Hiking in the Italian Dolomites: Bolzano to Lake Garda-section II (#2416)

Date and Time

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - Wednesday, June 19, 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.

AMC Trip Policy


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

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Adults (18+)


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Rami is an active AMC leader with Adventure Travel, Bicycle, Ski, & Family committees. He travelled throughout the Alps region on several trips for hiking, bicycle touring, sightseeing, Boston Marathon, & Ironman Switzerland. He has been on extended trekking & bicycle tours through the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Coast, Rocky Mountains, Japan, France, & Germany.


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Beth Zimmer is an active hike leader and instructor. She leads for AMC Adventure Travel, August Camp and the NH Chapter. Beth also serves on the AMC Board of Directors, as Regional Director North. She has hiked all of the NH 4K's in all four seasons, hiked all of the trails in the AMC White Mountain Guide and has completed the NH500 highest. Favorite highlight trips for her include visiting Peru and Machu Picchu, hiking in the Swiss Alps and hiking Hadrian's Wall Path in the UK.