Dolomites walking holiday in Italy

“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.”

Highlights

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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Our top tip:
Weather is very changeable so come prepared.
Trip type:
Small group. Max.16 people. Min. age 16.
Activity level:
Choose between moderate (6 hrs walking per day) or challenging (7 hrs walking per day)
Accomm:
4 * hotel. Pool and top restaurant.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, most meals, transport, activities, tour leader.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Dolomites walking holiday in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

Community

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.

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Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Dolomites were magical, every single site we visited was amazing and we had the perfect weather

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To come physically fit , since most of the hikes weren't easy ones.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This was my first walking tour in Europe. The mountains in Dolomites are really stunning and fantastic. Group mates got along very well, tour leader Alex is
experienced and nice, and the weather all made the trip wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Walking in late September, do wear in layers. We kept putting on and taking off jacket along the walk.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed in a family run hotel in a village, Villabassa, and we used local transportation. I trust our holiday benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My holiday was really good. And I look forward to joining another Exodus tour.

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