When you wish upon a star... in the Dolomites

Guided

Luxury

from €2.290 from €2.530

One shooting star, one wish. What could possibly be better than having a full bucket of shooting stars to wish upon? Whether you are a dreamer, a romantic soul or just a thrill seeker, get ready for the shower of Perseids this year on the night of August 12th. Hike in both Alta Badia and Cortina d’Ampezzo, traversing between the two. Plus, enjoy four nights at charming rifugios. Could you imagine a better place than this to admire the Perseids crossing the sky in August?

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Alta Badia / Cortina D'Ampezzo
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from Mid June to Mid September

Highlights

  • Hike amidst glorious landscapes of pillars, pinnacles, and colossal rock walls of the Dolomites
  • Walk on scenic trails through alpine pastures and across mountain passes with breathtaking vistas surrounding you
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the mountain rifugios, the best in the Alps!
  • Admire the sky with a professional Astronomer and wait for the shooting stars, meanwhile sipping a chilled glass of “Prosecco”
  • Astronomitaly has awarded the sky over the Dolomites as “one of the most beautiful skies in Europe”

OVERVIEW

It’s not so easy to see a shooting star these days. The bright electric lights of our cities and towns reduce the possibility to spot a starry tail running across the sky. That’s why mountain peaks and remote valleys are the ideal place to peel your eyes and wait for the perfect shooting star. The Perseids are the most beautiful and important meteor shower that take place in the Italian sky and these are the ones we are going to admire next August.

On this trip, 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 are a unique corner of the Alps, featuring distinctive geology and a fascinating blend of cultures. The 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!

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your Hotel. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture.
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Hike on the Pralongia' plateau and Sella Massif
In the morning meet your Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide for a trip briefing and orientation. Ascend the Pralongia Plateau on foot, or with the help of a cable car, depending on your energy level. Take a moment to breath in the pure mountain air and take in the unforgettable sights that surround you, admire the Pelmo and Civetta mountains (3,200m/10,496'), the Marmolada glacier (3,343m / 10,964') and the Sella massif (3,152m / 10,338') in full view in front of your eyes. Notwithstanding that it is only a small plateau it gives a sense of immense space and grandeur. 
There are a number of paths and trails available on the plateau, as well as a large variety of mountain restaurants along the way. Descend from the plateau to Passo Campolongo (1,875m/6,150') either on foot or by chairlify (not included), cross the road and begin to hike uphill to your home for tonight (2,536m / 8,320').
(with lifts: 3-4 hours hiking 9,4km / 5,9 miles, 336m / 1,103' ascent, 470m / 1,542' descent)
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D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Hike at the Settsass massif, from Pralongia to Passo Valparola
Today's hike will take you across green fields and rocky sections. You'll be contouring the Setsass mountain (2428,/7,963') and have the chance to explore WW1 artifacts along the way, to reach the Valparola Pass and Passo Falzarego. If the weather is good, you will also have the chance of reaching the summit of Settsass mountain!
Choose among a longer or shorter route, though both paths will eventually take you to Passo Valparola and its small emerald green lake. On the right of the lake you will find the path to the Tre Sassi Fortress and Museum (open for visits most days), a beautifully preserved WW1 Austro-Hungarian fortress that was partially destroyed by the Italian troops during the conflict (Longer ~ 4-5 hours hiking 8km / 4.8 miles, 383 m/1.256’ ascent, 367m/ 1.203’descent. Shorter 3-4 hours hiking, 7km /4,2m, 334m / 1.095 ascent, 304m / 997ì descent. Additional hike to summit 2hours in total, 317m / 1040’ ascent and descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 4 ~ Hike at Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri area
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy.
From your rifugio, descend to the main road either by cable-car (not included) or on foot. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442’), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225’) and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648’) and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area (option to ascend by chairlift, not included) and stop at Rifugio Scoiattoli for lunch, with incredible vistas around.
After lunch, you may wish to circumnavigate the Cinque Torri. This area saw heavy fighting during WWI, trenches and Italian army shelters have been restored creating the Grande Guerra open air museum of WWI, offering insights into the war and fighting through interpretive panels. Here you have the opportunity to walk through the open air museum, through trenches and visiting military installments. After the “museum,” you will hike through the middle of the rock towers, where you will likely see climbers high up on the walls, finally arriving at your Rifugio. You may also choose to skip the museum and interior of the towers, and follow the path directly to your Rifugio at Passo Giau (~5-6 hours hiking 11.6km / 7 miles, 3474m / 1,554’ ascent, 883m / 2,896’ descent).
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Hike from Passo Giau to Croda da Lago, and star grazing event
Today you will enjoy a beautiful hike around the Croda da Lago massif (2,236m / 1,389').
After breakfast, from your rifugio, hike past a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742') with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Lastoi de Formin are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. The path drops to cross streams, and then gains the earthy saddle Forcella Ambrizzola (2,277m / 7,470'). At Forcella Ambrizzola take left to Rifugio Croda da Lago G Palmieri (2,042m / 6,699’) and enjoy a rest stop at the rifugio. From here, begin your descent to Ponte de Rucurto and take a private transfer to your rifugio (~4-5 hours hiking 11km / 6.5 miles, 339m / 1125' ascent, 873m / 2,863' descent).
Have you ever watched the stars through a telescope? Embrace science on this informative and fascinating event held at your Rifugio by a local English speaking astronomer. Learn to recognize stars, planets and galaxies above the lodge and to appreciate the magnificent starry sky that too often is taken for granted. This event will last 2-3hrs, it can be moved forward to the previous night in case of bad weather.
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Hike a loop around Tre Cime di Lavaredo
In the morning take a private transfer to Rifugio Auronzo, at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. A superb itinerary to the soaring Tre Cime di Lavaredo – probably the most famous landmark in all the Dolomites, and known across the world. You can have lunch in one of the rifugios in the area, tasting local specialties such as canederli (a Tyrolean dumpling) and goulash (a beef soup or stew). A wonderful way to appreciate the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in summer is by hiking a loop around these mountains, during which their usual shapes mutate from sharp points to soft corners, the three sections of the mountain apparently merging into one. The area is a sort of “open air museum,” as there are lots of reminders of the First World War – tunnels, bunkers, and old barracks. Tre Cime is also part of the world history of mountaineering – the first routes were climbed in the 1930s.Take a private transfer to Cortina D'Ampezzo and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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~6 hours hiking 12,9km / 8 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent and descent. Option to do it shorter or the other way round. Simple loop around Tre Cime di Lavaredo: ~4 hours hiking 8,6km / 5,4 miles, 568m / 1,863' ascent and descent.)
D… Hotel in Cortina D'Ampezzo


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide and/or the Dolomite Mountains staff.



EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? 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!

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 3.290 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.290 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
The cost is based on 4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 5-star, costs below:
From € 3.530 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.530 per person (minimum 4 participants)


 

Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 1 night accommodation in 4-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 4 nights accommodation in charming rifugios (shared dormitories)
  • 1 nights accommodation in 4-star B&B in Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking hiking guide
  • Event with English Speaking professional astronomer
  • Luggage transfer from Alta Badia to Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Duffel bag transfer to Rifugios
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Airport transfers available on request
Luggage transfer to Rifugios available on request

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.

Accommodation

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!

Prefer luxury acommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our luxury hotels. For details, please contact us.

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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1640
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2860
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 930
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1.040
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2390
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.320
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2480
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
1-5 Aug
2018
4
Sold out
€ 930
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 930
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
13-19 Feb
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
10-16 Mar
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2390
17-22 Apr
2019
4
Sold out
€ 2480
18-23 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.320
24-30 Apr
2019
4
Limited space
€ 2390
16-21 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.040
21-28 Jul
2019
4
Sold out
€ 1.890
7-11 Aug
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 930
7-14 Oct
2019
4
Available
€ 1.890
15-20 Oct
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.040
12-18 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-25 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2390
19-24 Feb
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
4
Limited space
€ 2390
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2480
15-20 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 1.320
21-27 Apr
2020
4
Available
€ 2390