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Self-Guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Traverse the Dolomites in luxurious style, with gorgeous trails, deluxe 4 and 5-star spa hotels and gourmet meals.

Self-Guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse

Traverse the Dolomites in luxurious style, with gorgeous trails, deluxe 4 and 5-star spa hotels and gourmet meals.

  • Self-Guided,
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Moderate to Challenging,

There are many things to fall in love with in the Dolomites. Rugged hikes and luxurious nights.

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 other deluxe tours that are very nice, to be 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.

This tour is not available in late July or in August when 1 night stays are not possible. Our self-guided Great Hikes of the Dolomites tour is a better option for mid-summer, exploring the same region with 4 nights at each stop.


See our Guided version

  • 11 days, 10 nights
  • Jun 2 – Jul 10, 2024
  • Sep 1 – Oct 4, 2024
  • $5690 Per Person
  • $1650 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-3

Ortisei to Alpe di Siusi

Ortisei is a great place to start, a sunny walkable village in the fantastic Val Gardena, home to one of our favorite 4-star hotels anywhere. After a scenic day hike above town, you’ll then head to the Alpina Dolomites, 5-star luxury tucked in the middle of the Alpe di Siusi, the largest alpine meadow in the Alps.

Days 4-6

Alpe di Siusi to Selva

Rolling trails through flower-filled meadows circle around to Selva, the highest village in Gardena valley. Another great day hike to a high alpine hut caps your time in the region, with a lovely 4-star hotel as your home base.

Days 7-11

Selva to Alta Badia and San Vigilio

Now you hike across a high pass to the Alta Badia region, stopping first in Corvara, then 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. Finish at an exquisite 4-star superior hotel.


Your tour includes 10 nights in 4-5 star luxury hotels. We include all breakfasts and all dinners. Luggage transfers to all stops are included, as well as private taxis from Venice to Ortisei and San Vigilio to Venice, and selected taxis enroute. You will also receive topo maps, detailed route descriptions, gps routes and sightseeing suggestions. We are always available by phone if you have questions during your tour.

Pricing includes 1 private shuttle per group each direction to and from Venice.

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive 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, or Innsbruck 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.

Arrival: Venice. Our deluxe Dolomites tour includes 1 private taxi per group from Venice to Ortisei, a 3½ hr drive.  We can make arrangements for other pickup locations, such as Bolzano, Innsbruck, or longer trips such as from Milan or Munich at extra cost, if these work better for you.

4-star Grones, Genziana or similar
  • Dinner

Day 2

Ortisei, hike to Brogles hut

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.

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

4-star Grones, Genziana or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Alpe di Siusi, 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.

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

5-star Alpina Dolomites
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Alpe di Siusi, hike to Tierser hut

There are many things you might do with an extra day on the Alpe di Siusi.  If you’d like an adventurous hike today, we love this loop hike up to Schlernhaus and Tierser hut.

Start with mellow trails across the giant rolling meadows with beautiful mountain views all around.  Then a sturdy climb leads up to the historic Schlernhaus hut, perched high on the Schlern mountain.  From here, traverse the high plateau toward the Rosengarten mountain group to the Tierser hut, tucked behind a steep cliff and a great lunch stop.

From Tierser, a short ascent brings you over the Rosszahne pass and back across the moors and meadows of the Alpe di Siusi.  Get back to your hotel in time for an afternoon visit to the pool and spa, or to relax on your balcony taking in views of the distant mountains you just traversed.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 10 miles, 2400 ft up, 2400 ft down

5-star Alpina Dolomites
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

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, 8 miles, 2970 ft up, 1080 ft down

4-star Hotel Tyrol or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

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.

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.

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

4-star Hotel Tyrol or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7

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, 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.

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

4-star Col Alto or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 8

Corvara, hike to Lagazuoi peak

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 gondola takes you up to the Pralongia meadows above town.  For an easier day, you can make a moderate loop to one of the scenic restaurants up here.  Or a longer day, a strenuous hike leads across the meadown to the Falzarego pass, where you either hike or take the cable car up to the Lagazuoi hut on the peak  Descend by cable car to the Falzarego pass, where there are buses that can bring you back to Corvara.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 4110 ft up, 1590 ft down

4-star Col Alto or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9

hike along the Alta Via 1 to San Vigilio

Another great hike high in the mountains.  We’ll include a short taxi transfer to the trailhead, and then 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 bus transfer brings you 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
  • Dinner

Day 10

San Vigilio, hike Piz da Peres or Fodara Vedla

Short but steep, San Vigilio’s local mountain, Piz da Peres, is an adventurous 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.

A more moderate option starts with the bus back to Pederu, where you finished hiking yesterday.  From here, hike Alta Via 1 trails up to the lovely Fodara Vedla and Fanes huts, a steep but straightforward climb that is rewarded with wonderful views from the high Fanes plateau.  Return on a loop trail to Pederu and back to your hotel.

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 11


Today you say arrivederci, and depart for your post-tour destinations.

Departure: Venice.  A private taxi to Venice, a 3½ hr trip, is included in your tour, either to the airport or downtown. We normally book a 9 am departure, but this can be adjusted to suit your schedule. We can book additional taxis or custom travel to other destinations, at extra cost, if needed.

  • Breakfast

Tour Options

Self-guided Deluxe Dolomites Traverse


  • Great options for easier hikes
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 10 nights
  • 4 & 5-star hotels, private airport transfers, luggage each night
  • A beautiful mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Our most luxurious inn-to-inn hiking tour
  • Easily customizable to include extra nights
  • $5690Per Person
  • $1650Single Room

Self-guided Best of the Dolomites


  • Great inn-to-inn choice for shorter hikes
  • An easy to moderate inn-to-inn with 4 stops in 6 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
  • $2690Per Person
  • $850Single Room

Self-guided Classic Dolomites Traverse


  • Great options for both harder and easier days
  • A moderate inn-to-inn with 6 stops in 10 nights
  • luggage 8 of the 10 nights
  • A beautiful mix of Tyrolean, Italian and local Ladin cultures
  • Fabulous hotels and memorable cuisine – high on comfort
  • Fascinating WWI history
  • $3690Per Person
  • $1050Single Room

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