Self-guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

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Traverse the Dolomites from the Gardena Valley to Cortina d'Ampezzo in style, with 4 and 5-star hotels and gourmet meals.

Self-Guided Tour

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  • Length
  • 9 days, 8 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jun 15 – Sep 30, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • Jun/Sep - $4790/person
    July - $5190
    August - $5590
    $1100 single room
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Description

There are many things to fall in love with in the Dolomites. The culture is a rich blend of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin traditions. The cuisine mirrors these riches, with excellent coffee, wines, pastas, wild game and more (including the best Kaiserschmarrn in the South Tyrol). The mountains, meadows and picturesque villages paint one of the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world.  And the hotels, yes, they are worthy.  We love it all.

This is our most luxurious inn-to-inn tour. Not just in the Dolomites, but in the Alps. We have others that are very nice, sure, but if you like a world-class hotel, a scenic pool and outstanding cuisine to go with your beautiful mountains, the Dolomites are hard to beat. Let us show you around. You’re going to love it.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Great options for easier hikes
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 8 nights
  • 4 & 5-star hotels, private airport transfers, luggage each night
  • Our most luxurious inn-to-inn hiking tour
  • A beautiful mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Fascinating WWI history
Map of Self-guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Itinerary

Day 1

Ortisei – Arrive in Italy and transfer to Ortisei with time to wander the village, enjoying the crisp air and dramatic views from town.  Ortisei has a charming pedestrian-only town center and a laid-back atmosphere.  Your private taxi transfer from Venice, Verona, Innsbruck or Munich is included in your tour.  Stay in a beautiful 4-star hotel with great food and a welcoming pool and spa.

If you have time, you might consider arriving early to stop 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.

  • 4-star Grones or similar
  • D

Day 2

Ortisei – One of the many charms of Ortisei is the variety of trail options surrounding 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 out over your route to come, gazing upon the jagged needles of the Puez-Odle 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.

  • 4-star Grones or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 hours, 7.5 miles; Elevation: 3150 ft. up, 3150 ft. down

Day 3

Alpina Dolomites – You’ll start with an easy morning with plenty of time to relax before your hike.  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 send you to a favorite lunch spot where you can enjoy some of the best homemade local flavors in the Dolomites.

After lunch, you’ll head out across the Alpe di Siusi to the south with the Schlern massif looming above you before looping back to the 5-star Hotel Alpina Dolomites.  The Alpina Dolomites is the epitome of mountain luxury, with beautiful rooms and a not-to-be-missed 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.

  • 5-star Alpina Dolomites
  • B / D
  • hike: 5-7 Hours, 9.5 miles, 1440 ft. up, 1820 ft. down

Day 4

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.

  • 4-star Tyrol or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 11.5 miles; Elevation: 3780 ft. up, 2460 ft. down

Day 5

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.

Your descent from Seceda can be eased by a lift down to the valley floor, or you can take an energetic detour to the Stevia hut, for their fantastic apple strudel and otherworldly views of the Sella mountain.  Return to Selva for a 2nd night.

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

Day 6

Corvara – Leaving Selva, a dramatic hike through the U-shaped Vallunga valley leads you to a high, rocky landscape and the Puez hut, and then past the the Gardena pass to the peaceful Alta Badia valley.  Alta Badia is a hidden paradise, with rolling meadows nestled among huge mountains in every direction.

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.  Tonight you’ll stay in a luxurious 4-star hotel in this pleasant village.

  • 4-star la Perla, Col Alto or similar
  • B / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3050 ft. up, 3170 ft. down

Day 7

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 5-star Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano, a luxurious hotel with a strong sense of culture and tradition that caters to hikers.  Although quite small, San Cassiano has a number of very fine hotels that promise a welcoming and comfortable night.  Dinner will be on your own tonight.  Please ask if you would like a dinner reservation at the Michelin-starred Hubertus (if available) or elsewhere.

  • 5-star Rosa Alpina
  • B
  • hike: 4-7 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 2170 ft. up, 1810 ft. down

Day 8

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 cable car to the Falzarego pass.  We’ll have a taxi meet you here to bring you back to your hotel in San Cassiano for a final celebratory night.

  • 5-star Rosa Alpina
  • B
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3920 ft. up, 2130 ft. down

Day 9

depart – Today you say arrivederci, and depart for your post-tour destinations.  A private taxi from San Cassiano to Venice is included in your tour, or we can book custom travel to other destinations.

  • B
Included 8 nights in 4 to 5-star hotels
all breakfasts, 6 dinners
luggage transfers to all stops
airport-Ortisei taxi transfer
Cortina-Venice taxi transfer

topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions

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