Self-guided Best of the Dolomites Traverse

Italy Inn-to-inn

This self-guided loop through the Gardena Valley is a gorgeous introduction to the Dolomites

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 01 – Sep 30, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • Jun/Sep - $2490
    July - $2690
    August - $2890
    $450 single
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The Dolomites are prettier than you know.  They really are.  You’ll find flower-filled meadows tucked against breathtaking pink and yellow cliffs.  Charming, sunny villages with trails radiating in every direction.  There are easy walks and sturdy, rugged hikes into rocky peaks with a cozy hut just where you need it.  It’s a cultural delight with tidy Tyrolean hospitality and hectic Italian charm, and it’s perfect.  Each day is another great hike to a welcoming inn, followed by a 5 course feast with local wine.  A striking sunset.   Relax.  You can’t beat it.

If you don’t have time for our full Dolomites Traverse, this 6 night circuit of the Gardena is a great way to spend a week.  Visit beautiful villages and fantastically scenic huts.  Striking mountains, fresh air, cultural charm and memorable cuisine.  It’s everything you want in a hiking tour.

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 – high on comfort
  • Great choice for early and late season, June and September
Map of Self-guided Best of the Dolomites Traverse


Day 1

Ortisei- Arrive in Italy and make your way to Bolzano, a beautiful small city surrounded by vineyards and filled with plazas and museums.  Bolzano’s natural history museum is home to the famous Ötzi iceman, and it’s worth spending some time here to see the museum and other nearby attractions.

We’ll have a private taxi meet you in Bolzano and take you to Ortisei, a beautiful town surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Gardena valley.  Enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner and settle in to your comfortable and friendly 3-star hotel for the night.

  • 3-star Hotel Stetteneck or similar
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Day 2

Ortisei – Today’s hike starts with a funicular train 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.

In the evening, spend some time exploring town.  Ortisei is a beautiful village with shops and cafes lining their cobblestoned, pedestrian-only main road.  Your stay also includes entrance to the Mar Dolomit pool and spa, a great place to relax for an hour or two.

  • Hotel Stetteneck or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 380 ft. up, 3210 ft. down

Day 3

Schlernhaus hut –  After a relaxing morning, begin today by ascending a gondola to the rolling green hills of the Alpe di Siusi, the largest mountain meadow in the Alps.  After a mellow crossing of the meadows and an unforgettable stop at the lively Gostner Schwaige for lunch, continue on a short but steep ascent to the peak.

Finish the day at Schlernhaus, an historic mountain inn atop the mighty Schlern peak, with breathtaking views in every direction.  Trails radiate from the hut for optional walks to even higher views.  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 / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 2590 ft. up, 1110 ft. down

Day 4

Plattkofel hut – Off to the next hut, you’ll make a moderate high traverse toward the towering Sassolungo mountain group.   The trail provides stunning views of the famed Catinaccio/Rosengarten group enroute.

Plattkofel hut is tucked at the base of the pyramidal peak it is named for, and an optional trail leads to the top, if you are in the mood for an energetic day.  Plattkofel hut is more a comfortable mountain inn than a hut, with cozy private rooms and hot showers, and a quiet ambiance that encourages relaxation.

  • Plattkoffel Hut
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1260 ft. up, 1750 ft. down

Day 5

Selva – Today you traverse around the northwest corner of the Langkofel Group, towering in stark relief over the Alpe di Siusi.   You’ll spend the day winding your way through boulder fields, grassy meadows, and spruce-larch forests before catching a cable car down to Selva.

A more strenuous optional trail leads right through the heart of the Langkofel/Plattkofel group, and is a fun, dramatic detour for those looking for a challenge.

  • 3-star Hotel Krone or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 2000 ft. up, 2200 ft. down

Day 6

Selva- Today you’ll hike up to explore the high Seceda meadows below the dramtic Puez-Odle mountain group, perhaps stopping in at the Regensberger or Stevia huts along the way.  There are dozens of criss-crossing trails through this area that invite exploration, and all boast unforgettable views of the region.

In the evening, you can unwind and enjoy the delicious cuisine at your tasteful village hotel.  Many of our Selva hotels include small spas if you would like to relax before your final dinner.

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

Day 7

depart – After breakfast, your taxi driver will meet you at your hotel to take you back to Bolzano.

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Included 4 nights 3-4 star hotels
2 nights huts/inns
all breakfasts and dinners
luggage transfers between villages
Bolzano to Ortisei taxi transfer
Selva to Bolzano taxi transfer

topo maps
detailed route descriptions
local contact for questions

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