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Traditions of South Tyrol

Hospitality & harmony in the Alps
 
Enjoy exhilarating mountain walking and stay in a top-notch Alpine hotel serving excellent cuisine and wines on this self-guided, single-centre holiday. With an included travel pass plus one day’s cycle hire, this trip is a great way to gain an insight into Tyrolean life.
Traditions of South Tyrol. 7 nights
Traditions of South Tyrol. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Val Senales

In northernmost Italy, towering peaks over 3,000 metres high stand sentinel along the border with Austria, while icy glaciers spill down into the valleys below. The Senales is one such idyllic, German-speaking valley in which lush meadows and dense pine woods surround picturesque villages with their pretty wooden churches.
This area contains much of cultural interest, too, from the elegant spa town of Merano to Ötzi, the Copper Age ice man who was discovered in the Senales Valley and who now lies in Bolzano’s Ice Man Museum; and the 14th-century Carthusian cloisters in the 'silent' village of Certosa (Karthaus).
It is in Certosa, nestling in the tranquil Senales Valley, that you will be warmly welcomed to the Hotel Zur Goldenen Rose. Besides the restaurant serving delicious Tyrolean cuisine, what makes this hotel memorable is the hospitality of owners Paul and Steffi Grüner, who are happy to share with you their passion for and knowledge of this most scenic of valleys.
 

Book now for 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence, despite the travel restrictions in place currently. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 (1 April onwards) at 2020 prices.

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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you. We include a travel pass for use on local buses and cable cars.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Choice of routes: 8km to 16.5km

    Unser Frau & Vernagt Stausee: 16.5km, 6.5hrs; ascent 1050m / descent 680m
    From the hotel, this route is a good introductory leg-stretcher, heading up the valley to the village of Unser Frau, home to a delightful Baroque-style pilgrimage church and the interactive ArcheoParc Museum, dedicated to the life of Ötzi the Ice-man. From here, continue up to the blue waters of Vernagt Stausee, behind which looms the mighty chain of the Ötztal Alps. Follow a quiet, undisturbed forest path above the lake's southern shore then ascend lofty, panoramic slopes on its opposite side (complete with characteristic huts for refreshments) to complete your loop around the lake before catching the bus back to Certosa.

    Meraner Höhenweg from Katharinaberg: 12km, 5hrs; ascent 620m / descent 1350m
    From nearby Katharinaberg on the other side of the valley (5 minutes away by bus), you join the panoramic Meraner Höhenweg and follow it right across the southern slopes of the Texelgruppe Nature Park, enjoying magnificent views into the valleys and across to the snow-capped mountain peaks. The trail leads to Unterstell where you can either descend by cable car or continue down the path into Naturno, from where you catch the bus back to Certosa. All along the route are a number of farms and mountain cafés where you can stop for refreshments or lunch.

    Meraner Höhenweg from Vorderkaser: 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 450m
    To follow this thrilling section of the Meraner Höhenweg, take a taxi to Vorderkaser and then walk into the picturesque and wild Pfossental. Set in the heart of the Texelgruppe Nature Park, this region is home to a vast variety of Alpine fauna such as chamois, ibex and roe deer. The there-and-back route winds past a string of traditional farmsteads, where you can enjoy lunch or refreshments and marvel at the high Alpine landscapes. Return by bus.

    Maso Corto & Berglalm: 11km, 4hrs; ascent 500m / descent 800m
    A short bus journey from the hotel will bring you to the head of the Senales Valley and the start of this lovely route through larch forests to the Berglalm – an idyllically situated restaurant which makes the perfect lunch stop. You then continue across panoramic uplands before ascending steeply through forest to Vernagt. Return by bus.

    Bella Vista: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent 100m / descent 1275m
    Take the bus to Maso Corto, then use the cable car to reach Hotel Grawand (3,212 metres). From here, you descend over 1,200 metres through thrilling, high-mountain scenery back to the valley.
    Unser Frau and Vernagt Stausee route
    Maso Corto and Berglalm route
  • Option to spend a night in the high mountains
    During your stay, you might like to take the opportunity to spend a night in your hosts’ isolated retreat, Bella Vista, set in a secluded valley high in the mountains at 2,842 metres. (Usually available from late June onwards, subject to local conditions. Please organise and pay locally.)

    This remarkably well-appointed chalet is a great base from which to explore the high mountains, where you will hopefully encounter the local marmots and enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the fascinating landscape of snow and glacial ice.

    You can reach the retreat on foot – it's a sustained ascent, but highly rewarding. Alternatively, to have more time to explore even higher, you could arrange a transfer by jeep.
    Bella Vista Retreat
  • Vinschgau to Merano: 16km, 3hrs
    For a change from walking, you can take the bus to Naturno and hire bikes for a day (included) to cycle along a dedicated cycle track which leads gently down into the valley, through vineyards and orchards, all the way into the handsome, historic town of Merano. From Merano, take the bus back to Naturno or Certosa.

    You can also take advantage of the efficient train which runs along the valley, where bikes can be picked up at one of several stations and dropped off after cycling to another.
  • Bolzano & more

    Bolzano/Bozen
    German-speaking Bolzano is the main town of Alto Adige, and has an Austrian feel to it. It boasts an attractive medieval centre, a Franciscan monastery and numerous boutiques. As well as people-watching from one of the pavement cafés in and around Piazza Walther, we recommend a visit to the Museum of Archaeology to see the famous Copper Age Iceman, known as Ötzi, who is 5,300 years old! There is an outdoor fruit market and a Saturday market. Bolzano is well known for its wines, particularly its chardonnay.

    Sopra Bolzano
    If you have time, take the Rittner-Renon cable car up to Sopra Bolzano, for some dazzling views over the Dolomites and continue by tram across the plateau to reach Klobenstein-Collalbo. The most dramatic examples of the many earth-pyramids can be found here at Lengmoos.

    Messner Mountain Museum
    Established by world-famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner, the Messner Mountain Museum is a series of six museums dedicated to mountaineering and the culture of mountain and arctic peoples. One of them, Castle Juval (closed July and August), is located on the hillside above Naturno, which you can reach by bus. (The other five are at Bolzano, Sulden, Bruneck, Monte Rite and Corones.)

    South Tyrol Route
    Follow the Wine Route to Merano, a renowned spa town which has been a popular health resort since the 19th century, where you can take a dip in one of the thermal baths; or try the famous ‘grape cure’ by imbibing a glass or two of the local Meraner Leiten (‘Meranese di Collina’) red wine. Merano is also rich in culture, staging a large number of events, ranging from opera weeks to the traditional Merano Grape Festival in October. The old town, with its shops beneath the medieval arcades, is also worth a visit, as is a stroll along the banks of the Passiria river. Visit the luxuriant gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, where plants from all over the world prosper on the sunny slope overlooking Merano. From the gardens you can walk back into the centre along ‘Sissi’s Path’ through quiet corners and old parks, passing stately mansions and noble residences.

    Lake Reschen
    It is also well worth making the trip on the panoramic railway from Naturno to Malles, and connecting with a bus from here to Lake Reschen. The 14th-century bell tower protruding from the surface of this lake is one of the most famous sights in the upper Val Venosta, and a reminder of the area's sombre history: between 1948 and 1950, the Italian electric company Montecatini constructed a large dam here which unified the two natural lakes of Reschensee and Mittersee and condemned the village of Graun (and most of its church) to a watery fate.
 

Accommodation

Certosa (Karthaus) is a picturesque village with 14th-century cloisters that nestles in the tranquil, German-speaking Senales Valley.
We recommend spending one of your nights in the hotel's Bella Vista mountain retreat (available from late June onwards; please organise and pay locally).
Hotel Goldene Rose

Bedrooms

 

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Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 30 May 2021 - 11 October 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    30 May - 18 Jun 2021 £995 £160
    19 - 24 Jun 2021 £1065 £160
    25 Jun - 25 Jul 2021 £1095 £160
    26 Jul - 28 Aug 2021 £1145 £160
    29 - 31 Aug 2021 £1095 £160
    1 Sep - 4 Oct 2021 £1065 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Goldene Rose, Karthaus/Certosa
    Deluxe with balcony: 30 May - 11 Oct 2021 £10
    Grand deluxe with balcony: 30 May - 11 Oct 2021 £20
    Junior suite with private sauna: 30 May - 11 Oct 2021 £30
    Penthouse suite: 30 May - 11 Oct 2021 £58

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Goldene Rose, Karthaus/Certosa (with dinner) Double room Single room
    30 May - 24 Jun 2021 £115 £135
    25 Jun - 31 Jul 2021 £125 £145
    01 Aug - 28 Aug 2021 £135 £155
    29 Aug - 09 Oct 2021 £125 £145
    10 Oct - 11 Oct 2021 £115 £135
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Verona or Innsbruck

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck jet2 
    Birmingham - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Verona Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Heathrow - Verona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Verona easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck jet2 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Verona Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Innsbruck to Merano (3h), taxi Merano to hotel (0h30) £65 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Merano (0h30), rail Merano to Innsbruck (via Bolzano) (3h) £65 1400

    Connecting travel options - via Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona to Bolzano (1h40), taxi Bolzano to hotel (1h) £78 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Bolzano (1h), rail Bolzano to Verona (1h40) £78 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • travel pass
  • 1 day's cycle hire
 
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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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