Walking the Italian Dolomites and Slovenia, plus Venice

Tour Highlights

On this unique walking tour we will experience incredible mountain ranges, lush valleys, pristine lakes and stunning coastlines!
Designed for the avid walker, on most days there will be a choice of two walks, ranging from 7 - 15 km with ascents of 150m - 500m, led by experienced hiking guides on good paths (which are sometimes rocky underfoot).  

The Italian Dolomites comprise a small section of the Alps and are renowned for their iconic peaks. These bizarre formations have been sculpted over the course of their 250 million-year history by wind, water and ice, and are an enchanting show of colour that magically changes throughout the day as the sun moves.  

Slovenia is a country known for its breathtaking natural beauty - endless green valleys, limestone cliffs and sparkling lakes.  We will explore the area of fairy-tale Lake Bled, Triglav National Park and the capital, Ljubljana, before we head to Piran on the coast.  From our base here we will discover wonderful national parks, cliff trails with spectacular views of the Adriatic and beautiful beaches.

We finish our tour with “off the beaten path” walking tours in Trieste, Venice and the island of Burano - one of the most colourful places in the world.

Tour Highlights:

   • The iconic Dolomites
   • Lago (Lake) di Braies
   • Three Peaks Walk
   • Mount Elmo and Carniche Alps
   • Lake Bled (Slovenia)
   • Vintar Gorges
   • Tamar Valley
   • Triglav National Park
   • Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia
   • Strunjan Nature Park
   • The spectacular Adriatic Sea
   • Trieste, port city on the Italian coast
   • Off the beaten path sightseeing in Venice and Burano

* Those participating on this walking tour must be able to complete up to 8 km of walking on varied terrain.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Innsbruck, Austria via Vienna.
We arrive in Innsbruck, and transfer to our hotel in the picturesque village of Dobbiaco, Italy - the “Gateway to the Dolomites”. Situated on a high plateau, it has spectacular views of the Dolomite range. This afternoon we will have a guided orientation tour.
We walk from our hotel and meander through Tyrolean villages, which feature local old chapels and churches, each with their own unique frescoes.
Today’s walk features beautiful Lago di Braies. As we walk around this picturesque lake we will see the stunning colours of the mountains reflected on its surface. We will also see the famous wooden chalet at the foot of the lake and unique timber rowboats.
The Three Peaks (“Tre Cime”) is one of the most iconic symbols of the Dolomites. The three jagged peaks dominate the landscape and are an unmistakeable landmark that can be seen for miles around. Today’s route takes us toward the peaks of Cime Nove and Cime Ganda, to San Candido and along an old military route from the First World War, with fortifications and gun emplacements from that period.
Today’s route takes us along the crest of the Carniche Alps, starting with a cable car ascent up the 2014m Mount Elmo. From the summit, we follow an old military supply trail to the Sillianerhutte refuge in Austria, with spectacular views over the Austrian Alps. The descent will be by cable car with wonderful views of the Dolomites.
We travel through Austria to Bled, Slovenia where we will have an afternoon tour of this picturesque town, including a visit of medieval Bled Castle.
Today we will walk the amazing Vintar Gorges, along a wooden walkway that criss-crosses the swirling Radovna River over rapids, waterfalls and pools before reaching Sum Waterfall. We then return to Bled in the afternoon and enjoy a leisurely boat tour on the lake with a stop at the central island.
First we will see Planika - a ski jumping facility where annual winter competitions are held. Then we will walk the Tamar Valley where we can taste a local dish or enjoy a coffee. We continue our walk toward the end of the valley, with stunning views of massive limestone cliffs.
We take a short bus ride to the Bohinj Lake region in Triglav National Park where we will walk in two groups with varied levels of difficulty. We then take a cable car up to reach a different summit with awe-inspiring panoramic vistas.
We depart for Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The city’s history has been influenced by its geographical position - the doorway to the Slavic world and the window to Germanic and Latin cultures. After a morning tour of Ljubljana we continue to the charming town of Piran on the Slovenian coast.
Today we enjoy a fantastic loop walk between the amazing coastline and the inviting Mediterranean countryside covered in olive groves. This walk offers extraordinary views of Croatia’s Istrian peninsula and the coast of Italy. We arrive in Strunjan Park with an opportunity to extend the walk along the coast atop high cliffs offering superb views of the Adriatic Sea. Then we will visit Strunjan Beach for a refreshing swim.
We travel by coach to Trieste where we will have a walking tour of the back streets and canals of this lovely Italian port city on the Adriatic. We then continue to Mestre for a 2-night stay.
Our expert guide will take us on an “off-the-beaten-path” tour of Venice, followed by a visit of the picturesque island of Burano, adored worldwide for its brightly coloured fishermen's houses. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
We fly direct from Venice to Toronto.

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