Map of Hiking in the Dolomites including Italy

A hiking adventure with creature comforts in the heart of the Dolomites

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty and stunning scenery of the Dolomites on an 8-day small group hiking adventure. This trip offers a comfortable yet active way to enjoy this scenic region. Base yourself in the pretty Italian town of Dobbiaco and spend each day exploring the Dolomite’s iconic backdrop of towering cliffs, lush pastures and emerald green lakes. With easy to moderate walks, conveniently located accommodation, and a knowledgeable leader, this hiking adventure is filled with natural wonders.


Start
Venice, Italy
Finish
Venice, Italy
Destination
Italy
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
ZMXI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Revel in the beauty of the sheer rock walls, deep valleys and lush pastures of the Dolomites, a mountainous area in the northern Italian Alps.

  • Base yourself at a charming hotel surrounded by parkland and native woods, within easy walking distance of the pretty town of Dobbiaco.

  • Hike the Three Peaks of Lavaredo loop, a full day walk which is widely regarded as the most scenic hike in the Dolomites.

  • See the Earth Pyramids of Platten, naturally formed earth towers which are the tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids in Europe.

  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch featuring some of the region’s famous produce on the edge of Toblacher See, a spectacular scenic lake.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • The Dolomites boasts pleasantly warm weather, with hot summer days and possibly rain and thunderstorms on occasion. It can get cool in the evening throughout the year so bring warm clothes. Good walking clothing including waterproof wet weather gear and appropriate footwear are a must.

  • We will walk up to 14 km per day, with a maximum elevation gain of 800 metres. You may wish to bring walking poles with you.

  • On Day 4 we will take a cable car ride from Cortina d’Ampezzo to the start of our walk. The views will be stunning, but if you suffer from vertigo, you may feel slightly uncomfortable for a short period of time.

  • On our final day we aim to reach Venice Airport Marco Polo at approximately 1.30 pm. Flights should be booked from 4 pm onwards.

Itinerary

Welcome to Venice! Meet your leader and your group in the Arrivals Hall at Venice Airport Marco Polo at 3.45pm. Settle back and relax during the drive to the pretty town of Dobbiaco which is nestled in a green valley surrounded by alps. Settle in at your comfortable guesthouse which is within easy walking distance of Dobbiaco. Surrounded by parkland and nearby woods, this is your home for the next eight days as you explore the natural beauty of the Dolomites.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Group Arrival Transfer from Venice Airport
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 7pm at your hotel as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Total driving time today is 3 hours.
After breakfast, catch the public bus and begin your Dolomite hiking adventure with a ramble around Lago di Braies. This popular walk is relatively flat and a great introduction to the towering cliffs and emerald green waters of the Dolomites region. If you wish, there is time to enjoy lunch in a mountain hut after the walk.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lago di Braies walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total driving time today is 40 minutes. Today’s total walking distance is approximately 4 kms, with 50 m of elevation gain.
Hit the road in your private vehicle and travel to Brunico, a pretty town at the heart of the Kronplatz region. Join your leader for a walk around town where you will see Bruneck Castle perched high on a hill and the distinctive slender tower and onion dome of Rainkirche Church, together with plenty of charming boutiques and cafés. After you have toured Brunico, spend the afternoon hiking to the unique Earth Pyramids of Platten which are more than 25,000 years old. These naturally formed earth towers are the tallest and most perfectly shaped earth pyramids in Europe. After the hike, enjoy a cheese tasting with cheese master and certified beer sommelier Hubert Stockner before returning to your hotel.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Brunico town leader led walk
  • Earth pyramids of Platten hike
  • Exclusive cheese tasting with Master cheesemaker in Montana
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total driving time today is one hour. Today’s total walking distance is approximately 10 kms, with 150 m of elevation gain.
After breakfast, take the public bus to Cortina where you will catch a cable car and enjoy unbelievable views on your way to the start of today’s walk which explores the Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park. During the 6 hour walk, keep an eye out for Sempervivum dolomiticum, the rare endemic plant which is the symbol of this park. Enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls, the Boite River, and perhaps rest a while at Malga Ra Stua, a café housed in a traditional building surrounded by lush green pastures. Today, you will also have the opportunity to sample the region’s authentic and delicious apple strudel.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cable car ride in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Hike in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites
  • Local apple strudel tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total driving time today is 1.5 hours. Today’s total walking distance is approximately 14.5 kms, with 800 m of elevation gain.
Today is slightly different, with a free day for you to enjoy your way. You can take a bus to the start of one of the many trails in the area and enjoy more hiking on your own, or visit local museums, experience WWI history in Monte Piana and Monte Piano, rent a bicycle or do anything else that interests you. Or, you may want to visit Bolzano, home of the Europe’s oldest natural human mummy known as the Ice Man. Your tour leader will be able to help you with arrangements.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your walking distance today is entirely up to you.
Today is a full day excursion which explores the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. This loop walk is widely regarded as the most scenic hike in the Dolomites and is packed with rugged peaks, lush alpine meadows and pristine lakes. Keep your camera handy as there is superb scenery at every turn, especially at Lake Misurina and Lake Antorno where the group will make a special photo stop.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo scenic hike
  • Lake Misurina and Antorno
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total driving time today is 1.5 hours. Today’s total walking distance is approximately 10 kms, with 400 m of elevation gain.
Enjoy a sleep in and an easy walk to Toblacher See, a picturesque lake near the hotel, where you can enjoy the view and a 'merenda Tirolese' picnic, a traditional meal eaten by farmers. Sample some of the many cuts of speck, an IGP delicacy of Alto Adige, typical local cheese from a 'malga' (a traditional farmers' house), Kaminwurze (smoked salami), butter, pickles, and rye bread from South Tyrol known as Schüttelbrot. Fill your glass with Schiava, a typical wine from the region, and toast your amazing Dolomites adventure. This afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure, perhaps with a final celebration at one of the many bars or restaurants in Dobbiaco.
Accommodation
  • La Nostra Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Toblacher lake hike
  • Authentic Tyrolean Mereta Picnic
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Your walking distance today is approximately 1 km.
After breakfast, your Dolomites hiking adventure finishes with a group transfer to Venice Airport Marco Polo, arriving at approximately 1.30 pm. Please book any flights from 4 pm onwards.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Group Departure Transfer to Venice Airport
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your total driving time today is approximately 3 hours.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

walking, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Guesthouse (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Group Arrival Transfer from Venice Airport
  • Lago di Braies walk
  • Brunico town leader led walk
  • Earth pyramids of Platten hike
  • Exclusive cheese tasting with Master cheesemaker in Montana
  • Cable car ride in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Hike in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites
  • Local apple strudel tasting
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo scenic hike
  • Lake Misurina and Antorno
  • Toblacher lake hike
  • Authentic Tyrolean Mereta Picnic
  • Complimentary Group Departure Transfer to Venice Airport

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Important notes

1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a complimentary group arrival transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) at 3.45pm. If you decide not to take/cannot make the group transfer, welcome meeting will be held in our hotel in Dobbiaco at 7pm on Day 1. Please see Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

2. FINAL DAY: Your adventure ends on Day 8 after breakfast. There are no activities included on that day. You are free to stay in Dobbiaco or take an advantage of complimentary group departure transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport. We will aim to arrive at the airport at around 1.30pm.

3. A single supplement is available for this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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