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Alpe-Adria Trail / self-guided +

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL:
walking through wine country

MaroWays durata 5 days/4 nights
MaroWays lunghezza 73 km in 4 stages
MaroWays difficoltà moderate/hard

Book your trail from 480,00 €

From Cividale to Gradisca d’Isonzo
Discover the Alpe Adria Trail, walking over the rolling hills of the Friulano and Slovenian Collio. This four-stage itinerary begins in Cividale del Friuli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and takes you through two different countries. Along the way, you will explore a magical hilly landscape dotted with vineyards, cherry trees and ancient rural villages.

MaroWays Breath-taking view of the Friulano and Slovenian Collio
MaroWays Local wine in the Friulano and Slovenian Collio

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 Cividale del Friuli
MaroWays ritrovoFinish of the trail Cividale del Friuli
Duration 5 days/4 nights
Distance 73 km in 4 stages
Difficulty moderate/hard / self-assessment hiking form
Note self-guided
Availability from April to October with departures every day
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Self-guided program

Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cividale del Friuli
Arrival in Cividale del Friuli

Your adventure begins in Cividale del Friuli, where you will spend the first night. Founded in the Roman era by Julius Caesar, in 568 AD Cividale became the seat of Italy’s first Lombard duchy and then for a few centuries it was the residence of the Patriarchate of Aquileia. Today, it is regarded as one of most beautiful cities in the Friuli region, and its priceless historical and artistic treasures attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. Take a stroll around the historic centre and discover the ancient Duomo, the museums, the medieval houses and the beautiful Lombard Temple – the most important expression of Lombard art in Italy. Finally, make sure that you enjoy a stroll over Diavolo bridge, the symbol of the city: suspended over the waters of the Natisone river and steeped in legend. Accommodation in Cividale del Friuli.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

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

Daily hiking information

Distance 13,2 km
Elevation + 160 m; - 157 m
Walking hours 4:15 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty moderate

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Paths through vineyards in the Friulano and Slovenian Collio
Cividale del Friuli – Golo Brdo

On the first stage of the trail, you will discover the “Western hills of Friuli”, a region well-known for its spectacular scenery, for its abundantly fertile soil and for its rich history and traditions. The route is unchallenging and very evocative, marked by a continuous series of rolling hills and sweeping terraces covered with grapevines of the highest quality. You can discover the local fruits of the earth by tasting a wide variety of both local and international wines, organised by one of the many local wine producers. After just over four hours of easy walking, you’ll reach Albana and Prepotto, two peaceful rural villages located on the Italian border with Slovenia. The trail then enters into Slovenian territory, namely the magical landscape of Brda. Accommodation in Golo Brdo or surrounding area.

Day 3

Meals and accommodation

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

Daily hiking information

Distance 25 km
Elevation + 699 m; - 623 m
Walking hours 7:45 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The village of Šmartno, picturesque town in the Slovenian Collio
Golo Brdo - Šmartno

Today’s stage winds its way through the Slovenian region of Goriška Brda, an idyllic wine region with a multitude of beautiful natural and cultural treasures. The route will take you over hills, through vineyards and orchards, passing by a number of villages immersed in green countryside. In the heart of the region you can find Dobrovo, where you can admire the beautiful Renaissance castle, which dates back to the year 1600. Along the way, it’s worth taking a short deviation to the Gonjače Lookout Tower, whose 144 steps lead up to a platform from which you can enjoy fabulous panoramic views. The walking stage finishes in the village of Šmartno, a picturesque town defended by ramparts and five small towers. Šmartno is considered to be a Slovenian national cultural monument, due to its rich architectural heritage. Accommodation in Šmartno or surrounding area.

Day 4

Meals and accommodation

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

Daily hiking information

Distance 15,6 km
Elevation + 437 m; - 639 m
Walking hours 5:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty moderate

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Hikers on the Alpe-Adria Trail walking over the rolling hills of the Friulano and Slovenian Collio
Šmartno – Cormons

From the town of Šmartno, the trail continues its pleasant journey over the hills until it crosses once more into Italian territory, via the Plessiva pass. Along the way, you’ll pass by many vineyards and enjoy beautiful scenic views, especially from the highest hills from which you can see the peaks of the nearby Julian Alps, and glimpse the faraway Dolomites. Once back in Italy, a pleasant stretch of the route brings you to the Parco di Plessiva, a real oasis of peace in the midst of holm oaks and chestnuts. Next, Mt Quarin offers a fabulous observation point over the underlying valleys and the nearby town of Cormons. From the top of the 274-metre-high hill, a beautiful walk through the forest leads you to Cormons, the main population centre of Collio and the endpoint for today’s stage.

Day 5

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast

Daily hiking information

Distance 19,5 km
Elevation + 127 m; - 148 m
Walking hours 5:15 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Hikers on the Alpe-Adria Trail walking through vineyards
Cormons – Gradisca d’Isonzo – Cividale del Friuli

From the lovely Hapsburg city of Cormons, you will head up to the vineyards that overlook the romantic Spessa Castle, a historic manor house which in the past has played host to such famous characters as Giacomo Casanova. From here, you’ll walk along the magnificent Path of High Vineyards, a real natural jewel which offers splendid panoramic viewpoints over the Isontine plain all the way to the Karst. From here, the route takes you to the bucolic Preval plain, an oasis of peace which features a number of reflection pools. A series of easy ups and downs will take you to the hills of Farra d’Isonzo, beyond which you will be able to see the town of Gradisca, the endpoint of today’s trail. The historic centre of this village, rich in history and culture, is the end of your unforgettable wine country journey along the Alpe Adria Trail. The tour ends with a transfer to Cividale del Friuli.

What we love about this trail

Feel yourself at here and beyond the border

Walking through vineyards, castles and ancient villages

The fragrance of cherry-trees in bloom in spring time

Finish the stage with a good glass of local wine

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

480,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

Minimum 2

Price includes

Accommodation in double room; scheduled meals (4 breakfasts and 1 dinner); welcome kit with the map of the itinerary; luggage tags (if requested the service); transfer from Gradisca d’Isonzo to Cividale del Friuli the last day; helpline during the tour.

Price excludes

Travel to/from Cividale del Friuli; meals not mentioned above (4 lunches and 3 dinners); medical insurance; tourist taxes to be paid directly on site; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplement for luggage transfer

199,00 € (price valid from 1 to 4 people) (1 item of luggage per person)

Supplements

→ Peak season (July and August) 60,00 € per person
→ Solo traveller: 100,00 €

Extra

→ Wine tasting in Šmartno – 15,00 € per person
→ Extra night in Cividale del Friuli on request

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; 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 – arhiv ZTKMŠ Brda; Jošt Gantar; Boris Pretnar; Ernad Ihtijarević

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