Dolomites landscape from the Crespeina pass, Puez Odle, Italy © Thomas Staub, Pixabay

Alps landscape at the Gardena pass, Dolomites, Italy © Richard Frank, Pixabay

Hiking near the Kenzen pass, Bavaria, Germany © Johannes Braun

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany © Johannes Braun

Venice and its gondolas © Gerhard Bögner, Pixabay

From Munich to Venice

Guided tour • multiple accommodations 14 days • 13 nights • partial luggage transport
Germany | Austria| Italy
Level: Intermediate 3/5
Season: Late June to Mid September
Days: 14 
Cost: from S$ 3028

An extraordinary trip across the central Alps…

This exclusive crossing will take you from romantic Bavarian landscapes shaped by Louis II of Bavaria through the rough but beautiful Dolomites to the exquisite city of Venice. Explore the history while hiking through breath-taking landscapes!


This unique trip includes a wonderful hiking itinerary, across preserved and prestigious alpine massifs of the Ammergau (Bavaria, Germany), the Wetterstein (Garmisch, Germany), the Karwendel (Tyrol, Austria), the Venediger (Hohetauern, Austria) and all the Dolomites (Italy), from the North to the South.

Three countries and regions and all so wonderfully divers!

Highlights

  • One of the most beautiful passages of the Alps!

  • Departure and arrival in two incredible cities with a rich history

  • A route that leads you through different mountain ranges and different landscapes

  • Visit of the Neuschwanstein Castle of King Ludwig II

  • Climb up to Piz Boè at 3152 m, for those who wish to do it

  • Charming and cosy accommodation

Day 1 Munich – Füssen – Hohenschwangau
Day 2 Hohenschwangau – Kenzenhütte
Day 3 Kenzenhütte – Ettal
Day 4 Ettal – Schachenhaus (Königshaus), 1886m
Day 5 Schachenhaus – Leutasch
Day 6 Leutasch – Solsteinhaus
Day 7 Solsteinhaus – Innsbruck – Krimml
Day 8 Krimml – Krimmler Tauernhaus
Day 9 Krimmler Tauernhaus – Prettau, Ahrntal or Passo Delle Erbe
Day 10 Passo Delle Erbe – Refuge Genova (Schlüterhütte)
Day 11 Refuge Genova – Refuge Frara
Day 12 Passo Gardena – Refuge Boè
Day 13 Refuge Boé – Venice
Day 14 Venice

14 days, 13 nights
From Munich – Venice

Day 1 Munich – Füssen – Hohenschwangau / Germany (D, O/N Hotel) [3 hrs, +160m, -160m]
Arrival at Munich main station (Hauptbahnhof).
Transfer to Füssen by train. We leave the medieval city of Füssen (5 minutes’ drive) by bus and drive to the unreal and romantic world of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Visit of Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale castle of Ludwig II. Then, if the weather permits, a stroll to the lakes of Schwansee and Alpsee, and Hohenschwangau, the family castle.

Visit of Neuschwanstein Castle (to be paid on the spot).
Dinner in the city and night in a Hotel at Hohenschwangau. Daypack to carry.

Day 2 Hohenschwangau – Kenzenhütte / Germany (BLD – O/N Hotel) [6.5-7 hrs, +1120m, -685m]
Passing on the Marienbrücke, we walk up to the Jäger hut, at the foot of the Ammergau massif. An extraordinary leg awaits us and with a bit of luck we will see dozens of chamois in the incredible landscapes. The wild Ammergau massif will leave speechless with its incredible ridge lines and limestone needles standing tall in an abundant greenery.

Night in the Kenzenhütte. Daypack to carry.

Day 3 Kenzenhütte – Ettal / Germany  (BLD, O/N Hotel) [6 hrs (4.5-hrs skipping the ascent to the Scheinbergjoch), +500m, -850m; ]<
Ascent to the Lösertaljoch (1682m) then to the Scheinbergjoch (1764m, optional, depending on the weather) where many chamois frolic in the grass. From this pass you have a stunning view over the whole Linderhof valley to Ettal. Descent through the heart of the Ammergau to the castle of Linderhof, a small “Versailles” with the Moorish pavilion and the cave of Louis II. Transfer to the village of Ettal, and its superb Benedictine monastery.

Visit Linderhof (to be paid on the spot).

These first three days will provide an insight into the history of Ludwig II of Bavaria. The “Fairy-tale King” was a poet, friend of Wagner, a lover of architecture and culture but also of nature, which he loved to explore on the paths that we still walk today.

Night in a hotel with sauna close to the Benedictine monastery (or in Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Daypack to carry.

Day 4 Ettal – Schachenhaus (Königshaus), 1886m / Germany (BLD O/N Refuge) [5 hrs, +1150m]
We leave Ettal by bus and get off in Garmisch-Partenkirchen an Olympic city which lies at the bottom of Germany’s highest mountain: the Zugspitze (2.950m). We go on a short stroll through the city and get to see it’s beautifully painted house walls. Afterwards, we start our hike and walk through the gorges (Klamm) of Partnach and continue along the Kalbergsteig. We reach the path of the king and follow it until we get to the Schachenhaus (from 1,876m), an ancient hunting pavilion of Louis II of Bavaria. Climb up to the refuge with a bag carrying the necessary things for 2 days.

Night at the Schachenhaus. No showers. Bag pack with necessary things for 2 days.

Day 5 Schachenhaus – Leutasch / Austria (BLD O/N traditional hotel) [5.5 hrs, +550m, -1300m]
Crossing via a pass between Germany and Austria and walk to the Meiler hut on the border. Then scenic descent to the valley of Bergleintal, above the plateau of Leutasch.

Night in a traditional hotel in Leutasch. Bag pack with the necessary things for 2 days. In the evening you will find your bags in the hotel.

Day 6 Leutasch – Solsteinhaus / Austria (BLD O/N Refuge) [4-5 hrs, +10600m, -320m]
Transfer to Scharnitz, at the bottom of the massif of Karwendel (Tyrol), an alpine nature park and a protected limestone massif. Hike through the Giessenbach Valley to the Eppizirl Alm (1459m) (fromage blanc and cheese depending on the season) and crossing of the Eppzirlscharte (2072m) and descent to the refuge of Solsteinhaus. Possible alternative route via the Scharnitz Alm and the gorges of the Gleitschklamm.
Climb up (optional) to the Großer Solstein (2541m) from the refuge.

Night in the Solsteinhaus. Bag pack with the necessary things for 2 days.

Day 7 Solsteinhaus – Innsbruck – Krimml / Austria (BLD O/N Hotel) [3 hrs, -900m]
Descend to Hochzirl in the valley of Inn where we will take the train to Innsbruck. Here, we will explore the charming old city: Helbing House, the little golden roof, St Jacques’s Cathedral, beautiful museums like the Hofkirche that houses the cenotaph of Maximilien 1st and let’s not forget the possibility of having an Apfelstrudel with coffee… In the afternoon, transfer through the valley of Zillertal via Mayrhoffen and Gerlos to the beautiful waterfalls of Krimml which are among the largest in Europe. Light bag in the morning.

Daypack to carry in the afternoon. You will get the rest of your luggage in Innsbruck.
Free time to visit Innsbruck (transfer of about 80km).

Night in a hotel in Krimml. Daypack during the morning but you can leave your bag for the walk in the afternoon. In the evening you will find your bags in the hotel.

Day 8 Krimml – Krimmler Tauernhaus / Austria (BLD O/N Hotel) [4 hrs, +600m, -50m]
Hiking along the waterfalls in the spectacular valley of Krimmler Achental, we reach the alpine massif that separates the Austrian Tyrol from the former « Southern Tyrol ». After seeing the the highest waterfalls in Europe (more than 400m high) we walk to the Krimmltauernhaus.

*In the afternoon: You can rest or hike up a small valley that leads you to a glacier.
Night at the Krimmler Tauernhaus. Bag pack with the necessary things for 2 days.

Day 9 Krimmler Tauernhaus – Prettau, Ahrntal or Passo Delle Erbe / Italy (BLD O/N Hotel/ Dorm) [6.5-7 hrs, +1120m, -1090m]
Passage to Italy through the heart of the Austrian Alps, between the Zillertal in the west and the Großer Venediger in the east, via the Krimmler Tauern pass (or Birnlücke pass), one of the easiest passages to cross the very narrow Alps here. We follow the Venediger massif along the Krimmler, Prettau and Lahner glaciers (Kees).

Views of Großer Geiger (3360m), Gammsspitzl (2888m) and Venediger (3667m). We will follow part of the balcony of the Lausitzer path to discover South Tyrol (Italy). Descent to Prettau.

Night in a hotel in the valley of Ahrntal or via the Passo Delle Erbe (in the case of the latter night in a dorm). Bag pack with the necessary things for 2 days. In the evening you will find your bags in the hotel.

Day 10 Passo Delle Erbe – Refuge Genova (Schlüterhütte) / Italy (BLD O/N Refuge) [3 hrs, +380m, -100m]
Transfer to Passo delle Erbe (2003m), 1h (if night in the Ahrntal).
At the Passo delle Erbe, opposite the Gruppo della Putia, we start the great north-south crossing of the Dolomites at 2000m. We pass the Putia Pass* (2357m) which lies right in the heart of the Gruppo della Putia. Hiking around the Gruppo della Putia we reach the Genova hut (2297m).

* Optional ascent for those who want to hike to the Peitlerkofel (2875m) (+2h round trip. +/- 450 m).

Night in the Refuge Genova. Bag pack with the necessary things for 3 1⁄2 days.

Day 11 Refuge Genova – Refuge Frara / Italy (BLD O/N Refuge) [6.5 hrs, +960m, -1140m]
Crossing the Puez Natural Park via a small protected passage before arriving on the high plateaus, which are bordered by the splendid Vallunga canyon. At the Puez refuge (2475m) we will cross the plateau to the south and then descent to the Passo Gardena (2121 m) among the dolomitic peaks of the Cir opposite the Sella group.

Night in the refuge Passo Gardena. Daypack to carry.

Day 12 Passo Gardena – Refuge Boè / Italy (BLD O/N Refuge) [4.5-5 hrs, +970m, -220m]
The Passo Gardena (2121m) separates the Puez massif from the extraordinary Gruppo de la Sella. Very spectacular ascent to the Pisciadu refuge (2585m), a short passage, then to the Boè refuge, at 2871m, where we stop. The highest refuge of the tour. We will have time to climb up (for those who want) to the spectacular Piz Boè nearby (3152m).

Option hike up the Piz Boè: 1h30 to 2h. +/-280m
Night in the Boè hut. Daypack to carry.

Day 13 Refuge Boé – Venice/ Italy (BL O/N Hotel) [4 hrs, +260m, -1040m]
A crossing through the Sella Massif which its incredible landscape that makes you feel as if you were walking on the moon. Then we get to the Passo Pordoï (2239m) in the south of the massif. We continue to the foot of the highest peak of the Dolomites: the Marmolada, rising up to 3343m right on the shores of Lake Fedaia.

Later, you pick up your luggage and we travel by train to Venice, where we will spend the night: be ready for a stunning contrast between the mountains and the city!

Free time for dinner and night in a hotel in Venice. Daypack to carry. You will get your luggage back at the end of the hike.

Day 14 Venice/ Italy (B)
Stroll through Venice: visiting the palaces, walking along the canals and stopping at the St. Mark’s Square. This radiant and vibrant city will take your breath away.
End of the trip at the end of the morning.

We may sometimes have to modify the indicated itinerary somewhat: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of accommodation, duplication of groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly by the guide (weather, group level …). Trust us, these changes are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

From Munich to Venice – Guided
Tour Code: EUR-FMTV-G
LAND Price per person in SGD
Price is subject to changes without prior notice.

Dates (2020)Price
28 Jun – 11 July, 12-25 July3,158
02-15 Aug, 09-22 Aug3,188
06-19 Sep3,028

Single supplement: +$458
6 nights possible in single room in Hohenschwangau, Ettal, Leutasch, Krimml, Ahrntal valley and Venice (subject to availability)

Form your private group is possible from 6 people. Price may differ. Please contact us to get a quote.

Group: 6-14 pax
In the rare case of simultaneous registrations, the group may include one more person.

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation and meals (Day 1 till Day 14 Breakfast, except the dinner in Venice)
  • Internal transfer
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fee to the Partnachklamm
  • Reservation for the visits of the castles but not the entrance fee
  • Tourist taxes
  • Briefing before departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All  transfers except those mentioned in “includes”
  • Drinks
  • Visits & Entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Single supplement
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
More information

LEVEL 3/5
For good walker. Daily hikes of 3 to 7 hours. Altitude changes of 160 to 1150m depending on the hikes. Highest altitude: 2912m (if you choose to hike up to the Piz Boè: 3152m). The tour follows mostly main hiking trails but technical difficulties may occur.

LUGGAGE TRANSFER
The carrying of more than a daypack is kept to a minimum.
Days with “daypack”: 1, 2, 3, 14. You only carry a small bag pack with the necessary things such as your lunch, a bottle of water and a small first aid kit.
On the other days you carry the things you need for overnight stays in huts for 2 or 3 days. As the rest of your luggage is transported for you, you bag should not way more than 7kg
You will find all your luggage in your hotel room at the end of the following days: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14 You are responsible for transporting your luggage during the following transfers:
– D1: on the train from Munich to Füssen.
– D13: on the train from Belluno to Venice. The hotel in Venice is close to the station; you carry your
own luggage to the hotel.

ACCOMMODATION
Nights in dorms in guarded huts, in guesthouses or in hotels.
Single room possible but subject to surcharge and availability. 6 nights are possible in single rooms (Hohenschwangau, Ettal, Leutasch, Krimml, Ahrntal, Venice), but only 5 nights for the date in august where one night is spent in Utia di Börz.

FOOD
Full board from the dinner on D1 until the breakfast on D14, except the dinner on D13 in Venice. Warm breakfast and dinner, for lunch you will be having a picnic with local products during the hike

GUIDE
By a French mountain guide with a state diploma.

GROUP
6 to 14 people.
In the rare case of simultaneous registrations, the group may include one more person.

START / END
Start: Day 1 at 10h at the main station in Munich on platform no. 23
End: Day 14 in Venice at the end of the morning around 11 am

CONFIRMATION NOTICE
You will receive about two weeks before your departure, a confirmation notice specifying the time and place of the appointment, the name and contact information of the guide and the address of the first accommodation.

Extend your stay
Upon request we can book additional nights before or after the trip. Please note these bookings are non-refundable and the terms and conditions of the hotel apply.

DATES
At your convenience, from 28 June  to 06 September. Go out with friends or family at the dates that suit you. Customisation possible from 6 people. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible. Price may differ from the above cost.

Visits to be paid on the spot
On this trip the following visits have to be paid on the spot:
– Entrance fee to Neuschwanstein Castle, around 13 €.
– Entrance fee to Linderhof Palace, around 8, 50 €.
– King’s House on Schachen, around 5 €.
– Ettal Abbey, free of charge.
– In Innsbruck, it depends on what you want to visit. Hofkirche: around 5 €.
– In Venice, it depends on the weather and what you want to see
A budget of 30 to 35 € per person is realistic.
These prices are just a suggestion and might change (prices of 2019).

Getting There

Arrival

In your luggage

Equipment

Clothing

Hiking pants Short (1 swimsuit in case) Breathable or merino wool t-shirts “Breathable” or Merino wool long boxer shorts Fleece or sweater Windbreaker or Goretex jacket Raincoat + gaiters or pants Goretex type + a bag cover A pair of gloves and a lightweight hat Hat or cap Hiking socks (double layer, with loops … 1 pair per day) Hiking shoes (seasoned) A change of clothes for the evening Spare shoes for the evening

Miscellaneous equipment

Toiletry bag Towel (quick drying, sold in specialized shop) Sunglasses and sunscreen Water bottle or thermos (1.5L minimum) Knives and cutlery A hermetic plastic box as a plate for your picnics Cup for coffee Personal medications (analgesic, bandages …) Headlamp or flashlight A sleeping bag liner (cloth-bag) and a pillowcase (the lodgings provide the blankets) Two telescopic sticks (highly recommended) / trekking poles Identity card or valid passport

Baggage

A comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 liters for your day’s necessities (warm clothing, a raincoat, water-bottle, box and cutlery for picnics, sunscreen and identity papers) and a little room for picnics and snacks.