Hike the Alpe Adria Trail
Hike the Alpe Adria Trail

Hike the Alpe Adria Trail

8 days

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Hike through beautiful northern Italy as you follow the Alpe Adria Trail

Take a beautiful journey along the Alpe Adria Trail on this 8-day self-guided walking adventure! Your journey on the Alpe Adria hiking path begins in Carinthia and takes a short jog into Slovenia before descending into Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The Hike the Alpe Adria Trail tour is the perfect on-foot exploration.

On this hiking tour, you’ll explore the different cultures and landscapes of this scenic region. You’ll visit ancient churches, historic towns, fishing villages, and the famous vineyards along your route. Feel free to stop for some sips! Each night you’ll discover a charming new town with its own character and enjoy the local hospitality. You’ll love hiking through the magical landscapes along the Alpe Adria Trail.

Highlights of the Hike the Alpe Adria Trail

Hike along famous trails including the Alpe Adria and the Rilke trail.
Visit Castelmonte which is part of a historic pilgrimage to the sanctuary built in the 12th century.
Enjoy sampling the local wines from the vineyards that you’ve been exploring on your hikes.
Discover the local cultures by spending the night in different fascinating towns along your route.


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Hike the Alpe Adria Trail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Cividale del Friuli

Your first day is at your leisure, so make your way to Cividale del Friuli and take your time exploring this pretty town in the foothills.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cividale del Friuli
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Choose Your Hike to Prepotto

To begin your trip, you have a choice of two paths. You can walk to Castelmonte, a small hamlet with impressive views and a stunning 12th-century sanctuary. Alternatively, you can take a shorter walk by following the Alpe Adria Trail. Both finish in Prepotto where you can indulge in a glass of local wine.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Prepotto
Distance: 7-8 hours, 550m of ascent, 575m of descent
Shorter route: 6-7 hours, 150m of ascent, 170m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Walk to Slovenia Villages

Today you’ll walk through the vineyards of the Collio as you hike along the border between Italy and Slovenia. Finish your hike on the hill-top village of Smartno which offers beautiful views of the Carnic Alps and across Friuli.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Smartno
Distance: 5 hours, 625m of ascent, 475m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Journey Through the Vineyards

Your hike today will be through the sprawling vineyards that include some of the famous DOC vines. If you stopped for a tasting or two, we wouldn’t blame you! Your destination is Cormons, which is considered the cultural centre of the Collio.

Tonight, enjoy a glass of wine in the town square and explore at your leisure.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cormons
Distance: 4-5 hours, 350m of ascent, 525m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Explore the Görzer Collio

The trail today leads you through the hills and vineyards of the Görzer Collio. You’ll hike to Gradisca d’Isonzo, which was a Venitian Fortress and an Austrian prison before it became the interesting town it is today. You can visit the remains of the fortress walls, then visit La Serenissima to find some of the wines made from the vines you saw today!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Gradisca d’Isonzo
Distance: 5-6 hours, 100m of ascent, 125m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Hike to Duino

On your hike today you’ll leave behind the lush vineyards and head into the karst landscape. Here you’ll find the scars left from WWI as well as underground waterways and river basins.

When you reach Monfalcone you can purchase a ticket on the public bus if you’d like to shorten your route. Otherwise, continue your walk to Duino and its cliff-top castle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Duino
Distance: 8-9 hours, 675m of ascent, 650m of descent
Shorter route: 6 hours, 450m of ascent, 450m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Walk the Rilke Trail to Trieste

Begin your day on the famous Rilke Trail. You’ll walk along the cliffs and then on to Trieste. Celebrate your successful journey by exploring the beautiful buildings and main square of the capital city of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trieste
Distance: 7-8 hours, 475m of ascent, 500m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Your tour officially ends after breakfast. Trieste is a beautiful city with a lot to explore, and you can choose to book additional hotel nights to extend your stay.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Hike the Alpe Adria Trail Price and Dates

This self-guided hiking tour in Italy is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and the number of people in a room.

The best time to travel to Italy for this tour is the spring, summer, and early fall (May-September). Note that no departures are available between July 16th and August 20th, 2021.

Private Self-Guided Hike the Alpe Adria Trail

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Important note: the departures for this tour are only available on Saturdays. In some cases, it’s available to arrange the departures on different weekdays for groups of 5 and more (please enquire).

Low season (from April 2nd to July 12th and from September 11th to November 5th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $975 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $795 USD per person

High season (from July 13thto September 10th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,025 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Hike the Alpe Adria Trail Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. Hotels on this trip are 3-star and offer a clean and comfortable stay along your route. You’ll enjoy local hospitality during your stay at the guesthouses.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed price.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Cividale del Friuli

The quaint village of Cividale del Friuli awaits. Make sure to walk around town and get the idyllic view of the Devil’s Bridge over the green Natisone River.

Night 2

Hotel in Prepotto

Spend a comfortable night in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse.

Night 3

Hotel in Šmartno

Enjoy the night in a comfortable room at a 3-star hotel in a convenient location.

Night 4

Hotel in Cormons

Spend a comfortable night in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse.

Night 5

Hotel in Gradisca d’Isonzo

Immerse in this 15th-century town with a few walls of its old fortress remaining. It’s charming and offers wonderful strolling opportunities.

Night 6

Hotel in Duino

Spend a comfortable night in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse.

Night 7

Hotel in Trieste

This seaport town is full of classic images of Italy with its canals, bridges, and boats lining the docks. It’s a romantic town that has inspired many famous Italian writers.

What’s Included in the Hike the Alpe Adria Trail Tour?


7 breakfasts are included.


Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Cividale del Friuli and after the tour in Trieste are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour as outlined in the itinerary. Your airport transfers to and from the airport are not included.

Also Included

  • Pre-planned hiking route
  • Detailed documents, guides and trail maps
  • Emergency telephone support hotline for the duration of the tour
  • Luggage transfer between hotels

Not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist hotel tax, payable each night at hotel
  • Flights
  • Gratuities for drivers, servers, or other staff if desired
  • Visas if required
  • Bus ticket from Monfalcone to Duino
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions or entry fees

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before the tour in Cividale del Friuli
  • Additional nights after the tour in Trieste
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Return shuttle from Trieste to Cividale del Friuli (runs each Saturday): $50 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Hike the Alpe Adria Trail

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour consists of daily hikes that are a maximum of 9 hours in length, but most days you’ll hike closer to 5 hours. The terrain is comfortable on well-marked trails and doesn’t include significant elevation gains.

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