The Dolomites cast a magical spell. The backdrop of sky-scraping limestone mountains, sublime alpine lakes, and green forests and pastures with spectacular alpine flora. We will explore Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites, visit San Candido with a decidedly Tyrolean flavour, explore the mountain environs of Cortina d'Ampezzo and drive in search of the source of the River Piave at Sappada.
Day 03 / Tue / Sep 26
We visit the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology this morning to learn about the amazing 5300-year-old mummy which was discovered near the top of a nearby mountain some 30 years ago.
Affectionately nicknamed Ötzi after the Ötztal Alps where the body was discovered, this is, to date, the oldest and best-preserved human body ever found in Europe, and has been the source of some of the most valuable information about life in copper-age Europe.
(Lunch and overnight at Bolzano)
Day 04 / Wed / Sep 27
Leaving Bolzano for Cortina, our alpine guide will lead the group up by chairlift to Cinque Torri, where we shall have lunch at the Scoiattoli Refuge, followed by a hike around the 5 towers to visit one of the open-air war museums retelling the battles between Italy and Austria during the First World War.
In the event of unsuitable weather, we shall head straight to Cortina to check in, and embark on an alternative hike, either to Rifugio Dibona or to Rifigio Metres.
If it should rain, we can visit the Paleontological Museum, leaving the hiking to the following day.
(Dinner and overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo)
Day 05 / Thu / Sep 28
Day 07 / Sat / Sep 30
Day 08 / Sun / Oct 01
We transfer to San Candido today, with a stopover at Lake Landro for some sightseeing. Once we dropped off our bags at our hotel, we shall make our way up to the Baranci Refugio by either chairlift or, for those inclined, a hike up to the restaurant, for lunch.
Following our meal, we have the options of hiking in surrounding areas, or descending the mountain on foot following an easy trail, or we can take the luge to the foot of the mountain.
(Lunch and overnight at San Candido)
Day 10 / Tue / Oct 03
We leave San Candido today to make our way to the Montecroce Pass, from where we depart for a full day of hiking to Malga Alpes Nemes to enjoy a lunch of home-made cold cuts, fresh yoghurt and apple strudel. We then head for Sappada where we shall spend the next 3 nights.
(Lunch and overnight at Sappada)
Day 11 / Wed / Oct 04
Our guide shall be taking us around Sappada and the older nucleus of Cima Sappada this morning.
We then visit a dairy production and finish off with a barbecue or picnic lunch by the lake, or in case of bad weather, a lunch indoors with typical local cold cuts and cheeses.
(Pack Lunch and overnight at Sappada)
Day 12 / Thu / Oct 05
Today we make our way to Rifugio Calvi at the source of the River Piave, one of the most important waterways of northeast Italy. We shall have our lunch at the refugio following a hike over to the nearby Sesis Pass, where spectacular views of the valley extends all the way to the Austrian border.
(Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Sappada)
Day 13 / Fri / Oct 06
Tour ends after breakfast this morning.
Transfers are provided to Venice-Mestre railway station.
For those who wish to extend their trip in Venice or elsewhere, please contact Ergo: Travel.
Dolomites 2024 is graded as an Active tour, a more energetic vacation which includes walks and bicycle rides.
Activities on our active tour range from Easy to Moderate. In our activity grading below, we have indicated the ‘difficulty’ or expectations to allow participants to understand the physical requirements of an Active tour.
(In addition to the requirements in Walks/Hikes above)
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