Map of Pathways Active Travel trip through Verona Madonna di Campiglio and Merano

The Eastern Italian Alps and the Brenta Dolomites are truly breathtaking. From the historic castles, vineyards and olive groves in the South Tyrol region to the ski town of Madonna di Campiglio, nestled in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites, you’ll have a beautiful, welcoming and authentic experience.

Here, your local Italian leaders will lead you on hikes to alpine blue lakes through rustic country villages and wildflower dotted meadows, and along trails boasting unbelievable views of the iconic Dolomite peaks. You’ll visit alpine rifugi, savoring an espresso or traditional canederli dumpling before hopping back on the path with a new boost in your step. 

Every day, you’ll enjoy each region’s cuisine, prepared with fresh and local ingredients. From a private wine tasting in a small, family-owned organic vineyard to a visit to a local cheesemaker’s farm,  you’ll eat well and connect with each other while engaging with the local community.

Relax at day’s end with a glass of the exquisite regional wine – Gewürztraminer – as you watch the sun set, casting a rose colored hue over the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. These parts of Italy are truly some of the most special and beautiful places in the world. Full of welcoming people, a rich culture and many natural wonders, the Dolomites and the Eastern Alps will steal your heart forever.

I always knew I wanted to go to Italy, but I also knew I wanted to avoid the tourist traps and crowded cities. Pathways offered that alternative and I’d go back again in a heartbeat. I’m looking forward to my next Pathways trip to Patagonia.
— Tom c. | boulder, co | dolomites 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the South Tyrol town of Merano & the surrounding mountains
  • Hike past alpine wildflowers & crystal clear lakes
  • Visit a small, family-run vineyard & agriturismo
  • Hike in the Brenta Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit alpine rifuigi meeting hikers & climbers from around the world
  • Enjoy the leadership & expertise of your local Italian guide
  • Bike for a day along the Sarca River through the verdant Rendena Valley
  • Relax along the shores of Lago di Garda
  • Optional half-day of climbing the infamous via ferrata (*weather dependent)

Trip Details

What's IncludeD

  • Excellent leadership from your local Italian guide

  • All included activities listed in itinerary

  • 6 nights in boutique 4-star & 5-star hotels

  • All meals except 2 dinners and 3 lunches (alcohol not included)

  • Welcome reception and wine on first night

  • Goodbye reception and wine on last night

  • On-trip transportation

  • Pathways swag (t-shirt, water bottle & other fun surprises)

The Fine Print

  • Start/End: Verona, Italy

  • Price: $3,195 (+$700 for single occupancy)

  • 2019 group departure date:

    • Monday, September 9th - Sunday, September 15th

  • Trip length: 7 days/6 nights

  • Private departures & self-guided itineraries available


What to Expect

Pathways trips are all about the active, enthusiastic and flexible traveler. This trip is rated moderate meaning we’ll be walking or hiking nearly every day with one day of biking. Our treks range from 3-10+ miles, including some longer, more gradual climbs. Elevation gains range between 250 ft and 3050 ft.

There are options nearly every day for those who are excited about longer, more challenging terrain. 


This trip is designed to appeal to a variety of interests and fitness levels, and you'll be able to choose what is best for you each day. That said, we recommend that you realistically and appropriately assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more well-prepared you are, the more fun you’ll have!

Our recommended guideline is to exercise for at least 45-60 minutes a few times per week at least 1-2 months in advance of the trip by hiking, walking, jogging or cycling.  If you live in an area that’s flat, be sure to add in some climbs. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding your physical suitability for this trip.

Active hiker go on a trek in the Brenta Dolomites with mountains in the distance
The whole trip was my favorite! And each part for a different reason. The sharing of the experience with people we know and love; being in places where the natural beauty takes your breath away; laughing and learning; feeling and seeing a bit into the souls of people who are passionate about what they do.
— caroline m. | new haven, vt | dolomites 2017

where we stay



Where you stay on your Pathways trips will only enhance your experience. We've selected beautiful, authentic boutique 4-star and 5-star accommodations that will allow you to even more deeply connect with the local culture and cuisine of the place you're visiting. 

The lodgings we choose are locally or family owned, making your stay welcoming, unique and personal - the best spots to end an active day with relaxation, delicious food & wine, gracious hospitality and fun. 

The trip exceeded anything I could have imagined.
— Francie R. | Hanover, NH | Dolomites 2017

Ready to hit the trail?

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