Classic-Dolomites-Walk

Classic Dolomites – Premium

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Superb walking in Italy’s most spectacular mountain range

  • Reviews 39 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Classic Dolomites – Premium.

The small village of Villabassa, just north of Cortina d’Ampezzo, is nestled close to the Austrian border and sandwiched between the spectacular, jagged limestone peaks of the Dolomites. From here we enjoy an excellent choice of routes with the opportunity to relax in comfort at the end of a day’s walking. During the week, we venture into the Fanes-Sennes and Dolomiti di Sesto National Parks for great views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Historically the front line between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the First World War, the trails take us through incredible open-air museums.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
* 7 nights in 4-star Hotel Adler, all rooms en suite (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local taxes (approx EUR 10)

Highlights

  • 4-star hotel with delicious food, warm family hospitality and wellness centre
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Some weeks Challenging (level 5)
  1. Day 1 Start Villabassa.

    Start at the Hotel Adler in Villabassa.The leader will give a short briefing to give an overview of the week ahead and give you any useful information.**

  2. Day 2 Walk to the beautiful Lago di Braies (level 3 weeks)

    The ideal start to visiting this vast area is a walk straight from the hotel through the very pretty, flower-filled Braies Valley. We walk through small villages and farmland until we reach the magnificent Lago di Braies, one of the 297 glacial lakes in the area. It is certainly one of the most beautiful thanks to being surrounded by jagged peaks that are reflected in the extraordinary mirror-like surface of the lake. We follow the route of ’SS hostages’, the leaders of 19 countries who were freed after the First World War by the inhabitants of Villabassa.Approx. distance 14km, 650m ascent, 255m descent.

  3. Day 3 Walk from the Kreutzberg Pass to the Nemes Alm (level 3 weeks)

    Today we explore high pastures and ridges along the Austrian border. We walk steadily exploring the meadows under the ridge of Knieberg. We have great views towards the Rotwand and Monte Popera. Later afternoon we visit Alpe Nemes hut where we could enjoy a drink and a home made apple strudel.Approx distance 14-16km. 6-700m ascent, 6-700m descent.

  4. Day 4 Walk amongst beautiful wildflowers during the climb up towards Strudelkopf (level 3 weeks)

    We start the walk at 2000m altitude walking amongst beautiful wildflowers and ascends to the summit of Strudlekopf (2307m). We stop at the Durrenstein hut in the early afternoon to check the local Kaiserschmarren speciality. On a clear day, from the summit, we can enjoy views of the Tre Cime, Monte Piana and Monte Cristallo.Approx. distance 15km. 500m ascent, 1000m descent.

  5. Day 5 A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities such as self-guided cycling or visit one of the local museums.

    A free day to relax in the hotel’s wellness centre or take a self-guided cycle ride around this wonderful area. Alternatively, you can make your way to Bolzano to visit a museum dedicated to Oetzi, the 5000 year-old ’iceman’ whose remarkably well-preserved body was found in 1991 high on a glacier on the Austro-Italian frontier. Or you could journey to the attractive provincial capital of Lienz in Austria; or closer to the cosy town of Bunick.

  6. Day 6 A memorable circuit around the famous 'three chimneys', Tre Cime di Lavaredo (level 3 weeks)

    We enjoy a memorable walk under the famous ’Three Chimneys’, or Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen in German). Set amid one of the classic mountain groups of this area, our walk around these impressive peaks is certainly a highlight of the week.Approx distance 18km, 550m ascent, 1100 descent.

  7. Day 7 Monte Piano (level 3 weeks)

    To complete the week, we take the amazing estern approach route up Monte Piana. After 600m ascent we find ourselves upon the flat-topped mountain surrounded by some of the most impressive scenery in the Dolomites. It is the site of an open-air museum dedicated to the First World War where trenches, dugouts and shell craters can be seen amongst the many alpine flowers. On our return, we have time to spot the brilliant blue gentians, alpine white edelweiss and bright saffron that create a beautiful scene around Lake Misurina, thanks to the beautiful pink of the limestone rock.Approx distance 15km, 700m ascent, 800m descent.

  8. Day 8 End Villabassa.

    End Villabassa.**

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Where you stay

Hotel Adler – 4 Star

Hotel Adler

The week is based at Hotel Adler, a 4-star hotel in Villabassa. Located on the village square, this quality hotel is considered the ‘best in town’. The cosy bar is often busy with locals and there is a relaxing lounge for peaceful reading. Other facilities include a superb indoor pool and wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre. The well-known restaurant, run by head chef Helene Markart, appears in the Michelin Guide among others; the menu features a mixture of local and international cuisine. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities (some with showers and some with baths), minibar and TV.

The hotel has a range of rooms within the 4-star classification; standard rooms are provided, but it is possible to upgrade your room if you wish for even more comfort. Contact us for prices and availability. A limited number of double rooms for single use are available for a supplement.

Pool in the wellness centre at the Hotel Adler
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.

Please note an evening meal is not included on the first night, as the airport transfer may arrive late into Villabassa. Sandwiches or snacks are available at the airport (the leader can suggest options).

For breakfast, the hotel offers a large selection of cereals, fruit, cheese and cold meats, (along with tea and coffee of course).

5 pack lunches are provided by the hotel. Each morning there is a small buffet with items to make your own lunch (e.g. bread rolls, ham, salad…) In an effort to minimise the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery.

There is a set menu for evening meals (usually 4 or 5 courses), which may include some local specialties such as Speckknodel (dumplings type of dish). Most weeks the hotel will have a traditional Tyrolean evening in the restaurant.

Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking levels are recommended for vertigo sufferers.

Level 3 – Moderate Walking or Level 5 – Challenging Walking depending on the departures.

We enjoy walks in the same areas on each trip, but the length and difficulty vary according to the walking level. Please make sure you choose the week that best suits your ability.

Most weeks offer moderate walking (level 3), where we usually walk between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and waymarked. Even so, paths are rocky and on occasion exposed. A reasonable level of fitness is required for these weeks.

On some weeks, we offer challenging walking (level 5). On these departures, we usually walk between 6 and 8 hours per day at a steady pace. We use established trails and mountain paths, which are often steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks. For these departures, you will need to be surefooted and have a good level of fitness. Some fixed equipment and easy via ferrata may be encountered.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader’s decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Altitude maximum 2839m, average 2300m.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

CLASSIC DOLOMITES

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Monte Piano via the Pioneer's Path.  Walking on virgin snow...in September.  Enjoying the evening sunshine on a bench above Villabassa and just taking in the view.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was very friendly (even came out with us for dinner on the 'free' night) and very knowledgable about the local area and history. Perhaps a little authoritarian about long trousers and walking poles....And surprisingly (to me!) he's a Brit - being a Karl with a 'K' I had assumed he would be local/Austrian!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be intimidated by the grade C trips.  While the walking did have its moments and everyone on the group has done some quite serious walking before, the group was pretty mixed in terms of age etc and no-one really struggled.Take walking poles: Karl was insistent that we used them on some days, so if you don't want to borrow mis-matched ones from the hotel, take your own.  And if Exodus book you onto an EasyJet flight, make sure they fit in your hold luggage: they won't let you check them in as a separate item or take them as hand luggage.And despite being in Italy, the majority language spoken is actually German, so dust off your GCSE.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is really nice: take your swimmers to take advantage of the 'spa', and take your appetite to enjoy the huge evening meals.  As other travellers have said previously, if you can't sleep through church bells ask for a room at the back (they were very accommodating with our gruop's requests to change rooms, but I guess it depends how full they are).

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Fantastic trip!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Monte Piano after a challenging climb. Seeing the WW1 history come alive in the tunnels and landscape
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    One of the best leaders I have encountered- and as this was my 20th Exodus Trip I have had a few! Karl has a wealth of experience, knows the area like the back off his hand and is helpful and encouraging with everyone. He is friendly and approachable and in his hands I felt very safe. He was accommodating to members of the group who felt out of their comfort zone and helped them achieve what they thought they could not do. In addition he made sure we got everything we could out of our week even down to being on hand on our free day to help folks with their plans. A credit to and a great ambassador for Exodus.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take walking poles! They were invaluable to me and others even on the non challenging week. Use the hotel facilities, I am sure it was the swim/steam/sauna at the end of each day that was responsible for the lack of "mountain legs" - never had an ache or stiff legs the next day.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a great weeks walking in a beautiful place and coupled with the lovely comfortable hotel with the friendly staff and spa facilities it makes for a fantastic trip

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Amazing Adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Realising with a little courage and encourage I could suceed when I thought it was beyond me. Learning about the history of the place area and the adversity faced by the locals during both world wars
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was very knowledgable about the area and encouraged us to stretch ourselves to ensure we got the most out of our holiday, it was clear from the receptions he recieved at the hotel and mountain huts that he was considered a friend
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Will definatley be booking with exodus again.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

great walking high up in the dolomites

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    trekking across mt piani , the walking made all the more fascinating by our great guide Carl who bought it to life with his history and intimate knowledge of the area added to the whole amazing experience,
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was fantastic. A great tour leader, his knowledge and experience was appreciated and really made the trip ...
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    take walking poles

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

classic dolomites

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery,it was breathtaking.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl Mather was brilliant!! His leadership skills were excellent,his knowledge of the area was second nature.He was very interesting and made our holiday.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book this trip with Karl,you will have a great ,interesting trip.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We wished we could have stayed a bit longer.

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