“Our only 8 day, guided walking holiday in the Dolomites that brings you back to a 4*hotel with pool and spa to mother those muscles. For this reason, it’s a great price.”
Tre Cime di Lavaredo circuit | Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks | Lago di Braies | Strudelkopf | Durrenstein | Kreutzberg Pass | Col Quaterna | Monte Piano circuit | Lake Misurina | Open air WW1 Museum | 4* hotel with pool
Description of Dolomites walking holiday in Italy
The Dolomites are a series of dramatic, jagged limestone peaks that rise up in Italy along the Austrian and Swiss border. The little village of Villabassa, sandwiched between these peaks, is the perfect base for this Dolomites walking holiday, as it is close to a network of superb walking routes along wildflower meadows, past crystal clear lakes and up to the “Tre Cime” (Three Chimneys) - the most iconic natural monument in these UNESCO-rated mountains.
During WW1, this rugged region was the front line between Austria-Hungary and Italy, and many battles were fought here. This Dolomites walking holiday takes you through “open air museums”, following the route of SS hostages, and scaling bridges and ladders up Monte Piano to discover the remains of shell craters and trenches, now set against a tranquil backdrop of blue gentians, edelweiss and saffron.
You’ll walk through the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks, offering wonderful views of the Tre Cime; visit the Napoleoonic trenches of the Kreutzberg Pass; and stop in mountain huts along the way to sample pancakes with plum sauce or apfelstrudel. On your free day you might choose to visit Oetzi the 5,000-year-old ‘iceman’ in Bolzano museum. We also offer higher grade departures which take on more challenging treks, including traversing the flank of Crode Rossa which glows red in the sunlight.
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Choose between moderate (6 hrs walking per day) or challenging (7 hrs walking per day)
4 * hotel. Pool and top restaurant.
Flights, accommodation, most meals, transport, activities, tour leader.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Small group holiday
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.
Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Responsible tourism: Dolomites walking holiday in Italy
Activity: As a walking holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Adverse effects like pollution and threatening wildlife do not come into play and although erosion on popular paths can be an issue, guides can advise pre-planned routes to avoid this. Trekking also allows for flexibility and allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By operating consciously with a ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.
Accommodation and Meals: Accommodation for the week is Hotel Adler- a locally run hotel in Villabassa. The whole region has a renewable energy policy and this is reflected by the hotel’s own commitment to using 100% clean energy. Hot water is provided with central heating supplemented by solar energy, whilst electricity is hydro-powered. In order to save water, clients are given the option to re-use their towels and linen. Nearly all waste which leaves the hotel is recycled and produce coming in is locally sourced wherever possible. Seasonal vegetables and salads are often sourced in the gardens at the hotel, whilst fresh meats, fish and cheeses are provided by local businesses and farmers. The kitchen serves a mixture of continental and regional cuisine, which may include specialties like Speckknoedel (bacon dumplings).
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Local Craft and Culture: Although this trip takes us to some very altitudinous and remote locations, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture. Clients are encouraged to stop at mountain huts or refuges, some of which are really off the beaten track and dependent on the more curious adventurer to remain in business. These locally run huts are a good place to stop and engage with the people who live and work in the area. They often serve local beers and delicious home cooked meals. If clients express an interest in locally produced food, they may be able to visit a nearby cheese factory or honey farm. The group can also visit the First World War Museum at Monte Piano, where clients can explore this special place of remembrance and learn about its role in the War.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.