Day 1 | Meet at the airport in the morning for our flight to Milan. Upon arrival transfer by coach to the beautiful mountain village of Campolasta in Sarentino in the Dolomites area. Dinner at hotel (extra).
Day 2 | Optional tour with a first stop in Merano, an old spa town located in the South Tyrol. In the past, this town was a popular place of residence for several scientists, writers and artists who were attracted to its mild climate and beautiful setting. A short ride will take us to Giardini Sissi (entrance extra) – beautiful botanical gardens. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
Day 3 | Today we visit the San Martino mountain region, a popular skiing area which will be in full summer splendour. We take the cable car to reach the natural park and savour typical mountain scenery. Early dinner (extra) followed by an optional visit to Bolzano by night.
Day 4 | (July Group) Optional excursion to the picturesque lake at Durnholz and its tranquil village. We visit a distillery close to Sarentino which produces Pino Mugo Oil made from local pine trees and known for its many healing properties and learn on the local Schnapps production. Stop for lunch (extra) where fresh trout is bred however the restaurant offers other dining options. In the afternoon we visit a woodcarver’s workshop.
(September Group) – Today we attend the Sarner Kirchtag, a local festival in the area for the day. There will be many activities with an Oktoberfest-like atmosphere combined with lots of traditional and local customs (full day excursion). Dinner at the hotel (extra).
Day 5 | (July Group) Today we visit the wine-village of Caldaro (optional) for a wine tasting session in a local winery (extra). Free time at the largest shopping complex in Bolzano will follow.
(September Group) In the morning we visit a special market in the village centre, part of the Sarner Kirchtag festivities. Free time in the afternoon for shopping. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
Day 6 | Today we visit the 1,100 year old medieval town of Brixen (optional) also known as Bressanone. Time to explore the centre with its cobbled-stone streets and quaint shops. We will then make our way to the outskirts of Bolzano to catch the Renon–Ritten train followed by cable car for spectacular views of the surrounding area and see the bizarre but naturally formed earth pyramids, considered to be a wonder of nature. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
Day 7 | Full day optional excursion to Bolzano, the provincial capital of the South Tyrol. In the afternoon we proceed to Lago di Carezza, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites. Dinner at the hotel (extra).
Day 8 | Early morning departure from Sarentino to Milan for the flight back to Malta.