Discover the highlights of the Alpe Adria, a 470-mile trail system from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. From the highest summits down to lush valleys, past mountain lakes and turquoise-green rivers, hike the trail's most beautiful stretches. Along the way, experience memorable landscapes, rich cultures, and local cuisines of three different countries - Austria, Italy, and Slovenia - and discover landmarks such as the Garnet Gate and mountaintop Sanctuary Monte Lussari. Wrap up in the Italian town of Trieste, with dazzling Adriatic Sea vistas - the perfect ending to an extraordinary trip.
Take in the best of the Alpe Adria, a 43-stage trail system through spectacular wilderness
Soak up the fascinating culture of three different countries, Austria, Italy and Slovenia
Enjoy postcard-worthy views of the Grossglockner summit, the turquoise Soca River, and the romantic seaside town Trieste
Start your journey in Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Austria, if not the whole Alps. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mozart's birthplace, and the setting for The Sound of Music movie, Salzburg has a charming baroque Old Town with a formidable fortress looming above. Meet with your group at 3pm for orientation and welcome dinner.
After a scenic 2-hour drive from Salzburg, reach Hohe Tauern National Park to take the inaugural hike amidst its alpine meadows and peaks. Enjoy a typical Austrian lunch and then transfer to the village of Heiligenblut at the foot of Grossglockner, Austria's highest peak at 12,461 feet - a perfect starting point for the Alpe Adria experience.
Hike the first stage of the Alpe Adria trail, beginning in the village of Heiligenblut and ascending towards the mighty Grossglockner and Pasterze Glacier. Wind your way through forests, past waterfalls, along lakes and on steep hairpin bends. End the hike with panoramic views from Franz Josef Hohe, and take a 40-minute shuttle ride back to the village. In the evening, try local dishes featuring lamb and beef, which is especially tender as local farmers take their cattle up to 6,000-foot-high alpine pastures.
Explore the area around Lake Millstatt, starting with a scenic hike to Steinerner Tisch, a massive stone table that sits 6,000 feet above the lake with stunning panoramic views. Legend has it that giants once lived in the grass-covered mountains here. Stop at the local high alpine farm to sample some of the products. In the afternoon, check into the hotel on the shores of Lake Milstatt, to enjoy a peaceful sunset and local wine grown in Italy, just on the other side of the mountain ridge.
Take in fabulous views as you climb the so-called Path of Love to the Garnet Gate, an impressive Cubist sculpture at the summit that overlooks Lake Milstatt. The hike across lush alpine meadows along the Millstätter Alpe Ridge is a feast for the senses. Afterward, enjoy freshly baked bread with local spreads and salami.
Today experience how the Alpe-Adria trail connects Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Leave Austria for a 1.5-hour drive to Italy, to hike uphill along the charming pilgrims' path to the church of Maria Lussari on Monte Lussari (5904'), and then towards a rocky amphitheater just below Cima del Cacciatore. After lunch with a view, return by gondola and do an enjoyable 1.5-hour hike in the woods along Laghi di Fusine, wrapping it up with gelato. Head towards Slovenia for well-deserved rest at the picturesque ski village of Kranjska Gora.
This morning, hike up to Vršic (5,738'), the highest mountain pass in Slovenia with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. On the climb along the scenic alpine trail, you might come across some mountain sheep. Later on, descend into the Soca Valley, following the stream of the turquoise-green Soca River to the town of Kobarid. Overnight in a charming villa.
Today hike in the Soca Valley, following the Soca River through unspoiled parts of Triglav National Park. Famous for the WWI Battle of Isonzo vividly described in Ernest Hemingway's novel, A Farewell to Arms, Soca is now known as a playground for hikers, cyclists, and water enthusiasts. After sampling local cheeses, end the day amongst the vineyards with some fresh-cut prosciutto and a glass of local red.
Last but not least, head back to Italy for a 4-hour hike in the Valley of Rosanda. This unique natural reserve is known for its karst landscape and mild Mediterranean climate. End the tour in Trieste, a fascinating city that has been on a crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and German culture for over 2000 years. For the final night together, enjoy a farewell feast of local Italian specialties.
Depart from Trieste Airport, or take a train, shuttle, or taxi to the airport in Venice.
We are one of a few, if not the only North American tour operator, to offer hikes along Europe's newest long-distance trail.
National Geographic has named the Alpe Adria trail across Austria, Slovenia and Italy one of the "World's Best Hikes."
Rejuvenate along the way at landscape-inspired lodgings with plenty of chances to unwind in heated pools, saunas, and Jacuzzis.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking 4 to 8 hours daily through spellbinding landscapes, en route visiting scenic villages and towns, and sampling local specialties.
Upscale city hotels, family-run inns, and alpine estates, all renowned for superb hospitality, full amenities, and top service.
The weather in the Alps is always unpredictable. We could encounter snow in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Bring layers and warm clothes.
You will be met at the airport by an MTS representative and transferred to our hotel in the center of Salzburg.
Please contact your guides at the phone number listed on the trip's Final Bulletin, sent to you 30 days prior to the trip's start date. Our guides will help you to join the group and arrange transfers if necessary.
Our Alpe Adria hike is much easier than our Tour du Mont Blanc trip. There is much less elevation gain and loss, and the days are shorter.
No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.
The food is healthy, delicious and diverse. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and choices of meat, and poultry. On night 7 we eat at Hisa Franko, rated one of the top 50 restaurants in the world by Diner's Club.
You are welcome to skip a day of hiking, but you must be willing to travel in our van along with the guide(s) as they support the group and transfer luggage to the next night's hotel.
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