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Hiking in the Dolomites

Hiking in the Dolomites

From $ 2,245 AUD

Description

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty and stunning scenery of the Dolomites on an 8-day small group hiking adventure. This trip offers a comfortable yet active way to enjoy this scenic region. Base yourself in the pretty Italian town of Dobbiaco and spend each day exploring the Dolomite’s iconic backdrop of towering cliffs, lush pastures and emerald green lakes. With easy to moderate walks, conveniently located accommodation, and a knowledgeable leader, this hiking adventure is filled with natural wonders.

Trip Name
Hiking in the Dolomites
Last Updated
2021-09-23
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Revel in the beauty of the sheer rock walls, deep valleys and lush pastures of the Dolomites, a mountainous area in the northern Italian Alps.
  • Base yourself at a charming hotel surrounded by parkland and native woods, within easy walking distance of the pretty town of Dobbiaco.
  • Hike the Three Peaks of Lavaredo loop, a full day walk which is widely regarded as the most scenic hike in the Dolomites.
  • See the Earth Pyramids of Platten, naturally formed earth towers which are the tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids in Europe.
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch featuring some of the region’s famous produce on the edge of Toblacher See, a spectacular scenic lake.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Dobbiaco
Welcome to Venice! Meet your leader and your group in the Arrivals Hall at Venice Airport Marco Polo at 3.45pm. Settle back and relax during the drive to the pretty town of Dobbiaco which is nestled in a green valley surrounded by alps. Settle in at your comfortable guesthouse which is within easy walking distance of Dobbiaco. Surrounded by parkland and nearby woods, this is your home for the next eight days as you explore the natural beauty of the Dolomites.
Day 2 - Lago di Braies walk
After breakfast, catch the public bus and begin your Dolomite hiking adventure with a ramble around Lago di Braies. This popular walk is relatively flat and a great introduction to the towering cliffs and emerald green waters of the Dolomites region. If you wish, there is time to enjoy lunch in a mountain hut after the walk.
Day 3 - Brunico & the Earth Pyramids of Platten
Hit the road in your private vehicle and travel to Brunico, a pretty town at the heart of the Kronplatz region. Join your leader for a walk around town where you will see Bruneck Castle perched high on a hill and the distinctive slender tower and onion dome of Rainkirche Church, together with plenty of charming boutiques and cafés. After you have toured Brunico, spend the afternoon hiking to the unique Earth Pyramids of Platten which are more than 25,000 years old. These naturally formed earth towers are the tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids in Europe. After the hike, enjoy a cheese tasting with cheese master and certified beer sommelier Hubert Stockner before returning to your hotel.
Day 4 - Cortina d’Ampezzo & Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park
After breakfast, take the public bus to Cortina where you will catch a cable car and enjoy unbelievable views on your way to the start of today’s walk which explores the Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park. During the 6 hour walk, keep an eye out for Sempervivum dolomiticum, the rare endemic plant which is the symbol of this park. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls, the Boite River, and perhaps rest a while at Malga Ra Stua, a café housed in a traditional building surrounded by lush green pastures. Today, you will also have the opportunity to sample the region’s authentic and delicious apple strudel.
Day 5 - Dobbiaco
Today is slightly different, with a free day for you to enjoy your way. You can take a bus to the start of one of the many trails in the area and enjoy more hiking on your own, or visit local museums, experience WWI history in Monte Piana and Monte Piano, rent a bicycle or do anything else that interests you. Or, you may want to visit Bolzano, home of the Europe’s oldest natural human mummy known as the Ice Man. Your tour leader will be able to help you with arrangements.
Day 6 - Tre Cime de Lavaredo
Today is a full day excursion which explores the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. This loop walk is widely regarded as the most scenic hike in the Dolomites and is packed with rugged peaks, lush alpine meadows and pristine lakes. Keep your camera handy as there is superb scenery at every turn, especially at Lake Misurina and Lake Antorno where the group will make a special photo stop.
Day 7 - Toblacher See
Enjoy a sleep in and an easy walk to Toblacher See, a picturesque lake near the hotel, where you can enjoy the view and a 'merenda Tirolese' picnic, a traditional meal eaten by farmers. Sample some of the many cuts of speck, an IGP delicacy of Alto Adige, typical local cheese from a 'malga' (a traditional farmers' house), Kaminwurze (smoked salami), butter, pickles, and rye bread from South Tyrol known as Schüttelbrot. Fill your glass with Schiava, a typical wine from the region, and toast your amazing Dolomites adventure. This afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure, perhaps with a final celebration at one of the many bars or restaurants in Dobbiaco.
Day 8 - Dobbiaco to Venice
After breakfast, your Dolomites hiking adventure finishes with a group transfer to Venice Airport Marco Polo, arriving at approximately 1.30 pm. Please book any flights from 4 pm onwards.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
12-06-202219-06-2022AUD $ 2,355-
26-06-202203-07-2022AUD $ 2,355-
24-07-202231-07-2022AUD $ 2,355-
07-08-202214-08-2022AUD $ 2,355-
21-08-202228-08-2022AUD $ 2,355-
04-09-202211-09-2022AUD $ 2,355-
11-06-202318-06-2023AUD $ 2,245-
25-06-202302-07-2023AUD $ 2,245-
23-07-202330-07-2023AUD $ 2,245-
06-08-202313-08-2023AUD $ 2,245-
20-08-202327-08-2023AUD $ 2,245-
03-09-202310-09-2023AUD $ 2,245-

Accommodation

Guesthouse (7 nights)

Transport

Walking,Private vehicle,Taxi

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