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Hiking in the Dolomite Mountains

Hiking the Dolomite Mountains

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Hiking the Dolomite Mountains

Take a step back in time and step up for adventure “alpine style” to discover the Dolomites — one of the best hiking regions in the world and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, located in northeastern Italy.  Via a variety of treks, enjoy stunning mountain range panoramas, rich European history and culture and picturesque meadows boasting some 1,500 species of wildflowers. Relax after active days at the family-run Hotel Adler, providing a 400-year history and wealth of amenities including indoor pool, sauna, solarium and gourmet restaurant. 

Daily Itinerary

Hiking the Dolomite Mountains Itinerary

Hiking the Dolomite Mountains
  • Day
    1

    Depart Home

    Board your independent overnight flight to Italy. (Meals Aloft)

  • Day
    2

    Milan, Italy

    Arrive in Milan and transfer to the Hotel Windsor with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather with your fellow travelers at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and briefing. (D)

    Hiking the Dolomite Mountains
  • Day
    3

    Milan / Villabassa

    After breakfast, set out for the Dolomite Mountains, making a stop in Verona for a tour of the historic city center. Continue to Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, for a short walk along the shoreline and lunch. Arrive in Villabassa in the early evening and check into the charming Hotel Adler, an authentic Tyrolean guesthouse that has been family run for over 400 years. During dinner at the hotel meet with your hiking guide to learn more about the upcoming week. (B,L,D)

    Hiking the Dolomite Mountains
  • Day
    4

    Villabassa: Dolomite Hiking

    The small village of Villabassa (also known as Niederdorf) will be our home base for six full days of exploration and hiking. Cradled within the Hochpustertal Valley, Villabassa has a long history as a high-altitude spa and holiday destination for Europe’s elite. In more recent history, it was the front line between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces during World War I. Our Dolomites adventure begins with a leisurely nine-mile hike around Lago di Braies, stopping along the way for photography and to appreciate the changing vistas of lofty peaks framed by conifers and shimmering blue-green waters. (B,L,D)

    Hiking the Dolomite Mountains
  • Day
    5

    Villabassa: Dolomite Hiking

    Hike from Kreutzberg Pass to Nemes Alm, traveling the ridges right along the Austrian border. This area is noted for its beautiful alpine meadows. You’ll also enjoy great views over Rotwand and Monte Popera. (B,L,D)

    Approximate distance 8-9 miles; 2,300 ft ascent; 2,300 ft descent.

  • Day
    6

    Villabassa: Dolomite Hiking

    Your third day of hiking in the Italian Alps starts amongst beautiful wildflowers at an elevation of 6,500 feet and ascends to the summit of Strudlekopf (7,500 ft). On a clear day, enjoy stunning views of the Three Chimneys, Monte Piana and Monte Cristallo. (B,L,D)

    Approximate distance 9 miles; 2,000 ft ascent; 3,300 descent.

  • Day
    7

    Villabassa: Day at Leisure or Biking

    Today is free to pursue your interests. An optional 34-mile bike ride along a valley bottom will be on offer for those who are interested. (B,L,D) 

  • Day
    8

    Villabassa: Dolomite Hiking

    The iconic Three Chimneys, or Tre Cime di Lavaredo, are three distinctive peaks that are the most famous mountain group in the Dolomites. Make a memorable circuit around these towering peaks to appreciate their sheer, rocky slopes from a variety of vantage points. This will be a fantastic day for photography enthusiasts! (B,L,D)

    Approximate distance 7.5 miles; 1,800 ft ascent; 3,600 descent.

  • Day
    9

    Villabassa: Dolomite Hiking

    Your final hike will be to spectacular Monte Piano, a large flat-topped mountain that served as a natural fortress during World War I due to the amazing 360-degree views afforded from the top. Our path consists of an impressive network of safe paths, bridges, and ladders constructed by the Austrian army. There are still several trenches, bunkers and caves from this period and an open-air museum at the top introduces the fascinating history of the mountain. (B,L,D)

    Approximate distance 8 miles; 3,300 ft ascent; 2,000 ft descent.

  • Day
    10

    Villabassa / Milan

    After breakfast return to Milan. Check in to the Windsor Hotel in time for lunch. This afternoon take a walking tour of Milan, including the Duomo di Milano cathedral, Castello Sforzesco, and the famous Via della Spiga shopping street. The evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at restaurant of your choice. (B,L)

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  • Day
    11

    Depart Milan / Home

    Board your independent flight home, arriving on the same day.

Accommodations

Hiking the Dolomite Mountains

Hotel Adler

This family-run hotel has been a local favorite for over 400 years! Enjoy luxurious rooms; welcoming common areas; a relaxing wellness area with a swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and solarium; and modern fitness center — all with the spectacular backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains. Recount the day’s activities over excellent cuisine at the restaurant, which serves a delicious mix of local specialties and regional favorites.

Hiking the Dolomite Mountains

Hotel Windsor

Located in the center of Milan, this elegant boutique hotel is close to all the main tourist attractions, as well as the most popular shopping streets. All 100 tastefully-decorated rooms offer fine Italian furnishings and spacious private bathrooms.

From: $4,590 per person
Duration
11 Days, 10 Nights
Guest Capacity
12 Guests
Trip Type
Land
Travel Style
Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • 2018 Departure: August 30
  • Double Occupancy: $4,590; Single Occupancy: $4,990
  • Enjoy a variety of hikes to discover the region’s stunning vistas — from shimmering alpine lakes to the iconic peak of the "Three Chimneys."
  • Learn about the region’s World War I history as the front line between Italian & Austro-Hungarian forces.
  • Stay in the charming Hotel Adler, this family run guesthouse boasts a 400-year history and a wealth of amenities.
  • Enjoy guided tours of romantic Verona & uber-trendy Milan.

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