On daily hikes, you’ll encounter wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, high altitude lunar-like terrain soaring peaks, dramatic walls, and towering heights that alternate with refined South Tyrolean towns. Plus you’ll discover hidden delicious mountain inns along the trails, where you can stop for a hearty traditional meal and welcoming hospitality, rich in traditions and customs that recall ancient times. What’s more, there are incredible vistas and unexpectedly comfortable accommodations high up in these mountains!
But after looking up at these towering heights for a few days, we’re sure you’ll want to climb them, and via ferrata climbing is a wonderful way of experiencing the sheer magnificence of the these famous mountains. Well known to climbers all over the world, the world famous vie ferrate of the Dolomites provide non-climbers access to mountains and views usually reserved for mountaineers. Wire cables are fixed to the rock walls for safety, in addition to iron rods and steps. And you’ll get to experience two days of complete adrenaline rush on these incredible well-protected routes, while climbing some of the most beautiful Dolomite peaks in complete safety!
The Dolomites are notable for their composition of pale coloured dolomite – a limestone like rock formed beneath deep, ancient seas – set atop darker volcanic bedding. Widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world, the surreal towers and crags are favourite motifs for postcards and paintings, but they also make a splendid backdrop for your outdoor pursuits!
- Hike through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world
- Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of charming mountain rifugios
- Experience the adrenaline rush while climbing a via ferrata constructed during WWI
- Lose yourself in fairy-tale villages, whose architecture, cuisine and language reflects a delightful blend of Italian, Austrian, and Ladin cultures
- Guided / self guided combination trips are a great way to learn about the culture and beauty of the Dolomites with a guide, combined with time to experience these mountains at your own pace
Hotel in Val Gardena (D)
Hotel in Val Gardena (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
Hotel in Alta Badia (B,D)
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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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!
€ 4.860 per person (2 participants)
€ 3.320 per person (4 participants)
€ 3.080 per person (6 participants) - 2 guides for vie ferrate
Self Guided Trip - Via ferrata days are guided:
€ 2.880 per person (2 participants)
€ 2.260 per person (4 participants)
€ 2.290 per person (6 participants) - 2 guides for vie ferrate
The cost is based on the specified hotel category. (Please see the cost inclusions list). If you would like an upgrade, please get in touch with us for a quotation.
We will do our best to accommodate you in the specified class of accommodations. However, if there is no availability in this category, we will offer you the next available classification at a supplementary price.
Important to note:
- There is a high-season 15% surcharge from July 14th to Sept 8th.
- There is a private-room supplement in Rifugi: €40 per Rifugio, per person per night (based on availability).
- Prices may increase between the time of quotation and booking. Your Dolomite Mountains consultant will inform you of any changes.
- Trip briefing
- Logistics and map of the area
- 2 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val Gardena
- 2 nights accommodation in rifugio (shared dormitories)
- 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
- All breakfasts & dinners
- Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide (if guided)
- Lift tickets during guided days if needed
- Via ferrata equipment
- Private transfers as per itinerary
- Luggage transfer from Val Gardena - Alta Badia
- A €15 donation to Wow Nature’s reforestation projects makes your trip carbon-neutral
- Local tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax