Guided Best of the Dolomites Traverse

Italy Inn-to-inn

Our Dolomites West tour starts in Ortisei and circles the famous Gardena Valley, finishing in Selva

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 21 – Jun 27, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • $3395 per person
    $300 single room
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Description

The Dolomites are a truly special region, with impressive mountains, quaint villages, flowery meadows, and a rich cultural diversity.  Here, the Italian, Austrian, and ancient Ladin cultures intermingle peacefully in the small, scattered villages in this mountainous corner of Italy.  The Dolomites also boast a surprising variety of beautiful wildflowers in early summer in the meadows below the mountains. This inn-to-inn tour takes you on a circuit of the Val Gardena, our favorite corner of the Dolomites.

The Dolomites is truly a special region. With beautiful inns and hikes, this Dolomites tour will make an unforgettable vacation.  If you don’t have time for our full traverse, this 6 night tour is the next best thing.  Get away, breath in the fresh mountain air and treat yourself to the relaxed Tyrolean lifestyle.  It’s worth it.

Our guided tours are all guaranteed… if you sign up, the trip is going.  Our guides will help you find the right pace on the trail and order the right wine once you stop.  They make your life easy.  If you want to hike, relax and not worry about a thing, this guided group Best of Dolomites Traverse is best thing going.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Great inn-to-inn choice for shorter hikes
  • An easy to moderate inn-to-inn with 4 stops in 6 nights
  • Private rooms all nights and luggage 4 nights
  • A beautiful mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Historic mountaintop hut at Schlernhaus
  • Friendly hotels and memorable cuisine
  • All departures guaranteed.  No minimum group size.
Map of Guided Best of the Dolomites Traverse

Itinerary

Day 1

Ortisei – Arrive in Italy and and meet our shuttle in Bolzano.  If you are arriving early, we can help with extra nights in Bolzano or with arrangements on getting to Ortisei independently.  Ortisei is a lovely little village surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Gardena Valley.

You’ll meet your guide, talk about the trip to come.  Ortisei is a pleasant walkable village and is blessed with beautiful views from every corner. We’ll stay in one of our favorite hotels, the always friendly 4-star Hotel Grones.

  • Hotel Grones
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Day 2

Ortisei –Today, we might start with a cable car ride to a ridge high above town, and take a dayhike through high scenic meadows to the Brogles hut, where you can scan practically the entire Gardena Valley and gaze upon the jagged needles of the Puez-Odle peaks.

Afterwards, spend a little time in town.  Ortisei is a beautiful village with shops and cafes lining their cobblestoned, pedestrian-only main road.  The hotel pool and spa is a great place to relax for a couple hours before dinner.

  • Hotel Grones
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 400 ft. up, 3200 ft. down

Day 3

Schlernhaus hut – Hiking hut-to-hut, we’ll traverse the famous Alpe di Siusi, the largest meadow in the Alps.  We’ll first make an unforgettable gourmet stop at Gostner Schwaige for lunch, and then after a mellow crossing of the meadows, we’ll tackle the steep ascent to the mountaintop Schlernhaus.

Schlernhaus is fairly rustic, with private rooms, bathrooms down the hall, and no showers.  Their beautiful dining room is a cozy place to relax in the evening enjoying a night high in the Dolomites.

  • Schlernhaus Hut
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2600 ft. up, 1100 ft. down

Day 4

Plattkofel hut –  Today we’ll continue along the ridgeline high above the rolling green hills of the Alpe di Siusi, with breathtaking views in every direction.  We’ll stop for lunch at the beautiful Tires hut, and finish the day at Plattkofel hut.

For those with extra energy and time, an alternate hike up to the peak of Sasso Piatto will reward you with spectacular views of the whole region.  With comfortable private rooms and hot showers, Plattkofel is more a comfortable mountain inn than a hut, with a quiet ambiance that allows us to relax and enjoy a beautiful evening high in the mountains.

  • Plattkofel hut
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1250 ft. up, 1750 ft. down

Day 5

Selva – Today we descend from Plattkofel and make our way to Selva, circling around the towering, jagged Sassolungo group.  After a stop at a dramatic mountain hut tucked inside a cirque of mountains, we’ll cross a series of meadows to a cable car that whisks us down to town.

Selva is a lovely little village surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Gardena Valley.  Tonight marks the start of the Dolomites East 6-night tour – new arrivals will join the group for dinner.

  • Hotel Krone
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 1400 ft. up, 1600 ft. down

Day 6

Selva – For our final hike we’ll work our way up and explore the high meadows of the dramatic Puez-Odle mountain group, and perhaps stopping in at places like the Regensberger or Stevia huts along the way.

In the evening, you can enjoy a final farewell dinner at our tasteful village hotel.

  • Hotel Krone
  • B / L / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3150 ft. up, 3150 ft. down

Day 7

depart – Today, you say goodbye to the Dolomites, and transfer to Bolzano for your post-trip destinations.

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Included 4 nights 3-star hotels
2 nights huts/inns with private rooms

also includes:
all breakfasts and lunches, and dinners
guided hikes daily
all transfers to/from trailheads
luggage transfers between villages
Bolzano-Ortisei group taxi transfer
Selva-Bolzano taxi transfer

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