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Italy - Walking in the nature parks of the Dolomites

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. 
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 maybe some days you will choose the long harder route and other days the shorter and easier variant. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel, so you only have to carry your daypack. 
 
  • Hiking in the Dolomites - UNESCO World Heritage 
  • The nature reserve Fanes-Sennes-Braies and mountain lake Lago di Braies 
  • The nature reserve Dolomiti Ampezzane and Cortina d'Ampezzo 
  • The nature reserve Sexten Dolomites with the Three Peaks of Lavaredo 
  • Stay in good mountain hotels 
  • Every day you can choose between a short and a long hike 
  • Luggage is transported from hotel to hotel 
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Day 1 Arrival Dobbiaco / Toblach in Pusteria Valley

Arrival at the hotel in Dobbiaco / Niederdorf in Pusteria Valley. 

Day 2 Hiking from Lago di Braies / Pragser Wildsee to Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese
Walking time:
Short trip: about 3 hours + 700m / -35m (+
2,296ft / -144ft ).
Long trip: about 5 hours +1,100m / - 650m (+3,609ft / - 2,132ft). 
 
 
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. 
 
 
Day 3 Hiking from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese to either Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein and return
Walking time:
Short trip: about 3 hours +/- 350 (+/-1,148ft ).
Long trip: about 4 hours +/- 800m( +/-2,624ft). 
 
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 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 of the Dolomites. Along the way on both routes there are beautiful views of the Hohe Gaisl, Three  Peaks of Lavaredos, Tofana and Monte Cristallo. 
Accommodation: Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese. 
 
 
Day 4 Hiking from Pratopiazza / Plätzwiese to Cortina d'Ampezzo
Walking time:
Short trip: about 4 hours -600m (-1968ft.)
Long trip: about 7 hours +600m / -1000m (+1,968ft / -3,280ft).
 
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 may wish to stroll around the streets, where little shops lie side by side with cozy cafes and restaurants. 
Accommodation: Cortina d'Ampezzo 
 
Day 5 Round hike from Cortina d'Ampezzo
Walking time:
Short trip: about 3-4 hours +/-300m (+/- 984ft.)
Long trip: about 5-6 hours +/-600m (+/-1968ft.)
 
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. 
Accommodation: Cortina d'Ampezzo 
 
Day 6 Hiking from Lake Landro to the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Walking time: Short trip: ca. 4 hours +350m / -350m ( +1,148ft / -1,148ft).
Long trip: ca. 4-5 hours  +950m / -50m (+3,116ft / -164ft).
 
 
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 was fierce fighting 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. As an alternative you can 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.
Accommodation: Dobbiaco/ Niederdorf
 
Day 7 Hiking around from Sexten / Sesto
Walking time:
Short trip: ca. 5 hours +540m / -1,250m (+1,771ft / -4,494ft).
Long trip: ca. 6-7 hours +670 / - 1,370 (+2,198ft / -4,494ft).
 
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 night. The slightly longer hiking trail also includes a walk past the cottage Alpenemes.
Accommodation: Dobbiaco / Toblach
 
Day 8 Departure
Your walking holiday is coming to an end and it is time to find your way home.
 

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Price info
Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.
- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.
 
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.
 
Dates of departure
This tour have daily departures from 12th June - 25th September 2016.

 

Transportation
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. This is easily done online. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits start and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
You can fly into Venice or Innsbruck. 
 
From Venice Airport is bus service directly to the Dolomites.
http://www.cortinaexpress.it/index.php/bus-line-cortina/?lang=en&lang=en
Should you arrive in Cortina too late to catch the last bus to Dobbiaco, 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 all the way to Dobbiaco. The price is 240 euros for a car (max 8 people).
 
On www.trenitalia.com it is easy to get an overview of times and destinations on the Italian trains, but since it is difficult to purchase or change the tickets online, we recommend that you first buy them at the train station before departure.
flight. 
 
From Innsbruck's fine rail connections via the Fortezza Dobbiaco. http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp
 
Accommodation
Accommodation is in 3-star and sometimes 4-star tourist class hotels.
Overnights in Dobbiaco / Toblach can also be Villabassa / Niederdorf.
Food and beverage
We've included a full breakfast in the hotels.
Lunches can be purchased at the hotel.
Trip grading
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 some days and other days the shorter option. The short walks has an average walking time of 3-4 hours per day, and the long walks are about 5-7 hours of hiking per day (add breaks). 
Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, so you will only have to carry your day-pack.
Read more about our grading system here.
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

Travel insurance
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.
 
Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Climate

It is hard to predict the weather in the mountains, so always bring waterproof clothing, and layer up, so you can ajust during the walk.

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