THE DOLOMITE

NATUR PARKS

8 DAYS

EUR 899.00

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 

Itinerary See all daysClose all days

Day 1 Arrival Dobbiaco / Toblach in Pusteria Valley

Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.

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

Your hiking holiday starts by the idyllic lake Pragser Wildsee, which fascinates the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. Here you get a first impression of the Pragser Tal; with its dark-needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks, it counts to the pearls of the Dolomites. The way leads you to the alpine pasture Rossalm and down to Brückele. By public transport you reach the high plateau of Plätzwiese, over which the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl sit majestically. Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you can see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to the guesthouse Tuscherhof and start their walk from there. Following the river Stolla they pass the guesthouse Brückele, the homonymous hut Stolla and rock paintings (cases of erosion, which are produced by the constant influence of water and the different composition of the rock) to get to the Plätzwiese.

Walking time:
Short trip: ca. 11km / ca. 4-5 hours (ca. +800 m. / -0 m.)
Long trip: ca. 16km / ca. 6-7 hours (ca. +1.100 m. / -600 m.)

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

Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine pasture Plätzwiese, which together with the mountains Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe counts as the most treasured and revered hiking areas in the country; the charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are relevant here. In the Nature Park Fanes-Sennes-Prags, the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your choice between two options. Starting at the Plätzwiese depending on the variant you reach either the Strudelkopf (short variant) or the Dürrenstein (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the Hohe Gaisl, the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), the Tofana and the Monte Cristallo peak.

Walking time:
Short trip: about 3-4 hours +/- 350 
Long trip: about 4 hours +/- 850m

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

You hike through the high plateau of the Plätzwiese and descend through the Knappenfußtal to Cimabanche – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct way using the public transport to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut Ra Stua and under the Col Rosa to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks.

Walking time:
Short trip: about 1½-2 hours -0m / +460m 
Long trip: about 6-7 hours +600m / -1.300m 

Day 5 Round hike from Cortina d'Ampezzo

The panorama of the starting point of this stage is quite simple and stunning. The giant rocks of the Ampezzo Dolomites reach into heaven; the Monte Cristallo and the Cristallogruppe, the Tofana and the Fanesgruppe are the leading actors of this spectacle. There are two options for the day: the longer one leads you towards Forcella Faloria and the shorter one is following the Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards Passo Tre Croci. The descent to Cortina is equal for both routes. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating environment of the impressive Dolomite peaks.

Walking time:
Short trip: Dolomieu-Trail : ca. 12km / ca. 3-4 hours (ca. +100m / - 990 meter)
Round trip Cortina: ca. 4-5 hours (ca. +650m /- 650m)
Long trip: ca. 15km / ca. 5 hours (ca. +300m / - 1.150m)

Day 6 Cortina d’Ampezzo – Rifugio Auronzo Hut – Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks)

A bus takes you right at the beginning to the Auronzo Hut, situated directly below the world-famous rock massif of the „Three Peaks“. The imposing peaks, which were fiercely fought over as part of the front between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the mountain war in the First World War, are probably the best-known rock formation in the Dolomites. From here you hike leisurely down the Rienz Valley to the Dreizinnenblick and return by bus to the starting hotel of your hiking tour in Dobbiaco/Villabassa. For the more leisurely, there is the option of walking around the famous Three Peaks and returning by bus from Rifugio Auronzo to Dobbiaco/Villabassa (ticket not included in the price).

Walking time:
Short trip: ca. 3-4 hours +350m / -350m 
Long trip: ca. 4-5 hours  +120m / -1.000m 

Day 7 Hiking around from Sexten / Sesto

The last stage of your hiking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Pustertal, to Sesto. Before that, you arrive to Versciaco, where the cable car takes you to the mountain Helm. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view to the Sextner Dolomiten. The huts Hahnspiel, Sillian, and Alpe Nemes are further stops before you hike to the Kreuzbergpass. You will get back to Villabassa/Dobbiaco by bus/train and enjoy you last night of your tour in the Dolomites.

Walking time:

15km / ca. 5-6 hours (ca. +575m / -975m)

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

  • Ticket for the cable cars Faloria and Helm8
  • 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 according to the itinerary
  • Bus from Cortina d‘ Ampezzo to Rifugio Auronzo
  • Free parking in the Pusteria Valley
  • Local telephone hotline (German, Italian, English)
  • 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
  • Tickets for train and bus on day 6
  • Bus from Rifugio Auronzo / Drei Zinnen Blick to Villabassa/ Dobbiaco
  • 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 899.00

Practical info

General information

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

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When you book, we will start booking hotels and arranging all the practical details of the trip. This process typically takes 2-5 working days, but some bookings may take longer. If you are arranging your own transport, we recommend that you wait until we have confirmed your booking before arranging this.

Dates
If you can select the date in the tour calendar at the top of this page, this is a possible start date. We continually update the tours with sold-out dates, after which those dates will turn red and cannot be selected.

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.

Cortina Express

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.

Routes and elevation profile

Here you can get an overview of the entire route and the elevation profile for each day. The data shows the data from the GPX-files related to the tour. Notice that the routes are sometimes updated, which means that there might be small variations.

See a map of the whole route

See the elevation profile

Colors
Blue routes: The route as normal
Red routes: Variations/options (such as shortened or extended routes)

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

Travel Guarantee Fund

We are members of the Travel Guarantee Fund (nr. 2529) and have all available insurances. This covers you regardless of your nationality. Read more about that here.

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