This walking holiday takes you through three nature reserves in the regions of South Tyrol and Belluno, which are some of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites with the former Olympic city of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the center. The Dolomites have not without reason become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mountains that surround you, reach heights above 3,000 meters (9,842ft).
Along the way you will see mountain lakes, high peaks, green fields with grazing cows and goats and mountain huts in traditional style. You'll discover the fascinating Tre Cime, with the possibility to see them from different sides when you walk around these impressive rock formations.
The trip is an individual self-guided walking tour, where it is possible to choose between a shorter and a longer day walk. Depending on your fitness level, on some days you may prefer the harder long route and other days the shorter and easier one. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel, so you only have to carry your daypack.
Arrival at the hotel
- either in Niederdorf/Villabassa
- or Dobbiaco/Toblach in the Pusteria Valley.
Your walking holiday starts with a short transfer to the mountain lake Lago di Braies or Pragser Wildsee that will fascinate you with its turquoise water. Here you get the first impression of Prague Valley with dark coniferous forests against the white cliffs.
You continue to pastures of Rossalm and reach the plateau Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese where the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl rise. From here there are magnificent views. In the distance you will see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo.
If you do not wish to walk that far, you can choose a shorter route, which starts at the Tuscherhof Inn. You will follow the river Stolla and pass small mountain hotels and rock formations shaped by wind and water before you reach the grassy areas of Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese, for your overnight stay.
Today you can decide, whether you wish to walk the long or the short route. You can hike to the top of either Strudelkopf at 2,307m / 7,568ft (short) or Dürrenstein 2,839m / 9,314ft (long). Both are located in the Dolomites' largest nature reserve, Fanes Sennes Braies.
You start from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese that, together with the mountains Croda Rossa / Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe, is a lovely nature- and hiking area in the Dolomites. Along the way on both routes there are beautiful views of the Hohe Gaisl, Three Peaks of Lavaredos, Tofana and Monte Cristallo.
The hike continues over Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese and down through Knappenfuss Valley (Valle dei canopi) to the saddle Cimabanche / Gemark, which forms the border between South Tyrol and Belluno.
From here you can go directly to Cortina d'Ampezzo, or choose a longer route past the mountain hut Ra Stua and around the foot of the mountain Col Rosa, before you reach Cortina, located at the bottom of the valley between the mountains.
You will spend two nights in Cortina and can stroll around the streets, where little shops lie side by side with cozy cafes and restaurants.
The view from starting point of your walk is quite nice. The high peaks stretching high into the sky. The mountains Cristallo, Tofane, Fanes and Sorapiss play a significant role in this magnificent view.
The programme of the day includes a tour of the deep valley surrounded by these high mountains. Again, there are two choices between a shorter and a longer and higher walk.
On this day you will have a transfer to the nearby Lake Landro. Here the walking path takes you throught the Rienz valley, and leads you to the famous three peaks - Tre Cime, the most known rock formations of the Dolomites.
During the First World War there were fierce battles in this area between Italy and Austria-Hungary, and there are still historical traces of the past.
You will continue the walk to Rifugio Auronzo, from where you will grab a bus back to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf (the bus ticket is not included in the price and costs around 6-7 euros).
You can also get the morning transfer all the way to the Auronzo Rifugio, and from here walk around the Tre Cime, before catching the bus to Dobbiaco/Niederdorf.
The last stage of your hiking vacation brings you to a beautiful side valley of Pusteria Valley. From Versciaco / Vierschach take the cable car up to Monte Elmo / Helm Berg, from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Sesto / Sexten mountains.
Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Helmhang are some of the cabins you pass on the way before you end your walk in Sesto / Sexten. From here you will return to Dobbiaco / Toblach for the last overnight stay.
The slightly longer hiking trail also includes a walk past the cottages Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Alpe Nemes before arriving at Kreuzbergpass/ Passo Monte Croce. From here you can get back by bus or train.
Your walking holiday is coming to an end and it is time to return home or continue to a new exciting destination.
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On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, directions, maps and other practical things, but you must arrange your own transportation to the tour starting point and back. You'll be briefed about the tour at arrival.
The walks as described in the itinerary are graded Level 2-3. It is possible to choose between shorter and longer day trips, where the altitude will vary. Depending on your fitness level you may choose the long option on some days and other days the shorter option. The short walks have an average walking time of 3-4 hours per day, and the long walks are about 5-7 hours of hiking a day (add breaks).
Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, so you will only have to carry your day-pack.
See the price
When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.
Important: Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
There are direct flights to Venice or Innsbruck from most of the European airports.
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
Travelling from Venice Airport
From Venice Airport there are several options to get to Dobiacco/Toblach. On Rome2Rio you'll find all the different transportation options as well as the prices.
Should you arrive in Cortina too late to catch the last bus to Dobbiaco (typically at around 6-7pm), then we can arrange a transfer for you. The price is 60 euros for a car (max 8 people).
We can also arrange transfers from Venice Airport (Marco Polo or Treviso) all the way to Dobbiaco. The price is 240 euros for a car (max 8 people).
Travelling from Innsbruck Airport
From Innsbruck there are fine rail connections via the Fortezza Dobbiaco. Find connections and prices here.
Driving on your own
In case you arrive in your own car, it is possible to park close to the hotel, in an unattended parking lot. The tour starts and ends in the same place.
We have included a hearty breakfast in the hotels.
Lunches can be purchased at the hotel.
It is possible to upgrade to a half board and add dinner on the trip. This can be selected in the booking form.
Note: It is not possible to provide half board in Cortina, thus the selection of half board means that dinner is included for 5 days.
The overnight stays are at cozy 3-star and sometimes 4-star family-owned hotels.
Overnights in Dobbiaco / Toblach can also be in Villabassa / Niederdorf.
We can arrange extra nights for you in the Pusteria Valley.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.