Dolomites tour itinerary
You will be picked up in Bolzano and taken north, following the Adige Valley towards Austria, before turning left into one of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites (a fascinating one-hour drive away).
Your first walk is a spectacular introduction to the Dolomites. To get to the start, you will be driven to the western end of the valley. From here you take a cable car to the top of the northern side (to 2,500 metres) from where you have breathtaking views over the whole range, stretching to the horizon on all sides, from Austria in the north to Veneto in the south. From here you take an undulating, well-marked path across alpine pastures, through pine forests and back down to your village, with the option of stopping for lunch in a mountain hut along the way. (4 hours).
This morning is an easy day, following a gentle river-side path that takes you the length of the valley past farmhouses and through villages to the largest town in the valley (1.5 hours). You’ll have time to visit the town with its shops, markets and museums and also have lunch. In the afternoon, you will have the option of walking back your base along the same trail or taking one of the regular local buses back to your base.
The walk today starts with a transfer back to the eastern end of the valley and another cable car ride, this time up the southern side of the valley (to 2,000 metres) from where you walk across the largest high altitude alpine meadows in Europe, a vast undulating amphitheatre of green fields surrounded by some of the most spectacular ranges in the area. The walk passes a small hamlet where you can have lunch before continuing under the cliffs and then dropping back down through forest into the valley to your base. (4 hours).
As the grand finale to your visit, you do a circuit walk around one of the most famous formations in the Dolomites. To get to the start, you take a cable car directly up from the town (to 2280 mts). From here, you follow a trail that contours around this extraordinary massif, with 800 metre cliffs soaring up above you (the highest peaks are over 3,000 metres). There are regular mountain huts along the way, where you can have refreshments and/or lunch. The trail brings you back to the cable car, which you take back to town. (6 hours). Although well-used and well-marked, parts of the trail are rough and ‘exposed’, not suitable for suffers of vertigo – we have include a less challenging alternative that also leaves from the town, exploring a neighbouring valley (2.5 hours)
You’ll be transferred back to Bolzano, which has regular national and international rail connections.
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This 6 day/5 night walk explores the a valley in the Dolomites
Private transfer to and from Bolzano at the beginning and end of the tour
Five nights accommodation
All breakfasts and dinners (alla carte)
Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
Maps and detailed walking instructions
Transfers to the beginning of the walks on Day2 and Day 4
$2100 with dinners included (there is no b&b option)
Single supplement: $550
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