The Deluxe Dolomites tour is our most luxurious inn-to-inn tour. With fabulous hotels, gourmet meals and flat out amazing scenery, there is nothing ordinary about this hike. The Dolomites are a dream, with huge, rugged mountains, quaint villages, flowery meadows, and sun-soaked trails. The mix of Italian, Austrian, and ancient Ladin cultures adds to the fun.
The Dolomites are also home to some of the most luxurious mountain hotels in the Alps, with gourmet restaurants and soothing spas. Our Deluxe Dolomites Traverse tour starts in the Val Gardena, our favorite corner of the Dolomites, and ventures east through the lovely Alta Badia region to the soaring rock towers that surround San Cassiano and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Like all of our guided tours, this trip is guaranteed to run. Sign up, relax, and don’t worry about a thing. Our guides will take you to their favorite spots, talk a bit about the culture, give you space to unwind, and make sure every detail is thought of. If you want to hike a lot and live a little, this guided deluxe Dolomites Traverse is just about perfect.
Ortisei – Arrive in Italy and transfer to Bolzano. Our group shuttle will meet you there and take you to Ortisei, with time to wander the village and enjoy the crisp air and dramatic views from town. Ortisei has a great, pedestrian-only town center and a laid-back atmosphere. Stay in a beautiful 4-star hotel with great food and a welcoming pool and spa.
If you have time, you might consider coming early for a night in Bolzano, your gateway to the Dolomites. Bolzano is a pleasant city with large squares, outdoor markets, and a captivating natural history museum (home of the famous Ötzi iceman). We can arrange additional nights in Bolzano to give you time to explore this small, vibrant city before heading to the mountains.
Ortisei – One of the charms of Ortisei are the many different trail options surround the village. On your first full hiking day, you might take a dayhike through high scenic meadows to the Brogles hut, where you can look gaze upon the jagged needles of the Puez-Odle peaks.
The scenery on this hike is absolutely classic, and there are plenty of easier options if you want to take it easy. Make sure to leave time for the gorgeous pool and spa at the Alpenhotel Rainell.
Seiser Alm – You’ll start with an easy morning with plenty of time. No hurry. Start with a gondola from town up the vast meadows of the Alpe di Siusi, the largest mountain meadow in the Alps. The undulating trail across the meadows passes by a number of small mountain inns. We’ll take you to a favorite lunch spot where you can enjoy some of the best homemade local flavors in the Dolomites, including our favorite Kaiserschmarrn in South Tyrol.
After lunch, continue across the Siusi to the 5-star Hotel Alpina Dolomites. The Alpina is a delightful oasis of mountain luxury, with beautiful rooms, pool and spa. The Alpe di Siusi is a popular destination with hikers during the day, and takes on a quiet ambiance in the evening that allows you to relax and enjoy a beautiful evening high in the mountains.
Selva – Today you’ll traverse the dramatic Sassolungo and Sassopiatto mountain group. One option includes a steep and somewhat rugged ascent leading directly into the heart of the mountains, surrounded on all sides by jagged peaks. You might hike all the way to a high pass, to the Toni Demetz hut, where a fun gondola brings you down to the Sella Pass where a bus takes you to Selva.
Alternately, hike along a lower circuit through green meadows with constant views of the mountains, finishing at the Ciampinoi lift, which will bring you directly to Selva. Selva is the highest village in the Gardena Valley and has a number of fine hotels and restaurants. We like the traditional elegance of the 4-star Hotel Tyrol.
Selva – A second day in Selva gives you a chance to further explore this beautiful region. A great hike from town leads directly up to the Seceda meadows, part of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. Seceda has a number of wonderful trails. A favorite leads to the higher reaches of the meadows to Piera Longia, a picturesque mountain restaurant at the base of the peaks.
Or for a more adventurous outing, meet up with a local guide for a via ferrata climb (guide and gear not included) on one of the local routes. Via ferrata climbs are famous throughout the Dolomites, and there are many options to choose among, from easy beginner hikes to steep, challenging routes. The local guide office can help you decide on an appropriate route, rent gear, and provide a guide. Return to Selva for a 2nd night.
Corvara – Leaving Selva, a dramatic hike through the U-shaped Vallunga Valley leads you to a high, rocky landscape and the Puez hut, a perfect stop for lunch and a break. Afterwards, high rocky trail lead past the the Gardena Pass and down to the Alta Badia Valley.
The Gardena Pass is also accessible from Selva by bus or cable car, and you can have an easier day today walking the many pretty trails near the pass. From here, a scenic descent or a short bus transfer brings you to Corvara. Stay luxurious 4-star hotel in this pleasant village.
San Cassiano – This is a more moderate day over the meadows of Pralongia, the hills that separate Corvara and San Cassiano, with gorgeous views all around. Pass below the Setsas Peak and hike down on a forested trail to the lovely small village of San Cassiano, framed by a gorgeous backdrop of mountains.
We love the Ciasa Salares in San Cassiano, a friendly and luxurious hotel with a strong sense of culture and tradition. They have many warmly kept rooms, a couple of great restaurants, and a wonderful spa with swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and massage treatments. They also have special wine, cheese and chocolate tastings available.
San Cassiano – Today’s dramatic walk takes you high above the valley to the rifugio Lagazuoi, a popular hut perched at the summit of a mountain with incredible views and rich history. This was the scene of fierce fighting in WWI, and many tunnels and artifacts remain to this day.
After a strenuous hike and time to look around, you can either descend by trail or by cable car to the Falzarego Pass. We’ll have a taxi meet us here to whisk us back to our hotel in San Cassiano for a fabulous gourmet meal and our last evening together.
Depart – Today you say arrivederci, and depart for your post-tour destinations. A taxi from San Cassiano to Venice is included in your tour, or we can book custom travel to other destinations.
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