Experience Europe’s Most Dramatic mountains

Overview

Nothing quite prepares you for the awesome spectacle of the Dolomites, where rose-tinted pinnacles and towers soar above lush meadows and storybook villages. With a choice of moderate or challenging hiking options each day, we head out on the trails of the stunning Cortina Dolomites, renowned for the regal Marmolada (10,968'), the highest peak in the Dolomites, and the ghostly pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. By day, we savor some of Europe’s most eye-catching mountain scenery, and by night, we sleep in comfortable hotels. Mouth-watering Italian-Tyrolean cuisine fuels our hikes, and we’ll spend one night at a spectacular mountaintop lodge to watch alpenglow over the peaks.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Venice / Passo Giau / Civetta Massif

Our first hike starts right from our hotel and brings us through beautiful meadows to Ambrizolla Pass, with grand views of the Tofane massif and the Cortina Valley below. Another hike reveals the majestic Pelmo, called “the Doge’s Cap” by patriotic Venetians, and the Civetta, shaped like an enormous trident.

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Day 4
Rifugio Lagazuoi

A challenging hike (with moderate options) rewards us with panoramas stretching from Tofane to Marmolada as we head up to Rifugio Lagazuoi by trail or by cable car. This lodge has a stunning location and here we’re on top of the world, surrounded by breathtaking peaks and the silence of the mountains. Up here we explore the famous World War I tunnel system used by troops on the Italian front in 1916 and 1917. Tonight we’ll savor a cold beer or a glass of wine before dinner and enjoy our mountaintop setting.

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

Cortina’s most famous mountain massif includes the Tofane di Roses, Tofane di Mezzo, and Tofane di Dentro, three sheer peaks all over 10,500 feet and renowned by alpinists worldwide. We circle the Tofane massif via a remote valley dotted with wildflowers and crystal-clear springs, with chamoix grazing in high 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 hike into the magnificent realm of the famed Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the steep, yellow-pink spires that offer quintessential Dolomites scenery. Depart on Day 8 via Venice, or extend your stay in this ancient 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
Enjoy alpine culture and cuisine reflecting both Italian and Tyrolean influences
One special overnight at a spectacularly located hike-in lodge

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4595  
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
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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