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Guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Explore the Dolomites in style, staying in 4 and 5-star hotels while hiking from the Gardena Valley to Alta Badia and San Vigilio.

Guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Explore the Dolomites in style, staying in 4 and 5-star hotels while hiking from the Gardena Valley to Alta Badia and San Vigilio.

    Support
  • Guided Group,
    Style
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Moderate to Challenging,

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 Corvara, before heading north on the Alta via 1 route to San Vigilio.

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 out. If you want to hike a lot and live a little, this guided deluxe Dolomites Traverse is just about perfect.

 

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    Length
  • 10 days, 9 nights
    Departures
  • Jun 23 – Jul 2, 2023
  • Sep 08 – Sep 17, 2023
    Cost
  • $6295 Per Person
  • $950 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-3

Ortisei to Alpe di Siusi

Ortisei is one of our favorite mountain villages in the Dolomites… a sunny walkable village in the fantastic Val Gardena. We’ll stay in a fabulous 4-star hotel in town.. After a scenic day hike around the region, you’ll then head to the Alpina Dolomites, 5-star luxury tucked in the middle of Alpe di Siusi, the largest alpine meadow in the Alps.

Days 4-5

Alpe di Siusi to Selva

Rolling trails through flower-filled meadows cross the Alpe di Siusi, leading you to Selva, the highest village in Gardena valley. Again we stay in a beautiful 4-star hotel, with a stunning day hike up to a hut above Selva.

Days 6-10

Selva to Alta Badia and San Vigilio

Now we hike across a high pass to the Alta Badia region, stopping in Corvara and hiking part of the alta via 1 route to San Vigilio. This is a very traditional region, with a strong Ladin culture and tons of interesting WW1 history. We finish at an exquisite 4-star superior hotel. Depart by taxi to Venice.

Included

Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 9 nights in 4 to 5 star luxury hotels, with all breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners included. Luggage transfers to all stops are also part of your tour, as well as group arrival taxi from Bolzano to Ortisei and departure taxi from San Cassiano to Venice.

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive 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.

4-star Hotel Grones
  • Dinner

Day 2

Ortisei, hike to Brogles hut

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.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1180 ft up, 2360 ft down

4-star Hotel Grones
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Alpe di Siusi, Alpina Dolomites

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 (Seiser Alm), 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.

HIKE: 4-6 hours, 9 miles, 1050 ft up, 1540 ft down

5-star Alpina Dolomites
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

hike to 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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 12 miles, 3150 ft up, 2000 ft down

4-star Hotel Tyrol
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Selva, hike Puez-Odle park

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles, 3600 ft up, 3600 ft down

4-star Hotel Tyrol
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

hike to 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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3150 ft up, 3360 ft down

4-star Col Alto
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Corvara, hike to Lagazuoi

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.

A short bus transfers brings you to the trail head, where you head up and then up into the mountains. After a strenuous hike and time to look around at the Lagazuoi hut on the peak, you can either descend by trail or cable car to the Falzarego pass.  There are frequent buses that can bring you back to your hotel in Corvara.

Alternate routes lead over the Pralongia meadows to Falzarego pass below Lagazuoi and the WW1 museum there.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 6 miles; Elevation: 3780 ft up, 120 ft down

4-star Col Alto
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

hike Alta via 1 to San Vigilio

Another great hike high in the mountains.  We’ll hike along the famous alta via 1 route, one of the epic long distance trails of the Dolomites.  This is one of the best stretches, hiking through the Locia pass to a high meadow surrounded by incredible peaks.  Stop at the Fanes hut for lunch and descend to Pederu, where a quick transfer brings us to San Vigilio.

The 4-star superior Hotel Excelsior is one of our favorites, a luxurious hiker-friendly retreat with 2 spas, a beautiful infinity pool, great meals, and incredibly friendly service.  You won’t want to leave!

HIKE: 6-8 hrs, 11 miles; Elevation: 2490 ft up, 2420 ft down

4-star superior Excelsior
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

San Vigilio, hike Piz da Peres

Short but steep, San Vigilio’s local mountain, Piz da Peres, is an adventuous peak ascent for views of the valley and surrounding area. Start with a bus or a taxi to the Furcia pass for this rugged loop trail.

If you prefer to take it easy today, the Excelsior has a couple of spa and includes a bountiful lunch buffet in your stay.  They have mountain bikes free for your use if you want to mix things up.  The wooded trail from San Vigilio to Pederu is nice by foot or by bike.  Return to your hotel for one final night.

HIKE: 4-6 hrs, 5 miles; 2590 ft up, 2590 ft down

4-star superior Excelsior
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Depart

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

  • Breakfast

Tour Options

Guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Inn-To-Inn

  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 9 nights
  • Luxurious stays in 4 and 5-star hotels every night
  • Beautiful spas and gourmet meals
  • A memorable mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Fascinating WWI history
  • Great flexibility for easier or harder hikes
  • $6295Per Person
  • $950Single Room

Guided Classic Dolomites Traverse

Inn-To-Inn

  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 7 stops in 10 nights
  • Private rooms 9 nights and luggage 7 of the 10 nights
  • A memorable mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Historic mountaintop stops at Schlernhaus and Lagazuoi huts
  • Fabulous hotels and great food – high on comfort
  • Fascinating WWI history
  • $4795Per Person
  • $600Single Room

Guided Best of the Dolomites

Inn-To-Inn

  • 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
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size.
  • Friendly hotels and memorable cuisine
  • $3595Per Person
  • $350Single Room

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