Western Dolomites walking tour in Italy

An eight day walking holiday in the Dolomites, in a small group with expert guide, based in one hotel in Moena.
Moena Val di Fassa Passo Costalunga Vigo di Fassa Canazei Marcialonga route in Val di Fassa Vajolet Hut Vajolet Towers Catinaccio ridge Passo Costalunga chairlift Views of Marmolada
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Duration
8 Days
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Small group
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From £1149 - £1299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £130 - £140.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Western Dolomites walking tour in Italy

There are so many stunningly beautiful walking trails here, being based in one hotel and taking on a new one every day is a no brainer on a Western Dolomites walking holiday. This small group holiday, where you are accompanied by an expert mountain guide, focuses on the famous Fassa Valley which stretches between Marmolada, the range’s highest summit at 3343m and the Catinaccio ridge(2981m) of the Rosengarten massif, aptly named ‘rose’ because its pink dolomite is a glowing red when the sun hits it.

Based in Moena which, as gateway to the Dolomites, is an idyllically located small town surrounded by foothills, flower filled valleys and ever enticing peaks. We categorise this as a ‘moderate’ walking holiday, although we have a good range of walks on offer depending on the group’s experience and interests. Some may choose lower level paths such as the Marcialonga route in Val di Fassa or opt for the cable car from Vigo di Fassa, just north of Moena, taking you up to to the east side of Catinaccio ridge, from which the descent back down through the Val di Fassa is something else. More experienced walkers can venture further into the Catinaccio range, and follow high level trails. Our guides are such experts, and the Dolomites are so dramatically beautiful, there is never a shortage of walking trail options on this holiday.

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£1349To£1699including UK flights
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From £1149 - £1299 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £130 - £140.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Train Travel:
If you prefer to travel by train we can book a this for you from and to London and the nearest train station to the start point of the holiday. Contact us for full details and prices.

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


Despite having a mobility problem, I managed 3 out of 4 walks. They were amazing and Rudy was invaluable to give me the confidence to carry on even on some quite hard terrain. The hotel turned out to be experts in gluten free cooking and so the other perfect half was the ability to eat enough food to fuel the walking. Also the food was delicious. And the staff were lovely.

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


If you have coeliac disease go on this holiday, you won’t have to worry about cross contamination issues at all. You will be astoundingly well fed. The staff are really great. Take a solid pack with you for the days as you need to carry a lot of water - on the day to Tiscali I drank 3 and a half litres before we reached the dried up river bed. Expect to be hot and sweaty and be adventurous.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The hotel is run by a local family and Dorgali is small, so I think this kind of holiday brings some much needed custom, particularly to the bars serving Prosecco!

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


Fabulous, I can't praise it enough.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

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.

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.

People

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 Laurino, a family-run hotel in the heart of Moena. The hotel is environmentally conscious, and as with the rest of Trentino, complies with recycling regulations. Energy saving policies are also in place. For example, the hotel makes clients aware that daily washing of towels and bed linen is optional. The kitchen provides generous breakfasts and delicious, traditional evening meals with locally sourced ingredients. Prevalent specialties in the Dolomites include dumplings with speck, fried or grilled polenta with hearty stews, freshly caught trout and locally produced cheese and wine.

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 farm. The group is also encouraged to use their free day to go to Bolzano to see Oetzi the Iceman from 3,300 BCE in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.

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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