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 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.
The landscape is very varied, starting with the valley troughs, where orchardswith delicious apples reign supreme and the lower slope, which are covered with vines. Culitvated terraces produce potatoes and berry fruits, whereas higher up in the mountian pastures a wide range of cheeses are produced. The areas cuisine is a very satisfying combination of Austrian and Italian cooking including soups, meat and game.
Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks). With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. Because of the nature of the hospitality in the Dolomites, delicious dinners with flexible menus have been included on this tour.
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.
To confirm the booking, a deposit of 25% of the total booking cost is required within 7 days of the issue of the invoice. Please note that in the event of customer cancellation, deposits are refunded, less a cancellation fee of $500 per person per tour. 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 five dinners included
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
- Transfers to the beginning of the walks on Day 2 and Day 4
$2700 breakfast and dinners each day included
Single supplement: $800
** Please note a high season surcharge may apply in July/August/September
Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)
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