Epicurean Hiking Experience

Guided

from €3,780

Prosecco, best known for its delicious sparkling wine, is a fantastic region for hiking, cycling and cultural exploration in Northern Italy, perfectly complementing the gorgeous wines produced here! Next are the Dolomites, an incredible destination for epicurean adventures, from farm-to-table meals following traditional recipes, to haute cuisine creations by world-renowned chefs. Take in breathtaking vistas as you hike and experience the culinary genius of Hotel Ciasa Salares!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
  • Start / Finish Follina / Alta Badia
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from Mid June - Mid Sep
  • Group Departures Available
    21-28 Jun
    12-19 Sep

Highlights

  • Combine gourmet cuisine, food and wine pairings, and tasting experiences with luxury accommodations and incredible hiking
  • Explore the Prosecco region of northern Italy, discovering the steep hillside vineyards and coveted sparkling wine they produce
  • Savor world-class dining in Alta Badia, including dinner at Cocun Cellar Restaurant
  • Learn from wine experts and producers at daily tasting and pairing events, held in spectacular locations  
  • Hike through one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world – the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

OVERVIEW
When you’re planning a vacation, sometimes it can be hard to pick the focus. Is it the destination? The accommodation? The activity? The culture? The food? The wine? In the Dolomites, you don’t have to pick just one… you can choose them all, and in grand style! 

On our Epicurean Hiking Adventure, you can do just that. You’ll delight in sensory pleasures throughout the trip, from sight and sound to smell and taste, plus the physical sensation of hiking each day, followed by a visit to the spa! Throughout your trip, your will discover the Prosecco region, full of charm and atmosphere. Historical and artistic attractions abound, from a 12th century abbey to Palladian Villas from the 16th century, to historic and contemporary wineries that produce Prosecco. The 5-star Hotel Villa Abbazia, part of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels, is a prime example of the 17th century palazzo – palatial-like summer residences of the Venetian aristocracy. Set in the Medieval village of Follina, the hotel is surrounded by a countryside of vine carpeted valleys, and is the perfect location for hiking, cycling and Prosecco tasting along the Prosecco wine route.
Your trip continues into the heart of the Dolomites: you’ll hike in different areas of Alta Badia, each day you’ll have multiple gastronomic experiences – from leisurely lunches, garden tastings and al fresco dining. You’ll taste the traditional regional fare, plus gourmet Italian and international cuisine. You’ll also have a new oenological experience each day – with experts presenting wines from the surrounding regions and beyond. 

The 4-star Hotel Ciasa Salares will not only be your accommodation and the point of departure for many of your hikes, but will also play host and guide to the culinary and oenological portion of your experience. Family owned and operated since its inception in the 1960s, Stefan Wieser and his son Jan Clemens are the third and fourth generations to continue the family’s love for hospitality. Not only that, both are sommeliers, with Clemens being one of Italy’s youngest! It will come as no surprise that the wine cellar here is one of Italy’s largest, with three rooms whose walls are lined by 24,000 bottles, representing 1,800 different wines. The family’s love of wine can only be matched by their passion for food, with four notable restaurants at the hotel – the Bona Lüna Dine Bar, Infinì "eat on beat" Terrace, Sorì Restaurant, and Cocun Cellar Restaurant featuring the impressive wine cellar. This is a truly an experience just waiting to be savored!

So join us in the Dolomites, and choose a vacation that has everything you’ve always dreamed of, all on one incredible trip. Not only will it delight all your senses, you’re sure to be planning your next trip here before this one has even ended!

Want to see more culinary hiking adventures? Click here for our  The Best of the Dolomites: Hiking and Gourmet  itinerary.

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Follina, in the Prosecco Region
Arrive in Follina on your own (private transfer available on request, 1hr from Venice Airport). The Prosecco region is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Venice, halfway between the Dolomites and the Adriatic Sea, in the foothills of the Veneto region. The location and low altitudes create an ideal climate for growing the grapes used to make Prosecco, as well as incredibly beautiful terrain.
Follina is a picturesque village with ancient origins, situated on the “Strada del Prosecco” (the Prosecco wine route). Immersed in the lush green landscape of vineyards, this small community is situated in the foothills of the Treviagian Alps, halfway between Valdobbiadene and Vittorio Veneto. The town was developed in the 12th century by a group of Cistercian monks, who used the abundant water supply of the area to establish a flourishing industry of woolen goods. Today, the town is an important cultural center, composed of seventeenth century palazzi (palaces), as well as being a hub of industry and craftsmanship, resulting from the buoyant hotel trade.
On your first evening you will enjoy a visit and Prosecco tasting at Marchiori Wines, one of the most prestigious Prosecco wine producers in the area, followed by a delicious dinner in a charming local tavern hosted by Mr & Mrs Clemi. Get ready to taste wonderful flavors!
D..Hotel in Follina (5-Stars)


Day 2 ~ Hike the 'Sentiero delle Vedette', Prosecco Region
In the morning meet your local English speaking hiking guide for a briefing and to start your first hike.
The hills surrounding Soligo and Col San Martino have been dubbed ‘Small Mountains’, a natural gateway to the imposing Dolomites. Although much lower in altitude than the mighty Dolomites, these hills offer equally evocative scenery and unique landscapes. The soil offers ideal conditions for growing wine grapes, with plantations stretching from gentle altitudes to steeper hillsides. Avid hikers and mountain bikers have an endless choice of trails to choose from, all of which offer unique views including the Venice lagoon visible in the distance on a clear day.
Today you will hike the ‘Sentiero delle Vedette’ (‘The path of the lookouts’), a ridge hike that allows you to conquer several peaks, amid one of the most characteristic and scenic routes through the land of Prosecco Superiore, admiring art, history and breathtaking landscapes from Soligo to Col San Martino. The reason why is referred to as ‘Vedette’ (‘lookouts’) goes back to the First World War, for this area was of great strategic importance for the Austro-Hungarian army, intent on observing the opponents’ movements along the line of the Piave River. Visitors of today can walk through the trenches and tunnels, evoking memories of the ferocious battles that took place in this region.
(3-4 hours hiking, 12km/7,2 miles, 545m /1,722’ ascent and descent).

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and take a private transfer to your hotel, stopping en route to a winemaking farm that specializes in the cultivation and production of high quality Prosecco and it’s most esteemed Cru, Cartizze, a DOCG Prosecco produced only from grapes grown specifically on the Cartizze hill. The family that owns this winery has been producing Prosecco for over two centuries, always entirely by hand, with care and passion enriched by knowledge and experience generation after generation. At this family run canteen you are sure to enjoy the breathtaking views of the winding Cartizze vines from the terrace, the delicious morsels and dishes, topped off by a bottle of the esteemed Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze.

This evening you will enjoy your first gourmet 4-course dinner at La Corte Restaurant, part of your hotel, awarded 1 Michelin star and fully living up to that award!
B,D..Hotel in Follina (5-Stars)


Day 3 ~ Transfer to the Dolomites, Cinque Torri and Alta Badia  – “Heroic” Wine Tasting & Dinner
In the morning, take a private transfer to Cortina D'Ampezzo and the Cinque Torri area, meet your local English speaking hiking guide and enjoy a visit to the famous Cinque Torri boulders. To ascend to the Cinque Torri area, take the chairlift to Rifugio Scoiattoli. Not only the perfect lunch stop, Rifugio Scoiattoli offers with incredible vistas, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada, the largest remaining glacier in the Dolomites, and of course, the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) itself. You have several options to explore the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) area, depending on your interests and weather conditions. From Rifugio Scoiattoli, one option is to follow a path that circumnavigates the Cinque Torri. This area also saw heavy fighting during WWI, and relics of Italian army shelters that have been restored, creating the Grande Guerra open air museum of WWI, offering insights into the war and fighting through interpretive panels. At Cinque Torri 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. Make your way back to the charlift station and descend to car park, where your private transfer will await to take you to your hotel in Alta Badia. (~1-2 hours hiking 2,5km / 1.5 miles, 115m / 377' ascent and descent.)

Alta Badia, located in a large valley between 1,400 and 2,700 meters (4,593-8,858') and surrounded by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites.
At your hotel, Ciasa Salares, you will find pure hospitality here. Furnished in an alpine style, complete with fir paneling and elegant hand crafted textiles and furniture, the hotel features a pampering spa, and is also a reference for gourmets. This evening, enjoy a welcome wine tasting, hosted by a local wine producer, the first of many you will enjoy on your trip! Tonight’s focus will be “Heroic Viticulture” – wines produced in difficult growing conditions, from high altitude and mountain vineyards (over 500m / 1,600'), like those surrounding the Dolomites. A special Al-Fresco dinner follows – “Scents of Alto Adige” – which combines cuisine from the region with magical surrounding landscapes.
B,D..Hotel Ciasa Salares, Alta Badia (4-Stars)


Day 4 ~ Hike to Santa Croce – Explore the World of Sparkling Wine
Today you’ll hike to the Santa Croce Sanctuary at the base of the Sasso della Croce. You’ll walk uphill passing through a number of closely knit hamlets formed of clusters of ancient shingle-roofed timber farmhouses and barns, and continue through pine forest with great views of the Santa Croce, Conturines, and Sella mountain groups. Enjoy lunch at Rifugio Santa Croce / La Crusc, one of the oldest rifugios in the region, with a very inviting atmosphere and delicious food! (4-5 hours hiking 11km / 7 miles, 590m / 1,935' ascent and descent, both easier and more challenging routes are available). Tonight’s oenological experience begins in the Ciasa Salares’garden, where you will discover the world of bubbles: Champagne, Franciacorta, Lambrusco, sparkling sur lie wines, and other sparkling wines from unconventional vineyards. Your tasting will be accompanied by home-baked breads, specialty hams, and culatello – one of the most prized salumi in Italy, from key regions including Cormons, San Daniele, and Zibello. After your tasting, enjoy dinner at the Bona Lüna Dine Bar, which features highly international and modern dishes, paired with the best of Italy’s wine labels, with over 1,800 wines in stock!
B,D..Hotel Ciasa Salares, Alta Badia (4-Stars)


Day 5 ~ Hike on Pralongià High Plateau – Explore Biodynamic Wine
After breakfast take a private transfer to Passo Campolongo (1,874m / 6,148'). A short chairlift ride will take you to Rifugio Punta Trieste and the start of your gentle hike on the Pralongià High Plateau surrounded by towering mountains, offering 360-degree views, including the Marmolada (3,343m / 10,964'), the highest peak in the Dolomites and home to its largest remaining glacier. Hike to Rifugio Bioch on a comfortable gravel path, and  continue to Ciasa Salares’ private hut “Rumestluns”. Enjoy a light al-fresco lunch, with the wine theme “is Rosé wine really that good?” presented by a local wine producer. After lunch, descend to your hotel on foot (total of 3 hours hiking, 8,3km / 4,9 miles, 125m / 410' ascent, 522m / 1,712). Option to descend by cablecar (1-2 hours hiking, 4,5km/ 2,7miles, 125m / 410' ascent, 160m/ 525' descent).

Tonight you will be taken on a cheese journey at Nida Cheese Room, part of Cocun Cellar Restaurant.
Your meal will be accompanied by wines produced using biodynamic agriculture techniques, a focus of Ciasa Salares’ wine cellar. The goal of biodynamic farming is sustainability, leaving the land in as good as or better shape as the farmers found it for future generations, using only natural materials, soils, composts, and fertilizers. A local producer will be on hand to help you understand the fundamentals and importance of biodynamic farming and wine production on the environment.
Dinner will be followed by a trip to the Nodla Chocolate Room, to discover the world’s most precious chocolate, of course complemented with a wine pairing.
B,L,D..Hotel Ciasa Salares, Alta Badia (4-Stars)



Day 6 ~ Hike to Rifugio Scotoni – Traditional Ladin Dinner, Undiscovered Wines and Local Spirits 
After breakfast, transfer to Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663'), a restaurant built at the edge of the Fanes-Senes-Prags Natural Park. Hike uphill to Col de Locia (2,069m / 6,788') from where you can admire the beauty of Alta Badia from above. Enter a fairy tale valley with green pastures, and continue uphill, before descending to Lago di Lagazuoi. The lake’s incredible green waters are beautifully framed by pines, with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, descend until you reach your lunch spot, Rifugio Scotoni (1,985m / 6512'). After lunch, descend to Capanna Alpina for your private transfer to your hotel (~4-5 hours hiking, 10km / 6 miles, 1,302m / 4,270' ascent & descent. Both easier and more challenging routes are available).
Tonight enjoy a traditional Ladin dinner in a local barn-house, paired with wines from “the undiscovered grapes of Italy.” After dinner, return to the hotel to sample local and regional distilled spirits, including local grappa. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy this final tasting, assisted by a local producer.
B,D..Hotel Ciasa Salares, Alta Badia (4-Stars)



Day 7 ~ Hike in Puez-Odle Natural Park – Fondue Dinner at Cocun Cellar Restaurant

In the morning take a private transfer to the town of Colfosco and the cablecar station. Take the Plans-Frara cable-car to Jimmy's Hutte (2,120m / 6,955') and admire the Sassolungo Massif in full view right in front of your eyes. From Jimmy's Hutte begin a lovely, easy hike mostly downhill towards the Edelweiss Valley nested at the foot of the Sassongher mountain. This hike will present you with spectacular views of the Sella Massif, its towering peaks and dramatic rock faces. Enter the Edelweiss valley and ascend on a gentle gravel trail to Rifugio Col Pradat (2,038m / 6,684'), the perfect lunch venue (lunch not included) boasting an outdoor terrace with spectacular vistas. After lunch, continue downhill on a gravel and tarmac trail to reach the pretty village of Colfosco, and take a short private transfer to your hotel. Option to descend to Colfosco by cablecar (3 hours hiking, 7,6km / 4,5 miles, 209m / 685' ascent,  702m / 2,300' descent).

On your last dinner you’ll be treated to a “Chinoise Fondue” dinner, served in the wine cellar. This fondue is made with three different fillets of meat, that you cook in a boiling vegetable stock, with seven homemade dipping sauces. In fact, it’s the neighboring Swiss way of eating a Chinese hotpot! The meal will be paired with 5 shades of Pinot Noir wines, with a toast to celebrate your Epicurian adventure in the Dolomites!
B,D..Hotel Ciasa Salares, Alta Badia (4-Stars)



Day 8 ~ Departure
After breakfast, departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

Cost

Cost per person
Group Departures: 6 - 12 members:         From €3,780 per person
Guide ratio: 1 guide up to 7 participants, 2 guides from 7 participants

Cost is per person, in twin/double room. Single supplement available on request.
Because of the uniqueness of the epicurean events featured in this itinerary, this trip requires a minimum of 6 guests to operate. Private Group Departures are also available.
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: surcharge of 5%.


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation at the 5-star hotel Villa Abbazia, in Follina, Prosecco Region (Deluxe rooms)
  • 5 nights accommodation at the 4-star hotel Ciasa Salares, in San Cassiano, Alta Badia (Superior rooms)
  • Meals as noted in itinerary, including dinner at 1-star Michelin restaurant La Corte 
  • Lunch on day 5 with drinks included
  • Special events as specified in the itinerary
  • Food and wine during special events 
  • Local English speaking hiking guide for 6 days
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax 

Airport transfers 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

HOTEL CIASA SALARES
San Cassiano in Alta Badia (4-Star)
Hotel Ciasa Salares is situated toward the top of the Val Badia, or Alta Badia valley, in a beautiful green basin,nestled amidst towering peaks. You will find pure hospitality here. The 50 rooms are furnished in an alpine style, complete with fir paneling and elegant hand crafted textiles and furniture.Superior rooms and suites feature a balcony or veranda with breathtaking views. The hotel is also a reference for gourmets, featuring four restaurants including the Bona Luna Dine bar, La Terrazza and Cocun Restaurant with an incredible wine cellar. A pampering spa is also featured.

More info

About Dolomite Mountains Culinary Adventures
The Dolomites are an incredible destination for an epicurean adventure… from farm-to-table meals following traditional recipes that have been passed down for generations, to haute cuisine creations by world-renowned chefs. In the Dolomites you’ll find a variety of Italian influences coming from all directions, Mediterranean influences from the Adriatic Sea to the east, South Tyrolean influences from Austria to the north, and international influences pressing in from all sides. What’s more, on a culinary adventure with Dolomite Mountains, you can engage in the same activities available on our regular trips, with all of your meals enjoyed surrounded by the world’s most beautiful mountains. There are countless gourmet experiences to be had here, with more than 10 Michelin-star-rated restaurants in the Dolomites alone. But don’t under-estimate the exceptional cuisine found at local, traditional restaurants, agriturismos, farms, rifugios, and boutique hotels, that will open your eyes to the incredible local flavors the Dolomites have to offer!

Want to see the Dolomites in action?
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Don’t miss our Photo Galleries, to discover why this is the perfect place for your next adventure!

Want to learn more about hiking in the Dolomites?
Check out our Tips for Hiking in the Dolomites article!

Want to learn more about food in the Dolomites?
Check out our Food in the Dolomites article, and all about the variety of cuisine you can find here!

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 VeniceVeronaLake GardaFlorence, 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!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
2
Available
€ 1680
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
16-21 Aug
2017
2
Sold out
€ 1680
16-20 Aug
2017
2
Limited space
€ 1220
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2860
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1640
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2860
3-7 Oct
2017
2
Sold out
€ 1220
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1640
10-15 Oct
2017
2
Available
€ 1680
21-27 Feb
2018
2
Available
€ 2660
26-31 Feb
2018
2
Limited space
€ 2260
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2860
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2660
18-23 Apr
2018
2
Sold out
€ 2260
18-23 Apr
2018
2
Available
€ 2860
17-22 Jul
2018
2
Sold out
€ 1680
1-5 Aug
2018
2
Sold out
€ 1220
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2860
8-12 Aug
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1220
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1640
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Sold out
€ 2860
8-12 Oct
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1220
16-21 Oct
2018
2
Limited space
€ 1680
13-19 Feb
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2630
27 Feb - 2 Mar
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2660
10-16 Mar
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2630
18-23 Apr
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2260
24-30 Apr
2019
2
Limited space
€ 2660
16-21 Jul
2019
2
Sold out
€ 1680
21-28 Jul
2019
2
Sold out
€ 2300
7-11 Aug
2019
2
Limited space
€ 1220
4-10 Sep
2019
4
Limited space
€ 1.310
7-11 Oct
2019
2
Limited space
€ 1220
7-14 Oct
2019
2
Available
€ 2300
15-20 Oct
2019
2
Sold out
€ 1680
5-11 Feb
2020
Available
12-18 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2660
19-25 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2630
19-24 Feb
2020
2
Available
€ 2860
29 Feb - 4 Mar
2020
2
Sold out
€ 2660
15-20 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2260
15-20 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2860
21-27 Apr
2020
2
Available
€ 2630
14-19 Jul
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
19-26 Jul
2020
2
Limited space
€ 2300
21-28 Jul
2020
6
Available
€ 3780
29 Jul - 3 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-16 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-17 Aug
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
2-7 Sep
2020
2
Available
€ 1680
4-11 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 2300
6-10 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 1220
12-19 Oct
2020
6
Available
€ 3780
13-18 Oct
2020
2
Available
€ 1680