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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 97 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
  • 7 Day Mobile Card for travel on local buses and trains
  • 3 Chime shuttle bus tickets
  • 3 Boot Walking options each day
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

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 03/10/2019
5/5

Mrs Smith

Dobbiaco / Toblach is a lovely small town and a great centre for walking in the Dolomites. Public transport is very good (and runs on time) so it's easy to plan and feel confident of your arrangements - vital when self-guiding. The route notes were very good and we never needed to actually look at the provided maps - though having the routes pre-downloaded on a gps was a godsend, because sometimes there was a plethora of paths in popular places initially going off in similar directions. The suggested timings worked very well for us too, so again we felt confident that we would arrive at various locations on time. The Hotel Bellevue was very good and their packed lunches quite generous, though there were also opportunities to buy lunches in town and most routes had refuges or cafes en route.

Reviewed On 24/09/2019
5/5

Ms Gaskell

Great hotel in a lovely location in the centre of Dobbaccio. Impressive rugged mountain peaks as you walk, with some wonderful traverses, a few tricky ascents and descents and a lot of gravel paths. Only a few of the suggested walks start directly from the hotel so if you don't want to take a bus to start your walks then this may not be the holiday for you. However, the buses are great and they always stick to the timetable so we had no problems. The Tre Cime walk was the highlight. Nemes Alps was next best but we recommend you miss out the last downhill slog (a 600m altitude loss all on a wide gravel 'road') - instead we suggest you either get the bus back from Kreuzberg/Monte Croce Hotel after a hot chocolate at the hotel - it's like thick chocolate sauce! - or do the pass from the Kreuzberg hotel and retrace your steps to the hotel and then get the bus home. Check out the gun turrets at the foot of the mountains during the first half of Nemes Alps walk. Consider researching these before you go - we wish we had.

Reviewed On 23/09/2019
5/5

Mrs Edwards

Excellent in every respect, flight arrangements, hotel transfer, accommodation and route guides.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Miss Cherry

Excellent hotel which was a great base for a range of amazing walks.

Reviewed On 11/09/2019
5/5

Mrs Wilde

Overall a good holiday experience. A decent hotel. The local transport worked very well. Please note that the upgrade pretty much only seems to mean a bigger room.

We were disappointed not to have tea / coffee making facilities in the room. These seem fairly standard in most places, but not the Parkway Bellevue. We asked but were told firmly 'no'. This was compounded by the fact that you are charged for any hot drinks you do have. (This is NOT made clear on the menus at all) The beds were VERY firm. It was also quite annoying to have to sit at the same table EVERY morning and night. It was like having school dinners 'on your house tables'. The hotel provided a rucksack in some rooms. It would have been helpful to know this and its size. We were NOT allowed a second even to hire. (We had taken our own but theirs was a bit bigger) The food was good but there was an awful lot of it. One less course and more concentrated effort on the others would have helped. The vegetarian option I had one night was definitely minimalist. There was no wine tasting evening - at least 2 of us asked about it and were told it would happen. But these were generally small niggles (not the kettle issue though for me!)



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