"D'yodeling in the Dolomites"
Walk among the most spectacular scenery in northern Italy. Dolomite rock is a white or colored rock formed by marine deposits and coral 230 million years ago. Forced up by tectonic events they were then sculpted into snow-clad peaks, deep valleys and lakes by retreating ice ages. Enjoy landscapes of alpine meadows and evergreen & deciduous larch and spruce woods, dwarfed by soaring peaks and glaciers. In late spring and early summer anemone, pasque flower, gentian and the beautiful globe flower abound; habitat for Ibex, roe deer, chamois; marmots, eagles and huge anthills. Sleep restfully in quiet rooms in delightfully luxurious alpine hotels with a spa, sauna and swimming pool facilities. Enjoy the wonderful variety of Tyrolian cuisine, the atmosphere of mountain refuges and charming villages. Our Dolomites walks are invigorating and among incredible scenery.
from € 3,300
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except one lunch
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Bolzano – Alpe di Siusi
We meet at 14.00 at Bolzano train station and drive into the Dolomite Alps to stroll in the charming mountain village of Castelrotto – a lovely introduction before driving onto the Alpe di Siusi where we walk across open meadows carpeted with spring flowers and scattered with wooden alpine huts. A lovely introductory stroll in the heart of Dolomite landscape (1hr/4km). (Before the trip starts, you might wish to spend a day/night in Bolzano to enjoy the arcaded shopping and the Iceman museum)
| DAY 2 | The Federico Augusto Trail
We walk directly out of our hotel and ride up a cable car to reach 2100m; from here we follow a panoramic trail leading from the Alpe di Siusi
to the Sella Pass keeping the Sasso Lungo and the Sasso Piatto mountains always in sight. Much of this walk follows a stunning mountain crest;
offering breathtaking views over the Catinaccio group and the Marmolada glacier.
| DAY 3 | Le Cinque Torri
We leave from Passo Falzarego and walk out across meadows where wildflowers abound climbing gradually as the trail gives way to loose rubble around the Nuvolau. We have lunch in a rifugio before crossing an open area of high altitude meadows which was the site of fierce Austrian-Italian battles during WWI. We can walk through trenches and fortifications at the foot of the Cinque Torri which despite continuous erosion is an important area for rock climbing practice. (5hrs/10km*)(Elev. +/-650m)
| DAY 4 | Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo
A scenic drive to the north-eastern Dolomiti di Sesto takes us past the chic ski resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo and past enchanting Lake Misurina to Rifugio Auronzo the start of today’s circular walk. We hike along a trail with many more WWI tunnels still evident, to the base of the magnificent pinnacles of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the Three Buddhas) and marvel at the honey coloured shadows reflecting on its perpendicular limestone walls in the afternoon sun.(5hrs/12km) (Elev. +/-150m)
| DAY 5 | Fanes National Park
Dolomite legend tells of inhabitants in these valleys called Fanes, who had an alliance with marmots, but who tried to expand the kingdom by making a secret pact with eagles. Eagles and marmots never got on very well and the fate of the Fanes people was sealed. The area in which we hike evokes such magical and fairytale-like feelings. As we eat lunch and watch for marmots dashing in and out of the rocks, you can almost hear songs in the breeze. We end the day in S. Vigilio, a village where they speak the old Ladin language. (7hrs/16km) (Elev. +/-900m)
| DAY 6 | The Santa Croce Massif
We take a walk beneath the Santa Croce massif through pastures and farmland with many wild flowers. The majesty of the mountains around us
makes us feel small, as people here always have done. For centuries, during winter months, farmers were isolated from the rest of the world and
farmsteads had to be self-sufficient. Faith and hard work helped them survive arduous conditions.
| DAY 7 | Lake Braies
We drive out to Lake Braies to walk around this magnificent emerald green alpine lake whose waters reflect the peaks dominating the skies above. We continue along high mountain pastures amid expansive scenery to a small hut for refreshments (try the Kaiserschmarren!). We continue around the lake, enjoy the pastures and return to S.Vigilio in the minibus. Time permitting we stop for a stroll in the charming old town of Brunico. (3hrs/10km) (Elev. +/-200m)
| LAST DAY | Drop off at Bolzano station
Scheduled drop off at Bolzano station at 10.00am (or earlier as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as taxi service to Venice airport.
Floralpina Sporthotel, Alpe di Siusi
Hotel Armentarola, Alta Badia
Hotel Teresa, San Vigilio
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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