Spectacular Peaks and Southern Tyrolean Heritage

Overview

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 hiking options most days, you’ll explore the pinnacles of the Pale di San Martino, hike amid the towering rock faces and rose-tinted spires of the Rosengarten Massif, and discover the fantastic vertical walls of the enormous Sella Massif. Two special overnights are in hike-in lodges nestled high among the peaks. Mountain hiking doesn’t get more spectacular than this!

Itinerary at a Glance

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 and surrounding valleys brightened by a 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 Otzi, the Copper Age Iceman, or visit Reinhold Messner’s museum, housed in a medieval castle.

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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 stronghold of the Sella Massif for hikes along its exhilarating 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, 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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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $5995  
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 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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