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From Lake Garda to Venice Self-guided Walking Tour 8-days Level 2
Mountains and Lakes, Grappa and Palazzi
From the north shores of Lake Garda you walk along ancient pilgrim routes through the rock deserts of the Sarca-valley down into the Etsch-valley to Trento. From there you proceed into the wonderfully quiet valley of Valsugana, which was already utilised by the Romans along the Via Claudia in order to reach the Adriatic Sea. Here you come across imperial spa towns and historic forts, busy village centres invite you to an adventurous exploration. You experience the Lake Garda mountains, the Vizentiner Alps, the high summits of the Cima Dodoci, you walk through an open-air art exhibition and get to know the rivers Brenta, Sile, Sarca and Etsch. Glistening lakes and high mountains are your constant companion. The high-altitude paths above the Brenta-valley guide you downhill into the wine-growing region of Bassano del Grappa. Through the impressive river landscape of the Sile Nature Park you reach the lagoon region of the UNESCO – World Heritage Site Venice
You walk along diverse hiking paths and trails, partly on gravel roads and forest paths. Only a few sections are rocky and narrow, otherwise the paths run on easy terrain and are nice to walk on. Nearly everywhere you have a choice of a shorter and easier option. The routes lead you on nice paths along rivers, lakes and through forests, often you walk high above a valley and enjoy unique long-distance views
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Arrival in Riva del Garda
Discover the beautiful historic centre of Riva and enjoy a cappucino on the Piazza at the shore. The Southern flair on mild summer evenings gets you in the right mood for the days to come.
Riva del Garda – Pietramurata, 'Rock Desert Marroche‘ 4hrs 13km | +300m -150m
In Ceniga you start your hiking tour and proceed through the vines of the Sarca-valley. Soon you come to a giant rockfall area, which resembles a rock desert. With a view onto Lago di Cavedine you walk past fruit and vegetable fields into the little village of Pietramurata surrounded by the highest walls of rock of the Lake Garda mountains in the Sarca-river valley.
Pietramurata – Trento, 'High above the Etsch-valley‘ 4.5hrs 13km | +400m -650m
By bus along the renowned Castello di Toblino into the 'Valley of Lakes‘ and then hiking to Lago Terlago, the trailhead for the high-altitude path of Saint Vigil. Remote forests and karst-plateaus take you uphill to the ancient fortress and bulwarks. Fabulous views down into the Etsch-valley and onto the Dolomites followed by a descent to Trento, where you enjoy a visit to the historic centre with numerous churches and Palazzi.
Trento – Levico Terme, 'Val Sugana and Lago di Levico’ 3.5 to 4hrs 12km | +250m -250m
A short train journey and walk to the romantic centre of Pergine. Then via the historic Roman road Via Claudia Augusta leading you above the giant Lago di Caldonazzo and then onwards to Lake Levicosee. The idyllic lakeside path invites you to a refreshing dip into the warmest Italian Alpine lake before you reach the neat spa town of Levico.
Levico Terme-Spa – Borgo Valsugana, 'Nature art in front of Alpine backdrop‘ 5hrs 16km | +450m -650m
Today a wonderful high-altitude hiking tour is planned for you across alpine pastures framed by high scarps. Accompanied by waterfalls and roaring mountain streams you reach the impressive open-air nature art exhibition. Via the Sentiero Don Cesare to the mountain hut Cipriani where you take a break overlooking the steep mountain prongs below. A spectacular steep path takes you to Borgo Valsugana with its initial Venetian bridges and pergolas.
Borgo Valsugana – Bassano del Grappa, 'Alta Via del Tabacco‘ 4.5hrs 13km | +500m -550m
Ascent to the Alta Via del Tabacco, a fabulous high-altitude path situated above the Brenta-valley. Via the San Bovo hermitage you get back to the valley floor and continue now leisurely along the green river Brenta. You cross the famous bridge Ponte Vecchio and reach your days end at Bassano del Grappa.
Bassano del Grappa – Venice/Mestre, 'Sile Nature Parc‘ 5hrs 20km | +20m -20m
You walk across wooden bridges and footbridges into the nature park of the river Sile, the renowned cycling route Munich-Venice finally leads you into your end destination Quarto d´ Altino. By train to your final destination on the mainland, Venice with excellent bus connections to the lagoon city. As a finale of the holiday a small Grappa-sampling awaits not far from St. Mark’s Square!
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