South Tyrol Guided Walking Holiday
A charming blend of Italian and Austrian cultures creating a unique alpine experience
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
- 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
- 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
Part of the larger Schenna Resort, the traditional Alpine styling of the Hotel Schwefelbad compliments the more contemporary public areas. This 4-star superior hotel offers a comfortable and high quality base for our walking holiday, with fantastic South Tyrol cuisine, beautiful elevated views over Merano and a range of great facilities, including an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an extensive wellness centre. Holidays at Schenna are Half Board with a large buffet breakfast and 4-course evening meal.
Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort.
Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.
Perched above the historic spa town of Merano, Schenna provides great access to a variety of mountain trails for all levels of walking. Nearby there are more leisurely orchard and vineyard walks enjoying magnificent views over Merano and more challenging Alpine routes dominated by the imposing peak of Ifinger. Further from Schenna, we can explore the plateaus and mountain lakes of the Texelgruppe and Schwemmalm. Choice of walks each day:
Easier Walks: 5 to 9 miles (8-14.5km), up to 1300ft (400m) of ascent in day
Harder Walks: 7 to 10 miles (11-16km), up to 3000ft (900m) of ascent in a day
Day 1: Arrival Day
Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to explore the Hotel and walk into the local town of Schenna followed by Wine Tasting and your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Merano 2000 Valley
These walks explore the upper valley and its peaks to the east of Schenna accessible from the Merano 2000 Cable Car.
Easier Walk: Using the Merano 2000 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 the 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800ft (240 metres) of ascent and 1500ft (450 metres) of descent.
Harder Walk: 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 to return passing mountain huts for refreshments throughout our journey. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 2300ft (690 metres) of ascent.
Day 3: Vigiljoch
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.
Easier Walk: 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. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 1000 ft (300 metres) of ascent.
Harder Walk: 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. 10 miles (16 km) with 1900 ft (570 metres) of ascent.
Day 4: Meranoer Hohenweg
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.
Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5 km) with 600ft (180 metres) of ascent and 1400 ft (420 metres) of descent.
Harder Walk: Ascending on the Texelbahn Cable Car we walk up to Ohrmknott (2258m) for amazing views of the western Merano Valley. After a decent we join the Meranoer Hohenweg to continue to enjoy the views and refreshments along the route. 8 miles (13 km) with 2600 ft (780 metres) of ascent and 3400 ft (1020 metres) of descent.
Day 5: Free Day
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 just relaxing in the Wellness Centre at the Hotel.
Day 6: Hochmuth and Dorf Tirol
The walks explore the upper areas of Dorf Tirol and its Castles.
Easier Walk: We walk from Vellau on the Meranoer Waalrunde above Dorf Tirol to the town centre enjoying views of Dorf Tirol and Merano. 5 miles (8 km) with 800ft (240 metres) of ascent and 1600ft (480 metres) of descent.
Harder Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5 km) with 1600 ft (480 metres) of ascent.
Day 7: Almenweg and Oberkirn
Taking the Hirzer Cable Car we walk along the Almenweg and Oberkin area to descend to the village of Verdins.
Easier Walk: Leaving the Hirzer Cable Car we walk to join the Almenweg, a contouring path in the shadows of Hirzer mountain. We take refreshments stops at the mountain huts and descend to Oberkirn to take the Cable Car to the village of Verdins. 7 miles (11 km) with 1000 ft (300 metres) of ascent and 2600 ft (780 metres) of descent.
Harder Walk: 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. 9 miles (14.5 km) with 1600 ft (480 metres) of ascent and 3100 ft (930 metres) of descent.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.
Schenna is an attractive village, with a rich history. The castle was built in the 14th Century; the village is still in the ownership of prominent aristocrats of Austrian heritage. Over the Centuries, the castle has been redesigned internally, and often extended to suit the current fashions. As a result, it has a variety of arts and culture housed within it and is well worth a visit. Amongst the many other activities and spa facilities that the town has to offer, there is also a mini golf course, which is just a short walk from the main town square and great for a small activity while spending a day relaxing.
A historical spa town with many attractions, the town is a short bus journey away from Schenna. The parish church of Merano, St. Nicholas Cathedral is located in the old town centre and first began being built in the early 14th Century. It was then expanded and finally finished in the 16th Century in a Gothic style. The façade of the Cathedral is decorated with headstones, an unusual feature. Another draw to Merano is the Kurhaus, a grand conference centre, features several exhibition and convention rooms, which often host a variety of events from trade fairs to dance events. The building is a very historic one, with an elaborate structure originally designed by a Viennese architect. The interior is also lavishly decorated with a large number of painting. The Bolzano Gate, Gunpowder tower and Princes’ Castle are also all worth a visit while in Merano.
Merano Thermal Baths
Thermal baths located in the town of Merano, which take advantage of the healing properties of the local mineral water. In time the baths have grown into a popular tourist attraction, with several baths and also health treatments on offer.
The botanical Gardens of Trauttmansdorf Castle are perfect to explore for the day, they are full of colourful and rare plants. Located in an amphitheatre, this interesting space provides an interactive visit, with experience stations, themed gardens and much more. The gardens can be reached on the local bus service.
Did you know?
Schenna has a population of just under 3000 people.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick or Manchester flights to Verona airport.
If you choose this option, we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.
The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 15 minutes to the Hotel Schwefelbad.
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. We recommend independent travellers meet our HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Verona airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £28.50.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.
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Dates & Prices
|5 Oct 2019||MSLCL - South Tyrol Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£1,299.00||Book Now|
|5 Oct 2019||MSLCL - Schenna & Limone Guided Walking - Without Flights||14||£2,249.00||Book Now|
|5 Oct 2019||
MSLCL - South Tyrol Guided Walking
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- Half Board en-suite accommodation
- A full programme of guided walks
- All walks transport
- Double room for sole occupancy: from £15 per night
- Discounts available for groups and under 18s
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person