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Summer in the Dolomites

a collaboration with Ergo: Travel
The Dolomites!
There is really no better place to go, in the summer, than to what many would consider to be the most beautiful mountains in Europe, if not the world. Spectacular, awe-inspiring, and sublime are just some of the superlatives that come to mind when describing the Dolomites, which since 2009 have been included among the nearly 60 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy.
Come and enjoy not only the breathtaking scenery but also the unique food and way of life that encompass three different cultures, the flora and fauna, as well as opportunities for optional walks, hikes and bicycle riding through some of the most evocative landscapes to be found anywhere.

Journey Highlights

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 / Sun / Jun 25

Arrival at Bolzano

Arrival in Bolzano and check into your hotel for the night.

(Overnight at Bolzano)

Bolzano Street View Bolzano Roofscape

Day 02 / Mon / Jun 26

Bolzano; City Tour

The tour begins in the morning with a tour of Bolzano with our guide, followed by lunch in typical Tyrolean restaurant. With the sun setting as late as 9pm, you will have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

(Overnight at Bolzano)

bolzano cathedral

Day 03 / Tue / Jun 27

Bolzano; South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

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)

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology Otzi the Iceman

Day 04 / Wed / Jun 28

Cortina; Cinque Torri

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)

Cinque Torri Cinque Torri

Day 05 / Thu / Jun 29

Cortina; Cinque Torri

Subject to weather conditions the day before, we may either hike around the Cinque Torri or the other afore-mentioned hikes in the environs of Rifugio Dibona or Rifigio Metres.

If it rains, we can visit the Paleontological Museum.

(Overnight at Cortina d’Ampezzo)

View from Rifugio Dibona

Day 06 / Fri / Jun 30

Cortina; cycling to Fanes Waterfalls

Today’s programme is an e-bike tour along the Boite river to the Fanes Waterfalls in the Natural Park of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

(Overnight at Cortina d’Ampezzo)

cycling to fanes waterfalls

Day 07 / Sat / Jul 01

Cortina; Three Peaks of Lavaredo

Today we spend the entire day hiking around the world-famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo, starting from the Auronzo Refuge, taking you first to the Locatelli Refuge and then back to the Auronzo Refuge completely circumnavigating the Three Peaks.

(Overnight at Cortina d’Ampezzo)

Three Peaks of Lavaredo

Day 08 / Sun / Jul 02

San Candido

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)

Lake Landro Dolomites

Day 09 / Mon / Jul 03

San Candido; Cycling to Lienz!

A day of a cycling to the town of Lienz in Austria is planned for today, using either normal or e-bicycles, with lunch along the way.

Return to San Candido is by train.

(Overnight at San Candido)

Cycling to Lienz Austria Arriving in Lienz

Day 10 / Tue / Jul 04

Sappada

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 home-made cold cuts fresh yoghurt and apple strudel. We then head for Sappada where we shall spend the next three nights.

(Overnight at Sappada)

Cima Sappada Cima Sappada

Day 11 / Wed / Jul 05

Sappada; Cima Sappada

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 lunch indoors with typical local cold cuts and cheeses.

(Overnight at Sappada)

Sappada Dairy Production Sappada Dairy Production
Sappada

Day 12 / Thu / Jul 06

Sappada; Seeking out Piave

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)

Hiking to Sesis Pass Piave

Day 13 / Fri / Jul 07

Sappada; tour ends and transfer to Venice

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.

Additional Notes

  • Tour price is for land arrangements only. Flights are not included
  • This tour begins in Bolzano and ends in Sappada. Transfers by train from Venice-Mestre OR Milan Central railway station prior to the start of the tour in Bolzano is included, as is the transfer at the end of the tour to Venice Marco Polo Airport or Venice-Mestre Railway Station. Please contact us if you need any special arrangements for transfers to and/or from the hotels.
  • Travel insurance is required for all tour participants.
  • Single supplement for this tour is S$1,180. For triple-sharing and other arrangements please contact us.
  • Sightseeing, entrance to sights, hiking and cycling are included as specified in the programme.
  • Hiking and cycling are graded “easy” to “moderate”, and a certain level of physical fitness is required as set out in the Activity Grading below.
  • As there will be substantial walking on both paved and unpaved ground, wearing comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
  • Gratuities for group services and city taxes absorbed.
  • Activities may sometimes need to be modified, rescheduled, or even cancelled as weather conditions are unpredictable in the mountains and can often change without warning.
  • Extension of trip (before or after the tour) can be arranged upon request.
  • Tour deposit and final payment is to be made by bank transfer or by PayNow

Activity Grading

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.

Walks / Hikes
Easy
  • Participants must be in reasonable health and able to handle their own luggage, climb a few flights of stairs, and walk up to 8km each day.
  • Walks/hikes will last 2 to 4 hours and will be along undulating paths or trails with short ascents and descents.

Moderate
  • Participants must be in good health and generally fit, able to handle their own luggage, climb stairs and walk approximately 15km each day.
  • Walks/hikes last between 4 to 6 hours at a fairly brisk pace, and include some longer ascents and descents.
  • Terrain may be mixed including rocky areas and mixed surfaces underfoot.
Cycle

(In addition to the requirements in Walks/Hikes above)

Easy
  • Bicycle rides are for 2-3 hours and on clearly marked trails and good pavement.
  • Cycling distance is typically between 25 and 55 km per day.
  • Perfect for the occasional rider.

Moderate
  • Bicycle rides are for 3-6 hours covering up to 45-75km per day. We can optionally hire e-bikes which makes this considerably easier.
  • Moderate grade itineraries include longer cycling days and steeper ascents and descents. May include longer stretches of uphill climbs and descents or a number of shorter steeper uphill and downhill sections along the route.
  • Cycling distance is typically between 45 and 75 km per day.

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