Classic-Dolomites-Walk

Classic Dolomites – Premium

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Superb walking in Italy’s most spectacular mountain range

  • Reviews 10 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 11/11/2019
5/5

Stupendous Trekking

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Treks.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was super fit and highly trained. He handled the group so well and had my total confidence.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring poles.

Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Outstanding Experience

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Monte Piana Trekking

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Outstanding trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The tre Cime walk
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go and do it!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would like to try the grade 5 walk!

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

As spectacular as hoped!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking to the top of mountains and cherishing the peace, tranquility and majesty of stunning 360° views... while enjoying a picnic lunch :-)
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was very good. Having been a leader of this trip for many years, he has a wealth of knowledge of the area, mountains and trails and the history that goes with them. With this experience, Karl was aware of timing and watchful of the weather but the pace of the walks was never rushed. He also has a great sense of humour that can be ‘playful’ at times 😀 and is genuinely keen to make sure you are enjoying the trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles are always useful for this type of trip but were invaluable for the trickier parts of some of the trails.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    On the rest day, it’s worth considering getting the train to Bruneck/Brunico and exploring the castle and Messner Museum inside it - this was a fascinating and pleasant surprise.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

CHALLENGING BUT VERY REWARDING

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking to the top of Monte Piana where the Italian and Austrian Fronts were battling during the 1st World War and seeing the trenches.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was an excellent and efficient group leader with lots of advice and knowledge to impart.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train well to enjoy the experience and ensure that you have done plenty of hill walking.

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