Be dazzled by the monumental beauty of Italy's Dolomites, with majestic pinnacles, pillars, spires, and rock faces that change color at different points throughout the day. Travel from north to south - in Austria and Italy - covering all the must-see sites of this magnificent range, including the most famous peaks: Schlern, Sella, Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime de Lavaredo), and Marmolada. Daily challenging hikes (with some less challenging options) take in forests, surreal rock formations, glacial lakes, and high alpine meadows. Enjoy picnic lunches at charming rifugi with stunning backdrops, and unwind back at comfortable hotels.
Hike amid spectacular pillars, steeples, and pinnacles on this custom-designed experience in the Dolomites
Visit Bozen, South Tyrol's historic capital, and see "Otzi the Iceman," the famous glacier mummy
See the Dolomites most famous peaks: Schlern, Sella, Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime de Lavaredo), and Marmolada
Arrive in Innsbruck, Austria's capital of the Alps, with towering mountains looming above. There is one scheduled group transfer to the hotel at 12:30PM. Explore the medieval part of town on your own or take a nap after your flight. This evening, gather at 7pm for a brief orientation with your guide, followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel.
This morning head south and cross the border into Italy, taking a winding road to the trailhead, which leads to the world-famous Pragser Wildsee (4,901'), also known in Italian as Lago di Braies. Acclimatize to higher altitudes slowly on this half-day hike. Upon reaching Pragser Wildsee, break for a picnic lunch near the lake, and then begin climbing through the forest to Pragser Kaser. Tonight stay in Toblach, a small town nestled in the mountains.
Today features a challenging hike just below the face of Drei Zinnen, the Three Peaks of the Dolomites, known as Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italian. Start in Landro (4,593'), following the Riezental along creeks, gorges and rock walls, until a steeper section, which opens to magnificent views of the peaks. Continue for another two hours and meet the bus at the Rifugio Auronzo; refuel here before the drive to Cortina. Enjoy free time to stroll the town, known for its master woodworking and world-class skiing, and unwind over a five-course dinner.
Spend the day exploring the trails surrounding Cortina d'Ampezzo, famous home of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Take a short transfer to the trailhead at 5,577 feet. After climbing gently uphill for about 90 minutes, reach a mountain hut in a scenic location where you can break for some soup and superb vistas. Continue climbing uphill to Passo Giau, a mountain pass at 7,545 feet; stop for a drink in the sun to take in the beauty. The vehicle awaits at the pass, for the transfer back to Cortina.
This morning, transfer to the bottom of another famous rock formation in the area - the Cinque Torri. At the Rifugio Bai de Dones take the chairlift to the Rifugio Scoiattoli (7,398'). Start a remarkable circuit of the Cinque Torri and enjoy a trail up to the peak of Nuvolau (8,445'). After lunch at the Rifugio Averau, continue towards the Passo Falzarego, where you can learn more about WWI at the open-air museum. In the afternoon, transfer further west through the town of Arabba to the Passo Pordoi, with magnificent views.
Get an early start today and take the gondola up from the Passo Pordoi (7,355') to the Sass Pordoi (9,186'). From here, climb (weather permitting) to the summit of Piz Boe (10,334') on a rocky trail with some scrambling. With majestic views all around, have lunch at the mountain hut before continuing the downhill hike back to the Passo Pordoi. Hop into the vehicle here and continue to the hotel in Welschnhofen. Enjoy the luxurious spa or take a stroll through town, situated at the base of the Rosengarten Mountains.
Start with a short walk to the gondola, which whisks you up to the Kolner Hutte at 7,316 feet. Begin the hiking circuit around the Rotwand with a rather challenging start - scramble up the short but steep ascent to Passo Coronelle (8,628'), and then the Cigolade Pass (8,372') before continuing to the Rotwand Hutte for lunch. Head back to the Kolner hut traversing along the base of the mighty and challenging alpine wall of Rotwand. Finish the last hike and return to the hotel.
Leave the higher alpine areas and drive to Bozen, the capital of South Tyrol, passing impressive canyons and alpine villages along the way. Spend the day strolling Bozen's historic center, shopping for souvenirs and visiting Mr. Otzi, the famous Iceman on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. Otzi lived around 5300 years ago and is Europe's oldest-known human mummy. Taste fine wines at a local winery, before regrouping for a special farewell dinner back in Innsbruck.
Bid your fellow trekkers a warm Aufweidersehen before transferring to the airport in Innsbruck for your flight home. Departures and landings in this idyllic region are some of the most spectacular in the world.
On this classic MT Sobek adventure, highly skilled local mountain guides show you the best of the Dolomites, from mountain passes to wineries.
After rewarding hikes, carefully chosen hotels offer unwinding at wellness areas with steams baths, heated pools, fitness rooms, and saunas.
This itinerary combines challenging hikes and scenic drives with historic, cultural and gastro tours, and free time to explore charming villages and towns.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Strenuous hikes through spectacular mountain landscapes, panoramic gondola rides, and scenic drives.
Standard to 4-star hotels combine modern luxury, classical design, and top-notch amenities with convenient access to historic town centers and outdoor activities.
The Dolomites are a mountain climate. It can be very hot at lower elevations, but can also be freezing above 7000'.
Plan to arrive at Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (INN) by 11:00AM. Your trip leader will meet you in the arrivals hall between 12:00PM and 12:30PM. We then transfer to our group hotel in Innsbruck.
No. Hiking boots with ankle support are required.
Unlimited water is included throughout the day at all meals. One glass of wine/beer is included at dinner, as well as 2 glasses of wine/beer at the welcome and farewell dinners.
Yes. On Day 4 and Day 7, we stay two nights in the same hotel, so skipping a hike on these days would be best. Otherwise, you would need to transfer to the next night's hotel with our luggage.
We highly recommend trekking poles due to the rocky trail conditions with steep ascents and descents. Trekking poles can be very helpful.
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