September 2-10, 2016
|On this exciting adventure we hike through colorful alpine meadows amid the awesome slendor of the Italian Dolomites (Alps) and visit picturesque Tyrolean villages in lush green valleys while lodging in a Tyrolean village. Sixty million years of erosion have sculpted awesome jagged spires, hanging glaciers, tortured columns and “moonscape” plateaus; a spectacular backdrop to the open pastures, staggering array of wild flowers and gently undulating woods where we hike. Everywhere there is color. From the soft pink stone and the brilliant blues of the glacial lakes, to the bright saffron, blue gentians, alpine edelweiss and wild lilies that jostle vividly in lush summer meadows. And the evening light that turns towering rock walls into a glowing panoply of pinks is truly awesome. The Dolomites is an outstanding hiking area, made even more enjoyable by the legendary hospitality of the mountain people.
In the heart of the Northern Italian Dolomites, close to the border with Austria and dominated by the famous Tre Cime (Three Peaks), is the beautiful Tyrolean village of Dobbiaco. We lodge in an upscale hotel and each day have the opportunity to hike a different trail,relax at the lodge or explore the village. These hikes allow us to discover the beauty and sheer magnificence of the majestic Alta Pusteria Valley, an area renowned for jagged peaks up to 10,968 feet tall and recognized by UNESCO as one of the most unique and spectacular mountain environments in the world.
Trip highlights include a high ridge path along the Austrian border with 360º views over the entire Dolomites and Austrian Alps, and a circular hike around the world-famous Tre Cime, three immense obelisks of sheer rock that have now become the symbol of the region.
Amazingly, all of this is accessible on well-defined paths either directly from our hotel, or via a short bus or cable car ride. All hikes will be led by an American tour director.
If you want to extend your adventure in Europe, you can also sign up for the Island Hikes in Croatia tour which starts the day following this tour.
Day 1: Friday, September 2. Depart for Italy
Day 2. Saturday, September 3. Arrive in Venice, Italy
We lodge at the upscale (4 star) Park Hotel Bellevue, which combines old-world charm with good old fashioned hospitality. It has both traditional and modern comfort, rustic charm and stylish elegance, and serves light Italian cuisine and a savory rural fare. Facilities include a spa, sauna, steam room, swimming pool, and massage is available; a cozy lounge and relaxing bar. Evening meals are served in the charming dining room where high quality cuisine includes a weekly five course banquet and themed Tyrolean buffet evening. All breakfasts and dinners during our stay at the hotel are included in the trip cost. We will stay in the deluxe double rooms which have a balcony with stunning alpine views,; satellite TV, direct dial phones, radio, safe, and free wifi. (D)
Day 3. Sunday, September 4. Chapels and Churches Walk – 9.5mi/4.5hr
Day 4. Monday, September 5. Nemes Alp Walk – 9.5mi/5.5hr or 11mi/5.5hr
Day 5. Tuesday, September 6. Bonner Hütte & Pfannhorn Walk – 6.5mi/4hr or 8mi/5.5hr
Day 6. Wednesday, September 7. High Mountain Pastures & the Rifugio Ra Stua Walk – 10mi/6hr
Day 9. September 10. Leave Dobbiaco
There is also the option of spending the night in Venice and then going on to the Islands of Croatia tour which starts on September 10.
LAND COST: Costs below are based on double room occupancy.
COST INCLUDES: Lodging, all breakfasts and dinners at the hotel, all land transportation (buses and cable cars), airport transfers, and an American tour director.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Personal expenses, international airfares to Venice, Italy, lunches, drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals.
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
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You may also download our trip registration form, and mail it in to us.
Hiking in the Dolomites
Hiking Trail in the Dolomites
Wildflowers in the Dolomites
Trail Junction in the Dolomites
Herd of Cows in the Dolomite Alps
Alpine Meadows with Wildflowers
Village of Dobbiaco
Village of Dobbiaco
Park Bellevue Hotel