Experience Europe’s Most Dramatic Mountains


Nothing quite prepares you for the awesome spectacle of the Dolomites. In this exalted setting, enormous spires, towers, and pinnacles soar dreamlike above an enchanting realm of deep green valleys sheltering storybook villages. Our exhilarating journey brings you on hikes in the Cortina Dolomites, famed for unearthly monoliths including the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the broad expanse of 10,965-foot Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites. With up to three Trip Leaders and a choice of moderate or challenging options most days, you’ll experience some of Europe’s most incredible mountain scenery and delight in northern Italy’s unique alpine culture and delectable cuisine. Our special overnight in a spectacular hike-in lodge is your perfect perch for watching the sunset paint the massive rock pinnacles an extraordinary palette of ever-changing, luminous hues.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Venice / Passo Giau / Civetta Massif

From Venice, head to our chalet-style mountain hotel at Passo Giau in the heart of the Dolomites, with its wonderful views of the Tofane, Croda Rossa, Cristallo, and Croda da Lago massifs. Our hikes lead right from the hotel, including one that brings you through beautiful meadows to Ambrizolla Pass, with a descent past waterfalls and stunning views of the Tofane Massif. Other hikes lead into the magnificent Civetta Massif, with its famous six-mile-wide north face known as “the wall of walls,” while a lovely ramble through meadows and woodlands carries you beneath the soaring Tofane peaks to a lakeside restaurant for a cappuccino and fresh pastry.

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Day 4
Rifugio Lagazuoi

A challenging hike (with easier options) rewards you with panoramas stretching from Tofane to Marmolada, the “Queen of the Dolomites,” as we head to Rifugio Lagazuoi, an awesome spot to experience one of the world’s finest sunsets.

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Days 5-8
Cortina d’Ampezzo / Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Our hikes from stylish Cortina include a challenging option featuring the “secret” valley behind the Tofane Massif that few hikers explore. Walking right from the Lagazuoi, traverse around the peaks of the Tofane via the remote Val d’ Travenanz amid lovely wildflowers, crystal-clear springs, and alpine meadows. Our moderate option leads along a trail below the great spires of the Tofane di Roses and continues along the Alta Via 1, a long-distance footpath traversing the Dolomites from north to south. You’ll also enter the world of the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three yellow-pink spires that offer quintessential Dolomites hiking. No matter which hikes you choose, the views are simply out of this world. Depart on Day 8 via Venice.

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Hike through a surreal landscape of splintered spires, huge rock walls, and picturesque villages
See the Dolomites at your own pace, with moderate or challenging hiking options most days
Enjoy delightful Italian-Austrian alpine culture and hearty cuisine (be sure to try canederli, a bread dumpling unique to the area)


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4395  
Arrive: Venice, Italy
Depart: Venice, Italy
Lodging: 6 nights 3- and 4-star hotels and inns, 1 night comfortable alpine lodge with semi-private rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

6 hiking days, choice of moderate to steep trails, 3-7 hours a day, altitudes from 5,000-9,100 feet, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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