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Multi-Day Tour * Nature & Culture

MERANO AND VENOSTA VALLEY


Merano and Castle Tyrol; Venosta valley with Lake Resia and Coira Castle; the Senales Valley with its farmhouses and wild nature. Ötzi, the man from the ice, passed through here.

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Highlights


Info Sheet         
Period: from June to October
Type of tour: Private tour (only for you and your group)
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights tour
Departure and arrival: Merano 
Form of transport: by public transport and by car or van including driver/guide
Tour Guide: Italian, German, English, Japanese
The tour is also available in Self-Guided Tours

What to Expect
- Stroll through beautiful Merano
- Visit to Castle Tyrol
- The magic of flowers in the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
- The mysterious Lake Resia
- The medieval little town of Glorenza
- The hard and wild nature of Senales Valley
- Guided tour and tasting in a 700-year historical farm
- Ascent to the Iceman Ötzi Peak (3,251m / 10,666 ft)
- Visit to the Archeo Parc


Clothing and Equipment
Light equipment: the minimum necessary or useful for a walk or a trip in the mountains: a pullover or anorak, comfortable shoes (sneakers or trekking), hat and sunglasses. If the trip is planned for the colder seasons, it is recommended to have heavier clothing with woollen hat and gloves. Keep also in mind that in the high mountains it can be cold even in summer and sudden changes in weather conditions are possible.

Anti COVID-19 provisions
COVID-19 products and devices are provided on site. The vehicles are sanitized after each journey.

Itinerary

Departure and arrival:  Merano (Transfer on request)

Day 1: Arrival in Merano
Independent arrival in Merano, a city renowned for its thermal baths. Hotel accommodation. Merano offers many possibilities to spend half a day or just a few free hours. It is a city with a refined and welcoming atmosphere, characterized by its medieval arcades and elegant Art Nouveau buildings. Overnight at a hotel in Merano.
Meals included: None

Day 2: Visit to Castle Tyrol and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle
Meeting at the hotel with the tour guide. Departure for Castle Tyrol. Arrive in Tirolo village, then, with a walk of about 40 minutes you get to the historic castle, formerly the residence of the counts of Tirolo, where you can enjoy a glimpse from above of the Adige Valley. After the visit to the Castle Tyrol, you move to the Gardens of Trautmannsdorf Castle, which extend over an area of about 12 hectares and where plants from all over the world flourish. At the center of the gardens there is a restaurant and a cafeteria where you can have food and drinks in front of the panorama and the romantic Water Lily Pond. After the lunch break, return to Merano by public transport. Overnight at a hotel in Merano.
Meals included: Breakfast
Duration of the walk to Castle Tyrol: approx. 40 min; elevation: ↑↓ 80 m / 262 ft; length: 2,5 km / 1,5 miles

Day 3: The Venosta Valley: Lake Resia, Coira Castle and Glorenza
Departure by car towards Venosta Valley. At the bottom of the valley, just before the border with Austria, we find Lake Resia, renowned for its bell tower that rises from the water. The lake is located at the beginning of the Vallelunga, one of the wildest and most unspoiled valleys of the Alps. We return a few dozen kilometers to visit Coira Castle, a splendid medieval castle, with Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements and which contains the largest private armory in Europe. Visit to the little town of Glorenza, a jewel of late medieval architecture; lunch break in a popular restaurant in the town. Along the way back to Merano stop at Naturno, to visit the little church of San Procolo, historical heritage of the pre-Romanesque period. Overnight at a hotel in Merano.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Discovering the Senales Valley, where Ötzi was found
Today an excursion is planned in Senales Valley, not far from the discovery site of Ötzi, the man who came from the ice and who lived 5300 years ago.
The first appointment is a visit to a historic farm dating back to 700 years ago (placed under the protection of the Fine Arts), where you can see closely the life of mountain farmers and taste their products. Transfer to Maso Corto; ascent by cable car to reach the Iceman Ötzi Peak (3,251m / 10,666 ft) and enjoy a panorama from the top that includes the Giogo Alto glacier, the Austrian Alps and the Ortles Group. After the descent into the valley and lunch at a hut, visit the Archeo Parc: the park-museum tries to re-propose, with its permanent exhibitions and the outdoor area with the reconstructions of Neolithic houses, a part of prehistoric life and tries also to understand where and how Ötzi lived. At the end of the excursion, return to Merano. Overnight at a hotel in Merano.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Departure
After breakfast independent departure of the participants.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note: The program may change due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather conditions, festive or seasonal closures of roads, museums, cable cars etc. In these cases, alternative solutions will be provided.

Accommodation


- 4 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel in Merano

We are available to satisfy requests for higher category hotels and rooms and other needs (balcony, view, bathtub, etc.)


Price


Price per person in double room

 HOTEL 2 - 3 people
4 - 5 people  Single room
Supplement
 3 Star Hotel
 4 Star Hotel
 
 
Included
- 4 nights in 3 or 4 star hotel
- All breakfasts
- Tourist taxes
- Professional guide and/or driver with car/van
- All necessary transfer from the 2nd to the 4th day
- Parking, motorway tolls, taxes
- Tasting of typical farm products
- Cable car tickets
- Entrance fees to museums as per program
 
Not Included
- Travel expenses to reach the place of departure
- Insurances
- Anything not included in "Included"
 
Cancelation for Multi day tour
Cancellation requests must be sent by post, fax or e-mail and are subject to the following penalties:
- 10% of the total amount for trip for cancellations made up to 31 days prior to tour date;
- 30% of the total amount for trip for cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to tour date;
- 50% of the total amount for trip for cancellations made between 14 and 8 days prior to tour date;
- 100% of the total amount for trip for cancellations made within 7 days prior to tour date.

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