Verona and the Dolomites
Starting in Verona, this fabulous walking tour in the Dolomites takes you through some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Its well marked trails, charming villages and mountain huts provide some of the finest walking in Europe. Autumn is the perfect time to explore this fascinating area.
The Dolomites National Park protects a series of highly distinctive mountain landscapes that are of exceptional natural beauty, extraordinary in a global context, and amongst the most beautiful in the world....
– UNESCO World Heritage Listing, June 2009
This extraordinary walking tour follows winding trails that have criss-crossed the Dolomites mountains linking hamlets and villages for centuries. The Dolomites are a unique range of mountains: towering limestone pinnacles and spires, some over 3000 metres high, rise dramatically above deep green valleys of pine forests and rolling meadows scattered with centuries-old villages, Gothic churches and isolated timber farmhouses. It is a beguiling blend of German and Italian cultures.
The seven beautiful walks during the tour are straightforward, following well-marked and well-maintained paths with no dramatic climbs or descents (we usually take cable cars to the start of the high walks) and follow good tracks across alpine meadows to the valleys below. On the way we stop at mountain huts along the way for breaks and lunch (even for an occasional mid-morning capuccino). In some cases it is possible to shorten the walk or to opt out and join the walkers for lunch. Gradings for the individual walks are on the itinerary - click the link for each day to see the details.
The accommodation is in lovely 4-star hotels: in Verona a classic hotel (Maria Callas stayed here) in the pedestrian precinct, around the corner from Piazza delle Erbe; in the valleys we stay in spacious Tyrolean-style, family-run hotels; and in Cortina d'Ampezzo in a new, luxurious 4-star hotel surrounded by forest and fields, a short walk from town.
Food, of course, is one of the highlights of the trip. The people of the Dolomites are extremely proud of the produce of their beautiful territory (fruit, vegetables, cheeses, hams and a wide variety of breads etc) and the local cuisine is a fascinating combination Italian and Austrian cooking. The Alto Adige/Sud Tirol is particularly famous for its high altitude white wines. Wine is included with each meal.
The tour leader
Born in Sicily and raised and educated in Australia, Carmelina returned to Italy for a brief visit in 1992 and has been there ever since. After 15 years of working in tourism throughout Italy (including stints running boutique 5-star hotels in Tuscany and the Italian Alps as well as managing and tour-guiding for several American and English walking companies) Carmelina returned to her native Sicily, setting up home near Cefalu. Carmelina has been with Hidden Italy since 2010. Click here for an introduction to Carmelina.
"Carmelina is a wonderful and generous guide. We really felt her enthusiasm and passion for her country and feel that she really wanted us to share all those emotions. ...she had friends in every town and was greeted so warmly .... her popularity was evident."
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Verona and the Dolomites in autumn: 13 days / 12 nights
11 September to 23 September, 2020
The 2020 tour is fully booked. Dates for the 2021 tour will be posted in Nov 2019.
Tour Size7 to 15 people
Single supplement $850 (double room for single use)
- 12 nights accommodation (see the itinerary for details) in 4-star boutique hotels
- All breakfast, and all lunches and dinners (wine included) listed in the itinerary
- All transfers and activities during the tours
- All taxes and service charges at the hotels and restaurants
- All paid admissions during the tour
- 7 guided walks
- Guided sight seeing tours of Bolzano and Innsbruck
- Services of a full-time professional tour guide
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