Dolomites walk overview
This wonderful five night/six day self-guided walk introduces you to some spectacular mountains in the world and some of the finest walking in Europe.
“The Dolomites National Park protects a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty, extraordinary in a global context, and amongst the most beautiful in the world……..” UNESCO World Heritage Listing, June 2009.
This five night/six day self-guided walk introduces you to some ot the most spectacular mountains in the world and some of the finest walking in Europe. Celebrated as a skiing destination, the Dolomites also offer unrivalled walking in the summer. You will use cable cars to get to the start of each walk and then follow well-marked trails as they wind your way back to your base, stopping at one of the well-appointed mountains hut for a break and/or lunch along the way.
At the start of the walk, you’ll be met in charming Bolzano, the capital of the South Tyrol and an important stop on the main Verona/Innsbruck train line, and driven to a spectacular valley an hour away. This valley is one of the prettiest in the ‘Ladino’ heartland of the Dolomite mountains and you will be based here for the next five nights.
Situated on the edge of a small village, your accommodation is in a lovely family-run 4-star hotel, surrounded by alpine meadows and soaring peaks, where you will enjoy the best of Tyrolean hosptitality. Generous breakfast and delicious alla carte dinners are included. At the end of your visit, you will be driven back to Bolzano.
The five walks during the tour are straightforward, following well-marked and well-maintained paths with no dramatic climbs or descents (where necessary, you will take cable cars to the start of the high walks) and follow good tracks across alpine meadows to the valleys below, stopping at mountain huts along the way for breaks and lunch. The circuit walk on Day 5 (6 hours) has some ‘exposed’ sections so is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo – there is an alternative walk. This a Grade 3 walk (click here for details).
The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.
The accommodation and the food
Accommodation is in ‘superior’ rooms with en-suite bathrooms in a very well located 4-star hotel, an excellent family run hotel on the sunny side of the valley with a ‘wellness’ centre, pool and surrounded by lawns. It is on the edge of the prettiest town in the valley. Dinner is at the hotel each evening. It is alla carte and does not include drinks or wine. Generous breakfasts are included. There are regular mountain huts along the walks where you can have a break and/or lunch.
When to go:
Spring arrives late and autumn arrives early in the Dolomites. The lifts start in mid-June and close in late September. The best time to visit is between mid-June to the end of July and then from the beginning to the end of September. It is also possible also to go in August but it is quite warm and very busy (being peak holiday season for the Italians).
You’ll be picked up in Bolzano on Day 1 and taken to the valley. You will be driven back to Bolzano in the morning of Day 6. You will also be driven to the beginning of the walks on Days 2 and 4. You will use cable cars to get to the beginning of the walks on Days 2, 4 and 5.
Support on the walk:
To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive: the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year); access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function); twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.
We require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Should government COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the tour from operating, the tour will be rescheduled. In the event the new dates are not suitable, you will have the option of a credit note for the amount paid which can be used towards future tours or a full refund, minus the deposit which will be held as credit for future tours. Click here for full T&C’s
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This 6 day/5 night walk explores the a valley in the Dolomites
Private transfer to and from Bolzano at the beginning and end of the tour
Five nights accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners (alla carte)
Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
Maps and detailed walking instructions
Transfers to the beginning of the walks on Day2 and Day 4
$2360 with dinners included (there is no B&B option)
Single supplement: $650
Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)
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