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From Munich to Venice (self-guided)
This great journey through the central Alps will lead you from Munich to Venice across green mountain pastures, over rocky paths and lush forests. Crossing these mountain ranges allows you to admire the geological and cultural diversity of Alps over a short period of time and distance. On the cultural side, this exclusive trip will take you from Bavaria with its romantic architecture created by Louis Il of Bavaria to the eternal charm of Venice. As for nature, this unique journey is a magnificent hiking route, crossing the preserved and prestigious alpine massifs of Ammergau (Bavaria, Germany), Wetterstein (Garmisch, Germany), Karwendel (Tyrol, Austria), Venediger (Hohetauern, Austria) and Dolomites (Italy), from north to south. Three countries and regions and all so wonderfully divers! This self-guided hike is one of our greatest trips and will certainly have you falling in love with the Alps.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 160 km
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Activity level:
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From 3 to 6/7 hours of walking and/or 750 to 1250 m of positive altitude difference and 750 to 1500 m of negative altitude difference during the day.
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Duration: 12-14 days
Altitude gain: 2296 m
12 days of hiking - is a standard programme, but you can add extra days to see more
Departure dates - from June 20th to September 10th 2020. You can choose any!
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Some technical demanding passages, alternating paths and trails, snow may be possible at the beginning of the season, some trails may have handrails as a support.
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1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Travel pack
You will be provided with a travel pack, that includes printed maps, itinerary, a written roadbook, hotel lists, hotel vouchers, bus timetables and so on. Our guide book has some tips and insights about the destination. Don't worry, you won't get lost like Alice, but you will get to see your Wonderland in the Alps!

Moreover, we provide an app with the itinerary and GPS. And we have a hotline 24/7 in case anything happens on the trip. You will be safe and looked after.
Accommodation
During the trek you are offered the basic accommodation option (in comfortable guarded huts, in double rooms or in small dormitories, in hotels and guesthouses, in a double room, with bathroom in the room or on the floor). It is possible to upgrade accommodation in rooms on days 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 for 45 € extra per night.

It is also possible to upgrade to single room for 11 nights (Hohenschwangau Ettal, Mittenwald, Innsbruck, Krimmler Tauhernaus, Brüneck, Lac de Braies, Prato Piazza, Lac d'Antorno, Venice).
Meals
You will have a meal plan during the trek:
  • Half-board (breakfast and dinner) on days: 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Bed and breakfast on days: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 13
Lunch can be ordered from the hotels, you can prepare your own picnics or find a cozy cafe on your way. German and Italy were always about tasty food and family restaurants. We will also give you some recommendations about snacks to take with you and give you tips where to eat.
Transfers
You will have to travel by bus and by train during your journey. Bus and railway stations will be marked in the road book and you will have all the information needed about the bus stops along the way in the guide book. Nothing to worry of! Don't forget to take some small bills to pay for the tickets.

You will catch the following transport:
  • bus from Füssen to Hohenschwangau (around 2 €)
  • bus from Linderhof to Ettal (around 2 €)
  • train from Mittenwald to Scharnitz (around 3,20 €)
  • train from Hochzirl to Innsbruck (around 3,60 €)
  • train from Innsbruck to Krimml (around 26,20 €)
  • bus from Kasern to Brunneck (around 6 €)
  • bus from Brunneck to Lago del Cretta (around 6,50 €)
  • bus from lac d'Antorno to Auronzo hut (around 8 €)
  • bus from Auronzo to Cortina (around 10 €)
  • bus from Cortina to Venice (around 27 €)
How hard it is
The trek is not technically difficult, but you should have basic navigation skills and be prepared for a long day of walking (from 3 to 6/7 hours a day). There will be some demanding passages, alternating paths and trails, snow may be possible at the beginning of the season, some trails may have handrails as a support.

Previous experience in trekking is not required, but desirable. In any case, you won't be trekking in remote places, so you can ask for help in case you have lost your way. Remember: we have a hotline 24/7, so we will always be there when needed.
Luggage transport
The need of carrying your personal belongings for the night can be reduced to a minimum - we will transport your luggage between your stops on the route for you. You will only need to carry a small backpack with the necessary things for your day hike (lunch, snacks, water, rain jacket) and for staying the night in a mountain hut on the days 5, 7 and 10. You will have your luggage on the evenings of the following days: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14. This option gives you a chance to travel light, watch pretty views surrounding you and not thinking about your luggage. Sometimes a heavy bag can impair the enjoyment of a trekking experience, especially if it is a first try!

You may also choose the option not to have your bags transported for you and feel the true spirit of being a pilgrim!
To be paid on the spot
Along the trek there will loads of beautiful places we recommend to visit, but it's optional and not included in the trek price:
  • Castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein: 12 € Adult, 11 € Senior (+65 years), free of charge for under 18 year olds
  • Both Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein on one day: 23€
  • Linderhof Palace: 8,50 € Adult, 7,50 € Seniors (+65 years), free of charge for under 18 year olds
  • Monastery of Ettal: free of charge, visit of the brewery and distillery to be paid (must be reserved as a group)
  • Entrance fee for the Kristalltherme: around 12€ (just pools) or 17€ (pools and sauna), for 2 hours, towel (3€) or bathrobe (5€)
  • Partnach Gorges : 4€
  • Krimml Waterfalls: 3€
  • In Innsbruck, it depends on what you want to visit; the visit of the Silver Chapel: about 5€
  • In Venice, everything depends on how much time you have and on your plans.
Changes
It may be necessary for us to change the itinerary of the trip due to the organisational problems such as hotels that are fully booked, hiking paths that are destroyed due to landslides or are closed for other reasons. Please note that these changes are always made in your interest, for your safety and for your better comfort.
Equipment
Luggage
► A small, comfortable 40 L or 50 L backpack with hip belt to carry your personal belongings and picnic during the day
► For your luggage: only one piece of luggage per person, a backpack or a travel bag or a suitcase of max 15 kg

For hiking
► Comfortable and waterproof hiking boots with good soles
► Comfortable hiking socks (at least three pairs)
► A fleece jacket
► Comfortable trousers for hiking (synthetic material dries faster)
► Shorts, T-shirts and underwear (synthetic material dries faster)
► Shirt with long sleeves (synthetic material dries faster)
► Telescopic walking poles (makes hiking easier)

Note: Synthetic clothing is more suitable as it dries quickly. Merino wool is also good as it is very comfortable to wear and has the advantage that it does not take on the smell of sweat! (Brands: Icebreaker, Ruka, etc...). Avoid using cotton as it will keep you cold once it is wet and takes long to dry.

From Munich to Venice options to go

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With luggage transport
This option gives you a chance to travel light, watch pretty views surrounding you, not thinking about your luggage. Sometimes a heavy bag can impair the enjoyment of a trekking experience, especially if this one is a first try! The need of carrying your personal belongings for the night will be reduced to a minimum. You will only be carrying a small bag pack with the necessary things for the day hike on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14. On days 5, 7 and 10 you will be carrying some necessary things for staying the night in a mountain hut and you will have your luggage on the evenings of the following days: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14.

The price depends on the number of people travelling:
2 people - 1610 € per person
3 people - 1425 € per person
4 or 5 people - 1330 € per person
6 or 7 people - 1235 € per person
8 or 9 people - 1190 € per person
10 + people - 1165 € per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
from 1165 € per person
Without luggage transport
If you want to feel the true spirit of being a pilgrim, then we recommend you to choose the option not to have your bags transported for you. Light packers, practical and confident may also prefer this very option.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
1095 € per person
This self-guided hike is available only from June to September
Show dates
Departure dates: from 20 June to 10 September 2020. You can choose any convenient one in this time gap!

Options can be customized in terms of accommodation

You can upgrade to a higher class hotel or better accommodation conditions:
► Single room (subject to availability): + 495 € (possible on 11 nights Hohenschwangau, Ettal, Mittenwald, Innsbrück, Krimmler Tauhernaus, Bruneck, Lago di Braies, Prato Piazza, Lake Antorno and Venise)
► Night on day 7 in a comfortable hotel at the Krimmler Tauernhaus (half board) with spa: + 45 € per person (subject to availability)
► Night on day 10, in a 3* hotel in Prato Piazza (half board), with pool and spa: + 45 € per person (subject to availability)
► Nights of days 11 and 12 in a hotel at Lake Antorno (half board): + 45 € per person and night (subject to availability)
► Night on day 13, in Venice in a 3* hotel: + 45 € per person (subject to availability)
► Night on day 13, in Venice in a 4* hotel: + 60 € per person (subject to availability)
What's included
Accommodation with breakfast
6 dinners
Luggage transportation as described
Taxes
Travel pack
Printed maps, itinerary, a written roadbook, hotel lists, hotel vouchers, bus timetables and so on. Also you will be provided with an app with the itinerary, GPS and we have a hotline 24/7 in case anything happens on the trip
What's not included
Drinks
Lunches
7 dinners
Transfers
Entrance fees
Insurance
Everything that is not mentioned in "What's included"
Good to know
How do I get to Munich?
The best way to come is by train or by plane.

By plane


Flights with Lufthansa to Munich.

Low-cost- Airlines:
► Paris or Nice - Munich or Venice with Lufthansa
► Marseille or Nice - Munich with Eurowings
► Paris or Bruxelles – Venice with Ryanair
► Paris or Lyon – Venise with easyJet
► Bruxelles ou Lyon or Nice or Paris or Genève – Munich or Venise with Brussels Airlines
► Nice - Munich with Lufthansa

All airports have shuttles that take you to the central train station. In Treviso, ATVO buses take you to Venice Mestre station (1h10). You can easily take a train to Paris - Munich and a plane back to Venice - Paris.

By train
Arrival: train to Munich, then train to Füssen (about 2 hours) and bus to Hohenschwangau (10')
Return: train from Venice.

Find out about schedules and tickets:
- German Railway: +33 (0) 1 70 38 50 98 or under DB, there you will also find the bus timetables from Füssen to Hohenschwangau ("Hohenschwangau, Schwangau (Schlösser)" station
- Austrian Railway: ÖBB
- Italian Railway: Trenitalia

By car
Find you route with ViaMichelin, Mappy ou Google Maps.

Parking
In Hohenschwangau, Füssen or Munich....

But the best way is to come by train or plane! Otherwise, the return from Venice to Füssen by train takes about 10 hours, via Verona and Munich: in this case, take your time to return and visit Verona and Munich!
What clothes and gear do I need?
Luggage
► A small, comfortable 40 L or 50 L backpack with hip belt to carry your personal belongings and picnic during the day
► For your luggage: only one piece of luggage per person, a backpack or a travel bag or a suitcase of max 15 kg

For hiking
► Comfortable and waterproof hiking boots with good soles
► Comfortable hiking socks (at least three pairs)
► A fleece jacket
► Comfortable trousers for hiking (synthetic material dries faster)
► Shorts, T-shirts and underwear (synthetic material dries faster)
► Shirt with long sleeves (synthetic material dries faster)
► Telescopic walking poles (makes hiking easier)

Note: Synthetic clothing is more suitable as it dries quickly. Merino wool is also good as it is very comfortable to wear and has the advantage that it does not take on the smell of sweat! (Brands: Icebreaker, Ruka, etc...) Avoid using cotton as it will keep you cold once it is wet and takes long to dry.

For lunch
► Tupperware or plastic plate
► Cutlery (spoon, fork, knife)
► Water bottle with at least 1 litre

Against sun and rain
► Sun cream (high protection) and sunglasses
► Sun hat or cap/scarf
► Waterproof jacket
► Goretex pants

For the evenings
► Sneakers
► Spare clothes and underwear
► Sheet or sleeping bag
► Small wash bag
► First aid kit: personal medication, compeed patch, disinfectant, arnica and aspirin for minor injuries
► Swimsuit and towel

This list is only a guideline and must be adapted to the journey and the season at the beginning of the hike.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
All nationals of third countries, which have yet not reached a visa-liberalization agreement with the Schengen member states, need to obtain a Schengen visa prior of their arrival in Europe.

To check whether you need a Schengen Visa to travel to one of the Schengen member countries, here is the list of countries, citizens of which must apply for a Schengen Visa prior to their travel to the EU.
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