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Alpe-Adria Trail / self-guided +

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL:
the Three-Nation Loop

MaroWays durata 8 days/7 nights
MaroWays lunghezza 128 km in 7 stages
MaroWays difficoltà hard

Book your trail from 690,00 €

Discover Italy, Austria and Slovenia on foot
Feel the path under your feet and go: this is the Alpe Adria Trail’s most iconic adventure! A borderless journey to the verdant heart of Europe, through Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Step by step, you will get back to Nature, passing thorough landscapes that change seamlessly between different scenery, different cultures, and different traditions.

MaroWays Wanderfull view of a flower meadow in the mountains
MaroWays Panoramic pathway around Fusine lakes near Tarvisio

Alpe Adria Trail: hiking in the Garden of Eden

The Alpe Adria Trail is a long-distance, cross-border journey which passes through Austria, Slovenia and Italy. A spectacular trek which begins in the Alps and goes all the way to the sea, linking together three nations over a total of 43 successive walking stages and 750 km. Travellers walk from Carinzia (Austria) at the foot of the Grossglockner, pass through Slovenia and descend into the heart of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, through the Natisone Valleys and the Triestine Karst, all the way to Muggia on the Adriatic coast. It’s a journey that must be enjoyed at a slow pace, to allow us to get back to nature and lose ourselves in the pleasure of walking.

Route and details of the trail

MaroWays ritrovoStarting point Tarvisio
MaroWays ritrovoFinish of the trail Tarvisio
Duration 8 days/7 nights
Distance 128 km in 7 stages
Difficulty hard / self-assessment hiking form
Note self-guided
Availability from May to September with departures every day
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Self-guided program

Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Meals included dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Highlights of the day

MaroWays View of the mountain city Tarvisio
Arrival in Tarvisio

Your adventure begins in Tarvisio, where you will spend the first night. Welcome to one of the most important mountain towns in all of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Surrounded by the Julian Alps and boasting extensive valleys and forests, the town has a modern look but also a playful soul, and is full of traditions just waiting to be discovered. A natural passage and a crossroads of cultures, Tarvisio is a place where Adriatic, Slavic and Latin traditions all come together. Boasting a charming historical centre and equipped with all necessary amenities for tourists, this town is the perfect starting point for your trail. Half-board accommodation in Tarvisio.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom

Daily hiking information

Distance 18,5 km
Elevation + 982 m; - 353 m
Walking hours 7:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Spectacular Fusine lakes near Tarvisio
Tarvisio – Mountain hut Zacchi

The first stage of the trail will take you to the Fusine Lakes basin, one of the most fascinating places in the whole Friuli Venezia Giulia region. You will set out from Tarvisio following the Alpe Adria cycle track and the course of the River Slizza until you reach these splendid glacial lakes, set in a spectacular Alpine amphitheatre. The environment is perfect for travellers looking for silence and contemplation, with the tops of the spruce trees and the peaks of the Mangart mountains reflected in the crystalline waters. A magical place inhabited by migratory birds, deer, roebucks and chamois. An easy path takes you through dense forests of red spruce to the lower lake and the upper lake, after which you will start to ascend towards the charming Zacchi mountain hut where you’ll spend the night, filled to sleep by the silence of the park. Half board accommodation in a shared room in the mountain hut.

Day 3

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 16,2 km
Elevation + 618 m; - 1187 m
Walking hours 6:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Alpe-Adria Trail leads through the Zelenci Natural Reserve near Kranjska Gora
Mountain hut Zacchi – Kranjska Gora

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to get back on the road in search of another adventure. Today’s stage will take you to Slovenia, passing through places that have become famous thanks to their natural beauty and their important role in winter sports. The path winds its way in front of the impressive Planica ski jumping hills and the VItranc resort where the Ski World Cup is held. Next, the route emerges in Zelenci Nature Reserve, which boasts a number of fountains and an emerald-green lake which offers wooden suspension bridges to be explored. The stage finishes in Kranjska Gora, an attractive and lively mountain town. Offering ample wellness facilities, this town is also the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries before continuing your adventure. Half-board accommodation in Kranjska Gora.

Day 4

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 21,4 km
Elevation + 1398 m; - 1290 m
Walking hours 8:30 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view of the lake Faaker See in Austria
Kranjska Gora – Faaker See / Baumgartnerhohe

The time has come for us to set foot in Austria – to be more precise, in Carinzia: a land of mountains, verdant valleys and turquoise lakes. Ahead of you is another exciting day in this region of parks and waterfalls which the famous British chemist Sir Humphry Davy described in the 1800s as the most beautiful place in Europe. From Kranjska Gora, the itinerary follows the course of River Sava towards the Karawank mountain range. An old frontier path with spectacular views takes you to Jepzasattel, a mountain pass which rewards you with truly breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. The endpoint of the stage is Baumgartnerhohe hill, next to the arena of Finkenstein Castle, at the foot of which we can find Faaker See, an iridescent lake. Half-board accommodation in Baumgartnerhohe.

Day 5

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 15 km
Elevation + 77 m; - 498 m
Walking hours 4:15 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty medium

Highlights of the day

MaroWays View of the city Villach in Austria
Faaker See / Baumgartnerhohe – Warmbad / Villach

The itinerary takes you first of all towards the Faaker See, the fifth largest lake in Carinzia. Famous for its turquoise colour, the lake presents a perfect opportunity to go swimming or enjoy some water sports. During your journey, you will pass by the fascinating ruins of Finkenstein Castle which reigns supreme over the valley. In summer, this lavish historical monument hosts a variety of cultural events, lending a unique ambience to all kinds of shows. Next, you will reach the wetlands of the Faak, with its wide variety of plants and animals, and the idyllic woodland path of Dobrova. After a brief walk along River Gail you will drive into Warmbad, the endpoint of today’s stage. We’re already in the outskirts of Villach, in a district of the city famous for the therapeutic properties of its thermal waters. Here, you can reward yourself with some well-deserved relaxation in one of the pools and saunas at Karnten Therme. Bed and breakfast accommodation in Warmbad.

Note: You also have the option of spending the night in Villach in a B&B, or in a 5* hotel with wellness facilities (supplement applies).

Day 6

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 19,9 km
Elevation + 222 m; - 157 m
Walking hours 6:15 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Grazing cows in the mountains
Warmbad / Villach – Feistritz an der Gail

Warmbad isn’t just famous for its thermal waters, but also for its historical heritage. Your first few steps of the day will be along the remains of the Romerweg, an ancient Roman road which once connected the Italian peninsula with Warmbad, Teurnia and Salzburg. History-lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take a detour to the ruins of Federaun castle, a fascinating former bambergic fortification. On the other hand, from a Nature-lover’s point of view the stage is dominated by Villach’s most beloved mountain, the Dobratsch: Carinzia’s top natural park and home to many species of flora and fauna. You can find the most spectacular views in the wild area of Schutt, which you will pass through to get to the fabulous Gail Valley. Walking along the riverbank, you will reach Feistritz, a pleasant mountain village at the foot of Mt Osternig. Half-board accommodation.

Day 7

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 23,7 km
Elevation + 1314 m; - 1071 m
Walking hours 7:30 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Hikers walking on the long-distance Alpe-Adria Trail
Feistritz an der Gail – Valbruna

Today’s stage will take you over the pastures of Mt Osternig in a cross-border hike which will take you back into Italy. Along the way, you will come across various mountain huts, a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Snow, and superb Alpine views. Next, you’ll walk back down the Italian side, a gentler slope covered in forests and meadows, before arriving first in the town of Camporosso and then into Valbruna in Val Saisera. This valley, surrounded by an impressive ring of mountains, is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating in the whole trail. This is especially true in the evening, when the amphitheatre of the surrounding mountains seems to catch alight with the sunset, offering a unique show which is more than sufficient reward for the day’s exertions. Half-board accommodation in Valbruna.

Day 8

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast

Daily hiking information

Distance 13,7 km
Elevation + 1065 m; - 1110 m
Walking hours 5:15 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Breath-taking view of the sanctuary on the Mount Lussari near Tarvisio
Valbruna – Tarvisio

The trail ends in style with a stage that will take you over Mt Lussari (1,790m), a much-loved local pilgrimage destination. To get there, you’ll need to cross River Saisera and ascend through the forest on the slopes of Hunter’s Peak. At the top of the mountain, you will find the revered Marian sanctuary, a white church tower which presides over a handful of houses and inns which are the perfect place to take a break. The views from this legendary place are perhaps the most beautiful of the whole journey, with an unparalleled view over the whole Julian Alps mountain chain. From Mt Lussari, the Alpe Adria Trail descends between the trees of the Forest of Tarvisio, intertwining with the legendary Cammino Celeste (Heavenly Way) and the Pilgrim’s Path. Your adventure ends in the centre of Tarvisio, where you simply must celebrate with a toast to yourself and to this unforgettable trail without borders. End of the trail.

Note: Upon request, it’s possible to book an extra night in Tarvisio.

What we love about this trail

Limitless views of Monte Lussari

Carinthian hospitality and gastronomy

Listening at your thoughts while walking in a silent wood

Sleeping in a mountain hut under a sea of stars

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

690,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

Minimum 2

Price includes

6 accommodation in double room; 1 accommodation in mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom; scheduled meals (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners); welcome kit with the map of the itinerary; luggage tags (if requested the service); helpline during the tour.

Price excludes

Travel to/from Tarvisio; meals not mentioned above (7 lunches and 1 dinner); medical insurance; tourist taxes to be paid directly on site; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplement for luggage transfer

300,00 € (price valid from 1 a 2 people) (1 item of luggage per person)
Luggage transfer is not available for the first stage. It’s recommendable to bring in the mountain hut Zacchi your own towel, slippers and travel sleeping bag. Your luggage will be waiting for you at the end of the next stage.

Supplements

→ During peak season, prices may be subject to changes due to availability at the time of booking. Any changes will be communicated at the time of the request.
→ Solo traveller: ask information

Extra

Upon request, it’s possible to book an extra night in Tarvisio

Information

Important information

→ An adequate physical condition is required to support 4,5 – 8 walking hours per day with sure footing; only recommended for children aged 12 and over

→ Please disclose any food intolerances at the time of booking

What to bring

Valid ID for crossing the border; backpack with rain cover; good hiking boots; travel sleeping bag; water; sunscreen; anti-tick repellent; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.), camera.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility

Booking

30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip

PHOTO: www.slovenia.info – Jošt Gantar; Iztok Medja; Dražen Štader

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