The Dolomites, possibly the finest walking in Europe amongst the 'Pale Mountains'.
19th Jul 2022 – 26th Jul 2022
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Tour code: 16880
Last Modified: 2nd September 2021
See what's planned
Ask a child to draw the mountains and unknowingly they will draw the Dolomites. These spikey mountains remain unequalled anywhere else in the world. 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 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. If you are lucky you will hear and see marmots, chamois mountain goat-antelope, and overhead, kites, buzzards and golden eagles.
The variety of terrain and mountain scenery, along with the diversity of flora and fauna add up to a great walking holiday.
What's not included?
This a Grade 4 and 6 walking holiday offering outstanding walking at either grade. The walks are on generally good paths, step in places but always enjoyable. There is an extensive array of marked paths throughout the area so we always have choices to cater for the variables that must be considered when walking in the mountains.
On our grade 4 programme we will walk around 5 hours with a maximum ascent and descent of upto 600m. The highest point we normally reach is 2,550m at the Franz Kostner Hut.
At Grade 6 we may walk upto 6 hours with a typical ascent and descent of 800m and get up to a maximum altitude of 2,575m at the Rifugio Nuvolau.
Please make sure to read the Proposed Itinerary carefully for a more details guide of the walks.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Welcome to the Dolomites
We fly to Venice (Marco Polo) Airport and transfer to Corvana. After settling into our hotel, we should have time to visit Colfosco to see the shops and other facilities. Our first meal begins with an outstanding salad buffet.
Transfer Time = 3h
Day 2 to 7
Day 2 to 7
Selection of Walks
Breakfast & Dinner
Below you will see a selection of walks which reflect the types of days you can expect.
During each full week there will be a free day.
Grade 4: We take the bus to Corvara and walk up to the extensive and popular Pralongia Plateau, with its woods, grasslands and network of cafés. 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; cafés will be visited, whether for drinks or snacks, with plenty of outside seating. Grade 4s may use the cable car to descend, Grade 6s may walk down. There will be time to look at Corvara before returning to the hotel by bus.
Grade 4: If the weather is favourable, the Sella and Piz Boe ranges will be visited by both groups. Both groups can take a cable car from Corvara and possibly a chair lift ending at Franz Kostner Hut for drinks. Grade 6s can instead go by bus to Passo Pordoi and walk back to the hut. Or walking up past Lake Boe, we will see the Piz Boe feature above, 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.
Grade 4: Starting at Passo 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.
Grade 4: Exploring the Cinque Torri. Grade 4 starts 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 6 walks up to the col below Lagazuoi with option for drinks before following Grade 4 down the valley to Sciare.
Grade 6: 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 café for lunch. This looks over Passo Gardena towards Selva. Both Grade 4 & 6 walks can descend to the hotel by path or cable car.
Grade 6: We take in the immense cliffs of Sassolungo and hopefully enjoy terrific views in virtually every direction. We 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,s Hut.
Grade 6: We start with Grade 4 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, and walk up to the col below Lagazuoi with option for drinks before following Grade 4 down the valley to Sciare.
Walks & Excursions
Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks
On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.
For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Cash in Corvara
Should you require more Euros while you are away there are a number of ATMs in Corvara.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
Our flights are return from London Gatwick to Venice with British Airways.
Travel between Venice and Corvara will be by private transfer for the group and this takes approximately 3 hrs.
Once we are in Corvara our transportation to and from the walk will be through a mix of local cable cars offering panoramic views on our way to the start and the local public bus service.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Where are we going to stay?
Hotel Kolfuschgerhof Via Rönn 7 Colfosco in Corvara ITALY
+39 0471 836188
The Hotel Kolfuschgerhof near Corvara is in a quiet location near the local ski lift facilities and a short walk or bus journey to Corvara town for getting public transport or lifts to our walks.
The Kolfuschgerhof's isolated and quiet location gives the feel of a mountain experience in comfort. the hotel's public spaces face the gorgeous panorama of the Dolomite's the perfect place where you can just sip a cup of tea or get to know your fellow walkers better. Run by the Ebner family since its corner stone was laid in 1968 they offer you a comfortable and caring stay.
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 hotel has a swimming pool, wellness centre and steam room with showers and solarium.
In Corvara there are many outdoors shops should you need to replace any equipment you may have forgotten or is in need of renewing.
Breakfasts are a self service breakfast buffet starting from 7.30am.
Packed lunches can be purchased from the hotel for €8 or there are supermarkets and bakeries not far from the hotel should you wish to make your own.
The hotel has an excellent reputation for food where you can expect good wholesome mountain dishes, polenta, pasta and other local produce. Perfect for refuelling after a days walking. Starters are salad from a plentiful buffet where the second course is taken to order from the menu.
It is worth noting that the hotel does charge for water and wine at the table but they will hold any unfinished bottles for the following evening.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Italy
Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
A selection of some maps you might want to use on your holiday for interest would be:
Likewise some interesting websites:
Italian State Tourism - www.enit.it
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
Find out more
Visas and Passports
No Visa Required
Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Italy
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
EHIC & GHIC Cards
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
Italian Laws & Customs
In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.
In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.
Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.
It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
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We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.