Experience Europe’s Most Dramatic Mountains

Overview

One of Europe’s most spectacular settings is the Dolomites, where enormous rock spires soar dreamlike above enchanting valleys and villages. Our exhilarating journey brings us into the heart of the stunning Cortina Dolomites, renowned for the regal Tofane Massif and the ghostly pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. With a choice of moderate or challenging hiking options each day, we’ll experience incredible mountain scenery and delight in northern Italy’s savory cuisine, including creamy polenta with porcini mushrooms or casunziei (beet and poppy-seed ravioli). Our special overnight in a remote hike-in lodge gives us a perfect perch for watching the sunset paint the massive pinnacles an extraordinary palette of ever-changing, luminous hues.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Venice / Passo Giau / Civetta Massif

Our hikes start right from our delightful Passo Giau hotel and bring us through beautiful meadows to Ambrizolla Pass, with stunning views of the Tofane Massif. Other hikes lead into the magnificent Civetta Massif, with its famous six-mile-wide north face, “the wall of walls,” while an easier ramble through meadows and woodlands carries us beneath the soaring Tofane peaks to a lakeside restaurant for a cappuccino and pastry.

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Day 4
Rifugio Lagazuoi

A challenging hike (with easier options) rewards us with panoramas stretching from Tofane to Marmolada (10,965'), the “Queen of the Dolomites,” as we head to Rifugio Lagazuoi, where we’ll experience a wondrous sunset from a top-of-the-world setting.

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

Walking right from our rifugio, we circle the peaks of the Tofane via a remote valley dotted with wildflowers and crystal-clear springs, and with chamoix grazing 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. We also enter the world of the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three yellow-pink spires that offer quintessential Dolomites hiking. Depart on Day 8 via Venice, or extend your stay in this glorious city.

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Highlights

Highlights

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
Delight in Italian-Austrian alpine culture and hearty cuisine—be sure to try canederli, a bread dumpling unique to the area, and speck, the local cured, smoked ham

Details

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 or dorm-style rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=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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