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Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking

Monumental Mountain Beauty & Tyrolean Charm

 

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 through 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-as well as some less strenuous 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:

Innsbruck, Austria

Depart:

Innsbruck, Austria

Duration:

9 Days

Activity Level:

4

Departures:

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Price: from $5,795

  • Arrive in Innsbruck, Austria

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: AC Hotel, Innsbruck

    Centrally located near old town Innsbruck, the newly redesigned AC Hotel is an ideal place to stay on an adventure through the Alps. This four star accommodation has spectacular views of the Austrian Alps, and offers a sleek, elegant interior design. Both the lounge and fitness center are ideal places to unwind before or after days of alpine exploration. The hotel also offers onsite dining, and even a small casino.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Warm-Up Hike through Pragser Wildsee (Lago di Braies)

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Romantik Hotel Santer-Toblach, Austria

    The 4-star Romantik Hotel Santer is nestled in the dazzling Alta Pusteria Valley. For apres-ski or -hike options, the hotel offers a large wellness center with an indoor heated pool, fitness room, saunas, and massages. Themed guestrooms have a quirky yet upscale charm to them and come equipped with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,650' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Below the Face of Drei Zinnen (Tre Cime di Lavaredo)

    Day 3

    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.

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,132' elevation gain & 480' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Trails of Cortina d'Ampezzo

    Day 4

    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.

    Activity: 6 hours/8 miles hiking with 2,624' elevation gain & 1,758' elevation loss

    Transportation: 45-minute public bus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Enjoy a Cinque Torri Circuit

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Savoia

    Experience the exquisite beauty of the Dolomites from the perfectly located Hotel Savoia, tucked away in the Pordoi Pass. Its convivial atmosphere and gorgeous views have drawn hikers, skiers, and mountaineers since 1890! Soak up the hotel's South Tyrolean charm in ones of its comfortable and spacious en-suite rooms, and enjoy panoramic views from the elegant restaurant dining room.

    Activity: 6 hours/6.5 miles hiking with 1,010' elevation gain & 3,111' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Summit Piz Boè

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: Sporthotel Alpenrose

    Located at the foot of the Catinaccio and Latemar Mountains, Sporthotel Alpenrose is surrounded by alpine views while still conveniently situated near the picturesque village of Nova Levante. The hotel's cabin rustic interior is decorated with natural wood to keep each room cozy and close to nature. Take advantage of its many modern services, including access to Wi-Fi, sauna, hot tub and the fitness center.

    Activity: 4 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,148' elevation gain & 2,979' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Traverse the Mighty Rosengarten Rotwand

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Sporthotel Alpenrose

    Located at the foot of the Catinaccio and Latemar Mountains, Sporthotel Alpenrose is surrounded by alpine views while still conveniently situated near the picturesque village of Nova Levante. The hotel's cabin rustic interior is decorated with natural wood to keep each room cozy and close to nature. Take advantage of its many modern services, including access to Wi-Fi, sauna, hot tub and the fitness center.

    Activity: 6 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 2,700' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit "Otzi the Iceman" in Bozen

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Central

    Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Central is comfortable and near a variety of local attractions including the historic old town, and Innsbruck Boulevard. The wellness center features a variety of amenities including a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and a variety of exercise equipment. The outside appearance of the hotel is special, with a beautiful, classic design. The Alps tower in the distance, and the hotel offers stunning views, particularly from the fourth floor rooftop terrace & lounge.

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Innsbruck

    Day 9

    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.

    Accommodation:

    Meals: Breakfast

Italy Best of the Dolomites Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

On this classic MT Sobek adventure, highly skilled local mountain guides show you the best of the Dolomites, from mountain passes to wineries.

Reason #02

After rewarding hikes, carefully chosen hotels offer unwinding at wellness areas with steams baths, heated pools, fitness rooms, and saunas.

Reason #03

This itinerary combines challenging hikes and scenic drives with historic, cultural and gastro tours, and free time to explore charming villages and towns.

Meet your guides

Thomas Bruder

Thomas Bruder

Thomas Bruder is an experienced qualified and certified mountain guide who has been escorting hiking, skiing and canoeing trips in the Canadian Rockies and in the Alps for more than 10 years. Originally Thomas was a professional trombonist (Bavarian State Orchestra). Thomas is eager to show you the Dolomites, in his opinion the most beautiful mountain range of the Alps.

Simone Kreutzer

Simone Kreutzer

Simone lives in the Bavarian Alps and loves being out in the mountains-hiking, skiing, or riding a mountain bike. As a guide in Italy's Dolomites, Simone enjoys meeting interesting people from all over the world and sharing the wonders of the mountains, from magnificent trails to charming villages. When not guiding, Simone works as a marketing manager. Meet Simone on MT Sobek's Best of the Dolomites adventure.

Activities

Strenuous hikes through spectacular mountain landscapes, panoramic gondola rides, and scenic drives.

Lodging

Standard to 4-star hotels combine modern luxury, classical design, and top-notch amenities with convenient access to historic town centers and outdoor activities.

Climate

The Dolomites are a mountain climate. It can be very hot at lower elevations, but can also be freezing above 7000'.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

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.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes?

No. Hiking boots with ankle support are required.

What beverages are included in the trip price?

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.

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

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.

Is Wi-Fi available at all of the hotels?

Yes.

Are trekking poles required?

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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Additional costs

  • $900 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $900 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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