1 independent reviews for Dolomites walking holiday in Italy, self guided

Reviews for Dolomites walking holiday in Italy, self guided

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review 1 Jul 2013

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

The diversity of flowers. We saw several Lady's Slipper orchids within an hour of arriving in the Dolomites.

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

We were surprised by the numbers of people following the suggested walks so this is perhaps not a holiday for those wanting to escape from people. It is also not a holiday for those interested in walking as a means to see wildlife rather than just being interested in walking. We were surprised by the lack of available information on wildlife although we did eventually find good information provided by a local nature centre. The number of people on the walks meant that the chances of seeing wildlife were much reduced and as a result we saw very little. However, the flowers were spectacular.

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

The hotel where we stayed had a policy regarding reducing the need to replace towels but we saw no signs of recycling anything or reducing waste but this may have happened behind the scenes. The holiday will have benefited local people as we travelled on public transport and bought items in local shops as well as staying in a large local hotel employing several staff. Given the large numbers of tourists visiting the area (and it was the low season when we were there)I am not sure how the environmental impact of all the visitors balances out with the money they bring to help conservation.

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

We thought we would be visiting an area with lots of wildlife and walks into wilderness or wild areas. This holiday did not provide that but perhaps we expected too much from a walking holiday in a popular area. For people who just want to walk in a beautiful area and do not mind sharing that experience with many others then this is an excellent holiday. It was well organised throughout. The walks were fully documented and clear to follow. The hotel was clean, v comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. I have given the holiday a low rating as for us it did not meet the 'very enjoyable' level. Having said that I would recommend it to a friend provided they realised that it is just a walking holiday and it is a busy area. Other people on the trip with different expectations really enjoyed the holiday and I am sure would have given it a 3/4 star review.

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