Hiking through the Dolomites is a magical experience. Trails climb and wend their way around towering rock, offering unimaginable vistas that surprise with every step. Charming accommodations in town offer warmth and hospitality that make you feel as if you are family. Rifugios, or mountain inns, seem to be placed at the perfect interval, appearing right when you are ready for an espresso or plate of speck – a marvelous smoked meat made only in the Dolomites – or a bed with a cozy comforter and pillow.
You’ll explore two very different regions of the Dolomites on this itinerary: Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Alta Badia was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find a mix of three cultures – German/Austrian, Italian, and Ladin. Ladin is an ancient native culture, with customs and traditions that have been beautifully preserved in this region. You’ll notice signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a language comes from the Romansh language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You’re sure to enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region! Cortina, on the other hand, is very Italian. Part of the Veneto region of Italy, of which Venice is also part, the Venetian influence is felt in both the fashionable culture and cuisine.
Regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world, the Dolomite Mountains are a recently recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, inaugurated in 2009. Comprising over 90,000 acres of mountainous terrain, these mountains offer unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery and incredible cuisine!
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- Walk on scenic trails through alpine pastures with breathtaking vistas
- Enjoy the atmosphere of the mountain rifugios, the best in the Alps!
- Experience the Dolomites’ rich Ladin culture, with many traditions that make this region so unique
- Take in the beauty of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, recognized world-wide for it’s beauty
Hotel in Alta Badia (D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (B)
Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo (B)
Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!
Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.
The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.
To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!
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VIA FERRATA OPTION
Add a day (or more!) of climbing via ferrata with one of our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides! The vie ferrate, or iron paths of the Dolomites, allow non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Contact us for details!
Still want more? Why not extend your adventure!
Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!
VIA FERRATA OPTION
Not ready to leave the Dolomites? Add a day (or more!) of climbing via ferrata with one of our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides! The vie ferrate, or iron paths of the Dolomites, allow non-climbers to discover the mountains in safety and adding a new dimension to hiking the pristine alpine wilderness of the Dolomites. Contact us for details!
€ 2.670 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.790 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Self Guided Trip:
€ 1.140 per person (minimum 2 participants)
€ 1.020 per person (minimum 4 participants)
Private room supplement in rifugios: €25 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
The cost is based on 3-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 4/5-star, please contact us for a quotation.
Helicopter Sightseeing & Airport Transfers – There's Nothing Else Like It!
Take to the skies for an aerial look at the spectacular Dolomite Mountains, and make memories to last a lifetime! Whether on a panoramic sightseeing ride or an airport transfer, you'll appreciate a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery aboard state-of-the-art single engine helicopters. With over 30 years in operation, our experienced pilots and ground crew employ the utmost safety standards, quality, and service. Contact us for a quotation.
Rides are weather dependent. Heli-transfers from/to airports require advanced reservation. In-resort rides can be reserved with shorter notice.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
- 2 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Meals as noted in itinerary
- Local English speaking Hiking Guide (guided trips)
- Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Transfers as per itinerary. These services may be private or shared among other Dolomite Mountain guests
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Luggage transfer to Rifugios available on request