DOLOMITES

A VERTICAL UNIVERSE – SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Mountainous

Availability

From last week of June to Mid September

Highlight

High mountain landscapes, Cortina d’Ampezzo shopping streets

Price from

625 EUR

 

Grade

Located towards the Eastern end of the Alps’ great curve from the Mediterranean coast through Central Europe to the Balkans, the Dolomites region occupies an area of Northern Italy as large as Wales. Its world famous fairy tale spires, broad rock plateaus and mountain lakes provide a uniquely stunning environment. Its plunging forested valleys deservedly attract mountain lovers and keen walkers. One Foot Abroad are proud to offer this destination to you.

 

This adventurous trip takes you to the highest part of the Dolomites, following rivers and lakes. You will experience the contrast between the lush green valley and the massive limestone peaks looming above you.

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This trip alternates between nights in Cortina and high mountain refuges. This enables you to enjoy the comfort of a hotel, as well as getting the unique feeling of high altitude while staying in amazingly located refuges. Every day you have a choice between a “Moderate+” or a “Challenging” itinerary, starting and finishing at the same point. This way, you can vary the difficulty by doing some challenging days and some easier days, depending on the weather, your fitness and experience and what you fancy. In Cortina, you will stay in comfortable hotels, ranging from 2* to 4*.

 

Visitors to the Dolomites in summer 2019 need to be aware of possible problems regarding paths. The situation is ongoing. The best advice is to check locally with Tourist Offices and refuges, do not under any circumstances take risks, and be versatile – if your planned route is closed, be prepared to change your plans and take an alternate path.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrival at Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina is also known as the “queen of the Dolomites” because of its amazing geographical location. From this vibrant and tourist-friendly town, the impressive mountains around are easily accessible. Excellent restaurants and nice pubs offer some well-deserved refreshments!

Day 2: Cortina d’Ampezzo to Sesto

After a short bus transfer to Lake Landro, the ascent to one of the greatest highlights of the Dolomites can begin. It is a steady ascent of more than 1000m that will take you directly in front of the mighty Tre Cime. These 3 peaks are emblematic of the Dolomites. A famous Refuge will receive you with refreshments and a hearty meal. Walkers who enjoy a challenge can take a hike around the Tre Cime and observe the peaks from every angle.

Day 3: Back to Cortina d’Ampezzo – Tre Cime area

This walk was the scene of tragic war act during WWI. You can still see the evidence of these atrocities by walking through the war tunnel of Paterno and the curious looking Sasso di Sesto. The walk leads to the pretty refuge Cengia (2528m), then down into a silent otherworldly ‘amphitheatre’. Then it’s on to the refuge Auronzo, for a short transfer back to Cortina.

Day 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo to Cinque Torri

After a pleasant transfer on the open-air ski lift, this walk will take you to the very foot of the eroded rock towers of the Cinque Torri. Then, we walk around Nuvolau using either a dramatic and technical path by Ra Gusela (2574m), or an easier path by Passo Giau (2236m) before reaching Passo Falzarego (2105m). Here, you take an enormous cable car up to your Refuge (2752m), where we spend the night in the amazing surroundings of the Tofane range.

Day 5: Lagazuoi – Circular walk Tofane

As it is not possible to ascend any higher from the Refuge (2752m), today we begin by descending to 2030m. We take a right to climb steeply through scrub and past a waterfall for a relentless ascent via moderately exposed natural ledges cut into the sheer Nemesis rock point. This leads to the wondrous lunar-like Masare amphitheatre and eventually to Refuge Giussani (2600m). The walk continues down to Col dei Bos (2400m) and Passo Falzarego (2105m), from which the cable car takes you back up to your Refuge (2752m).

Day 6: Back to Cortina d’Ampezzo – Val Travenanzes

This challenging route begins with an exhilarating underground ascent via a remarkable tunnel hewn into the mountainside by the Italian WW1 forces. We climb a total of 647m with the help of rock steps and guiding cables fixed to the walls. The tunnel measures 1100m in length and boasts a gradient verging 45 degrees! Then we descend the Val Travenanzes, haunt of Chamois (a native species of goat-antelope) and Marmots (ground squirrels) and then conclude with the impressive Fanes waterfall – a 70m drop, placing it as the highest waterfall in the Dolomites.

Day 7: Cortina d’Ampezzo – End of the trip

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. However, you can extend your stay in Cortina to explore this area further and add extra nights.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 3 nights in 2*, 3 nights in Gites/Refuges
  • 6 breakfasts in hotels/ 3 half board in refuges
  • Local maps (to be returned)
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer (No luggage transfer when going to refuges)
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Dinner (In Cortina)
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays
  • Upgrade Hotels to 3*

Access

Fly in/Fly out

The closest airports are Treviso and Venice. However, Cortina d’Ampezzo is also easily accessible by flying to Milan or Verona.

To Treviso
 Treviso – San’Angelo airport
Many major airlines fly to Treviso: Ryanair, Sky Europe and others

To Venice
 Marco Polo – Venice airport
Easyjet, Aer Lingus,  Alitalia, and more

To Milan
Virtually all airlines fly to Milan’s airports.

Other

Train + Bus to Cortina:
From Treviso: Train to Calalzo (2hours) and bus (1hour) 
-From Venise: Train to Calalzo (2h40min) and bus (1hour)

Train information : trenitalia.com
Bus information: 
dolomitibus.it

Direct Bus from Treviso Bus station (autostazione) to Cortina everyday
Direct Bus from Venice Bus station or Mestre

Direct Bus information: atvo.it

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