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Italy - Walking in the nature parks of the Dolomites

This walking holiday takes you through three nature reserves in the regions of South Tyrol and Belluno, which are some of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites with the former Olympic city of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the center. The Dolomites have not without reason become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mountains that surround you, reach heights above 3,000 meters (9,842ft). 

Along the way you will see mountain lakes, high peaks, green fields with grazing cows and goats and mountain huts in traditional style. 

The trip is an individual self-guided walking tour, where it is possible to choose between a shorter and a longer day walk. Depending on your fitness level maybe some days you will choose the long harder route and other days the shorter and easier variant. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel, so you only have to carry your daypack.

Highlights on this tour

  • Hiking in the Dolomites - UNESCO World Heritage 
  • The nature reserve Fanes-Sennes-Braies and mountain lake Lago di Braies 
  • The nature reserve Dolomiti Ampezzane and Cortina d'Ampezzo 
  • The nature reserve Sexten Dolomites with the Three Peaks of Lavaredo 
  • Stay in good mountain hotels 
  • Every day you can choose between a short and a long hike 
  • Luggage is transported from hotel to hotel 
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Day 1 Arrival Dobbiaco / Toblach in Pusteria Valley

Arrival at the hotel
- either in Niederdorf/Villabassa
- or Dobbiaco/Toblach in the Pusteria Valley.

Day 2 Walking from Villabassa/Dobbiaco to Prato Piazza/Plätzwiese

Walking time:
Short trip: about 3 hours + 700m / -35m (+
2,296ft / -144ft ).
Long trip: about 5 hours +1,100m / - 650m (+3,609ft / - 2,132ft). 

Your walking holiday starts with a short transfer to the mountain lake Lago di Braies or Pragser Wildsee that will fascinate you with its turquoise water. Here you get the first impression of Prague Valley with dark coniferous forests against the white cliffs.

You continue to pastures of Rossalm and reach the plateau Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese where the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl rise. From here there are magnificent views. In the distance you will see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo. 

If you do not wish to walk that far, you can choose a shorter route, which starts at the Tuscherhof Inn. You will follow the river Stolla and pass small mountain hotels and rock formations shaped by wind and water before you reach the grassy areas of Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese, for your overnight stay.

Day 3 Hiking from Pratopiazza/Plätzwiese to either Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein and back

Walking time:
Short trip: about 3 hours +/- 350 (+/-1,148ft ).
Long trip: about 4 hours +/- 800m( +/-2,624ft).

Today you can decide, whether you wish to walk the long or the short route. You can hike to the top of either Strudelkopf at 2,307m / 7,568ft (short) or Dürrenstein 2,839m / 9,314ft (long). Both are located in the Dolomites' largest nature reserve, Fanes Sennes Braies. 

You start from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese that, together with the mountains Croda Rossa / Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe, is a lovely nature- and hiking area in the Dolomites. Along the way on both routes there are beautiful views of the Hohe Gaisl, Three Peaks of Lavaredos, Tofana and Monte Cristallo. 

Day 4 Hiking from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese to Cortina d'Ampezzo

Walking time:
Short trip: about 4 hours -600m (-1968ft.)
Long trip: about 7 hours +600m / -1000m (+1,968ft / -3,280ft)

The hike continues over Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese and down through Knappenfuss Valley (Valle dei canopi) to the saddle Cimabanche / Gemark, which forms the border between South Tyrol and Belluno.

From here you can go directly to Cortina d'Ampezzo, or choose a longer route past the mountain hut Ra Stua and around the foot of the mountain Col Rosa, before you reach Cortina, located at the bottom of the valley between the mountains.

You will spend two nights in Cortina and can stroll around the streets, where little shops lie side by side with cozy cafes and restaurants. 

Day 5 Round hike from Cortina d'Ampezzo

Walking time:
Short trip: about 3-4 hours +/-300m (+/- 984ft.)

Long trip: about 5-6 hours +/-600m (+/-1968ft.)

The view from starting point of your walk is quite nice. The high peaks stretching high into the sky. The mountains Cristallo, Tofane, Fanes and Sorapiss play a significant role in this magnificent view.

The programme of the day includes a tour of the deep valley surrounded by these high mountains. Again, there are two choices between a shorter and a longer and higher walk. 

Day 6 Hiking from Lake Landro to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Walking time: Short trip: ca. 4 hours +350m / -350m ( +1,148ft / -1,148ft).
Long trip: ca. 4-5 hours  +950m / -50m (+3,116ft / -164ft).

On this day you will have a transfer to the nearby Lake Landro. Here the walking path takes you throught the Rienz valley, and leads you to the famous three peaks - Tre Cime, the most known rock formations of the Dolomites.

During the First World War there were fierce battles in this area between Italy and Austria-Hungary, and there are still historical traces of the past.

You will continue the walk to Rifugio Auronzo, from where you will grab a bus back to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf (the bus ticket is not included in the price and costs around 6-7 euros).

You can also get the morning transfer all the way to the Auronzo Rifugio, and from here walk around the Tre Cime, before catching the bus to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf.

Day 7 Hiking around from Sexten / Sesto

Walking time:
Short trip: ca. 5 hours +540m / -1,250m (+1,771ft / -4,494ft).
Long trip: ca. 6-7 hours +670 / - 1,370 (+2,198ft / -4,494ft).

The last stage of your hiking vacation brings you to a beautiful side valley of Pusteria Valley. From Versciaco / Vierschach take the cable car up to Monte Elmo / Helm Berg, from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Sesto / Sexten mountains.

Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Helmhang are some of the cabins you pass on the way before you end your walk in Sesto / Sexten. From here you will return to Dobbiaco / Toblach for the last overnight stay.

The slightly longer hiking trail also includes a walk past the cottages Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Alpe Nemes before arriving at Kreuzbergpass/ Passo Monte Croce. From here you can get back by bus or train. 

Day 8 End of the tour

Your walking holiday is coming to an end and it is time to find your way home.

Price includes

  • 3 nights in Dobbiaco / Toblach in a double room with breakfast
  • 2 nights in Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese in a double room with breakfast
  • 2 nights in Cortina d'Ampezzo in a double room with breakfast
  • Detailed hiking description and map of the hikes
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer or tickets to the cable car, bus / train according to the itinerary
  • Local telephone hotline (German, Italian, English)
  • Free parking in the Pusteria Valley
  • Access to the route in our GPS-app which works offline while you walk
  • 24-hour international service hotline for the duration of the tour
  • This is a packaged holiday and is therefore covered by The Travel Guarantee Fund - See which benefits this means for you - click here
Not included
  • Transportation to the starting destination in Italy
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance
  • Possible local tourist accommodation tax, typically €1-2 p. p. / night
  • optional: Half board (5x dinner)
  • optional: Additional nights before or after the tour
EUR 725.00

Practical info

General information

The price is based upon two people sharing. It is also possible travel alone in a single room. Simply choose "1 person" in the booking form and it will automatically add the single room surcharge.

Notice: If you open the booking form, fill it out and go to page two, you can save your quote and have it sent to your email as a pdf. This way you can easily send it to others who can then see the price and exactly what is included. When you have saved the quote you can easily restart the booking and you will not need to enter all the information again.

Transportation / Flights

The flights to/from Venice, Italy are not included in the price. You can easily find a suitable flight via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner.

Notice: we recommend that you book with us and wait for the confirmation before you book your flights.

Airport transfers
We can arrange a transfer from Venice to the first hotel. Contact us if you are interested in this option.

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If you prefer that we handle your flight, then we would be happy to arrange this for you. You simply book a quote below the map on this page and we will return with a quote as soon as possible (usually within 48 working hours). Please note that we add a handling fee of 45 euro to each flight and this means that the flight will be cheaper if you book it yourself.

From Venice Airport is bus service directly to the Dolomites.

http://www.cortinaexpress.it/index.php/bus-line-cortina/?lang=en&lang=en

Should you arrive in Cortina too late to catch the last bus to Dobbiaco, we can arrange a transfer for you. The price is 60 euros for a car (max 8 people).

We can also arrange transfers from Venice Airport all the way to Dobbiaco. The price is 240 euros for a car (max 8 people).

On www.trenitalia.com it is easy to get an overview of times and destinations on the Italian trains, but since it is difficult to purchase or change the tickets online, we recommend that you first buy them at the train station before departure.

Food and drink

We have included a hearty breakfast in the hotels.

Lunches can be purchased at the hotel.

It is possible to upgrade to a half board and add dinner on the trip. This can be selected in the booking form. 
Note: It is not possible to provide half board in Cortina, thus the selection of half board means that dinner is included for 5 days. 

Accommodation

The overnight stays are at cozy 3-star and sometimes 4-star family-owned hotels.

Overnights in Dobbiaco / Toblach can also be in Villabassa / Niederdorf.

We can arrange extra nights for you in the Pusteria Valley.

Trip grading

The walks as described in the itinerary are graded Level 2-3. It is possible to choose between shorter and longer day trips, where the altitude will vary. Depending on your fitness level you may choose the long option some days and other days the shorter option. The short walks has an average walking time of 3-4 hours per day, and the long walks are about 5-7 hours of hiking per day (add breaks).

Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, so you will only have to carry your day-pack.

Read more about our grading system here.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Climate

It is hard to predict the weather in the mountains, so always bring waterproof clothing, and layer up, so you can ajust during the walk.

Hiking in the Dolomites. Temperatures

The Travel Guarantee Fund

We are members of the Travel Guarantee Fund (nr. 2529) and have all available insurances. Read more about that here.

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