Two unique ways to explore the Dolomites
Any traveler who’s visited the Dolomites will tell you: There is nowhere quite like it in the world. The rugged and jagged limestone mountain range mark the northeastern section of Italy, made up of 18 peaks that were declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2009. UNESCO describes the Dolomites as “some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.”
The Dolomites walking tour takes place near the border of Austria, and is dominated by the breathtaking and famous Tre Cime, the three freestanding peaks of pale colored limestone which jut 3,000 meters toward gorgeous blue skies.
On this 8 day trip, you’ll stay at one four-star hotel, which offers excellent amenities including a steam room, swimming pool, massage treatments, and a luxurious spa, as well as a lounge and fantastic evening meals in a charming dining room. And from the hotel, you have access to more than 600 miles of trails, either directly from the hotel or following a quick cable car or bus ride (you’ll receive a Mobil Card pass which will grant you unlimited travel). The walks you’ll take will amaze with Tyrolean hamlets that look as though they came straight out of a fairy tale, through forests fragrant with pine, and along mountain passes with views that can only be described as breathtaking. You’ll visit the Ampezzo National Park, the idyllic Gotres Valley, and the spectacular Carniche Alps.
Now, if you’re planning ahead now for a winter trip, it’s not too early to reserve your spot on a cross country skiing adventure in the Dolomites and Dobbiaco, which departs between December and March. You’ll start in the village of Dobbiaco, where you’ll be utterly charmed by the overlap of cultures as Italy and Austria meet. Expect onion domed churches, Baroque castles, and painted houses.
This trip begins with a cross-country ski lesson, and then you’ll immediately set off to Dobbiaco’s lake. The views of the stunning Dolomites carry a unique charm in the winter time as the rugged peaks are draped in glittering snow. There’s nothing quite like the experience of skiing around in the Alps and taking a break over the perfectly prepared cappuccino, it’s a perfect way to see the Dolomites in a totally new and fresh light.