The most comprehensive hiking tour of the spectacular Dolomite Mountains available
Italy’s Dolomite Mountains can’t help but impress with their stunning pinnacles, pillars, spires and rock faces that seem to change color at different points throughout the day. Our itinerary is the most comprehensive view of this magnificent range available and covers both the Western and Eastern Dolomites. Every day offers moderate hikes (with some more challenging options), leading you past forests, surreal rock formations, glacial lakes, and war monuments--vestiges from the First World War. At lunch, a charming rifugio and hearty mountain fare await. Every afternoon leaves you time to explore town or soak in the comfortable accommodations of a mountain inn or four-star hotel. Come experience the breadth of Italy’s northern Alps!
7 days moderate to strenuous hiking (max. elev. 8,462'; optional hikes 10,339')
- Hike amid spectacular pillars, steeples, and pinnacles in Italy’s northern Alps on the most comprehensive tour available
- Relax in well-appointed 4-star hotels after a day of hiking, including a night in a mountain inn, under the stars away from city lights
- Our local guides are true foodies and always find the latest in Italian-Austrian fusion cuisine
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Venice End Location: VeniceDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice, Italy. Meet your guide, then transfer to your four-star hotel in Cortina in time for lunch. Time to explore town before dinner tonight.
Day 2 : Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Park: Alpe di Sennes Circuit
Today, we’ll hike the Alpe di Sennes, including a spectacular range of habitats, two natural parks—Dolomiti D’Ampezzo and Fanes-Sennes-Braies—and the spectacular Croda Rossa.
Day 3 : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The day’s trek brings us around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Paterno. We’ll see rocky spires and needles, a stony amphitheatre, and WWI fortifications. Free afternoon in Cortina.
Day 4 : Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park
Departing from Fiames, we’ll hike through the woods, crossing the Ponte Outo, and passing colorful larch trees and WWI plaques en route to our charming inn in Malga Fanes.
Day 5 : Altopiano di Fanes
The Altopiano di Fanes offers a magnificent panorama of the Western Dolomites. From San Cassiano, we’ll take a chairlift to Piz Sorega and hike a ridge to lunch, then down to Corvara. Take a longer route or enjoy the spa back at the hotel.
Day 6 : Above the Val Badia and along the Sella Massif
Today, we’ll traverse the Sella massif. We’ll zigzag toward the Forcella Pordoi, then trek along a rocky, exposed trail. After lunch, hike downhill along Lago Boè and through the woods to Corvara.
Day 7 : Santa Croce Sanctuary
Transfer to San Cassiano, the starting point of our hike. We’ll walk uphill past quaint hamlets and farm houses through a pine forest towards Santa Croce Sanctuary. Lunch at a traditional farmhouse, then hike down to San Leonardo. Transfer to Corvara.
Day 8 : Passo Cir, Forcella Ciampai & Rifugio Puez
From Passo Gardena, we’ll pass beneath the sheer pinnacles of Pizzes da Cir up to the Forcella Ciampai Pass. After lunch, a panoramic trail returns us to Corvara.
Day 9 : Departure
Depart early for the Venice airport. Bid your group “arrivederci” or stay for a few days to enjoy Venice.
DATES: Best time to go: June - July, September Departures: Jun 20 - 28, 2015 Jul 18 - 26, 2015 Sep 5 - 13, 2015
Hotel Posta ZirmCorvara
The long-established Posta Zirm Hotel in Corvara combines Alpine tradition with modern hospitality. Your holiday in the Dolomites will pass in an atmosphere of security and family warmth along with a distinct, elegant ambiance. Enjoy our high-class cuisine, Far Eastern wellness philosophies and the breathtaking natural landscapes, and feel right at home here in our hotel in Corvara!
Hotel FranceschiCortina d’Ampezzo
The Franceschi Park Hotel sits on the grounds of a magnificent private park and is surrounded by pleasant and relaxing gardens. Conveniently located within walking distance of the center of town, the hotel offers spacious and elegant rooms furnished in the typical Ampezzan style. Guests will enjoy delicious homemade meals made by the owners themselves, and an array of amenities such as tennis courts, a sauna, solarium, Turkish bath, and Jacuzzi.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Alberto De Giuli
Alberto De Giuli, a fully certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide, was born in the small town of Padova, Italy. After receiving his degree in economics from the University of Venice; he decided to pursue his true passion, to guide in the mountains. He currently lives in Arabba, which is in the heart of the Dolomites. Alberto has spent several years guiding groups on climibing, hiking, trekking, and skiiing adventures. He truly enjoys showcasing the Dolomites to everyone!
Guilia Monego is a professional skier and adventure enthusiast. Her passion for skiing and the mountains has led her to work as a ski instructor, complete in many alpine ski races and events to leading hiking trips throughout the Dolomites. Whether she is leading a ski expedition in Patagonia or China to photography trips to British Columbia, she is at home at the mountains.
Luca Gasparini is an enthusiastic bilingual professional mountain guide. The mountains and outdoors has always been a part of his life. He started skiing at seven years old, rock climbing and ice climbing at age 19. Luca is living in the Dolomites working as a mountain guide in heli skiing, ski touring, off-track-skiing, ski safaris, ice climbing and snow shoeing in winter and rock climbing, trekking, canyoning and mountaineering in summer.
Marica Fave is grew up in Campitello in the Fassa Valley. She started skiing at age 3 and ski racing at age 6. Since then, she has been a part of the mountains ever since. While on Ski teams, she traveled through out Europe, North America and Canada. In 2006 she became a certified mountain guide and has been leading trips for Mountain Travel Sobek for many years. She has guided in Italy, France, Switzerland and India.
After being high school science and chemistry teacher, Karin Pizzinini decided to pursue her two big passions: travel and photography. Now she works both as an art director, making documentaries about Ladin arts and culture, and as a hiking guide in her beloved Dolomites, where she grew up and lives. She is a year-round outdoor enthusiast - enjoying telemarking and ski touring in the winter, hiking, rock climbing and climbing glaciers in the summer. She used to compete in cross country skiing, cycling and ski touring, where she has achieved the title of Italian champion. Karin says her mission is transmitting knowledge, be it as a teacher, a guide, a film director or a writer. Guiding trips through the beautiful scenery where she lives, and on trips around the world, enables her to share her enthusiasm with her groups, which is certainly one of the things she likes best.