Treasures of the Dolomites

Gorgeous Walks, Relaxing Spas, and Great Cuisine with JoAnn Lantz or Stefano Pozzi

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is an active journey with hikes and walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health who has recent hiking experience. You will need to be comfortable hiking six miles in a day and being on your feet for 3-5 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

Terrain

While we’ve worked hard to find smooth hiking paths with gentle elevation gains, we will experience some rocky and uneven terrain on a few hikes (rocks are what the Dolomites are famous for, after all!). There will also be a bit of elevation gain and loss (roughly 1,750 feet at most, but generally in the mid-hundreds), but at a moderate pace so that all can take their time and enjoy it.

Weather

Temperatures are likely to reach the 60s and 70s during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. The months we are offering this trip are the optimal ones, but the weather can be fickle, and it can range from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold conditions, making rain gear and warm garments necessary.

Accommodations

We stay in hotels chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and for the delightful dining they offer. While the hotels are very comfortable, the guest 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.

Cuisine

Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels, which often featuring 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. The cuisine of the South Tyrol is a blend of the best of both sides of the Alps. Speck, one of the South Tyrol’s famous specialties, is lean pork cured with juniper berries and other herbs, wood-smoked, and aged for months. Polenta is another staple, traditionally cooked in huge copper pots. The region has a plentiful harvest of wild mushrooms, including porcini, chanterelles, and chiodini. Rye flour finds its way into many local dishes, including ravioli alla pusterese, with rye-flour dough, something unheard of elsewhere in Italy. Risottos, stews, and knodel (dumplings) appear on menus, along with typical Mediterranean pastas.

Transportation

Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

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.

References

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.