Days
8
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€2,285EUR

Experience the beauty of the Italian mountains on this 8-day walking trip

The enormous pinnacles and towers of the majestic Dolomites are the crowning glory of Italy’s northern border, and play host to our alpine adventure. A fairyland where lush meadows nestle against towering limestone peaks, of all different colours. With beautiful small lakes, and wooden houses in the valleys. Small family run hotels and comfortable ‘rifugi’ (mountain huts) welcome grateful hikers with delectable cuisine, the ubiquitous grappa and steaming cappuccino. Drink in this dramatic limestone setting as we make our way through the different parts of this beautiful mountain range.


Start
Verona, Italy
Finish
Venice, Italy
Country
Italy
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Walking
Code
PEID
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the UNESCO-protected city of Verona, where real-life Shakespearean backdrops, early Renaissance masterpieces and a first-century opera house vie for your attention

  • Trento has the best of both worlds – Mediterranean and Alpine cultures. A cable-car ride to its 'house mountain' is the perfect way to take in the splendour of this unique riverside town

  • Your High Dolomites jaunt combines adventure and comfort. Walk to the top of Mt Lavinores, then relax back at your elegant mountain hut with a repast made from local produce

  • Take in the spectacular view of Mount Marmolada, arguably the most beautiful peak in the Dolomites

  • No trip to the Dolomites would be complete without walking around the Tre Cime ('three tops') of Lavaredo, one of the most famous postcard images of these ranges

  • This is one of the few regions in Italy that make their own beer rather than wine. Take an exclusive tour of a 'Sud-Tyrolean' brewery and you might start to think you've wandered into Bavaria.

  • Be treated to a special 'Aperitivo Ladino' including a lesson in local dialect in the area where people still speak Ladino and wear traditional clothes.

Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for up to six hours per day. There are some steep up-and-down sections, and the terrain varies from well-defined paths to rocky trails. Please read the trip notes carefully.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This is a great chance to chat with like-minded travellers, but if you'd prefer not to share, a single room supplement is often available at an additional charge.

  • The mountain hut (rifugio) on Day 5 is very comfortable, however, it's not a hotel. A single supplement is not available for this night of the trip. Rooms are rustic and the bathroom facilities here will be shared with other guests of the rifugio.

Itinerary

Arrive in Verona, the beautiful UNESCO-protected city that provided the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. An arrival transfer from Verona Airport is included in the trip price. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking. There will be an important group meeting (usually at 6 pm) in which your leader will collect your details and take you through what lies ahead on the trip. Check the hotel reception or noticeboards for the exact time and place of the meeting. There are no activities before this, so you may arrive at any time. Afterwards, enjoy dinner with the group at a local traditional restaurant.

Notes: Arriving or departing by train where possible within Europe is recommended, as this is not only an excellent way to see the countryside but also a relatively low-carbon way to travel.
Included Activities
  • Arrival Transfer from Verona Airport
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning board your private minibus and travel along the Adige River. You will soon reach Trento, the northernmost Italian-speaking town, on the frontier between Mediterranean and Alpine cultures. Travel by cable car over the river and to the top of Trento's ‘house mountain’, Monte Bondone. Embark on a round-walk that reveals beautiful views over Trento and the river, with a backdrop of the different ranges of the Dolomites. If you wish, you can enjoy some local specialties at one of the first ‘agriturismos’ of Italy or explore some of the trenches of WWI, still visible to this day, before making your way back to Trento. On arrival, there will be time to explore the town and its historical city centre. Stroll around and witness some beautifully painted facades. Be sure to visit the Castello Del Buonconsiglio, where the Council of Trent was staged in the 16th century, if alone for the famous Cycle of the Months (one of the most fascinating secular pictorial cycles of the late Middle Ages). This is one of the few regions in Italy that make their own beer rather than wine. Take a tour of a 'Sud-Tyrolean' brewery and you might start to think you've wandered into Bavaria. Enjoy dinner at the brewery consisting of local specialties.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 4–5 hours (10 km); altitude gain/loss is between +/-350 m and +/-500 m; total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel America or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monte Bondone Nature Hike
  • Cable Car Ride to Monte Bondone
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel by private minibus further north, entering a landscape dominated by enormous pinnacles that must be seen to be believed – the mighty Dolomites. You will first continue up the Adige Valley and then into the Val di Fiemme, passing some charming villages along the way, towards the beautiful peaks of the 'Queen of the Dolomites', Mount Marmolada. Here you will embark on a scenic walk along the Lake of Fedaia and down into the valley of Canazei, with spectacular views on Mount Marmolada. If weather permits you can also take the lift up onto Mount Marmolada, which offers a choice of walking trails, some possibly still covered in snow. Next, drive to the famous Sella pass, from where you will walk down into the Gardena valley, one of the prettiest valleys of the massif. At the end of the afternoon you will arrive in the Alta Badia Valley. It's dotted with lovely alpine villages and quiet meadows and pastures. Your base here is in La Villa. Be treated to a special 'Aperitivo Ladino' including a lesson in local dialect in the area where people still speak Ladino and wear traditional clothes. In the evening you will have the option to take a sauna and enjoy a dinner of local specialties at the hotel.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 3–4 hours (12 km); altitude gain/loss is +100 m / -500 m; total driving time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dolomiti or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gardena Valley Hike
  • Lake Fedaia/Canazei Valley Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Start the day with a walk to the small village of Colfosco. From here you will start your hike onto the Puez Plateau. Your first stop at a mountain hut affords views across the whole Gardena Valley. Continue your climb onto the high plain towards the mountain hut (‘rifugio’ or ‘utia’, in the local dialect) of Puez. Pass along the impressive Ciampani Mountain, partly following the ‘Alta Via delle Dolomiti’. Somewhere near the hut, or at the hut itself, you can enjoy a picnic lunch. Along the edge of the Vallunga and the Col dalla Sone you continue your walk on the high plain to Gherdenaccia pass, where you will start your descent all the way back down to your hotel in La Villa.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 5–6 hours (10 km); altitude gain/loss is between +500 m and +900 m / -1500 m. There is an option to take the bus to the trail head at Colfosco (at your own expense). This walk may be replaced with an alternative should there still be too much snow on the Puez Plateau.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dolomiti or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Full Day Hike on Puez Plateau
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for your hike up into the Fanes-Sénnes Range. A short, scenic drive by private minibus takes you to San Vigilio, which has an interesting museum about the Dolomites. Leaving your vehicle behind, start the climb up into the valley to the mountain restaurant of Pederù. Here there is the option to stop for a quick snack. From here you will ascend into the real mountains, climbing along old mule tracks dating back to WWI towards the meadows of Fedaia Vedla, underneath the towering Col de Ru (2,076 m). The ascent is steep at first, then flattens. You will walk through pleasant Alpine scenery to reach your comfortable mountain hut. Here you can freshen up and take a rest from your backpack. There is the option of an afternoon walk to one of the most scenic viewpoints of the area, the top of Mt Lavinores. From here the whole eastern Dolomites, including the valley of Cortina, lay at your feet. Back at the mountain hut, enjoy a hearty meal based on local produce.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 4–5 hours (10 km); altitude gain/loss is +900 m / -400 m; total driving time is approximately 1 hour. Note that while the mountain huts are very comfortable, they are not a hotel. A single supplement is not available for this night of the trip. Rooms are rustic and bathroom facilities will be shared with other guests of the rifugio.
Accommodation
  • Fodara Refuge Mountain Hut or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Full Day Fanes Valley Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today’s hike starts at the front door of your hut after breakfast. Walk along an old WWI road, back down to Pederu Hut, where there’s time for coffee or a snack. From here you will tackle another ascent, this time towards the pass of the Fanes Valley. You will hike the ‘Alta Via’ of the Dolomites (also called the ‘High Route’ number 1), a long-distance footpath that traverses the Dolomites from north to south. Your route passes some of the most impressive scenery of the area. The climb is challenging, but not very long, and once it flattens out you’ll enjoy an easy, scenic walk into the quintessential Alpine setting of the Fanes Valley. You’ll hike along a number of spectacular alpine lakes before entering the real world of the Dolomites. Witness the great mountains – the Cima Scotòni and the Cima Fànes Sud. Towards the end of the afternoon you will reach the ‘Capanna Alpina’ and be collected by your private vehicle which will bring you to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Time and weather permitting, you can stop halfway and take the cable car up to the Rifugio Lagazuòi (2,773 m) to enjoy one of the world’s finest views of the Dolomites. You'll see the surrounding valleys disappear into the shadows, highlighting rock pinnacles which, when exposed to sunlight, take on an extraordinary palette of changing colours.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 5–6 hours (12 km); altitude gain/loss is +800 m / -1050 m; total driving time is approximately 30 minutes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Olimpia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Full Day Alta Via Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After the challenging walks of the last two days, enjoy an easier but equally scenic walk around the Tre Cime (‘three tops’) of Lavaredo. This is one of the most famous postcard images of the Dolomites. A short local bus ride brings you to Misurina Lake, located among idyllic mountain scenery, and then further up to the Auronzo hut. Walk along the three mountain tops of Lavaredo towards Rifugio Locatelli, then climb and cross to the other side of the mountain chain. Make a short stop at the historical ‘Dreizinnen’ Hut, on the former border between Austria and Italy, before walking back along the northern side of the mountain range, enjoying some spectacular views of the north face of the Tre Cime. Back at the Auronzo hut enjoy a beer or continue to hike down to Lake Misurina. There is the option to relax a while along the shores of Lake Misurina, or go for yet another hike along the lake shore. Then it's time to go back down to Cortina by public bus. Back in Cortina, enjoy the charms of the valley, a famous haunt of the Italian jet set.

Notes: Total walking time is approximately 3–5 hours (12 km); altitude gain/loss is +/-500 m; total driving time is approximately 1 hour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Olimpia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning after breakfast you will transfer to Venice with the Cortina Express Bus, a fast public bus service. Your trip will come to an end at either Venice Marco Polo Airport or Venice Mestre Train Station. There is no accommodation included for tonight, but additional nights can be booked for both Cortina d'Ampezzo or Venice (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking this trip.

Notes: It is important not to book any international flights out of Venice for before 3 pm. This will allow for delays.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Mountain hut (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Arrival Transfer from Verona Airport
  • Monte Bondone Nature Hike
  • Cable Car Ride to Monte Bondone
  • Gardena Valley Hike
  • Lake Fedaia/Canazei Valley Hike
  • Full Day Hike on Puez Plateau
  • Full Day Fanes Valley Hike
  • Full Day Alta Via Hike
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike

Reviews

Our Walking in the Dolomites trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Walking in the Dolomites, September 2016

Glen Cassidy

Walking in the Dolomites, July 2016

Alison Coates

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Important notes

A good level of fitness is required. You may be walking for up to 6 hours per day. While the footpaths are well maintained, you will still be walking over rough surfaces with some 'ups and downs'. The daily elevation gain/loss and distances walked are indicated in the day-to-day trip notes. While perfectly safe, some sections of the itinerary may prove challenging to sufferers of vertigo.

The mountain hut (rifugio) on Day 5 is very comfortable, however, it's not a hotel. A single supplement is not available for this night of the trip, and the bathroom facilities here will be shared with other guests of the rifugio.

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