Outdoor

Dolomites Trekking

Walk with us the most spectacular part of the Alps among Cortina, Corvara and Ortise. Let’s explore together the famous mountains which made “alpinism” a verb used worldwide as the synonym of mountaineering

Duration

7 days

Type

Intensity

Trekking

Lunch

Included

Family

Yes

Transportation

Included

Dolomites Trekking Tour: walk with us the magic mountains in the heart of the Alps!

We love mountains. And the “young” Dolomites are the most scenic part of the whole Alps with their intrepid verticality, their deep green forests and turquoise small lakes. We guide you until the wild peaks most of which are, at the same time, easily accessible on foot by almost everybody. Come with us to live this adventure guided by our experience and passion.

We meet in Venice and from here we head to Cortina, the heart of the Dolomites, our base for the first four days of hiking the Alps. Everyday we visit a different famous group of mountains like the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Marmolada… Later in the week we move to Ortisei to visit the Gruppo del Sella, the Alpe di Siusi and Lake Carezza.

Dates:

August 28th – September 4th, 2021

September 5th – 12th, 2021

(8 days, 7 nights)

Or GO PRIVATE! Contact us to reserve a custom departure on your preferred dates

Meet & Depart: Venice

Accommodation: Boutique hotels in Cortina and Ortisei

HIGHLIGHTS

  • meet outdoor and mountain lovers from all over the world
  • sleep in picturesque and comfortable boutique hotels in the middle of the Alps
  • easy treks with private English-speaking guide for the entire week
  • alternative easier/stronger routes available
  • eat local food and drink wines and traditional spirits from the area
  • see rare Alpine flowers and plants: take pictures during the blooming season

What's included

  • accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast by nice boutique hotel in Cortina and Ortisei
  • English speaking mountain expert tour leader
  • Private Luxury mercedes Benz Minivan for the transfers as described
  • the lunches by the mountain huts
  • reservations for dinner in selected restaurants (order a la carte and pay directly on spot)
  • reservations, taxes, program and our pampering care!

What's not included

  • any additional services to extend the trip
  • tips
  • anything that is not included in the section “Included”

Day 1 – Welcome to Italy!

We meet in Venice by the Marco Polo airport and, in 2 hours drive, we transfer to the Alps by a luxury and very comfortable Mercedes Benz minivan. After the check-in by the hotel in Cortina you have free time to enjoy the facilities before the Welcome Dinner by the restaurant of the hotel

Day 2 – Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo

We start hiking the Dolomites from the spectacular group of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the Three Peaks). From Cortina we drive along the charming road that passes through Passo The Croci and Lake Misurina. The final drive up the toll road until the Rifugio Auronzo is unique because of the incredible views on the peaks around. From here we start our ring hike around the three Peaks. The path is large, easy and flat for the most part of the morning. In this way we can start to get confidence with the Alps and its rarefied and crystalline air.

After the Rifugio Lavaredo where we can eventually stop for a coffee, the path begins to climb up to the Lavaredo Fork from where, finally, we can begin to admire the spectacle of the Three Peaks. From here the path returns flat and simple crossing the scree of Monte Paterno to the Rifugio Locatelli where we will stop for lunch.

This is the best place to admire the spectacle of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and take those pictures you have just seen in the books and feel the vibe of the most scenic mountains in the the world. In the afternoon we will continue our walk towards West around the Group, first reaching a small “malga”, a mountain hut and finally concluding our hiking tour by returning to the parking lot.

In the evening we can enjoy South Tyrolean specialties in the hotel restaurant.

Day 3 – The galleries of WWI

Today our adventure hiking the Alps starts driving under the shade of the Tofane Group along the road that from Cortina climbs up the valley until the Passo Falzarego. From here we will take the path that in 3 hours will take us to the summit of Monte Lagazuoi from where you can admire a wonderful view of the Tofana di Rozes, the Marmolada, the Monte Civetta, the Antelao and many other pearls of the Dolomites …

For lunch we will stop at the popular Rifugio Lagazuoi to rest a little before taking our way back through the belly of the mountain: through the Anticima Tunnels, dug by the Italian Army during the World War I.

For those who are lazy, today there will be the possibility of using the cablecar from the parking lot to the refuge and vice versa.

In the evening we can enjoy a well-deserved dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 – Lake Braies

This morning we will drive through the Val di Landro and Val Pusteria to reach another small wonderful alpine valley, the Braies Valley, which has become so famous by now due to its incredibly scenic lake: Lake Bries. There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe the wonder one feels when admiring its emerald waters with the green woods and the summit of Croda del Beco that are reflected in it. Be prepared for the fascination!

Today we propose a walk that starting from the lake will take us to an isolated mountain hut, away from the masses of tourists who crowd the shores of the lake. We will understand how much value this 3-hour walk will have had only when, at the table in the “malga”, we will taste the cheeses and other products from the field to table of the family that will host us.

The return hike will be all downhill to complete the very famous Lake Braies Tour which, at least once in a lifetime, cannot be missed. We will also take home some of the most spectacular photographs you can take of an alpine lake.

For dinner this evening, a little surprise!

Day 5 – Sellaronda

Today we will change the area by entering the Ladin-speaking Dolomites. After checking out from the hotel we will drive to Val Gardena stopping here and there by beautiful mountain passes and spots to take pictures. At the Fedaia Pass we can admire the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites and its glacier. Based on our wishes and the weather, we can decide to walk around the lake or take the cable car up to the Marmolada Terrace at 3.265m to take beautiful photos and admire the incredible panorama all around: we are right in the navel of the Dolomites!

In the mid afternoon we will check-in at the hotel in Ortisei: we will have completed two thirds of the epic Sellaronda, the tour around the Sella Group, theater of cycling, skiing and running races known worldwide.
Free time to enjoy the facilities and then a spectacular dinner by the hotel restaurant.

Day 6 – Piz Boè: let’s touch the sky with your finger!

Val Gardena is the perfect place to explore many mountain groups in the Dolomites. Among these, the Sella Group is certainly one of the most surprising. Today we will drive to Pass Pordoi where the cable car will take us to the heart of the mountain. From the arrival station we will then hike for about 3 hours to reach the Piz Boè at 3.152 meters (10.341 ft) named the easiest 3.000 in the Dolomites. From this peak the sky seems so close to us the we could almost touch it with our fingers. The show of the mountains around us is complete and unique. Take a moment to absorb the wonder: breathe softly, don’t make noise, Mother Nature is talking ….

For lunch we stop nearby at one of our favourite gourmet rifugios in the Dolomites.

In the afternoon we will have some time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel and then dinner together by the hotel restaurant.

Day 7 – Alpe di Siusi

Our last day of hiking in the Dolomites will be a trip to the Alpe di Siusi, the spectacular flowery plateau at an altitude of 2.000 m. From here we walk along the Denti di Terrarossa to the Rifugio Alpe di Tires where we will have lunch with a view of the Sassopiatto and the Catinaccio groups. Our last day of hiking in the Dolomites is a relaxing circular route from soft pastures to rocks and back in the midst of mountain flowers, cows and small mountain huts.

Farewell dinner by the hotel sharing memories of an epic week in the Dolomites.

Day 8 – Bolzano and Verona

Check-out and transfer to visit Bolzano, then Trento or Verona for lunch and finally to Venice where we say arrivederci!

Trek Type: Day trips with transfers by minivan to the starting points

Level: simple/intermediate

Distance: 50 km (30 miles) about. Daily stages of 3-6 hours

Elevation Gain: daily stages of about 6-800m (2-3.000 ft) for a total week climb of 4.000 m (13.000 ft)

Landscape: centenary coniferous forests, high mountain pastures with cows and low vegetation such as Mugo pines and rhododendrons, high mountain rocky panorama, alpine peaks with views for hundreds of kilometers, small villages in south tyrol and veneto, tranquil crystal clear mountain lakes, glacier views and snowfields, relaxing paths in the UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Cortina

Ortisei

Braies di Dentro

Misurina

Canazei

Valdaora

Dobbiaco

Alpe di Siusi

Corvara in Badia

Toma alla piastra, polenta with Porcini and Finferli mushrooms, canederli, Spek smoked ham, honey from the mountain pastures, Roesti potato cake, alpine cheeses, Spaetzle fresh pasta, weissbier, Dolomites Wines, and much more…

Shepherd huts, mountain rifugi, traditional restaurants in the stube, gourmet spots in the small villages…

FAQ

Can you pick us up/ drop off in Florence/Rome/etc …?

Yes of course. We will provide you, before the booking, a specific quote for this extra service.

Is this trekking too hard for me?

This is an easy-intermediate trek for everyone with some very steep sections made of steps and others where we pass along really narrow tracks where you must have attention. We will stop as many times as you would like to explain about the area, its flora and fauna, to relax and to take pictures in the best spots. Be prepared to walk for 2-5 hours each day.

Which kind of equipment should I bring with me?

Trekking boots or shoes (as you are more comfortable), sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, a small backpack, a water bottle or a camel bag, an eventual k-way if the weather will be windy, and a swimming suit.

I have to bring all the luggage with me during the day?

No because the hotel will be the same for all the week. We will move fast by train to reach the starting point.

Can you pick us up/ drop off in Florence/Rome/etc …?

Yes of course. We will provide you, before the booking, a specific quote for this extra service.

Are kids admitted on this tour?

Yes, we love kids in Italy and they are always welcome. Be sure your kids can walk all the daily distances or be equipped to transport them on your shoulder 🙂

Can we ship wine back home?

Yes: we will assist you during the purchase and we can also store all your bottles by our refrigerated deposit in Montalcino until you will be back at home to receive the shipment.

 

Pickup Points: Pisa, Venice.

Departures: April 18th, 2021

Season: from May to October

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