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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

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 6, Grade 7
  • Holiday Duration 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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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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 4 and 6

  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 local 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. This looks over Passo Gardena towards Selva. Both Grade 4 & 6 walks can descend to the hotel by path or cable car. Distances are between 7 and 11 miles, ascents are between 600 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 both groups. Everybody will enjoy the fabulous views of Corvara, Passo Gardena and the higher ground around Piz Boe. Grade 4s may use the cable car to descend, Grade 6s may walk down. Distances are between 8 and 14 miles, ascents are between 300 and 750 metres.

  4. Day 4

    If the weather is favourable we head towards the Sella and Piz Boe ranges. Both groups will take a cable car from Corvara and possibly a chair lift ending at Franz Kostner Hut for drinks. Walking up past Lake Boe, we will see the Piz Boe feature above them, while having views across to Pralongia and routes walked earlier in the week. There are several options to descend to Corvara or direct to Colfosco. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 600 and 800 metre.

  5. Day 5

    Today both groups will converge on Puez Hut which sits on a col with an impressive view down to La Villa, it has a freshwater fountain and plenty of seating. Both groups may take the cable car to Jimmy’s Hut and see the rolling countryside before contouring round to the cafe. It is set in spectacular landscape, there are good chances of seeing wild animals amongst the crags, as well as rare plants. Distances are between 8 and 13 miles, ascents are between 500 and 750 metres.

  6. Day 6

    We take in the immense cliffs of Sassolungo and hopefully enjoy views in every direction. We can use the Ciampinoi cable car to do the hard yards for us. Level 4s might take in the Comici Hut, Level 6s the King Friederick Hut. Distances are between 7 and 10 miles, ascents are between 100 and 800 metres.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Today’s walk starts in Abtei and taking the cable car to Santa Croce for coffee returning via Stern and Corvara by various routes. Distances are between 8 and 11 miles, ascents are between 300 and 800 metres.

  9. Day 9

    Starting in Falzarego we cross hilly terrain climbing to a high valley and the Refugio 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

    Grade 4 & 6 walks enjoy a day of walking up to F Kostner hut for coffee and then down to Arraba for the bus back. The Grade 6 walk includes a short scramble on the way down. Distances are between 6 and 8 miles, ascents are between 400 and 800 metres.

  11. Day 11

    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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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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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