South Tyrol Guided Walking Holiday

Südtiroler Bergdorf Schenna bei Meran
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,549pp with flights

Enjoy this beautiful region, where Italy meets the Alps. An Alpine-Mediterranean climate awaits with a host of fantastic mountain walks, as well as a harmony of Italian flair and Tyrolean tradition. Perched above the historic spa town of Merano, Schenna provides great access to challenging trails and leisurely vineyard walks. There is also the chance to explore the plateaus and mountain lakes of the Texelgruppe and Schwemmalm.  The Merano valley is an impressive walking destination, geared up for all levels of walking, with high balcony paths looking out over the valley offering spectacular views, and lower wooded paths, more shaded and very pleasant in warm weather. As is common in the Alpine regions, there is an extensive network of cable cars allowing access to these more challenging and exciting walks, and huts to enjoy a hot chocolate in at the end of the day. The South Tyrol region has a long and fraught history, having passed between Austro-Hungarian and Italian rule several times until it was finally annexed by Italy at the end of the First World War.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the beautiful Merano Valley, once the destination of choice for Austrian royalty
  • Enjoy Alpine scenery and a host of superb walking trails
  • Explore the pretty town of Merano, famed for its spa and art nouveau architecture
  • The Tirolean-styled village of Schenna offers a charming base
  • Relax in comfort and enjoy great South Tyrol cuisine at the Hotel Schwefelbad

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • Transfers to and from Verona Airport (see travel tab)
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – extensive buffet breakfast and 4-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Schwefelbed. Unpack and settle in.


These walks explore the upper valley and its peaks to the east of Schenna accessible from the Merano 2000 Cable Car.

Option 1 - Piffing and Kreuzjochl

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Using the cable car we ascend to explore the Piffinger and Kirchsteiger Valley. On good tracks, we head to the Meranoer Hut for refreshments and then, on a gentle ascent we go to the Spieler ridge for views of Merano valley and the mountains to the east. Descending then through open forest we head to Falzeben with more refreshment opportunities at local mountain huts and take a second gondola lift to return.

Highlight: Enjoy views down the Merano valley.

Option 2 - Grosser Mittager

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

In summary: On good paths and tracks we ascend to Kesselberg Col (2280m) and Grosser Mittager (2422m) for views of Ifinger and Hirzer plus the mountains to the east. We then descend through the Piffinger and Kirchsteiger Valley passing mountain huts for refreshments throughout our journey.

Highlight: Ascend Grosser Mittager for fabulous views across the valley.


These walks circumnavigate the Vigiljoch mountain area above Lana to see views of the three Merano Valleys, the North, South and West in one day.

Option 1 - The Merano Valleys

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: Leaving the cable car we head up to the Barenbad Alm for morning refreshments and views of the southern Merano Valley. From here we continue to see the small church on Monte St Vigilio and our second view of the western Merano Valley. Then after a visit to the lake “Schwarze Lacke” for more refreshments we head back on the Panoramaweg to see the northern Merano Valley.

Highlight: Schwarze Lacke, a lovely refreshment spot.

Option 2 - The Merano Valleys and Naturnser Boden

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We visit Barenbad Alm on our ascent to Naturnser Boden a mountain plateau offering great views of the southern Merano Valley. Then onto the Naturnser Alm hut for refreshments and views of the western Merano Valley to then head back visiting Mount St Vigilio and the “Schwarze Lacke” to take the Panoramaweg to see the northern Merano Valley.

Highlight: Ride the Vigilio cable car, the second oldest in Europe.


The walks follow the Meranoer Hohenweg “High Way” in the western Merano Valley. Beginning near Partchins we ascend and head along the contouring path to descend to Naturns.

Option 1 - Meranoer Hohenweg to Naturns

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Ascending on the Texelbahn Cable Car we walk on the Meranoer Hohenweg heading west. With opportunities for refreshments throughout the day we enjoy the views of the valley and across to Vigiljoch.

Highlight: Incredible views on this walk.

Option 2 - Ohrnknott, Meranoer Hohenweg to Naturns

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

Total descent: 3,400 feet (1,020m)

In summary: Ascending on the Texelbahn Cable Car we walk up to Ohrmknott. After a decent we join the Meranoer Hohenweg to continue to enjoy the views and refreshments along the route.

Highlight: Climb Ohrmknott at 2,258m for amazing views of the Merano Valley.


There are plenty of places to explore on the free day. Choices include visiting Merano with its thermal spa and botanical gardens all accessible on frequent public transport. Other options are a gentle walk in the local area visiting Schenna or relaxing in the wellness centre at the hotel.


The walks explore the upper areas of Dorf Tirol and its Castles.

Option 1 - Vellau, Meranoer Waalrunde, Dorf Tirol

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We walk from Vellau on the Meranoer Waalrunde above Dorf Tirol to the town centre enjoying views of Dorf Tirol and Merano.

Highlight: Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Option 2 - Hans Freden Felsenweg, Vellau and Dorf Tirol

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: From the Hochmuth Cable Car we follow the Hans Frieden Falsenweg for great views and refreshments at Leiter Alm. Descending then in a single person cable car we walk from Vellau on the Meranoer Waalrunde above Dorf Tirol to the town centre.

Highlight: Incredible views over the valleys and of the mountains above.


Taking the Hirzer Cable Car we walk along the Almenweg and Oberkin area to descend to the village of Verdins.

Option 1 - Almenweg to Oberkirn

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: Leaving the Hirzer Cable Car we walk to join the Almenweg, a contouring path in the shadows of Hirzer mountain. We take refreshment stops at the mountain huts and descend to Oberkirn to take the cable car to the village of Verdins.

Highlight: Verdins is a beautiful village full of character. Visit it at the end of your walk.

Option 2 - Upper Almenweg to Oberkirn

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

Total descent: 3,100 feet (930m)

In summary: From the Hirzer Cable Car we head south for views of Ifinger mountain and then join the upper part of the Almenweg and contour beneath Honigspitz and Hirzer north. Taking refreshments on our journey we descend to Prenn and Oberkirn to take the alternate cable car to Verdins.

Highlight: Marvel at the delightful views on this fabulous walk.


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Schwefelbad - South Tyrol

Part of the larger Schenna Resort, the traditional Alpine styling of Hotel Schwefelbad compliments the more contemporary public areas. This 4-star superior hotel offers a luxurious base for our walking holiday and in the 2018 HF Holidays Hotel Awards received the Best European Hotel accolade.  The five course evening meals are of an exceptionally high standard.  With beautiful elevated views over Merano and a range of great facilities, including an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an extensive wellness centre, this hotel is sure to impress.  

Rooms

There are 60 comfortable and well appointed rooms with fabulous views.  All rooms feature:

  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Air Conditioning

Facilities

As a guest you will be able to enjoy the use of:

  • An outdoor and indoor swimming pool
  • Extensive wellness centre with saunas, emotion showers and relaxation areas
  • Well stocked bar with inside and outside seating areas perfect for an evening cocktail
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Schenna are half board including breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast is an extensive buffet with an impressive selection of hot and cold options as well as home-made pastries.

A 5-course meal is served each evening with options for each course.  Enjoy large salad and pasta buffets and select your starter, main course and dessert from the a la carte menu.

Cheese and biscuits are available on request.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.  Or you can just relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2019
05 Oct - 19 Oct 2019 Itinerary £1,549 Unavailable
2020
23 May - 30 May 2019 Itinerary £1,649 Available Book Now
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Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £20 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from Gatwick. Flight supplement from Manchester: £90
  • Indenpendent travellers can join our transfer from Verona Airport: £30.50 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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