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IN THE HEART OF THE DOLOMITES

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The Dolomites striking pillared scenery remains unequalled anywhere else in the world and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Product Code 16880
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, Hutting And High Level
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 7, 10, 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - In the Heart of the Dolomites

The Dolomites striking pillared scenery remains unequalled anywhere else in the world and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Huge vertical walls of stone, pine forests, cascades and icy rivers, as well as rock tunnels formed in WW1 - all are accessible via a good network of paths. The culture, cuisine and language of the people that inhabit the area is different to any other, a mix of Ladin (an ancient alpine language still surviving), German and Italian.

The Dolomites will appeal to energetic mountain walkers and nature lovers, with vast expanses of flower-filled alpine meadows in late June through to July, and pockets of flowers in August through to September when the snow melts. There are no less than 1500 different flowering species, including Edelweiss and Orange Lily. The magnificent evergreen forests clad the hillside beneath towering snow-capped peaks and mountain cascades. If you are lucky you will hear and see marmots, chamois mountain goats, and overhead, kites, buzzards and golden eagles.

The lunar-like landscapes of the high mountains contrast with the picturesque farmsteads and churches of the valleys and plateau. Add to this the views from your hotel perched high up on a pass above the village of Colfosco, and you have all the elements of a great walking holiday.

Our higher grade walks offer plenty of chances to reach local summits. Piz Boe at 3150m is the highest point and perhaps offers the most outstanding views. However this is only one example of the huge range of peaks, ridges, plains and valleys to be enjoyed.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy arguably the world’s most picturesque mountains listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Discover the Forcella Nuvolau (2416m) and Falzarego (2105m) mountain passes.
  • Explore the exceptional network of footpaths in the Dolomites.
  • Marvel at the ‘enrosadira’ effect or alpen glow at dawn and sunset.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Venice (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation with breakfasts and dinners in the hotel
      Two walks, two leaders, two grade options
      Local Mobilcard and all local travel costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6 and 7

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and transfer to Colfosco, passing through Corvara en route. After settling into the hotel, we should have time to visit Colfosco to see the shops and other facilities.

  2. Day 2

    After enjoying the hotel's substantial breakfast buffet we will walk on a choice of routes from the hotel up to Jimmy’s Hut for coffee, then continue on the balcony path to Dantercepies cafe for lunch. This looks over Passo Gardena towards Selva. Grade 6 walk can descend to the hotel by path or cable car; Grade 7 can cross the valley to the balcony path for a longer route back to the hotel. Distances are between 7 and 11 miles, ascents are between 700 and 900 metres.

  3. Day 3

    We take the bus to Corvara and walk up to the extensive and popular Pralongia Plateau, with its woods, grasslands and network of cafes. The Col Alto cable car from Corvara will be used by Grade 6 groups, whereas the Grade 7s will take the wooded path beneath it. Both groups will enjoy the fabulous views of Corvara, Passo Gardena and the higher ground around Piz Boe; cafés will be visited, whether for drinks or snacks, with plenty of outside seating. Grade 6s may walk down, Grade 7s may take the balcony path back to the hotel. Distances are between 8 and 14 miles, ascents are between 300 and 1000 metres.

  4. Day 4

    Today both groups will converge on Puez Hut from different directions; this hut sits on a col with an impressive view down the valley to La Villa, it has a freshwater fountain and plenty of seating. Grade 7s will ascend the Col Pradat feature, then walk up the valley to see glaciated lakes with improving views back towards Corvara, and eventually to Puez Hut. Grade 6s may take the cable car to Jimmy’s Hut and see the rolling countryside before contouring round to the cafe. There are no roads at the hut, it is a spectacular landscape, and there are good chances of seeing wild animals amongst the crags, as well as rare plants. Grade 7s can ascend higher to view a lunar landscape of karst limestone before returning to Puez Hut for lunch. Distances are between 8 and 13 miles, ascents are between 500 and 1050 metres.

  5. Day 5

    We go by bus to Valparola Pass and walk under Setsas (2571mt) returning via Stores and the Pralongia Plateau to Corvara. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 550 and 900 metres.

  6. Day 6

    A non-walking day with several choices of towns, museums, preserved 1st World War emplacements, or other walks not in the main programme; some may choose to pay to use the hotel’s leisure facilities; the free bus and cable car pass offers an extensive choice of travel options.

  7. Day 7

    If the weather is favourable, the Sella and Piz Boe ranges will be visited by both groups. Grade 7s will take the bus to take the dramatic cable car at Passo Pordoi, from where they walk around to the Bamberger Hut for drinks. They then ascend a narrow gulley with some wire ropes and ladders before the final ascent to Piz Boe (3152m); the descent goes along a different path to Franz Kostner Hut. Grade 6s will take a cable car from Corvara and possibly a chair lift ending at Franz Kostner Hut for drinks. Walking up past Lake Boe, this group will see the Piz Boe feature above them, while having views across to Pralongia and routes walked earlier in the week. Grade 7s may take the balcony path from Lake Boe café to the bottom of a hanging valley opposite the hotel. Grade 6s have several options to descend to Corvara or direct to Colfosco. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 700 and 1200 metres.

  8. Day 8

    Today’s Grade 6 walk starts in Abtei and taking the cable car to Santa Croce for coffee returning via Stern and Corvara. Grade 7's walk starts in Abtei and taking the lower cable car to Utia Nagler, we then walk up to Santa Croce for coffee returning via Stern and Corvara. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 300 and 900 metres.

  9. Day 9

    Starting in Falzarego we cross hilly terrain climbing to a high valley and the Rifugio Nuvolau (2416m), giving us great views of the Marmolada, the highest mountain in the region, various choices of route are available. Distances are between 6 and 9 miles, ascents are between 600 and 900 metres.

  10. Day 10

    A non walking day, with a possible visit to the Ladin Museum in St Martin, for those guests interested.

  11. Day 11

    Today more excellent views of the mountains and the Marmolada with Grade 6s taking the beautiful VieldalPlan route to the Rifugio for lunch and a walk back down to Arabba. Grade 7 walkers will contour round from Porto Vescova with spectacular views of the Marmolada before climbing up to Rifugio Padon for a welcome drink, then back to Arabba for the bus back. Distances are between 6 and 8 miles, ascents are between 500 and 800 metres.

  12. Day 12

    Grade 6 walks enjoy a day steady ascent to the Sassongher Col, then along a balcony path before descending to La Villa for the bus back. Grade 7 have a more challenging climb up to Sassongher summit, some short exposed sections and wire ropes near to the summit, but excellent views. Distances are between 6 and 8 miles, ascents are between 600 and 900 metres.

  13. Day 13

    Grade 6s start with a bus ride followed by cable car up to Rifugio Lagazuoi and short walk up to the view point, visit war time bunkers and tunnels. Returning through a limestone valley with towering hills on either side. Grade 7 walkers will take on the longest day's walk to Rifugios de Fanes and Lavareia, returning by the same route. Distances are between 5 and 14 miles, ascents are between 200 and 1500 metres.

  14. Day 14

    We start in Wolkenstein with a short cable car ride. Grade 6 follow the path around the plateau via Pieralongia, Rif Firenze, Rif Juac and back into Wolkenstein for cake and then the bus back to hotel. Grade 7 walkers follow the path of the Saxon King Friedrich around Langkofel finishing in Gralba with one strenuous ascent on the way. Distances are between 6 and 12 miles, ascents are between 200 and 800 metres.

  15. Day 15

    After breakfast we must return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Venice (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 3 hours
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Hotel Belvedere, Colfosco

We stay in the recently refurbished three star Hotel Belvedere. This relaxed family run hotel is set in the beautiful landscape of the Val Badia and has magnificent views. A 10 minute walk will take you into the centre of town. All rooms have great views and are decorated with a nod to the traditional wooden Alpine style. Some come with their own balcony, all come with free Wi-Fi and TV. The restaurant, where excellent dinners and breakfasts are taken, serves Mediterranean and South Tyrolean cuisine to a high standard. In the mornings an impressive and sumptuous buffet is served. The hotel has a sauna and steam room with showers and sun beds, as well as two game rooms. In the adjoining Hotel Kolfuschgerhof, which is under the same ownership, there is a swimming pool and wellness area, for which there is a daily charge.


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