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Walks in The Italian Dolomites

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The Italian Dolomites are a Mecca for high-level walkers and this holiday combines superbly varied walking by day with luxury **** comfort at night – a highly sought-after mix! Excellent bird-spotting, stunning flowers and unrivalled Alpine views.

  • Reviews 88 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate plus
    6/8
All about the Walks in The Italian Dolomites.

In the heart of the northern Italian Dolomites, close to the border with Austria and dominated by the famous Tre Cime (Three Peaks), is the beautiful Tyrolean village of Dobbiaco. A week’s walking from here allows you to discover the beauty and sheer magnificence of the majestic Alta Pusteria Valley.
With over 1,000kms of trails, the Italian Dolomites are a mecca for high-level walkers and we provide a selection of meticulously researched route notes for walks at various levels. highlights include a high ridge path along the Austrian border with 360-degree views over the Italian Dolomites and Austrian Alps, and a circular hike around the world-famous Tre Cime, three immense obelisks of sheer rock that have now become the symbol of the region. Amazingly, all of this is accessible on well-defined paths either directly from the hotel, or via a short bus or cable car ride.
The superb walking is matched by first-class accommodation at the beautiful **** Park Hotel Bellevue, which combines old-world charm with good old fashioned hospitality. Facilities include a luxurious spa with sauna, steam room, swimming pool and massage/beauty treatments. There’s also a cosy lounge to curl up in with a book, or you can take an aperitivo in the relaxing bar. Evening meals are served in the atmospheric dining room where the menu includes a weekly five-course banquet and themed Tyrolean buffet evening.

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 and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights center-based accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Route notes and maps
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Travel on local buses and trains
What is not included in this tour?

Highlights

  • Breathtaking natural landscapes
  • Excellent bird-spotting; stunning flowers; unrivalled Alpine views
  • Beautiful 4-star family-run hotel with spa, pool, sauna and steam room.
  • Visit the world-famous Tre CimeĀ (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive at Dobbiaco

    Arrive at your hotel in Dobbiaco. (Staying at Park Hotel Bellevue for 7 nights, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Chapels and Churches Walk 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr

    From the hotel, you ascend gently along peaceful country lanes, through picture-perfect Tyrolean villages and hamlets dotted across the hillside – each boasting a lovely chapel or church offering stunning views and decorated with frescoes. At Stadlern, take time over a picnic to soak up the mountain panorama before returning to Dobbiaco alongside the bubbling Rienza River.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - Nemes Alp Walk 15km/9.5mi/5hr or 17km/11mi/5.5hr

    There’s a short bus ride before a spectacular gondola ride this morning to the high Rotwand pastures (1,914m), just below the mighty Croda Rossa limestone peaks. From here it’s a gentle descent along pretty pine-scented forest trails to the ancient Kreuzbergpass, south Tyrol’s most easterly mountain pass. You then head up to the refuge of Malga Nemes, a fabulous panoramic spot for lunch, with marmots foraging in the open sunny pastures, before descending along a wide woodland track to the Tyrolean village of Moos where you pick up the bus back to Dobbiaco.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Lago di Braies, Grunwald Valley and the Hochalm 19km/12mi/6.5hr (with shorter, easier options)

    Enjoy truly spectacular scenery on one of our favourite trails in the Dolomites. It’s a fantastic full-day hike with ascents and descents of around 800m for unrivalled views. First an easy stroll along the shores of the turquoise Lago di Braies and then ascend via the Alte Kaser pastures to the idyllic mountain bowl of Hochalm for lunch. Your descent is through a deeply carved valley below colossal peaks and impressively striated cliffs.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - High Mountain Pastures and Rifugio Ra Stua Walk 16km/10mi/6hr

    Today you’ll head into the heart of the Ampezzo National Park in the italian-speaking Veneto region. Setting off from Cimabanche along a disused railway line, you’ll head up through the Gotres Valley on an old military road to reach the high mountain pasture of Forcella Lerosa. You descend to the idyllic meadows of Rifugio Ra Stua and follow a narrow forest footpath towards Cortina d’Ampezzo.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Mount Elmo and the Klammbachutte Walk 14km/9mi/5.5hr

    This fabulous walk takes you along the impressive crest of the Carniche Alps. You start the day with a bus then cable car ascent (payable locally) up towards Mount Elmo (2,041m). From there, an old military supply route takes you to the refuge Sillianer Hutte (in Austria). This ridge forms a border between Italy and Austria and gives you spectacular views across the Austrian Alps. Your descent is on a less well defined rocky path that crosses the pretty mountain pastures of the Klammbachalm to arrive at the picturesque Klammbachhutte, before the forest track back down to the village of Moos.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - Tre Cime (Three Peaks) 11km/7mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/5.5hr

    A tremendous finale to your week awaits as you head by bus (payable locally) to the high-altitude Rifugio Auronzo at the foot of the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo (2,999m at the top). These enormous freestanding limestone towers have been so popular with walkers that they’ve naturally become the symbol of the Dolomites. You follow a wide mountain trail constructed by soldiers during the First World War, which provides the finest perspective of these three immense columns.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Dobbiaco
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Where you stay
Park Hotel Bellevue
Dobbiaco is located at the entrance to the wild-romantic Fiscalina Valley, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the renowned ‘Three Peaks’. The village is therefore also called the ‘Community of the Three Peaks’. The facilities at the Hotel Bellevue are excellent and include a lovely spa with steam bath, sauna and indoor pool. Public rooms include an ancient wood-panelled stube (snug), a popular bar (where locals pop in) and a grand candlelit dining room. As guests of Headwater you will stay in a deluxe double room (subject to availability) with a balcony with stunning alpine views. Rooms have free wifi, hairdryers, satellite television, direct dial telephones, radio and safe.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Evening meals are served in the atmospheric candlelit dining room where high quality cuisine includes a weekly 5-course banquet and themed Tyrolean buffet evening.

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

This is a centre-based independent walking holiday. Walks can easily be extended/shortened by using the complimentary 7- day Mobil Card which gives unlimited access to local buses and selected cable cars and chairlifts. The walking is along varied and well signed footpaths, both at high altitude and in the lower valleys. There are moderate ascents on most days, and longish descents on days when a cable car is used to gain altitude. Walkers should have a good fitness level and be confident on uneven terrain. This trip is unsuitable for severe vertigo sufferers, but will appeal to people wanting challenging high level mountain walking by day, and luxury 4-star hotel accommodation at night.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, theĀ hotelier is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/06/2013
4/5

Mrs Brand-Hardy

Although I have indicated that we would book a holiday with you again I would have strong reservations as to whether the holidays that you provide are really catering for our interests. Before booking the holiday I raised the query as to whether or not it was suitable for us given that we walk to see wildlife and landscape rather than just to walk. Unfortunately the worry that the holiday was a walking holiday with little or no emphasis on wildlife came to fruition. At the start of the holiday in Dobbiaco we found it virtually impossible to find out information on where to go to get the best chance of seeing wildlife or to get information needed to identify the flowers that we were seeing. The hotel did not know nor did the tourist information centre. Half way through the holiday we managed to get to the nature centre at the Grand Hotel who were very helpful but by that time the opportunity to visit the areas suggested had largely passed. We also found the large numbers of walkers on the routes suggested to be offputting for us. We are used to walking in areas where you often do not see footprints let alone people so we were amazed to see so many people on all the routes that we followed. Perhaps it would be possible to include routes that are quieter for those that want to escape the crowds.

Having said all that the holiday was well organised the hotels were excellent and if all you want is a walking holiday then I doubt that the service that you provide can be beaten. I am just not sure that it is for us.

Reviewed On 02/07/2013
5/5

Mrs Watts

We had a very enjoyable but quite energetic holiday in a comfortable hotel in the Dolomites. The early season flowers and scenery were spectacular.

Reviewed On 03/07/2013
5/5

Mr Wildsmith

A beautiful area of the Dolomites with spectacular scenery and added historical interest. An excellent choice of varied walks to suit all abilities. A very good hotel base, well situated.

Reviewed On 03/07/2013
4/5

Dr Curry

Dolomites outstanding area

Reviewed On 10/07/2013
4/5

Mis Triggs

A great venue except for the overcrowding on the buses.

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