Dolomites Gourmet Ski Safari – 2 rifugio nights

Guided

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from €4230 on request

Combine some of the most fantastic skiing in the world, with fine dining on incredible Italian cuisine… What could possibly be better? Skiing hut-to-hut on the world-renowned pistes of the Dolomite Mountains, of course!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type On-Piste Ski Safari
  • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
  • Start / Finish
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from December to April

Highlights

  • Experience the refined cuisine of northern Italy accompanied by excellent wines
  • Enjoy the advantage of lift-service pistes to help you move from hut to hut, so you can focus on enjoying your downhill turns!
  • Savor the atmosphere of charming mountain rifugios and the delicious, hearty cuisine the Dolomites are known for 
  • Ski the world famous “Armentarola” run, one the most beautiful – and longest – slopes in the Dolomites


OVERVIEW


Combine some of the most fantastic skiing in the world, with fine dining on incredible Italian cuisine – what could possibly be better?

On this ski safari traverse you’ll enjoy 12 ski areas featuring 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) of prepared pistes (all on one ski pass!) that will lead you to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites.  With such expansive skiable terrain, this is truly a vacation in paradise: we’ll move from valley to valley on skis, enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the rifugios, explore the fascinating culture and history of these mountains, all while dining on incredible cuisine and sampling fine wines found in the region.

The imposing peaks of the Dolomites emerged from primordial marine expanses, created by microorganisms that were embraced and molded by the glaciers during the ice age. Providing extraordinary terrain, these incredible mountains have become famous the world over as one of the most beloved areas for winter sports. Boasting the number one ski resort in the world, the Dolomites are a winter sports paradise for families, beginners, and champions alike.

This ski tour offers you the opportunity to explore the Ladin valleys of the Dolomites and their people, as well as discover the traditions and history of these places, all while engaging in the beautiful sport of skiing.

Day by Day

Combine some of the most fantastic skiing in the world, with fine dining on incredible Italian cuisine… What could possibly be better? Skiing hut-to-hut on the world-renowned pistes of the Dolomite Mountains, of course!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own (private transfer available on request).

Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks, uniquely sheltered from the cold winds of the north, giving it a pleasantly mild climate that tourists can enjoy year-round. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Alpine town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining.  

Should you need to rent ski equipmemt (not included, available on request) we recommend you to visit the shop in the evening before dinner.

A delicious 3-course dinner is included at the hotel’s restaurant.
D… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 2 ~ Ski in Cortina d'Ampezzo – Faloria and Cristallo Ski Areas
In the morning, meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Ski Guide for a trip briefing and to receive your lift passes. You will also receive a duffel bag to be packed with your belongings for the two nights spent at rifugios (1 per room).
Today you will get your first taste of the Cortina d’Ampezzo resort, with its 140 kilometers (87 miles) of slopes and 42 lifts, well known all over the world also as host to the first ever televised Winter Olympics in 1956. This area offers some of the most exhilarating and beautiful alpine ski runs in the world.

Ski in the Faloria and Cristallo areas of Cortina, and feel the excitement of being completely surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Choose from 24 pistes (5 black runs, 11 red runs, 8 blue runs) with a total of 44 kilometers (27.3 miles). In good weather, there are stunning views over the Ampezzo Valley, including down to the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, and across to the Cinque Torri peaks and the Tofana area, where you will ski tomorrow.

Dinner included at a traditional restaurant in the area.
B,D… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 3 ~ Ski in Cortina d’Ampezzo – Tofana area, Mount Lagazuoi, Cinque Torri
Begin your ski day in the Tofane area. 30 pistes (6 black runs, 12 red runs, 13 blue runs and 6 green runs) with a total of 47km / 29,2 miles. From the beginners’ slopes of the lower area you can quickly reach the technically very demanding pistes such as the ‘Canalone’ and the famous Schuss.
The Freccia nel Cielo cable-car takes you up to a height of 2,500m / 8,202' to the Ra Valles area. If you take the Skitour Olympia route, you can venture onto the unforgettable peaks of the 1956 Olympic races, which today host the Women’s Skiing World Cup. But if you’re an expert skier and looking for an adrenaline rush, try the black run ‘Vertigine Bianca’: because of its steepness, it’s one of the two slopes in Cortina that never get bashed.
In the afternoon take a private transfer to enjoy the slopes at Mount Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri (Five Towers) area, whose characteristic profile isn't comprised of just 5 towers, but by a mass of secondary boulders, fractured towers and peaks sprinkled liberally across the entire area. These peaks are located to the west of Cortina on a grassy hillock just above the tree line at circa 2,200m / 7,218'.
Check into your Rifugio and enjoy a wonderful home-made dinner.
B,D…Rifugio



Day 4 ~ Civetta and Passo San Pellegrino Ski Areas
In the morning take a private transfer to the Civetta ski area.
Surrounded by plenty of uncontaminated views and majestic peaks, the valleys of Alleghe, Selva di Cadore, Zoldo, and Palafavera of Monte Civetta are rich in history and tradition. This area became famous during the 19th century, during the final century of the Venetian Doges, when the first winter guests discovered the imposing beauty and timeless charm of Monte Civetta and in particular Monte Pelmo – known as “God’s Throne.” On the slopes of these two giants surrounded by the Sella Group, the Tofane Massifs and the imposing Marmolada, you will find the largest ski district in the Veneto region. The Ski Civetta area offers a wide range of slopes and attracts skiers of all levels, for a total of 80km / 49,7 miles and 23 lifts.

In the afternoon, for the second part of your day, take a private transfer to Falcade and ski the area of Passo San Pellegrino: more than 60 kilometers (37 miles) of slopes spread out at altitudes between 1,918 and 2,513 meters (6,293-8,245'), all equipped with 26 cutting edge lift systems.
At the end of your skiing day, a snow-cat will pick you up from the main road and take you to your rifugio (1,980m / 6,496') for the night. Set in a magnificent group of isolated old huts, this rifugio is immersed in the complete silence of a wide valley with a view of the Pale di San Martino peaks. Get ready to taste delicious dishes at the Rifugio’s renowned and traditional restaurant, mentioned in several culinary guides, appreciated not only for the quality of the food, but also for its warmth and welcoming hospitality.
B,D…Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Ski in the area of Val di Fassa – Alta Badia
The time has come to ski a portion of the Sellaronda circuit, one of the most spectacular circuits of the world, circumnavigating the Sella Massif. Considered somewhat of a “merry-go-round” for intermediate level skiers, this unique circular connection of lifts and runs was once the only way the ancient inhabitants of the Ladin villages could maintain a connection with each other. Nowadays it’s a modern day carousel that connects four Dolomite passes, four Ladin valleys (Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Livinallongo), and three districts – you’ll have the opportunity to see more of the Dolomites in one day than many see on an entire trip!  Although the Sellaronda is a relatively short tour that can be easily done in one day, with a length of just under 40 kilometers (25 miles), 26 of which are ski slopes (16 miles), but requiring approximately 2 hours of ski lift travel time and high elevations, you will begin the tour in the morning to ensure ample time for completion before lift service closes for the day.
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.
In the afternoon check-in into your hotel followed by dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 6 ~ Marmolada Glacier
In the morning ski to the town of Arabba, take the Porta Vescovo cable car and continue through slopes and lifts to Malga Ciapela, where you'll find the first of the three cable cars taking you up to the Marmolada Glacier. Known as the “Queen of the Dolomites,” Marmolada (3,350m / 10,990') is the highest peak and the only glacier in these mountains, providing some of the most spectacular skiing experiences on earth. You will get our full share of stunning views all around you, including the Catinaccio, Sassolungo, Sella, and Gran Vernel. 

A “degustation” dinner, comprised of a multi-course tasting, is included at one of the Michelin star restaurants in the area. What a wonderful way to end your ski safari adventure! 
B,D…Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 7 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!
You’ve come all this way… why not stay a little longer? Explore the spectacular city of Venice, or, if you join us in December, explore the magical Christmas Markets of the Dolomites!

Venice
Venice is one of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing cities, with so much to do and see, for adults and kids alike! Of course there are the must-see icons of Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, and the surrounding tourist shops and restaurants, but we’ll also introduce you to a maze-like city with new mysteries (and gelato!) to explore around every corner. Option to add 1 or more nights in Venice. 

Christmas Markets
Experience the magical Christmas Markets that are held in the area each year in celebration of the holidays. From dazzling lights and décor to local merchants peddling handcrafted, one of a kind treasures to peaceful horse drawn carriage rides along ancient cobblestone streets, from the moment you step foot in one of these enchanting markets you’re certain to be captivated by the holiday spirit. Option to add 1 or more nights in the Dolomites on December departures.



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

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 5.240 per person (minimum 2 members)
From € 4.230 per person (minimum 4 members)

Single room supplement: on request, in hotels only

High Season Dates:  1st February – 7th March 2020 --- 5% increase on costs
Holiday Blackout Dates:  (7-night minimum hotel stay required)
Christmas / New Years — 26th December 2019 – 6th January 2020

The cost is based on 4-star hotels, it can be upgraded to 5-star, please contact us for a quotation


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • In/out airport transfer
  • 2 night accommodation in 4-Star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • 2 night accommodation in charming rifugios
  • 2 night accommodation in 4-star Hotel in Alta Badia
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA ski guide for 5 days
  • Dolomiti Super Ski lift pass for 5 days
  • Duffel bag transfer to rifugios
  • Luggage transfer from Cortina to Alta Badia
  • Private transfers in the area when needed
  • Tourist tax
  • 22% Italian VAT

Airport transfers available on request.
Ski equipment rentals 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 Luxury Hotels?                                                        
Luxury accommodations in the Dolomites combine the ultimate in comfort and refinement. From five star hotels, Michelin star-rated restaurants, and pampering spas, just because you are in the mountains does not mean you cannot have a truly luxe Italian experience in the Dolomites! From the chic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a popular destination for the rich and famous, to the quiet and discreet luxury of San Cassiano in Alta Badia, you will find accommodations with credentials ranging from membership in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux to The Leading Hotels of the World!

You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our Hotels and B&Bs. 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!

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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!

 

LEARN MORE!
Want to learn more about traditional and gourmet cuisine in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out these great articles!

Want to learn more about skiing in the Dolomite Mountains? Check out our Winter Article Resources, featuring articles on The Not to Miss Ski Tours of the DolomitesDolomites Ski ResortsTransitioning from On- to Off-Piste, and MORE!

Plus, check out our Winter Videos!

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