rosengarten dolomites italy hiking tour

Spires of the Rosengarten Dolomites, Italy

We enjoy spectacular day hikes each day in the dramatic Dolomites. Overnights are in deluxe inns in gorgeous mountain settings where we can savor the cuisines of both Italy and the South Tyrol.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6195  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Venice, Italy
Depart: Venice, Italy
Lodging: 9 nights 4- and 5-star mountain hotels, 2 nights comfortable alpine lodges with semi-private rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 10 hiking days, choice of moderate to steep trails, 3-7 hours a day, altitudes between 5,000-9,100 feet, van support (for luggage or tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders


  • Discover an enchanting blend of Italian and Tyrolean mountain cultures and cuisines (and a grappa tasting!)
  • Enjoy a choice of moderate or challenging hiking options most days
  • Two special overnights in hike-in lodges set high among the peaks
  • In Bolzano, view the mummy of Otzi, the Iceman, or visit the Messner museum

This was my 9th WT trip and it was excellent.S. Edwards—Henderson, NV

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Significant Currency Discount Available for this Trip!

The US Dollar has strengthened dramatically against the Euro, and we want to pass the savings on to you! The amount of the discount will be calculated on the day you sign up, and will be locked in at that rate, no matter how many months away your trip dates are. Call or email us to find out today’s discount, or with any questions you may have. This is the year to visit Europe — Call soon! The US Dollar may not maintain this level of strength for long.

Our friend Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s greatest mountaineers, calls the Dolomites “the 8th wonder of the world,” and we couldn’t agree more! We’ve crafted the ultimate experience of this epic realm, a breathtaking route that traces an arc from its southern reaches to the Cortina Dolomites in the north, where the striking pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo soar toward the sky. With up to three Trip Leaders and a choice of daily hiking options, you’ll explore the pinnacles of the Pale di San Martino, hike amid the rose-tinted spires of the Rosengarten Massif, and discover the fantastic vertical walls of the enormous Sella Massif. Mountain hiking doesn’t get more spectacular than this!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Venice / Pale di San Martino

From Venice, head to the 12-mile-long rocky plateau of the Pale di San Martino for hikes including a high-level circuit of the altipiano, with its crown of awe-inspiring peaks.

Days 4-5
Rosengarten / Latemar Massif

Hike through the Latemar Labyrinth, an enchanting maze of needles and massive blocks of rock, with an option to traverse Latemar’s crescent-shaped crest, the rim of an ancient volcano. In Bolzano, view Otzi, the Copper Age Iceman, or visit Reinhold Messner’s museum.

Days 6-8
Alpe di Siusi / Corvara / Sella Massif

A hike to the Alpe di Siusi, an alpine plateau with views of spires and high peaks, leads to a hut serving delicious strudel. From Corvara, head into the Sella Massif for hikes along its exhilarating high trails.

Days 9-12
Rifugio Lagazuoi / Cortina d’Ampezzo

Passing fortifications from World War I, reach the Rifugio Lagazuoi, then descend below the Tofane Massif into Cortina. Our wonderful hiking options include a circuit of the enormous limestone peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Depart on Day 12 via Venice.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 4 or 5, depending on the hiking options you choose. During our ten days of hiking, we have two hiking options to choose from on most days, ranging from moderate to challenging by Alps standards. Each day will include anywhere from three to seven hours of hiking, with options that give us time for visiting small villages and other interesting places en route. Most hiking is between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the routes featuring a good bit of up-and-down (although some level walks are available). While the Dolomites are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged, and this trip, while not difficult, is aimed for those who have at least some experience of mountain hiking. All participants must be in good physical condition. No climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary. Of course, you are always free to skip a day’s hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. The support vehicle transports the group’s luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (sweater, camera, water bottle).

We strongly urge you to “train up” for your trip. Your enjoyment of the trip will be very dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for hiking is hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise. Stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in. Altitude is not a problem on these trips. The itineraries are designed to take you gently to higher altitude, giving you plenty of time to acclimatize. However, some people still find they get a few problems when they first reach high altitude. Slight headache and sleeplessness are the most common problems.

On most days, breakfast will be around 7:30 am. You should bring your packed bag to the hotel lobby when you come down for breakfast on days when we will be changing hotels. We usually leave the hotel at around 8 or 8:30 am. The Trip Leader will describe each day’s hiking options including trail conditions, level of challenge, elevation gain or loss, mileage, and duration, so that you can choose the one that fits your wishes best for that day. Lunch will usually be either in a small village, mountain lodge, or a picnic amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often with the cuisine the region is noted for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Our accommodations are in comfortable, small hotels with private bathrooms. Our hotels have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and they are delightful for the local color and dining that they offer. These rustic and well located hotels are clean and comfortable, but rooms are not always of uniform size or amenities. Our Trip Leaders try to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms are offered when possible, but those who pay the Single Supplement may have to share a room for some nights during the trip.

For two nights we stay in a fantastic alpine lodge with 2- or 4-person rooms with shared bath and showers. Bunks, mattresses, and blankets are provided; if you want to have a top sheet or sleeping bag liner, please bring your own. The bedding at the lodges is very clean, usually consisting of a down comforter, a bottom sheet, and a pillow. Soap, shampoo, washcloths, and towels are not provided, so please bring your own small supply. There is limited vehicle access to this alpine lodge, so you will not have to carry your overnight luggage.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jul 6-17, 2015

Jul 27-Aug 7, 2015
Aug 17-28, 2015
Aug 30-Sep 10, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$6195 (13-15 members)
$6495 (10-13 members)
$6795 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $350
Forced single supplement: $175
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of at least two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders (and sometimes three, depending on group size)
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • Cable cars and other transportation for our scheduled hikes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional cultural events, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Venice, Italy. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Meeting Place:
Venice, Italy
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Venice, Italy (airport code VCE)
Suggested flight arrival time: no later than 10:15 am


Venice, Italy
Date: Day 12

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Venice, Italy (airport code VCE)
Suggested departure time: after 11:30 am

Romantik Hotel Regina

Romantik Hotel Regina

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), San Martino di Castrozza, Italy

Managed by one of the oldest hotelier families in the Trentino region, the hotel is situated in San Martino di Castrozza, at the foot of the Pale di ...
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Sporthotel Alpenrose

Sporthotel Alpenrose

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Carezza, Italy

With a stunning setting right at the base of the Rosengarten and Latemar massifs, the Alpenrose is a fine hotel with all the modern comforts, and ...
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Rifugio Alpe di Tires

Rifugio Alpe di Tires

Day 5 (1 night), Alpe di Siusi, Italy

The Rifugio Alpe di Tires enjoys a remarkable setting overlooking the rolling green pastures of the Alpe di Siusi with the magnificent Sassolunga ...
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Hotel Garni Snaltnerhof

Hotel Garni Snaltnerhof

Day 6 (1 night), St. Ulrich, Italy

Perfectly located on the main plaza in the heart of St. Ulrich, this family-run inn has a wonderful wood-paneled breakfast room and lobby that dates ...
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Posta Zirm Hotel

Posta Zirm Hotel

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Corvara in Badia, Italy

The Kostner family has run this hotel for generations and it has top-notch facilities including spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the ...
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Rifugio Lagazuoi

Rifugio Lagazuoi

Day 9 (1 night), Dolomites, Italy

360-degree panoramas of the spires of the Dolomites, including glorious Tofano, Cristallo, and Marmolada, are at our fingertips at Rifugio Lagazuoi, ...
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Hotel de la Poste, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Hotel de la Poste, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Days 10 to 11 (2 nights), Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

With a perfect location in the heart of the pedestrian zone, this chalet-style hotel is a Cortina landmark, originally built in 1835 as a stop for ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Giuseppe Aruta

Departure Dates: July 6-17, 2015, August 17-28, 2015

With an extensive background in geology and deep roots in his Italian heritage, Giuseppe Aruta leads guests through the Medieval Hilltowns, the Dolomites and Italy’s Lake District, paying special attention to how people travel through their sense of taste, experiencing the wondrous world of ...
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Stefano Baldi

Departure Dates: July 6-17, 2015

Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the ...
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James Fuss

Departure Dates: July 27-August 7, 2015

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to ...
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JoAnn Lantz

Departure Dates: July 27-August 7, 2015, August 17-28, 2015

JoAnn Lantz was born in New York City, raised in Long Island, and graduated from New York University. She taught at the School for the Deaf in Manhattan before moving to Italy in 1988, after many years of traveling to Italy on vacation. She lives with her daughter in the countryside outside of ...
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Sebastiano Leone

Departure Dates: August 30-September 10, 2015

Sebastiano Leone knows that traveling through Italy is always better when you’re being led by your senses. From guiding hiking and cultural trips that offer incredible views and insights to Italy’s colorful history, not to mention knowing the local hotspots to sip and savor authentic ...
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Sean Morrissey

Departure Dates: July 6-17, 2015, August 30-September 10, 2015

Sean Morrissey was born and raised in London but also spent time in Ireland with relatives while growing up (he holds both Irish and British passports). He moved to Australia at age 20, worked there for two years, then heeded the call of the mountains and became a professional guide, working in ...
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Rob Noonan

Departure Dates: August 17-28, 2015

Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and later earning a degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona. He has guided our Patagonia hiking journeys since 1994, but his love of ...
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Leila Thompson

Departure Dates: July 27-August 7, 2015

Leila Thompson has made the mountains her focus since she was 18, when she moved to Yosemite to climb, hike, and learn to guide backcountry adventures. Later in Oregon, she added the crafts of backcountry skiing and whitewater guiding to her skills. She began exclusively leading trips for us in ...
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Client Comments

This was my 9th WT trip and it was excellent. S. Edwards, Henderson, NV This was one of the best vacations my husband and I have ever taken and my first trip with WT. Outstanding itinerary, great leaders. We enjoyed it so much that we booked another trip with WT a week after we returned home! Marilyn H., Barnstable, MA This was the ultimate trip for scenic hiking and the food was the icing on the cake! Don T., Windsor, Ontario, Canada This trip was fabulous! A great itinerary, and walking across the Alpe di Suissi is one of the best things I’ve done on nine trips to the Alps! Kristi H., Orinda, CA Best trip ever! You should really promote this trip because there’s nothing else like it! Craig K., Sewickley, PA A very well designed trip in a memorable mountain area. Kitty L., Chicago, IL Superb trip! Everything about it was outstanding and every day was terrific. John L., Highland Park, IL Fabulous trip! High mountain adventure with all the comforts one could want. Patricia F., Sandy Hook, CT A truly phenomenal trip. Gorgeous hiking, amazing food, and fabulous guides. Megan C., San Carlos, CA We had a great trip and I can't wait until the next time we travel with Wilderness Travel! Thanks for a great experience. Sue M., San Carlos, CA A wonderful experience with expert guides who were lovely and personable. Liz M., Long Beach, NY
The trip was spectacular in every way. The hiking was as good as we expected; the food and the lodging were better! Samuel H., San Francisco, CA This trip was extremely well designed and run. It topped my expectations. Darrell K., Danville, CA This trip was a 10! Great places to see, wonderful hikes, fantastically collegial group, guides who know the area intimately. I couldn't be more pleased. Fae E., Salt Lake City, UT The food was outstanding and the hiking fantastic. Jeanna F., Paradise Valley, AZ Each hike we went on was spectacular and memorable. We kept thinking, at the end of the day, that the hikes couldn't get any better, but each day was a new and different hike that topped the day before! Joni H., Evergreen, CO The combination of a beautiful mountain range and high-end Italian cuisine make this an extraordinary hiking trip. Logan and Edrie R., Bloomfield Hills, MI This was such a rich and diverse experience, and an extraordinarily spectacular area for hiking, food, wine, and culture. Thank you! Lynne M., Placerville, CA A wonderful, rugged hiking experience in a gorgeous area! Robin F., Bellingham, WA It was a very well run and planned trip, with several hiking options each day. The guides were the best! Steve H., Verona, WI