Traverse the breathtaking Dolomites, one of Europe's most magnificent mountain ranges, on this thrilling 8-day family adventure. Climb to Gran Cir to enjoy majestic panoramas and explore the iconic battlement-like peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Unplug at charming mountain huts known as rifugios and savor delicious Tyrolean fare. Enjoy unforgettable family time together while hiking through alpine farms to the sanctuary of Santa Croce and enjoy the thrills of easy via ferratas. This perfect introduction to alpine hiking is bound to inspire the next generation - plus its way more fun than summer camp!
Take in Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the best-known jagged peaks of the Dolomites mountain range
Learn to rock climb with the family and marvel at sweeping green valleys and high alpine meadows
Savor delicious local specialties such as canederli, Tyrolean dumplings, and goulash, traditional beef stew
Your family adventure starts at the Venice airport, where you meet the other families and transfer to the charming alpine resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo - home for the next three nights. Surrounded by stunning peaks, this four-season adventure playground hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Take time to settle in and enjoy the scenery before meeting for a trip briefing in the lobby and then the first meal together in the hotel's restaurant.
After breakfast, explore the nearby hills and discover the rifugios, mountain huts scattered across this gorgeous region. Transfer to Ra Stua, then start a beginner's loop hike into the hills. Along the way, take in the Lago di Fosses lake, several rifugios, a panoramic ridge with dazzling views, and a steep gravel path to Val Salata (Salted Valley). End up back in Ra Stua to take a transfer to Cortina. In the afternoon, enjoy time to stroll the town and do some shopping. Have dinner together in the hotel's dining room.
After breakfast, transfer to Rifugio Auronzo to start a moderate loop hike around the soaring, iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a Dolomites landmark known for its three unique jagged peaks. On the hike, see the shapes mutate from sharp points to soft corners, and find reminders of the WWI, including tunnels, bunkers, and barracks. Enjoy lunch at a rifugio, tasting local specialties such as canederli (tasty Tyrolean dumpling) and goulash (a beef stew). In the afternoon, take a transfer back to Cortina. This evening, enjoy a family dinner on your own.
After breakfast take a short transfer to Passo Falzarego, the location of today's exhilarating Averau Via Ferrata, an easy ascent perfect for families. As you climb safely attached to a system of anchored cables, enjoy the magnificence and sheer magnitude of the Dolomites. In this awesome mountain environment, protected on a rock wall high above the valley floor, take in amazing views as you learn valuable mountain safety skills, including the rope work. After the climb, enjoy a picnic lunch before moving on to the rifugio, to spend cozy night and have dinner.
Today you have two options. The first is to hike the Galleria (tunnels) del Lagazuoi (2,198' ascent), a fascinating open-air WWI museum carved into the mountains, with numerous routes through sites of dramatic high-altitude battles. Have lunch at Rifugio Lagazuoi, then hike downhill past a turquoise lake. The second option is the Col Dai Bos Via Ferrata. Comprised of an impressive network of steel cables, protective cones and special bolt reinforcements, it has some challenging sections and a few vertical segments but plenty of available holds to assist and spectacular views from the 8,396' summit.
After breakfast take a short transfer to San Cassiano, to begin today's hike to Santa Croce sanctuary, with several steep climbs en route. Pass tiny hamlets of ancient shingle-roofed farmhouses and barns and, closer to the sanctuary, see stations of the cross lining the trail of this pilgrimage walk. Find a scenic spot for a picnic along the route. In the afternoon, walk through pine forests and pastures to reach two alpine farms, Malga Pasciantadu and Castalta. Transfer back to the hotel in the afternoon, to enjoy the spa or explore the town.
In the morning take a short transfer to Passo Gardena, to climb one of two via ferrata. Gran Cir is an easy exposed walk where parents often teach small children the basics of rope work and where the views are astounding. Piz da Cir is the other via ferrata, featuring a climb that starts with a scramble over large and uneven boulders and ultimately leads to a splendid little summit. Have lunch and a break after the climb, transfer back to the hotel, and enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Venice airport for your homebound flight.
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This uniquely crafted MT Sobek family adventure blends epic hiking and rifugio hut experiences with a sampling of Tyrolean culture.
With expert guides at the helm, you learn valuable mountain safety skills, including rope work skills required on the via ferrata routes.
On several days, pick between different activities and route options, depending on the group's preferences, physical abilities, and weather conditions.
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.
Scenic drives, easy hikes, via ferrata rock climbing with expert guides, visiting alpine farms, and enjoying picnic lunches.
Four star hotels for 3 nights at the beginning and end of the trip & 1 night in a mountain hut or rifugio
Mornings in the Dolomites can be cool. It will warm up quickly though, and sunscreen, hats and shorts will be needed in the afternoon.
Your trip leaders will meet you at the Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) on Day 1, and then transfer you to our hotel in Cortina, about 2 hours away.
On this adventure tailored for families with kids, we will have 1 guide for every 4 guests.
In addition to having more guides on the family departures, we have also modified other aspects to provide kid-friendly service and adapt to family needs. We'll have earlier dinners, more snacks on the trail and shorter days.
This is a great experience. These huts are fully furnished with beds, great food and most of all, amazing views. Enjoy hearty mountain food and wide open vistas over the Dolomites.
Yes. On the days that we spend multiple nights at a hotel, you may choose not to join the group activity and relax at the hotel.
Running shoes are not recommended for this trip. Walking shoes or lightweight boots with ankle support are the best choice. Hiking boots are fine too.
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