazing views. In the afternoon we’ll head down to the town of Leutasch and our accommodations for the evening.

The church, the landmark of the scenic Tyrolean village of Leutasch

Day 6

  • Hiking Distance: 11.8 mi (19 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2953 ft (900 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 4593 ft (1400 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Bus Transfer: 5 minutes (before hike)
  • Train Transfer: 45 minutes (after hike)

Today we start our hike after a short transfer by public bus to the Gaistal Valley. We’ll climb up between two of the region’s most impressive and imposing mountains, Hochwanner and Hohe Munde. Our high point and scenic reward for our effort will be on the Niedere Munde pass (6,755ft/2,059m). After soaking in the outstanding panoramic view, we’ll continue down toward the riverside town of Telfs. Here we’ll catch a short train to the historic city of Innsbruck to reach our accommodations. We’ll have a group dinner out on the town and hopefully find some of the world famous apfelstrudel this city is known for. After a big day on the trail we definitely deserve to treat ourselves!

Water reflection of the colourful cityscape of Innsbruck at the Mariahilf district with the snowy Nordkette mountain chain.

Day 7

  • Hiking Distance: 6.8 mi (11 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1969 ft (600 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 164 ft (50 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 1.5 hours (before hike)

The morning is set aside for some extra exploration of Innsbruck on your own, sleeping in or general relaxation. We will meet at the hotel at check-out and head out in a private transfer through the Zillertal Valley to the start of our hike away from our extra luggage. We’ll need to carry everything we need for the next 2 days of hiking and 1 overnight. Lunch will be near the trailhead leading to the beautiful Krimml Waterfall. Hiking through the spectacular Krimmler Achental Valley allows us to follow beneath the falls, boasting to be one of Europe’s highest, pouring into the valley at over 1,245ft/380m high above us! Tonight’s accommodations are in a beautifully situated mountain hut with private rooms and shared bathrooms. We’ll enjoy our final Austrian dinner, as tomorrow we hike into Italy and the Southern Tyrolean region!

Krimmler Achental Valley view and trail

Day 8

  • Hiking Distance: 11.8 mi (19 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3675 ft (1120 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3576 ft (1090 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 45 minutes (after hike)

Today we leave Austria on a challenging hike through the heart of the Tirolean Alps into the Northern most part of Italy! Our route takes us up to the Birnlücke pass (8,743ft/2,665m) traversing over a tall and narrow section of the Alps. We’ll soak up all the beautiful surrounding scenery along the way: high towering peaks, hanging glaciers and steep forested valleys! We’ll finish with a descent towards Prettau and our private transfer to our night’s lodging in the town of Brunico (Brueneck) and our extra luggage. Welcome to the Italian Dolomites!

Hiker on steep trail with glaciers.

Day 9

  • Hiking Distance: 8.7 mi (14 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3445 ft (1050 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2526 ft (800 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Bus Transfer: 20 minutes (before hike)

This morning starts with breakfast at the hotel and a short public bus transfer just south of the small village of San Vigilio to the start of our hike. Our path leaves a small lake and starts climbing up between two high mountain walls. Our efforts will get us to the rewarding views from Cacagnares pass. After lunch a slower easier decent takes us through lush green valleys on our way to the idyllic Lago di Braies, also known as Pragser Wildsee. Here our accommodations are located right beside this pristine lake surrounded by rocky peaks. It is a truly unforgettable location! Our private rooms tonight are in the hiker building with shared bathrooms.

Lake in Dolomites mountains with clouds reflected in the water

Day 10

  • Hiking Distance: 9.3 mi (15 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3084 ft (940 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1148 ft (350 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Bus Transfer: 10-15 minutes (after hike)

Sunrise at the lake can be a magical moment for those willing and early to rise. After another European breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off hiking around to the far side of the lake and start climbing towards our high point of the day at the Croda del Becco pass. Crossing beneath a set of red and grey tinted peaks our views are spectacular of our mountainous surroundings and the rolling green pastures in the valley below. A descent down to Prato Piazza and a short bus transfer ends this fabulous day of hiking in the Dolomites. Our hotel tonight boasts amazing views, a wellness center and sauna for those wanting to relax and recuperate after our hike.

A beautiful lawn in Prato Piazza near Braies with a forest in the distance and a view of Mount Croda Rossa in Sudtirol. In the middle foreground, on the lawn, a group of people admire the view. On the left there are two mountain huts.

Day 11

  • Hiking Distance: 9.3 mi (15 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2198 ft (670 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2690 ft (820 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Bus Transfer: 15 minutes (before hike)
  • Vehicle Transfer: 10 minutes (after hike)

Today’s hike offers the group more amazing views of the Dolomites. Our hike starts by climbing up over the Strudelsattel, where we start to drop down into the Landro Valley before crossing into the Rienza Valley. After a short climb we’ll reach the head of the Rin Bianco Valley and start down this scenic stretch of trail until ending our hike. An awaiting private transfer takes us to our accommodations for the next two nights near the shores of Lake Misurina.

hotels by a lake in the dolomites

Day 12

  • Hiking Distance: 8.7 mi (14 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2460 ft (750 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Bus Transfer: 15 minutes (one-way)

During our hike today, we explore possibly the most iconic area or the Dolomites, Tre Cime di Lavarado. A short public bus transfer from the hotel takes us to the Auronzo refuge and the start of our final hike. Today is all about jaw dropping views as we hike through a sea of rock towers, pinnacles and peaks. We start out by climbing toward the popular Laveredo pass. From here we’ll descend toward the beautiful mountain lakes of Cengia before climbing another pass with panoramic views. The final stretch of our day walks beneath the famous towering peaks that this area is named for and a perfect way to celebrate our time hiking together. Another short bus transfer will get us back to our hotel near Lake Misurina and dinner together. What a hike it has been, next stop Venice!

Mountain hut and view

Day 13

  • Vehicle Transfer: 2.5 hours

We’ll have a relaxed morning before meeting after breakfast to catch our private transfer to Venice. Today is all about exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After arrival to Venice we’ll walk from where we are dropped off to our hotel in the city center to drop our luggage. Check-in is not available until 2pm, but there is no lack of sites to keep us busy in this iconic Italian city. The afternoon is free for everyone to explore Venice and eat lunch according to their own schedule and desires. Our guides can help give recommendations for sightseeing highlights and restaurants. Later in the evening, we’ll meet back up in the hotel lobby to go out for our final dinner together and celebration of our Alps traverse and time together!

Rialto Bridge and gondolas in Venice.

Day 14

Today marks the end of our journey. We’ll enjoy one last breakfast together at our hotel in Venice, where we’ll say our very fond good-byes, and start dreaming of our next adventure! The hotel’s check-out time is 11am. If leaving today airport transportation is easy to obtain through multiple options: public transportation (train, bus or water taxi) or a more expensive private taxi. Your guide and/or the hotel staff will be able to help in planning any transportation needs you have.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation during the trekking portion of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on Day 13
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour Day 1 through Day 13
  • Vehicle transport of luggage between hotels (except Day 7)
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 through breakfast on the last day (except Day 13’s lunch)
  • Entrance fees for historic attractions: Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace & Hofkirche Innsbruck
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Munich, Germany; from Venice, Italy
  • Airport transportation in Munich and Venice
  • Lodging reservations in Munich the night before the trip (recommended hotels are in our trip information packet)
  • Some meals during the tour – breakfast on Day 1 (Munich) & lunch on Day 13 (Venice)
  • Use of a backpack or trekking poles
  • Extra luggage storage (not easily available on this trip)
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in the Alps)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) is optional but always appreciated; (The industry average for this trip type is 5-10% of total trip cost. Local currency is preferred or USD is acceptable.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This Alps hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most lunches are prepared on the trail by your guides. Breakfasts are commonly European buffet style spreads with local breads, meats, cheeses, fruit options, cereals and eggs. Dinners consist of German, Austrian or Italian cuisine and are a combination of set menu choices and ala carte menus throughout the trip. It is common in the Alps that restaurants do not allow large groups to order from al a carte menus, but we have negotiated this where we can and regardless there are always a few great options to choose from every night.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our prepared meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some destinations may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

Gear We Provide

We provide the following group gear which includes*:

  • Lunch boxes & utensils
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency Communication Device(s)

*Guests need to supply their own 30-45L backpack and trekking poles (if desired) on this trip.

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, backpack, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Luggage transfers have a limit of 45lbs/20kg on this trip and “extra” luggage items are not easily stored by our team. During portions of this trip, guests will need to transfer all luggage items by their own power through train stations and in other city situations (i.e. Venice). It is important that guests can be self sufficient in this duty by packing responsibly and having luggage that allows for easy transport.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel Munich, where we’ll conduct an introduction and orientation meeting at 8:00 AM on the first day of this trip, before boarding a 2-2.5 hour train departing at 10:00 AM. Most guests decide to arrive the day before the start date of this trip and plan to stay in a hotel near the Munich central train station (Hauptbahnhof) or at the Aloft hotel for convenience and to allow time for potential travel delays to not effect their ability to join the trip. Airport transportation is not included in this tour, but can be easily planned from the Munich Airport with multiple convenient options. Our Alps communications team will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, airport transportation, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to Munich

BOOKING FLIGHTS

The closest and easiest airport to fly into for this trip is Munich, Germany. It is best to plan arriving to Munich the day before the start date of this tour and stay at a hotel near the central train station (Hauptbahnhof).

We will meet you in the main lobby of the Aloft Hotel Munich at 8am on Day 1 of this trip’s itinerary. This hotel is just a block away from the central train station and allows our groups to meet in an easy to find location in a quieter atmosphere then the train station. After a brief introduction and orientation meeting, the group will walk together with all our luggage to catch a train departing at 10am to Füssen. You should arrive to this location with all needed items/luggage for your trip and be fully prepared to leave directly from the orientation meeting to catch our train without delays. (i.e. checked out of rooms, have eaten breakfast, etc.) An orientation meeting, train tickets, lunch, castle entry, dinner and accommodations are all included on Day 1.

Airport transportation is not included in the tour, but easily planned from the Munich Airport with multiple economical (public trains/buses) and convenient options (direct taxi).

Your departure flights can be scheduled for the final day of the tour from Venice, Italy at any time. Check-out from our final hotel is at 11am.

Flights to Munich and from Venice are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Munich/out of Venice from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Newark, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of flights is 10-30 hours normally with one or two stops.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guides

Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on all Alps trips as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Alps requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather in the Alps

The location of the Alps and their tremendous elevation variations lead to significant and sometimes unpredictable temperatures and weather patterns, both in different ranges and in a particular range itself. Due to the Alps’ location in central Europe, they are influenced by moist air off the Atlantic, cold polar air from northern Europe, fluctuating air masses; and warm Mediterranean air flows northward.

Due to these extraordinary forces acting on the Alps’ weather, we recommend following our clothing list closely (in your trip packet when you register), as guests are best served by being prepared for a broad range of possible temperatures and weather conditions.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Alps are:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
<4k ft
Peaks
4-6.5k ft
hi
low
hi
low
May
67°
56°
60°
40°
June
75°
63°
66°
45°
July
81°
68°
71°
49°
August
79°
67°
70°
48°
September
74°
63°
63°
43°

Accommodations

Accommodations

german hotel

HOTEL MÜELLER - HOHENSCHWANGAU

german hotel
1 NIGHT

This lodge is almost as picturesque as its surroundings. It is just minutes from the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and a perfect place to base the start of our trip.

Bavarian hotel in Halblech

LANDSGASTHOF ZUM HERZ

Bavarian hotel in Halblech
1 Night

This traditional Allgäu guesthouse has a long history and was rebuilt in 1829. The mixture of traditional Bavarian substance and design mixed with modern updates for our ease make this a comfortable stop on our way through.

Alpine hotel

HOTEL BLAUE GAMS

Alpine hotel
1 NIGHT

This beautiful mountain lodge is in a stunning setting, a spa & sauna for relaxing after a day of hiking.

Hotel in Olympic city of Seefeld, Austria

HOTEL DIANA

Hotel in Olympic city of Seefeld, Austria
1 NIGHT

This Austrian hotel is our first stop in Tyrolean hospitality. Their patio cafe is a great place to relax after a day of hiking with a beverage of your choice.

THE WEISSES ROESSL

1 NIGHT

This traditional hotel in the small village of Leutasch has been refurbished from a historic hotel that first started hosting guests back in the early 30’s (historic photo). The hotel has good views and a warm friendly staff.

city hotel Innsbruck

HOTEL ZACH

city hotel Innsbruck
1 NIGHT

This family run hotel is in a great location for exploring Innsbruck and is a comfortable place to spend a night along our way.

mountain hotel near creek

KRIMMLER TAUERNHAUS

mountain hotel near creek
1 NIGHT

This historic trail resting house was first mentioned as early as 1389 and still hosts hikers today. The mountain scenery, rich history and Austrian cuisine is what makes this accommodation so special. This lodging has private rooms with shared bathrooms.

Hotel at night

HOTEL BLITZBURG

Hotel at night
1 NIGHT

This family owned hotel is in the center of Bruneck and has easy access from the train station. They also have a sauna and wellness center for extra relaxation after a day of hiking.

Hotel near mountains

HOTEL PRAGSER WILDSEE - LAGO DI BRAIES

Hotel near mountains
1 NIGHT

This historic hotel sits at the edge of a beautiful emerald alpine lake enclosed by rocky peaks. It is a fantastic place to spend the night and take a rest. This lodging has private rooms with shared bathrooms.

Classic traditional hotel in the Italian Dolomites

HOTEL BRÜCKELE

Classic traditional hotel in the Italian Dolomites
1 NIGHT

This hotel sits near the green pastures of the Prato Piazza and has great views of the surrounding mountains. Their Finnish style sauna and wellness center make it easy to relax after a fulfilling day on the trail.

HOTEL SORAPISS

2 NIGHTs

This hotel is in the heart of the Dolomites near the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo and sits next to the picturesque Lake Misurina. It is a great place to base a few days of exploration and epic hiking from.

Venice hotel entrance

HOTEL AGLI ARTISTI

Venice hotel entrance
1 NIGHT

This 3 star hotel sits conveniently close to the Santa Lucia train station and near all the historic sites and canals Venice is known for. A perfect place to end our trip and explore this famous city from.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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