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Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking Tour

Monumental Mountain Beauty & Scenic Valley Trails


Be dazzled by the monumental beauty of Italy's Dolomites, with its majestic pinnacles and fairy-tale spires, on this active Italian adventure. Each day you'll follow scenic hiking trails up to ridges and mountain passes for spellbinding views, then descend to lush green valleys where wildflowers bloom in pastoral meadows. Along the way, you'll pass grazing mountain goats and storybook villages as towering rock walls change color with the sun. From the Italian/Ladin village of Val di Fassa in Trentino, to the Italian/German town of Alta Badia in South Tyrol, to the iconic Italian/Ladin town of Cortina in the Veneto region, you'll cover all the must-see sites of this magnificent range, including the most famous peaks: Tre Cime di Lavaredo (9,839') and Marmolada (11,024'). Experience the charm of mountain villages at comfortable hotels and dine on delicious local cuisine.

9 Days

From: $7,895

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Highlights


  • Hike amid spectacular alpine scenery in a UNESCO-listed mountain wonderland
  • See the Dolomites' most photogenic peaks including Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Marmolada
  • Indulge in hearty mountain fare and enjoy warm hospitality in Trentino, Alta Badia and Veneto - three cultures, languages, and valleys!

Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking

Start: Venice, Italy  End: Venice, Italy

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Val di Fassa

    Day 1

    Land at Venice international airport and meet your guide for a private group transfer to Val di Fassa (4,593') in Italy's Trentino region. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a trip briefing and aperitif, followed by a welcome group dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Locanda Degli Artisti

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Follow Scenic Trails to Val San Nicolò

    Day 2

    After breakfast, head to Alba di Canazei (4,891') where today's hike begins. Follow a forest trail uphill to the Locia de Contrin mountain hut and through the beautiful Val Contrin. From the Malga Contrin mountain hut, continue your ascent to Passo San Nicolò (7,703'). Be wowed by impressive views of Marmolada's peaks: Piccolo Vernel, Gran Vernel, Penia, and Ombretta. After a well-deserved lunch break, enjoy the panoramic view across Val San Nicolò. Then, hike down through the picturesque valley - a landscape of flower-filled meadows and pretty wooden huts, all framed by spectacular peaks. Alternatively, you can opt for a panoramic train ride back.

    Accommodation: Hotel Locanda Degli Artisti

    Activity: 6 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 3,099' elevation gain and 3,312' loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sasso Lungo Loop Trek

    Day 3

    Start the day with a cable car ride from Campitello to Col Rodella (7,152'). From here hike under Sassolungo and Sassopiatto on the famous Friedrich-August-Weg route. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views as you pass wildflowers and grazing cows on this age-old shepherds' path, which ascends to Rifugio Sassopiatto (7,546'). Check out the view north over Val Gardena from Rifugio Vicenza (7,391') and enjoy refreshments at Rifugio Comici (7,063'). This loop hike now turns south through an unearthly landscape of boulders at Città dei Sassi ("city of stones"). Arrive back at Rifugio Passo Sella for a cable car ride back to Campitello. Dinner is at your leisure tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Locanda Degli Artisti

    Activity: 6 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,328' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike the Sella Massif in Alta Badi

    Day 4

    Today's hike will traverse an excellent network of paths on the south face of the Sella Massif. From Penia, take the cable car to Doleda where you'll follow the trail to Passo Pordoi (7,345'). From here, hike a zigzag trail toward the Forcella Pordoi and take in incredible views of the Sassolungo, Marmolada, Civetta, Pelmo, Antelao and Col di Lana mountains. Then follow a rocky and undulating trail along the Sella's south face to Rifugio Franz Kostner (8,200') — a great lunch spot. After lunch, hike downhill along Lago Boe and through the woods to Corvara (5,120'), where a private transfer to La Villa awaits. There are optional downhill lifts as needed. Join together for a group dinner in La Villa, one of South Tyrol's delightful mountain villages.

    Accommodation: Hotel Christiania, La Villa, Alta

    Activity: 6 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 1,850' elevation gain and 3,960' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend to the Santa Croce Sanctuary

    Day 5

    Make a pilgrimage to the pretty white Santa Croce Sanctuary, perfectly situated at the base of the Sasso della Croce. Starting from the town of San Cassiano (5,250'), hike uphill on a paved road passing tiny hamlets and age-old barns along the way. A gravel trail gradually ascends through a pine forest, affording great views of Santa Croce and the picturesque Val Badia. At the church you'll have time to look around and revel in the vistas before walking to "Ranch Andre," a traditional farmhouse converted into an inviting lunch spot. After lunch, take a different trail back down into town and enjoy an evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Christiania, La Villa, Alta

    Activity: 5-6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,935' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Puez-Odle Nature Park

    Day 6

    After a hearty breakfast it's off to Colfosco, one of the charming towns of Val Badia. From here, you'll explore the picturesque 25,000-acre Puez-Odle Natural Park at the base of the Cir Mountains. Starting from the church in Val Badia, head uphill to Rifugio Edelweiss (6,008') nestled in the Edelweiss valley - the perfect stop for refreshments! Admire spectacular views over the Sella Massif, with its towering peaks and dramatic rock faces, then ascend to Rifugio Forcelles and the most panoramic bench stop you'll ever encounter! Then follow a series of uphill paths and switchbacks until you reach Jimmy's Hutte (7,299'), our final destination. After lunch, descend to Passo Gardena and Colfosco. Optional gondola rides are available (not included). Savor a traditional Ladin dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Christiania, La Villa, Alta

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,330' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Go Back in Time in Cinque Torri

    Day 7

    Today, you'll transfer to Passo Falzarego and hike to Rifugio Averau (7,921'). From here, descend to Rifugio Scoiattoli and beautiful Cinque Torri. Learn about the history of Cinque Torri and the surrounding mountain valleys as WWI battlefields, complete with tunnels and bunkers. Depending on the group, there are 3- to 6-hour hiking options. Lunch will be in one of the rifugios around the Cinque Torri. In the early afternoon, transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Veneto region and enjoy an evening at your leisure. Sleep in luxury at the 5-star Grand Hotel Savoia.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia

    Activity: Several hiking options that will be catered to the group

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Sunrise Loop Hike to Tre Cime di Lavaredo

    Day 8

    Rise early for a stunning finale to your Dolomites hiking adventure! Starting at Rifugio Auronzo (7,677'), set out on a loop hike around the soaring peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo (9,839')- probably the most famous landmark in all the Dolomites. Since the first routes were climbed in the 1930s, Tre Cime has become one of the most popular Italian peaks in the mountaineering world and seeing it at sunrise (weather permitting) is nothing short of spectacular. Raise a toast to your Dolomites adventure this evening and enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain and 1,800' loss

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer from Cortina to Venice & Depart

    Day 9

    After breakfast, take a private group transfer from Cortina to Venice airport for your homeward-bound flights.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • This classic MT Sobek adventure showcases the iconic sights of the Dolomites, including Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Santa Croce Sanctuary, in just one week.

  • MT Sobek has been operating hiking adventures in Italy for over 40 years and works with the best local guides in the business.

  • We blend challenging hikes with time to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of delightful mountain towns — it's the perfect pace!

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
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  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners noted in the itinerary
  • Water, soft drinks, coffee and tea during all lunches and dinners, and 1 glass of wine with dinners
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  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
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  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel necessary during the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Luca Z.

Luca Z.

Luca was born in the northern Italian town of Cividale del Friuli, near the Austrian and Slovenian borders. His love of the mountains began at an early age while exploring the foothills of the eastern Alps and the Dolomites with his family. Today Luca is a hiking guide for the Veneto Board of Alpine Guides, a UIMLA Mountain Leader, and a passionate trail runner. Luca speaks Italian, Friulano (a minority Rhaeto-Romance language), English, and a little German—and is also a classical musician with 15 years of orchestral training! When he is not mountain guiding, Luca enjoys relaxing, cooking, socializing with friends, and playing with his cats.

Chiara S.

Chiara S.

Chiara was born and raised along the southern edge of Lake Como, surrounded by nature. As a child, every free moment was an opportunity to climb trees and dive bomb into the icy lake. The sports that Chiara practiced as a young woman were always strongly linked to nature: rowing, windsurfing, and sailing helped Chiara fall in love with "her" lake; while skiing and climbing brought her closer to the mountain world. She attended university in Milan, and after a stint as a salesperson, her choice to leave the city came naturally: with her shiny red mountain bike, and "more backpacks than handbags," Chiara arrived in Cortina d'Ampezzo and never looked back! In Cortina, she found a new life, and a mountain-guide husband. Chiara has a clear passion for nature, and she loves to share her knowledge of the territory and the local culture with clients, adults and children alike.

Loris M.

Loris M.

Loris was born and raised in the countryside in North East Italy surrounded by fields and low hills, the perfect playground to develop a love for the outdoors. A short journey away were the Dolomites, which he visited regularly with his family. During these trips Loris and his father began exploring the trails, hiking in every direction they could possibly reach. Loris later served Italy by joining the National Army. He became a member of the athletic team division, focusing on trail running and biathlon, as well as working on the Army Rescue Team. Work and leisure have taken Loris to many different countries, including Nepal and Tibet. But the Dolomites still hold the top place in his heart, with their countless trails, rock climbing routes, and backcountry ski touring locations. In his time off from sports and work, Loris enjoys spending time with his family at home in Trieste.

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Land at Venice international airport and meet your guide for a private group transfer to Val di Fassa (4,593\') in Italy\'s Trentino region. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a trip briefing and aperitif, followed by a welcome group dinner.

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Today\'s hike will traverse an excellent network of paths on the south face of the Sella Massif. From Penia, take the cable car to Doleda where you\'ll follow the trail to Passo Pordoi (7,345\'). From here, hike a zigzag trail toward the Forcella Pordoi and take in incredible views of the Sassolungo, Marmolada, Civetta, Pelmo, Antelao and Col di Lana mountains. Then follow a rocky and undulating trail along the Sella\'s south face to Rifugio Franz Kostner (8,200\') — a great lunch spot. After lunch, hike downhill along Lago Boe and through the woods to Corvara (5,120\'), where a private transfer to La Villa awaits. There are optional downhill lifts as needed. Join together for a group dinner in La Villa, one of South Tyrol\'s delightful mountain villages.

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Make a pilgrimage to the pretty white Santa Croce Sanctuary, perfectly situated at the base of the Sasso della Croce. Starting from the town of San Cassiano (5,250\'), hike uphill on a paved road passing tiny hamlets and age-old barns along the way. A gravel trail gradually ascends through a pine forest, affording great views of Santa Croce and the picturesque Val Badia. At the church you\'ll have time to look around and revel in the vistas before walking to "Ranch Andre," a traditional farmhouse converted into an inviting lunch spot. After lunch, take a different trail back down into town and enjoy an evening at your leisure.

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After a hearty breakfast it\'s off to Colfosco, one of the charming towns of Val Badia. From here, you\'ll explore the picturesque 25,000-acre Puez-Odle Natural Park at the base of the Cir Mountains. Starting from the church in Val Badia, head uphill to Rifugio Edelweiss (6,008\') nestled in the Edelweiss valley - the perfect stop for refreshments! Admire spectacular views over the Sella Massif, with its towering peaks and dramatic rock faces, then ascend to Rifugio Forcelles and the most panoramic bench stop you\'ll ever encounter! Then follow a series of uphill paths and switchbacks until you reach Jimmy\'s Hutte (7,299\'), our final destination. After lunch, descend to Passo Gardena and Colfosco. Optional gondola rides are available (not included). Savor a traditional Ladin dinner tonight.

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After breakfast, take a private group transfer from Cortina to Venice airport for your homeward-bound flights.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 4. On this trek you will be hiking 7 to 9.5 hours a day, mostly at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. The trails are well groomed, but rocky and often steep. This type of terrain makes it a challenging experience. You need to be in excellent physical condition and have similar previous experience hiking for multiple consecutive days.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

6 hours/9.5 miles hiking with 3,099' elevation gain and 3,312' loss

Day 3

6 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,328' elevation gain and loss

Day 4

6 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 1,850' elevation gain and 3,960' loss

Day 5

5-6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,935' elevation gain and loss

Day 6

5 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,330' elevation gain and loss

Day 7

Several hiking options that will be catered to the group

Day 8

6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain and 1,800' loss

Accommodations


A warm welcome awaits at charming 4- and 5-star mountain inns with comfortable rooms and modern amenities.

Hotel Christiania, La Villa, Alta
Hotel Christiania, La Villa, Alta

Located in South Tyrol, this 4-star hotel offers "high quality facilities with plenty of modern, natural influences" high in the towering Dolomites. Rooms are delicately furnished with high-quality wooden floors and comfortable beds. The hotel bar, restaurant, and general ambiance embody a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility. The spa offers a variety of beauty treatments and massage therapy, perfect for rest and recovery after days of trekking in this beautiful region.

Hotel Locanda Degli Artisti
Hotel Locanda Degli Artisti

Experience a warm welcome, great food, and an artistic vibe at the Locanda Degli Artisti Art Hotel in the heart of the Dolomites. Its comfortable, modern rooms feature distinctive artworks, wooden floors, and balconies with stunning views. Sleep well on plush bedding, wrap yourself in a cozy bathrobe, and enjoy high-quality bathroom amenities made with natural ingredients. Smart multi-language TV, private room safe, mini bar, and in room coffee/tea facilities are also included.

Grand Hotel Savoia
Grand Hotel Savoia

This impeccable 5-star hotel in Cortina has an exclusive feel, and provides guests with exceptional comfort and convenience. Your room has everything needed for a perfect stay: Cozy fireplace and matchless views of the Dolomites, designer furnishings and chic décor, minibar, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Concierge and room service are available, and the on-site spa offers a retreat like atmosphere with an indoor pool and sauna/hot tub.

Weather


The Dolomites are a mountain climate. It can be very hot at lower elevations, but can also be freezing above 7,000 feet.

 
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47
72
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Venice 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

Plan to arrive at the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) by 9:30am. An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the arrivals hall between 10:00am and 10:30am. Then transfer 2.5 hours to our group hotel in Cortina.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes?

Due to rocky and uneven terrain, hiking boots with ankle support are necessary.

Can you accommodate my diet?

The cuisine of the Dolomites is one of the most varied (and delicious!) in the world. We are able to accommodate most diets with advanced notice.

Can I skip a hike if I need a rest day?

On most days you can opt to stay back in town and explore or your own or rest. On Days 4 & 7, we will transfer to our next accommodation.

When should I schedule my departure flight from Venice?

Our arrival at Venice airport is scheduled for the late morning on Day 8, so your overseas flight should be planned for no earlier than 2pm.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
Are the Dolomites difficult to hike?
Hiking the Dolomites can vary in difficulty depending on the specific trail chosen. Our Dolomites hiking adventure is rated a Level 4 and includes 7 to 9.5 hours of hiking per day, mostly at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. We follow some of the most scenic trails in the Dolomites, but the paths can be rocky and steep. This type of terrain makes for a challenging and rewarding experience.
What is the best month to hike the Dolomites?
The best months to hike in the Dolomites are typically from June to September, when the weather is relatively stable and most of the trails are open. This period offers the most favorable conditions for hiking. Our Dolomites hiking adventure operates from June to mid-September.
How long does it take to hike the Dolomites?
The duration of a hike in the Dolomites depends on the chosen trail and individual hiking pace. The best multi-day treks can span several days and we recommend a 9-day adventure to ensure that you cover the highlights and lesser-known trails in the Dolomites.

Guest Reviews


"Our trip to the Dolomites with Sobek was an amazing! Well organized and planned, terrific, knowledgable guides and wonderful meals and group dynamics. The scenery is fantastic. Highly recommend."

Brenda H.
MT Sobek Guest, Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking

"Best of the Dolomites is the best of everything-scenery, food, adventure and wonderful hiking."

Sandy & Doug C.
MT Sobek Guest, Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking