Hiking vacation Italy: 7 days on the road in the heart of the Dolomites

7 Days

Your trip

Experience nature in the Dolomites: idyllic mountain lakes, lush alpine meadows, green forests and the legendary Dolomites accompany you on your hike through three nature parks.

It is not for nothing that the Dolomites have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the start, the Pragser Wildsee lake greets you with its crystal-clear water reflecting the walls of the Seekofel. All those who believe that nothing can top this experience will be proven wrong as soon as their gaze wanders high above Cortina over some of the most imposing peaks in the Dolomites. The Cristallo group, the Tofane and the Fanes group vie for the viewer’s favor. Of course, a detour to the “Three Peaks” is a must.

The overall technically easy hike runs along marked mountain and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for anyone with a good basic level of fitness. Climbing skills are not necessary.

Accommodation

You will stay in selected inns and hotels of the 3***, partly 4**** category. We attach great importance to regional authenticity in our selection. You will experience genuine South Tyrolean hospitality.

Please pay tourist tax, if due, directly on site.

Catering

Every day the tour offers you a rich breakfast or buffet.

If you have booked half board, you can look forward to a 3-course dinner every evening – except in Cortina.

Requirements & route

This sporty pleasure hike runs along marked hiking trails. It is not technically demanding and is oriented to the pleasure of movement, foresight and air.

The Dolomites are always in sight. The paths are mostly paved. But you also hike through some rocky paths. Some sections can be shortened by public transport.

This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Please see our notes on requirements and our tips on packing list and preparation. We recommend that you take out travel insurance .

Arrival

By train

> Travel via Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass to Franzfeste. From there, continue by train to Dobbiaco and Villabassa.

> Information and timetables can also be found at www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at orwww.trenitalia.com.

By car

Take the Brenner highway (A22) to Brixen – exit Franzensfeste, Pustertal – through the Pustertal (state road SS49) to Niederdorf or Toblach.

Alternatively, take the Felbertauern road to Lienz in East Tyrol and continue to Italy to the Hochpustertal valley in Niederdorf or Toblach.

Parking lot

An unguarded parking space in a nearby public parking lot is available to you free of charge for the duration of your trip.

By plane

On request, we can organize transfers to and from Treviso airport to the starting point of the tour.

Country information

For information on entry requirements to Italy, please see our Country Information page.

From day to day

Arrival to Alta Pusteria :
Day 1

Arrival in Dobbiaco or Villabassa

Individual arrival at the hotel of departure. You will find a free parking lot in the immediate vicinity of the hotel

On the first evening, take some time to breathe in the air of the South Tyrolean mountains in Alta Pusteria.

Hotel
Bressanone - Neustift - Lake Varna :
Day 2

Hike Hochpustertal – Pragser Tal – Plätzwiese, ~ 15 km, 1,100 m ↑ & 600 m ↓, ~ 7 h

Your hiking tour begins at the idyllic Pragser Wildsee lake. This wildly romantic mountain lake enchants with its crystal-clear water against an impressive backdrop. The trail takes you across the plateau to the Rossalm and on to the Prato Piazza meadow. In addition to nature and tranquillity, you can enjoy stunning views of Monte Cristallo, the Tofana and the world-famous Three Peaks.

Are you a leisure hiker? Then you can opt for a slightly more relaxed option to get started. We will take you by transfer to the Gasthof Tuscherhof. From there you start your hike. Today you hike along the Stollabach stream past Gasthof Brückele, the Stolla hut of the same name and the “Felsenbildern” to your stage destination. Incidentally, the pictures are erosion phenomena caused by the constant action of water and the different composition of the rock.

Breakfast
Hotel
Prato Piazza - Dürrenstein :
Day 3

Hike Prato Piazza – Dürrenstein, ~ 10 km, 800 m ↑↓, ~ 5 h

The starting point for today’s stage is the Plätzwiese high alpine pasture. Alongside the Hohe Gaisl and the Kreuzkofel group, it is one of the most popular hiking areas in the country. This is mainly thanks to its extraordinary flora and wild lakes. This region has a special appeal for visitors.

In the Fanes Sennes Braies Nature Park, the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can choose between two options. Starting from the Prato Piazza, you can either reach the Strudelkopf (shorter variant) or the Dürrenstein (longer variant), depending on the variant. Both variants offer you a unique view of the Hohe Gaisl, the Three Peaks, the Tofana and Monte Cristallo.

Breakfast
Hotel
Prato Piazza - Knappenfuss Valley - Gemärk - Cortina d'Ampezzo :
Day 4

Hike Prato Piazza – Knappenfuss Valley – Gemärk – Cortina d’Ampezzo, ~ 16 km, 600 m ↑ & 1,200 m ↓, ~ 7 h

You hike through the Prato Piazza and descend through the Knappenfuss valley into the Gemärk – the border between South Tyrol and the province of Belluno.

From there, you have two options: Either you take the direct route to Cortina d’Ampezzo by public transport. Or you can opt for the slightly longer variant to the Ra Stua hut and below the Col Rosa to Cortina d’Ampezzo. There are other shortcuts along the way.

Breakfast
Hotel
Circular hike Faloria :
Day 5

Circular hike Faloria cable car, ~ 15 km, 300 m↑ & 1,200 m↓, ~ 6 h

The panorama from the starting point of the stage is simply stunning. The mighty rock giants of the Ampezzo Dolomites rise high into the sky; Monte Cristallo and the Cristallo Group, the Tofane and Fanes Group are the main protagonists of this spectacle.

Decide on one of two tours:

1) A slightly longer tour takes you towards Forcella Faloria,

2) the shorter variant via the Dolomieutrail.

Both lead you towards Passo Tre Croci, the descent to the Olympic town of Cortina follows the same route. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating surroundings, the imposing peaks of the Dolomites.

If you don’t want to take the cable car, you can take a beautiful circular walk around Cortina.

The ticket to the cable car is included in the price of the trip.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cortina - View of the Three Peaks :
Day 6

Hike Cortina – Rifugio Auronzo hut Three Peaks Three Peaks view, 10 km, 100 m ↑ & 1,000 m ↓, ~ 5 h

The bus takes you to the Auronzo hut, located directly beneath the world-famous “Three Peaks” rock massif. The imposing peaks, which were fiercely fought over as part of the front between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the mountain war in the First World War, are probably the most famous rock formation in the Dolomites. From here you hike leisurely down via the Rienza Valley to the Dreizinnenblick and take the bus back to the starting hotel of your hiking tour in Dobbiaco / Villabassa. For the more leisurely, there is the option of walking around the famous Three Peaks and taking the bus back from Rifugio Auronzo to Dobbiaco / Villabassa. The ticket for this option is not included in the travel price. You can buy tickets directly on the bus.

Breakfast
Hotel
Farewell from Dobbiaco :
Day 7

Day of departure – or not yet …

Individual departure after breakfast or option to extend your stay in Alta Pusteria.

Services

contain

  • Overnight stay in inns and hotels of 3*** category, partly 4**** hotels
  • rich breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • If you have booked half board: at least 3-course dinner (except in Cortina)
  • Video briefing on the hiking trip
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Tickets for the transfers included in the program
  • Ascent for the Faloria cable car
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Navigation APP
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, sights, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the duration of the hiking trip

are not included:

  • Arrival and departure to and from the starting point of the tour
  • Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
  • Lunch, dinner (if not booked)
  • Bus tickets to Cortina and from Rifugio Auronzo/Drei Zinnen view to Toblach/Niederdorf
  • Entries not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrances not mentioned and anything not explicitly mentioned under "Included services".

Dates & Prices

Arrival days: every Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri in …
Season 1 15.06.24 – 07.07.24 and 08.09.24 – 22.09.24
Season 2 08.07.24 – 28.07.24 and 30.08.24 – 07.09.24
The day of arrival determines the season. From 5 participants also possible on request.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2
Double room w. breakfast 830 € 890 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.100 € 1.160 €
Half board (5 x 3-course dinner) 170 € 170 €
Extra night in Dobbiaco at the beginning or end
Double room w. breakfast 100 € 100 €
Single room w. breakfast 160 € 160 €
Does the hike take place in any weather?

Basically: Yes! Hiking is done in any weather, rain, snow or sun. Of course, you should always check the weather conditions at your accommodation in the morning and choose an alternative route if necessary.
In case of timely request and after consultation with us, there is a possibility for you to ride along with the luggage transport on some stages (possibly for an extra charge!). Limited availability, only in exceptional cases, emergencies!

How does the luggage transport work?

Please carry only your daypack with bread, water, weather protection and whatever else you need during the day. We will take care of the rest of the luggage transfer. In the evening your luggage will be at the destination hotel.

What are the technical and physical demands of this trip?

The easy hike runs along marked trails, mainly through meadows and forests. You remain in visual contact with the Dolomites. However, you will not find rocky paths on your route.

How do I get back from Merano to Bressanone?

There is a very good train connection on the line Merano-Bolzano-Bressanone. Timetable at: www.trenitalia.it, www.sii.bz.it. Price person ticket: about € 10,00 – € 12,00.
We can also organize a cab, price on request.

Dog?

Dog! You are welcome to take your dog with you on this hike. Just let us know directly when booking. Please let us know what kind of dog would like to accompany you.

Map

Please note: The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. We recommend: Download the komoot app on your phone, search for this "Collection", download the routes on your phone and let the app guide you as navigator and inspirer.

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