Spectacular Peaks and Southern Tyrolean Heritage


The towering rock spires of the Dolomites are among the most dramatic landscapes in the world, and a sheer paradise for hikers. Our friend Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s greatest mountaineers, calls them “the 8th wonder of the world,” and we couldn’t agree more! Our journey in this surreal realm brings you from the pinnacles of the Pale di San Martino in the south and the rose-tinted spires of the Rosengarten Massif to the striking pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the north. You’ll have a choice of hiking options most days, and fuel your explorations with sumptuous meals topped by lovely wines (try the rich, red Teroldego). Two special overnights are in hike-in lodges nestled high among the peaks.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Venice / Pale di San Martino

From Venice, head to the rocky plateau of the Pale di San Martino for hikes including a high-level circuit of the altipiano, with its crown of grand peaks and vivid alpine flora.

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Days 4-5
Rosengarten / Latemar Massif

Hike among the towering rock faces and eerie pinnacles of the Rosengarten Dolomites, a spectacular collection of peaks named for their luminous rose-red hues at dusk and dawn. One of our hikes brings you through the Latemar Labyrinth, an enchanting maze of needles and massive blocks of rock. In Bolzano, view the mummy of Otzi, the Copper Age Iceman, or visit Reinhold Messner’s museum.

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

A hike to the Alpe di Siusi, an alpine plateau surrounded by spires and high peaks, leads to a mountain hut serving delicious strudel. From the delightful town of Corvara, we head into the stronghold of the Sella Massif for exhilarating hikes along its high trails.

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Days 9-12
Rifugio Lagazuoi / Cortina d’Ampezzo

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

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


Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Venice, Italy
Depart: Venice, Italy
Lodging: 9 nights 4- and 5-star mountain hotels, 2 nights comfortable alpine lodges with semi-private or dorm-style rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
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 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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