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Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

from $1,799.00

Walk 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
    3 - 14
All about the Snowshoeing in the Dolomites.

On the northern edge of Italy’s most impressive mountain range, in the Alta Pusteria Valley and just north of Cortina d’Ampezzo, lies the charming village of Villabassa. This area of the Dolomites is perfect for snowshoeing with routes leading into Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Trek along forest trails and old military tracks to the magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m), learning more about the impact of World War 1 in this area along the way. Our base for the week will be the superb Hotel Adler, situated in the centre of the town and one of the best hotels we feature in our entire programme. This 4-star accommodation provides the perfect place to unwind after a day’s snowshoeing, with Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing wellness centre.

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 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
* 7 nights at Hotel Adler
* 5 guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes and ski poles provided
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

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

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Explore areas only accessible by snowshoes
  • Relax in a 4-star hotel with wellness centre
  • 7 nights 4-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader
  • Snowshoes and poles provided
  1. Day 1 Start Villabassa.

    Start at our hotel in Villabassa (approx. 1hrs45 from Innsbruck airport)

  2. Day 2-4 Three guided snowshoe walks.

    We walk wonderful routes in the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most iconic image of the entire Dolomites.

  3. Day 5 Free day

    Free day to relax at the hotel and enjoy the spa facilities or try downhill or cross-country skiing.

  4. Day 6-7 Our final two snowshoe walks.

    Forest trails and old military tracks take us to magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m). Lunch stops at picturesque refuges give us the chance to absorb fascinating history from the First World War.

  5. Day 8 End Villabassa.

    End at our hotel in Villabassa.

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Where you stay

Hotel Adler – 4 Star

Hotel Adler

Located on the village square, this quality hotel is one of the most comfortable we feature. The cosy bar is popular with locals, while the quiet lounge is warmed by a log fire. The hotel’s other facilities include a lovely indoor pool and a 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, some with baths), a minibar and TV. It is possible to upgrade your room if you wish for even more comfort. Contact us for prices and availability. Single accommodation (available on request)

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

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Dinners are usually taken in the restaurant at Hotel Adler, where we enjoy a lovely set menu. Please note the meal on the evening of day one may be a cold buffet instead of a hot meal, this will depend on the arrival time of the flight.

Dinner is not included on the free day, which may be an excellent opportunity to try the A la carte menu on offer at Hotel Adler. Vegetarians are catered for, yet as this area is renowned for its meats, please be aware that there may not be as much variety.

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 minimize the use of plastic and single-use items, the hotel provides Tupperware-type boxes and reusable cutlery.

Snowshoeing is offered at Grade 3 – Moderate. Expect to spend 5-6hrs in the mountains each day. No experience of snowshoeing is necessary, but good health and fitness are important, as walking in snow can be more tiring than summer walking. Some walking at higher altitude and occasional longer/harder days may be involved.

Certain walks are dependent on weather conditions and alternative routes may have to be chosen as necessary. The overriding priority on the trip is group safety and conditions are assessed daily by the leader. A route is chosen based on current conditions and the forecast for that day. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or Trip Notes) if they believe the risk to be unacceptable.

Snowshoes are adaptable to fit most trekking boot sizes, however if you wear larger than US size 13 boots (or EU47) please let us know at the time of booking. We will then be able to confirm if we can provide suitable snowshoes for you.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Hungry for more

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No single moment, rather a series of moments. Each day offered a new delight, a new challenge, through the change in weather, the landscape and the connections with the group and Sara our exceptional group leader.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara offered an outstanding combination of skill, expertise and attention to us, both at the group and individual level. All of it presented with humour and humility. Sara's enthusiasm for the outdoors and the local area and history was highly infectious. I shall treasure the conversations we had as a group and individually. It was also evident that Sara adapted the daily excursions to the weather conditions and the group as a whole which made each day such a success.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip description - it provides a good guide to what to expect.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the only issue for some people from the UK is the typical continental spa etiquette, i.e. no clothes in the sauna and steam room. Loin cloths were provided, but they do not necessarily deal with some people's sensitivities. There can therefore be a bit of a conflict between respecting the local "customs" (and clear instructions) and feeling entitled to carry on as at home.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Crampons were also used due to the snown conditions.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Monte Piana - we were lucky to go to both summits with superb views of 3 Cime. Also Strudelkopf, Lutterkopf and Durakopf walks.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara Bull was fantastic. She was so encouraging and helped people discretely without them feeling embarrassed. She ensured everyone reached the summits. After the second last days walk in order to see what the conditions were like, she went on the walk she was thinking of doing on the last day, returning at 10pm.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plenty to do on the free day using free train/bus passes. You can even go to Bozen to see Otzi

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Just as good the 2nd Time

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the views from Durakopf on the Friday. Last year couldn't see anything, this year, this time we could see for miles, it made the long slog up worthwhile. Then coming part way down on a wooden sleigh. Great fun.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cant praise Sara's skills enough. Adept at keeping the group together, and encouraging us all to get to the top. Supplied us with loads of local history, and made every effort to speak to everybody to ensure we all got the most we could out of this holiday. She is a very experienced leader , and it showed. Nothing is to much trouble for her. I sustained an injury on the Tuesday, (tripped over my own feet) and needed assistance to get off the hill. Thanks to to her care, and advise I was able to make it back out on the hill after the rest day. She went well above and beyond to ensure I had a speedy recovery.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you haven't done any winter walking before, you might find it a bit harder than your normal walking, so be prepared for that. Don't forget sunscreen. Make sure your boots are well worn in!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only reason I'm not going back next year, is that there are so many other things I want to do. But I will be going back

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fabulous introduction to snowshoeing, in Dolomites. 1st of many more !

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of Mudlerhof, Lutterkopf, Durakopf in our last day, in beautiful conditions, a perfect final/ last day's snow shoeing. The panoramic views were spectacular.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Experienced, very competent, professional, great fun, observant and attentive and quickly picked up if group members needed help/ encouragement.we were very confident that she could get us out of any unexpected challenges, thankfully these did not occur! Nothing seemed too much for Sarah, including Valentines Day treat for each of us, beautifully wrapped., ,post day out "stretch time', always prepared to " go the extra mile " for customers.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit, you do need a good level of fitness for this trip. Bring lots of layers.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fabulous week.!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fantastic holiday. We really enjoyed snowshoeing which allows you to walk on fresh deep snow and to highish altitudes . The Dolomites are very beatific and our guide Sara has a lot of geographical and historical knowledge. the Hitel Adler is excellent.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole week was most enjoyable, active during the day and very good company with the rest of the group in the evening.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara , our group leader was friendly, well organised and an excellent guide .
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a rucksack that has straps to attach snow shoes ( already suggested but I didn't) to and possibly some mini crampons that can fit over walking boots . There were times when we walked and carried our snow shoes . The tracks were a bit icy in places.

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