Included in Cost:
• 4 night’s 3-star Hotel with breakfast.
• Evening meal on arrival.
• Packed Lunch for walks.
• Visit to a Prosecco Vineyard in the Treviso Province, Italy.
• Airport Transfers.
• 3 Fully Guided Walks with options to shorten.
• Local bus and Cable Cars fares.
• Full time English speaking qualified Guide.
• Meals and drinks not mentioned in Itinerary
• Travel Insurance
Recommended Flights (Not Included in Cost)
June 30th – Aerlingus – Dublin to Venice – 07:40am
July 4th – Aerlingus – Venice to Dublin – 12:25
Walking in the Dolomites – Italy
Walking in the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
For our walking holiday in Italy we will be staying in the small picturesque town of Cortina d’Ampezzo –“Queen of the Dolomites”. This is on the official list of Best of The Alps – Classic Mountain Resorts. You would also be forgiven for thinking you were in Austria. This town has a very Austrian Alpine feel to it and Austrian is also a recognized language here.
The Dolomites are a Mountain Range located in North eastern Italy, they are part of the Southern Limestone Alps. They are an incredible range of high peaks of a red, golden, white colour rock in the sun. Below them is a contrast of bright lush green meadows and pine woods.
There are a great variety of walks to choose from in the Dolomites, from lowland forest and meadow walks to high reaching peaks, glacial valleys and lakes.
The Dolomites, also known as the “Pale Mountains”, take their name from the carbonate rock dolomite, itself named for 18th-century French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu (1750–1801), who was the first to describe the mineral.
For our Walking in the Dolomites trip we have chosen the walks that would suit a mixed group of fitness levels but at the same time also high-light many of the great scenic locations and vistas in this region of Italy.
Cancellation Policy for Walking in the Dolomites:
A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 4 weeks in advance.
No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 4 weeks or more in advance.
Itinerary: 5 Day Walk in the Dolomites – Italy
Day 1) Meet in Venice, Visit Prosecco Vineyard – Cortina
Meet at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 11.30 am to pick up our coach to start our Walking in the Dolomites Tour. We then travel to a Prosecco Vineyard in the Treviso Province. This includes a visit to the factory where the Prosecco is made, and it also produces high end salami and prosecutto hams. This is an area where artisan foods are highly prized and you will see this as we tour with Cesare and Martino. We also will visit the vineyard (Cesare told us he paid close to two million euro per hectare for this!) where you will find the ultimate in vending machines – a Prosecco Vending machine!!
You can enjoy sampling the proscecco and the salamis and cheeses of the region and this will get our holiday off to a lively start!
Afterwards we continue to Cortina – a busy little town in a valley, surrounded by fabulous sharp peaks in all directions. This is a skiing resort in the winter, for wealthy people and is also a centre for those doing the famous “Via Ferrata”. You can buy your Gucci handbags and Versace belts and generally upgrade your wardrobe while you are here!
Our accommodation is based in the family owned Panda Hotel. The sister owners are friendly and enthusiastic and have been very helpful to us in planning this trip. There are some single rooms available but supply is very limited.
The centre of town is just five minutes walk away. In the small town there is a wide range of shops and bars, so there is plenty to do.
Day 2) Passo Falzareggo and walk at Rund um den Großen Lagazuoi:
This morning we take public bus to Passo Falzareggo and then a Cable car to Lagazuol (2750m), this is one of the most scenic and panoramic views in this area and its where we are at starting our first walk. From where we start the walk the only way is down. The descent is steepish on loose stone, then we follow a flatter track out towards Lago Lagazuoi. We then make our way backwards and follow another trail back down to Passo Falzareggo.
After our walk we catch the bus back into Cortina.
Day 3) Ciampo and walk at Rund um die Croda da Lago
Today after breakfast we can take a local bus to Cianpo de Sate. The walk will start at crossing a bridge at the river here. The trail along this route takes a forest road and we then take a smaller trail to the Refugio Lago de Aial from here we start to travel south and upwards on a track towards Beco Daial and continue on towards Crado de Lago with some steep ascent. Once here we can have some lunch at the lake. This is an absolutely beautiful place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
Before we make our way down on another track back towards Cortina.
Day 4) Cycle green-way or Walk at Cinque Torri” – “5 Towers”
Cycle the GrenwayThere is a wonderful Green-way in Cortina that was once on the old railway lines towards Austria. You can hire regular bikes or electric ones from a shop in Cortina. This is a wonderful way to venture further and explore some more of the region towards Austria or Venice.
“Cinque Torri” –“5 Towers” – Rifugio Scoiattoli
We need to take transport west approx 20 minutes to Bai de Dones, where we get a cable car to reach Rifuggio Scoiattoli at 2255m, this is where the walks starts from..
The walk here will bring us on a loop walk around Crepe de Ronde, this a beautiful walk with vistas and landscape that are incredible just to stop now and again to look at. Although this walk is just below 10Km with an elevation gain of 472m, it does include many different terrains for walking on.
Day 5) Transfer to Venice Airport (Marco Polo)
This morning we have an early start and say goodbye to Cortina and the Dolomites and get transferred back to Venice to catch our flights home.
We wish that you enjoy our Walking in the Dolomites trip with us.
What to Bring
What to bring for your walking holiday in Italy.
Hill walking Boots.
Walking Trousers ( Not Jeans)
Waterproofs (Just in Case)
Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
Please make sure you have suitable walking insurance for this trip.
About our Walking holidays in the Dolomites:
The walks on this tour are generally of a moderate level, with a choice of walk.
A good reasonable level of fitness is required.
We will be staying at the family owned 3 star Hotel Panda in Cortina
The accommodation providers are well used to us bringing them guests after a days walk and know that they somewhere comfortable to relax and freshen up.
Breakfasts are included and there is a great variety to choose from
Evening Meals: One evening meal is part of the package and we go to restaurants for the meals usually.
Packed Lunch for walks: Lunch for walks are provided as part of package.
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