Hiking in the Italian Dolomites: Bolzano to Lake Garda (#2412)

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Saturday, July 13, 2024 - Wednesday, July 24, 2024




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Few areas of the world live up to their storied reputation as do the Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. These alpine peaks are aloof and staggering, yet have a warm and welcoming regional culture. This trip offers a rigorous trek as well as a relaxed cultural exploration of this wonderful region for 12 days in comfortable style. We will explore the historic city of Bolzano before journeying on an adventurous eight-day village-to-village trek that ends with two nights on the shore of beautiful Lake Garda. We'll then ferry across Lake Garda to the historic lakeside resort of Sirmione for a night. We'll stay in three-star or better hotels each night and dine on the delicious regional cuisine along the way. Our luggage will be transferred each day to the next destination, so our packs need only contain what we will need on the trail for that day. Bolzano is a lovely historic city nestled in a valley surrounded by the towering peaks of South Tyrolia. It is home to Otzi the Iceman, whose mummified bronze-age remains were recovered after spending millennia frozen in a nearby glacier. Above Bolzano is Messner's Firmian museum dedicated to life, art, and adventure in the alpine region. From here we will take a train ride to Merano to spend a day in this beautiful Tyrolean town, then begin our trek hiking southward through the legendary Dolomites to the next comfortable hotel. We will venture southward from Tyrolia into Trentino, surrounded by wildflowers, glaciers, historic architecture, and famous peaks. Once we reach the shores of Lake Garda, we're in for an Italian lakeside respite in the town of Riva del Garda with its gardens and waterfalls. We'll continue with a ferry ride to the far southern shore landing in Sirmione, another famous resort, which is home to a medieval castle and Roman ruins.

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Adult: $4,400 member / $4,500 non-member

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Steve Cohen has been an active AMC adventure travel leader since 2012. He has led 19 hiking/ trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations the Haute Route (from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), the Alta Via II through the Italian Dolomites, the tour of the Jungfrau region (Switzerland), Patagonia, the high mountains huts of Austria, etc. He lived in Europe for four years and is fluent in both French and German. Steve is chair of Adventure Travel.


I joined the Worcester Chapter in 1992, and it became my main source of adventure. I led hikes, backpacks, bike rides and ski trips. I graduated from Mountain Leadership School in 1993, and have held various chapter leadership positions, including Bike Chair, Chapter Vice-Chair, and Leadership Chair. I led my first AMC Adventure Travel trip (then know as Major Excursions) in 1999, a weeklong backpack in Colorado. Then in 2001 I led a two-week bike trip to North Norway for 10 friends.