Highlights

  • Alpine wildflowers, crystal streams, pure air
  • Incredible panoramas of mountain peaks and steep stone cliffs
  • Insight into the Ladino people's traditional food and culture
  • Spectacular and rewarding hiking

Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2009, the Dolomites in the northern Italian Alps offer walkers who enjoy a moderate degree of challenge, some of the world's finest and most distinctive mountain landscapes. This walk in wild country of exceptional natural beauty, is within sight of 9840-feet (3000-meter) high snow-capped peaks, pink-hued rock steeples, vertical walls, sheer cliffs, and long, narrow, and deep valleys, as we explore high pastures, forest trails and gentle riverside walks.

Highlights include lunches at rifugios ("mountain refuges"), one of which is reached by cable car, and an optional visit to an open-air World War I museum at Cinque Torri (Five Towers).

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Faloria

We meet in Bolzano, the capital of the Alto Adige, and drive into the mountains to fashionable Moena. Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner tonight.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Ciasa Salares

Stroll through Moena and ascend amid woods of spruce and pine to lunch in a mountain tavern at Hennenstall. We hike in an alpine landscape to Lake Carezza, much loved by Winston Churchill, who painted here; and Agatha Christie, who set her novel ˜The Big Four' here. It is spectacular. We continue to San Cassiano, our base for three nights.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Ciasa Salares

Drive to Colfosco with its splendid views of the cliffs of the Sella across the valley. Wear your hiking boots. We take a steep, sometimes rocky, uphill trail to Forcella (mountain pass) de Campei, at an altitude of almost 8,000 feet. Mountain trails take us to a lakeside walk and the plateau of Gardenaccia with a panorama of peaks. After lunch at Jimmi Htte, we slowly descend by pinewood tracks and meadow paths. Dinner tonight highlights traditional local cuisine.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Ciasa Salares

An undulating hike, accompanied by the sound of cowbells clanging across the valley, brings us to the Church of la Croce. We continue to the Ranch Htte da Andr¨ for a hearty mountain lunch in this family-run restaurant. In the afternoon, you can choose to walk down on meadow trails and village streets or take the van directly to the hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Ancora

Today offers a wonderful, bracing day on mountain trails with unforgettable views. We start from the mountain chalet at Capanna Alpina, and ascend along a rocky trail to reach the high plateau. From here, a wide path leads through alpine pastures to lunch in a mountain ˜rifugio'. Our descent leads to the dramatic waterfalls and gorges of the Fanes valley.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Ancora

Drive to Passo Falzarego to admire views of the Cinque Torri (five towers) just above Cortina. We take lunch at a stunning restaurant with 360-degree views. Later, we take a circular walk around the Cinque Torri and visit the open-air WWI museum, before our Farewell Dinner in Cortina.

Saturday

Transfer to Venice, where we say ˜arrivederci'.
Energetic
"The groups are really fun - witty, friendly and good company"
Terrain: Mountain trails and tracks, some steep ascents and descents, but alternative, less strenuous walks usually available. 8-14 miles walking per day

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,495.00
Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $695.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,270.00

Dates

24-JUL-18 - 30-JUL-18
26-AUG-18 - 01-SEP-18
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Arrival: Bolzano
Departure: Venice

Activities

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The Dolomites Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Faloria

Hotel Faloria

In 1923 Francesco Pezze established a tradition of hospitality as innkeeper of this small and elegant hotel. Handed down from generation to generation, Faloria offers accommodation and a level of service that appeals to todays most discriminating traveller. From the remarkable renovation of the exterior to the details of each guest room, Faloria sets a new standard for restoration and hospitality in Val di Fassa. The well-appointed, traditionally furnished guest rooms feature custom wood furnishings, down comforters, private bath, hairdryer, safety deposit box, satellite TV, phone and all the expected amenities of a modern hotel. Overlooking the main square in Moena, the restaurant features classic Trentino dishes and a view of the Avisio River on one side and the Dolomites on the other. WiFi internet access is available in the bar zone and there are also two internet access points on the 1st floor.

Hotel Ciasa Salares

Hotel Ciasa Salares

Crossing the threshold of Hotel Ciasa Salares in the heart of the Dolomites, you can feel the alpine tradition. The atmosphere is a homely one, the environment intimate and refined like the mountain hut you might visit to enjoy nature and good living. Comfortable old settees gathered around a crackling fireplace, the smell of wood and photos of generations of innkeepers on the walls. The jewel- in- the- crown of the hotel is undoubtedly the Michelin star restaurant, La Siriola, where the rite of dinner becomes a sensory journey through the tastes, the colours, and the liquid and solid flavours of the world. The hotel features a spa with heated and indoor swimming pools, indoor Jacuzzi, gym, massage and beauty treatments, Turkish bath, and more.

Hotel Ancora

Hotel Ancora

One of the oldest hotels in Cortina (1826), the hotel is built in the characteristic Ampezzano style with wooden balconies and intricately carved and painted interior details. The hotel has a convenient location in the centre of the pedestrian area which incorporates most of downtown Cortina, one of the most famous and fashionable resorts in the world. The bedrooms have been recently renovated and each features satellite TV, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, Wi-Fi internet access and a lovely view over the mountains and the historic church bell tower. The elegant dining room is graced with gothic arches hand-painted in shades of blue. The Chefs prepare international cuisine and have an excellent reputation for superb food and outstanding service. The hotel also has a Wellness centre including a sauna for guests to enjoy.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants