Hiking in the Dolomites

8 Days | A hiking adventure with creature comforts in the heart of the Dolomites

4.9 out of 5 based on 53 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
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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.

Trip overview

Map of Hiking In The Dolomites including Italy
Start
Dobbiaco, Italy
Finish
Venice, Italy
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Italy
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMXI
This trip generates 19.1 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

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 at the green pastures of Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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 7 we will take a cable car ride from Versciacio 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.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Hiking In The Dolomites including Italy

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Walking, Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Group Arrival Transfer from Venice Airport
  • Strudelkopf summit guided hike
  • Local apple strudel tasting
  • Malga Gonner Alm guided hike
  • Earth pyramids of Platten guided hike
  • Cheese tasting at local cooperative
  • Malga Ra Stua guided hike in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo leader led walk
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo scenic hike
  • Cable car ride in Versciacio
  • Complimentary Group Departure Transfer to Venice Airport

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a complimentary group arrival transfer from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) at 3.45pm in front of the Relay Shop at the arrival hall (going via Venice Mestre so you can choose where to join). Please note airport pick up may take longer than we planned and therefore pick up from Venice Mestre will take place anytime between 4:15 pm and 5:30 pm at the transfer pick up area outside the train station, on the right-hand side. You will find the driver holding a sign with Intrepid Travel logo. 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.
If you are in doubt about transfer time arrival, or you need to notify us that your flight is delayed, please contact us on +49 8024 4679540 (emergency number option 1)
2. 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. Please book any flights from 4 pm onwards. The journey will go via Venice Mestre train station and if you prefer to depart by train, please do not book your train before 2:30 pm.
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.
4. Please note, due to unpredictable weather in shoulder seasons (early to mid-June and early to mid-September) some hikes may need to be adjusted or even replaced. We will always aim to provide equally interesting and picturesque hikes of similar difficulty.
5. As of April 2024, Venice will implement a visitor’s fee for all travellers visiting the city between 25 April and 15 July 2024. If you are planning to explore the old city prior to the start of the trip, you will need to pay the access fee at https://cda.veneziaunica.it/en/access-fee. For further information, please see the “Passports, visas and entry requirements,” section of your Essential Trip Information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 53 reviews submitted.
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Ricky · Traveled September 2023
I’ve been wanting to hike in the Dolomites for many years, and I’m so glad I found this tour. It was a wonderful week of challenging hikes, sunny days, lots of food and wine, and great company. The mountain scenery was breathtaking. Our guide, Edoardo, was excellent- super knowledgeable, enthusiastic about the hikes and the region, approachable, and fun. I highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 16 Sep 2023

Kathy · Traveled September 2023
Had a wonderful time hiking in the Dolomites! This trip can be physically challenging but the breathtaking views are worth it. Edoardo the guide was amazing.
Review submitted 10 Sep 2023

Karen · Traveled September 2023
Scenery is beautiful. I had a lot of fun and would recommend it. I am a beginner hiker and found some of it challenging. You will need a moderate level of fitness. There are some steep inclines, loose gravel, long distances, and heat also played a factor. Bring sunscreen, electrolytes, hiking shoes and poles, and have fun!
Review submitted 11 Sep 2023

Lily · Traveled August 2023
This was one of the most satisfying group hiking trips. We got lucky in the end and had brilliant weather. Edourdo really fitted in with everyone . It was a most congenial group. Lucky.
Review submitted 04 Sep 2023

Kay · Traveled August 2023
Eduardo was a thoughtful and caring guide who happily shared his professional experience and passion for the Dolomites. Just the right amount of hiking which you can accomplish at your own pace plus some great suggestions for our free time. Loved it - thanks Edoardo. Would do it again!
Review submitted 03 Sep 2023
Hiking in the Dolomites
From
CAD $4,300