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Some skiers spend years trying to get off piste but never quite manage it. Sometimes, the answer is so simple: just ditch the skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and walk. 

Guided Walking Holidays - St Zyprian in the Dolomites

Some skiers spend years trying to get off piste and into the silence of the winter mountain but never quite manage it. Sometimes, the answer is so simple it’s hard to believe: just ditch the skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and walk. Leave the resort behind and don’t look back. Instant silence. Just you and your walking companions, the birds, and the peaceful white mountain. A very occasional skier crosses your path but they are gone in an instant. Blissful.

In the still of the morning the winter chill nips at nose and ears. The sun rises from behind the castellated limestone peaks that dominate the skyline. We set out across crisp snow, unmarked apart from the occasional fox and bird track. This is a pure wilderness experience. Snowshoes liberate us from prepared tracks and crowds. We can venture anywhere knowing we are the first to cross the virgin terrain. Walking from St Zyprian we are surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the Alps. The jagged outlines of the Catinaccio, the Rosengarten, and the Sciliar group peaks are distinctive and captivating. Changeless yet changing with moving shadow and light, these accompany us on all our walks.

Back at the hotel we can relax in the pool and the spa before the first class dinner that the four-star Hotel Dosses offers. They keep a pretty good wine cellar, as you might expect and the wellness centre offers a range of facilities including a hot tub, sauna, steam room and solarium.

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However the walks are equally spectacular on snow shoes or walking boots.

Holiday Highlights

  • Each walk is accompanied by a local guide to make sure you get the best the area has to offer.
  • The views start at the hotel as does the walking.
  • Walking through a natural labyrinth of erratically deposited boulders.
  • Cakes laid on by the hotel at the end of each walk. German-speaking Italians know a thing or two about good cakes.
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 and transfers.
      Half board en suite accommodation.
      Tea and cakes on return included.
      Hire of snowshoes and poles.
      All local transport 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 5/Snowshoeing

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • No Single Room Supplement! 
  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs).
  • Flights Gatwick-Verona (c2hrs), British Airways or Easyjet.
  • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
  • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for 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 Dosses, St Zyprian

We stay in the very comfortable four-star family run four-star Hotel Dosses in the mountain hamlet of St Zyprian. The hotel has been run by the Schroffenegger family for three generations and offers a superb combination of smart and relaxed. Accommodation is very spacious and very comfortable - traditional, but new. Cakes and salads are provided by the hotel from 15.30 onwards and dinner is never less than a four course affair, often more, including a buffet starter. They also keep a good wine cellar, as you might expect. There is well appointed wellness centre in the basement which should be tried. It offers a wide range of facilities including a hot tub, sauna, steam room and solarium. Bring a swimming costume for the hot tub. For the locals nudity is the practise in sauna and steam room, you may prefer a swimming costume! Full instructions will be provided! Free Wi-Fi is available.

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