Bergamo to Innsbruck

A Hiking Adventure Across Four Countries

Overview

Join us for a four-nation odyssey of superb day hikes in the Alps—and in true WT style, we’ll cross all the international borders on foot! Our route traces a path through the terraced vineyards of northern Italy’s Valtellina region, famed for its viticulture since Roman times, and into Switzerland’s sunny Engadine Valley, with its ice-blue skies and snow-dusted peaks. Crossing trails in the tiny country of Liechtenstein, a land of mountain panoramas and turreted castles, we make our way into the grand Alps of Austria on the ridgetop Eschnerberg Trail, with vistas into the Rhine Valley. As we hike from country to country, we’ll enjoy Romanesque architecture and ancient spa towns, and sample mouth-watering culinary delights and wines from four different countries, with a special wine tasting at the renowned cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Bergamo, Italy / Valcamonica / Bormio

After exploring medieval Bergamo in the foothills of the Italian Alps, we head into the green Valtellina Valley to see the World Heritage-listed petroglyphs at Valcamonica. Our first mountain hike brings us to the alpine town of Bormio, a hot springs spa since Roman times.

Gombit Hotel
Bergamo, Italy
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Bagni Vecchi
Bormio, Italy
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-7
Livigno, Valle di Fraele / Engadine, Switzerland / Davos

Our hike in the Valle di Fraele leads to a wonderful “alm,” a mountain chalet where cattle graze, and past sparkling lakes to the village of Livigno, set close to the Swiss border. Hiking into the pristine wilderness of Swiss National Park, we head by train to Davos, take a funicular ride to our hotel, then set out on a breathtaking ridge hike up to Weissfluhjoch (8,835').

Hotel Spol
Livigno, Italy
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Hotel Crosal
Livigno, Italy
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Schatzalp Snow & Mountain Resort
Davos, Switzerland
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-9
Liechtenstein / Vaduz

Crossing the Liechtenstein border on foot, we walk up to the 12th century Gutenberg Castle for sweeping views. We’ll hike peaceful trails that link tiny Liechtenstein’s villages, farms, and forests, and explore Vaduz, the capital, with its atmospheric castle perched on a hill. The Prince of Liechtenstein resides here, and we’ll savor dinner and a tasting at his winery.

Residence Hotel
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Days 10-12
Innsbruck, Austria

Hiking into Austria, we follow the Eschnerberg Trail to the enchanting medieval town of Feldkirch set right on the border between Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. In marvelous Innsbruck, a funicular carries us up a mountain for our last hike, where we’ll make a farewell toast to our journey with a crisp Austrian ale. Depart on Day 12.

Penz Hotel
Innsbruck, Austria
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Unique hiking journey through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria, crossing borders on foot
Wine tasting, delicious meals at agriturismos and family farms
Terraced vineyards, tiny alpine villages, the snowy peaks of the Alps
Medieval Bergamo, Innsbruck’s architectural gems, the spa town of Bormio, renowned for its hot springs
Superb accommodations, from an atmospheric spa hotel to a mountain-top aerie we reach by funicular

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6995  
Arrive: Bergamo, Italy
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 2-5 hours a day, altitudes up to 8,800 feet, van support