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Italian Dolomites
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Italian Alps
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Italian Dolomites

Highlights

  •   Famous European mountain ranges
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Unique wildlife
  •   Diverse mountain hiking
  •   Exquisite regional cuisine

Description

This amazing trip follows a gorgeous itinerary through unforgettable mountains with stunning views, charming accommodations and gourmet cuisine. We focus exclusively on the Italian Dolomites, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world! The Dolomites are a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, universally valued for their unique and exceptional natural beauty. Geologically distinct (consisting mostly of high-quality limestone) and with fantastically unusual shapes and features, they have inspired artists, scientists and outdoors enthusiasts for centuries.

Alternating between towering, alpine passes and lush, diverse valleys, we explore a wonderland of scenery and adventure. The magic of the Italian Alps emerges in detail as our week progresses and we discover alpine plateaus, dramatic massifs, pristine rivers and lakes, fields of wildflowers, fairy-tale villages, awe-inspiring mountain vistas and a lot more.

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Lodge-based Hiking
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Venice, Italy
7 days
42mi / 68km
Season: 6/15-9/30
$3150 Per Person
$540 Single Supplement

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Vehicle Transfer: 2.5-3 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Villa Argentina or equivalent

On this Alps hiking tour, we begin with arrival at Venice International Airport. Please arrange your flight to arrive at or before 2:30 P.M. After rendezvousing with your guide and group at the airport arrival terminal at 3 P.M., we will transfer via a private shuttle to the mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. You will have time to explore this charming alpine village while your guide arranges fresh food for the trail. At 6 P.M. we will head to our accommodations in the small village of Pocol just outside of Cortina. This amazing spot will be our home for the next 4 nights and boasts fabulous views of the surrounding landscape. Once settled into our rooms, your guide will conduct a brief orientation meeting to discuss the specifics of your trip before enjoying our first wonderful, Italian dinner together.

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.2 mi (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1150 ft (350 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2346 ft (715 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Villa Argentina or equivalent

We begin today with a delicious breakfast at our hotel before taking a local bus to the starting trailhead for today's hike. (We utilize Italy's exceptional local transportation system multiple times on this tour for short transfers to trailheads.) Our hike takes us towards an amazing mountain pass. After skirting beneath the towering limestone cliffs of Averau, we will stop and have lunch at the Averau Refuge surrounded by stunning views of the Italian Dolomites, before continuing down to another refuge, Scoiattoli. This stretch of our hike is directly across from the stone towers of Tofane and the world famous Cinque Torri. Climbers from around the globe love these towering pillars, and you will see why - they are dramatic, sheer and awe-inspiring. We will visit several fascinating World War II relics including mountain bunkers and defensive outposts, which for many guests is an unexpected highlight. After soaking in the views and learning some of the region's fascinating history, we’ll descend gradually back towards civilization and catch a short bus back to our accommodations. Tonight's dinner is at a hand-picked restaurant in the charming mountain town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 mi (10.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1739 ft (530 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2296 ft (700 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Villa Argentina or equivalent

Today starts with a short transfer to our trailhead, again using Italy's wonderful local transportation system. Our goal today is to thru-hike back to our hotel along one of the Dolomites' most stunning and photographed trails. Our route traverses beneath spectacular limestone cliffs and offers jaw-dropping scenery as we hike toward Lake of the Croda. We’ll enjoy lunch overlooking this breathtaking mountain lake. After lunch we’ll start heading back in the direction of our hotel. Once back at our accommodations we’ll have time to relax before a glorious dinner at our hotel, with the Alps as our backdrop.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 mi (10.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1150 ft (350 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2067 ft (630 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Villa Argentina or equivalent

Day 4 starts with another short local bus transfer after a gourmet European buffet breakfast at the lodge. On today's hike we explore the opposite side of the mountain valley from Cinque Torre. We follow a traversing route along the southern face of the Tofane de Rozes, one of the Dolomite's most dramatic cirques. Our sweeping views are of the areas we have explored over the last two days of hiking, giving us a wonderful vantage to appreciate all we've accomplished thus far. Our path eventually takes us to the Dibona Refuge, where we’ll sit down for a delicious trail lunch. After lunch we’ll descend back to Pocol along a beautiful forested path.

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 9.3 mi (15 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1476 ft (450 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2822 ft (860 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4.5-5 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Lavaredo Misurina or equivalent

This morning we will pack up our bags after breakfast and transfer via a private bus to our hotel for the next two nights by Lake Misurina. After dropping our luggage off at the hotel we’ll continue up to the Auronzo Refuge by private shuttle. From here we will start today’s hike, which is a memorable one indeed. We hike over the pass of Forcella de Mezzo to the North face of the famous Tre Cime, a towering, dramatic peak. This is the most famous mountain in all of the Dolomites and our backdrop for the next few days of hiking. We continue on to the pass of Forcellina and its neighboring, stunning alpine lakes. Our hike ends with a descent through the picturesque Rinbon and Rinbianco valleys back to our hotel for a much-deserved dinner and relaxing evening.

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.1 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1936 ft (590 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1936 ft (590 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Accommodations: Hotel Lavaredo Misurina or equivalent

Today begins with another great European breakfast at our hotel, after which we head up to the Auronzo refuge by local bus to start our second day of hiking around the region's famous Tre Chime di Lavaredo. Today the views are expansive, and the landscapes are unforgettable. Mountain peaks, passes, valleys, and lakes fill our day with an ever changing back drop of once-in-a-lifetime views. A few of these highlights include Lago di Cengia, the pass of Büllelejoch, and the Lakes dei Piani. We finish up our hike going up and over the Laveredo Pass down to our starting point. A public bus will transfer us back to our hotel for one last relaxing night and celebratory dinner with Lake Misurina as our backdrop.

Day 7
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 mi (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1312 ft (400 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1312 ft (400 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours
  • Vehicle Transfer: 3-4 hours

Our last day of the Italian Dolomites Lodge-based Tour gives us one more impressive hike to yet another remarkable view of the peaks and valleys of this magnificent region. Our half day hike takes us to the Fonda Savio Refuge, 2367m. The view from this refuge allows us one last look at the surrounding beauty of the Dolomites. After returning to our hotel we will take a private vehicle transfer to the Cortina Bus Station or the Venice airport. Flights should be planned for a 6pm departure or later. What a week it's been!




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Private transfer to Cortina on day 1
  • Private transfer to Venice on day 7
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (Lodging Details)
  • Vehicle transfer of luggage between some accommodations
  • Use of a day pack, trekking poles and other gear
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • Experienced, professional Wildland certified guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Venice, Italy
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in the Alps)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; USD or Euro is acceptable.)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Alps hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most lunches and some breakfasts are prepared on the trail by your guides. Amazing Italian meals will be had in towns! Bread, grains, pastas, rice, polenta, local cheese, and pork products are all staples in this region.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($100).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport in Venice on Day 1 (your flight needs to arrive before 2:30 PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on all Alps trips as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Alps requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather in the Alps

The location of the Alps and their tremendous elevation variations lead to significant and sometimes unpredictable temperatures and weather patterns, both in different ranges and in a particular range itself. Due to the Alps' location in central Europe, they are influenced by moist air off the Atlantic, cold polar air from northern Europe, fluctuating air masses; and warm Mediterranean air flows northward.

Due to these extraordinary forces acting on the Alps' weather, we recommend following our clothing list closely (in your trip packet when you register), as guests are best served by being prepared for a broad range of possible temperatures and weather conditions.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Alps are:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Valleys
<4k ft
Peaks
4-6.5k ft
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
May
67°
56°
60°
40°
 
 
June
75°
63°
66°
45°
 
 
July
81°
68°
71°
49°
 
 
August
79°
67°
70°
48°
 
 
September
74°
63°
63°
43°
 

Accommodations

Villa Argentina Hotel

Hotel Villa Argentina

4 nights

Since 1910 Hotel Villa has been hosting adventurous visitors to the Italian Dolomites. Built from locally-sourced materials provided by the mountains (limestone and wood primarily), this amazing lodge blends into the mountains while offering a cozy, comfortable experience.

Lavaredo Hotel

Lavaredo Hotel

2 nights

This charming lakeside lodge is operated by the hospitable Da Rin family. Beautiful villages and mountains surround this pristine area where we spend one night. With cozy rooms and a truly spectacular setting, this is a special night in the Italian Alps!

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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