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 / Jun 27
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.
(Overnight at Bolzano)
Day 04 / Wed / Jun 28
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 five 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.
In the event of rain, we can visit the Paleontological Museum, leaving the hiking to the following day.
(Overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo)
Day 05 / Thu / Jun 29
Day 07 / Sat / Jul 01
Day 08 / Sun / Jul 02
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.
(Overnight at San Candido)
Day 10 / Tue / Jul 04
Day 11 / Wed / Jul 05
Day 12 / Thu / Jul 06
Today we make our way to Rifugio Calvi at the source of the River Piave, one of the most important waterways of northeast Italy, where we shall have our lunch after a hike over to the nearby Sesis Pass continuing all the way to the Austrian border for a spectacular view of the valley beyond.
(Overnight at Sappada)
Day 13 / Fri / Jul 07
Tour ends after breakfast this morning. Transfers are provided to Venice Marco Polo Airport or Venice-Mestre railway station.
For those who wish to extend their trip in Venice or elsewhere, please contact Ergo: Travel.
Dolomites 2023 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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