Dolomites walking holiday in Italy
Optional single supplement £285.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on upcoming trips
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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3 Reviews of Dolomites walking holiday in Italy
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022 by Gigi de GrootGreat group, nice hotel, beautiful surroundings. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by Marie SuccarThe Dolomites were magical, every single site we visited was amazing and we had the perfect weather Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by Janice LawThis 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. Read full review
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).
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.
PeopleLocal 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.
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.