The most comprehensive hiking tour of the spectacular Dolomite Mountains available
The dramatic spires, pinnacles, and rock walls of the Dolomites rise in elegantly chiseled formations, looking every inch like a landscape devised by the gods. And if this isn’t exactly heaven, well, it’s certainly not far from it! The Dolomites make up part of the Italian Alps to form a natural border between Italy and Austria. Our exhilarating adventure highlights the best of this stunning Valhalla from Cortina to Cordova, and the Sella massif to the striking pillars of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. We are proud to offer the most comprehensive itinerary available!
Morning hikes up to ridges and passes promise spellbinding views of huge peaks and pinnacles, while afternoon descents dazzle with lush, green valleys filled with wildflowers, idyllic meadows, and storybook villages. Each day ends with some time to relax at the hotels—each one an oasis of comfort! On the trail, you’ll only need to carry a light daypack with the daily essentials, except for one day when you’ll pack a few more belongings for an overnight in a remote mountain rifugio. Experience the Dolomites MTS-style, with moderate hikes, professional guides, and excellent cuisine and comfortable accommodations—the best of this enchanting region.
7 days moderate to strenuous hiking (max. elev. 8,462'; optional hikes 10,339')
- See it all! MTS offers the most comprehensive tour available of the region to include both the Western and Eastern Dolomites
- Hike varied, moderate trails (with some challenging options) amid the spectacular pillars, steeples, pinnacles, and rock walls of Italy’s northern Alps
- Discover the rich blend of cultures, languages, and cuisines along Italy and Austria’s natural border
- Mountain inns and 4-star hotels offer excellent accommodations after a long day of hiking, including spa amenities at the elegant Hotel Posta Zirm in Corvara
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Venice End Location: VeniceDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice, Italy, and drive to the famous alpine village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, your base for the next three nights.
Day 2 : Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Park: Alpe di Sennes Circuit
Hike from Rifugio Malga Ra Stua (5,471'), set in a valley between the Croda Rossa (east) and Lavinores (west) Dolomite groups, to the Rifugio Fodara Vedla (6,429') for lunch, then along a trail through grassy basins dotted with bushes and dwarf mountain pine, home to marmots and chamois.
Day 3 : Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Circumnavigate the stunning pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Paterno, one of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the Dolomites.
Day 4 : Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park
Hike into the beautiful Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, a stronghold of the Ladin language. Overnight at a mountain inn in a remote valley. (You'll need to carry your overnight belongings this day.)
Day 5 : Altopiano di Fanes
Enjoy a panorama of the western Dolomites as we hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Val Badia in the South Tyrol. Optional steep hike to the Forcella del Lago (8,470') with spectacular all-encompassing views. Overnight at the deluxe Hotel Posta Zirm in Corvara for the next four nights.
Day 6 : Above the Val Badia and along the Sella Massif
Hike along the south face of the incredible Sella massif. Views include Marmolada (11,024'), the highest peak in the Dolomites, and the world-famous rock wall of the Civetta (10,564').
Day 7 : Santa Croce Sanctuary
En route to the Santa Croce Sanctuary, site of a church built in 1484, hike a pilgrimage trail past hamlets, open meadows, and pine forests.
Day 8 : Passo Cir, Forcella Ciampai & Rifugio Puez
Hike to Passo Cir (8,130') beneath the towering sheer pinnacles of Pizzes da Cir and on to the Forcella di Ciampai (8,280'). Optional climb to Sas Ciampac (8,775') for views of the Eastern Dolomites.
Day 9 : Departure
Return to Venice and depart (or extend your stay in this remarkable city!). Or, take our Via Ferrata extension before returning to Venice.
DATES: Best time to go: June - July, September Departures: Jun 25, 2014 - Jul 3, 2014 Jul 15 - 23, 2014 Sep 5 - 13, 2014
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.