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Italy: The Dolomites

Moderate to Challenging Terrain: 5-7 Miles Daily

Italy: The Dolomites

With its distinctive limestone spires, wind-etched cliffs, rustic villages, and verdant valleys, the Dolomite Mountains are a naturalist’s dream. Here, you stroll through vast Alpine basins and wildflower-dizzy meadows, passing dairy cows, timber chalets, and pristine pine forests. Gaze upon some of the Dolomites’ most imposing peaks—Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Tofane, and the deep red of Croda Rossa. From the cathedral and cloisters of Bressanone to the cobbled lanes and mountainside vineyards of Tyrolean hamlets, delight in the cultural treasures to be found in the foothills of the Alps, enjoying a fascinating window into the vibrant Ladin culture flourishing here. Savor cuisine reflecting the region’s unique cultural blend: hearty Austrian-influenced mountain fare combined with lighter Italian dishes…all made from fresh local ingredients. In the chic resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo—the “Pearl of the Dolomites”—relax with a glass of vin santo (holy wine), and savor the rosy light of the enrosadira, the gorgeous sunsets that paint the surrounding white-stone summits.


Tour Highlights:
  • Stop into an Alpine rifugio to recharge over a bottle of Forst beer and plate of canederli cheese dumplings
  • In the company of your knowledgeable guides, trace the area’s World War I history through the remains of old bunkers and tunnels.
  • Follow a path of gradual switchbacks carpeted with junipers to Limo Pass, where Lake Limo lies within a natural amphitheater, surrounded by karsts carved by the wind.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,998 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Venice
2 nights $398-$448*

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,648 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: The Dolomites tour

Your guide(s) will meet you at 1:30 p.m. (after lunch on your own) in the lobby of Country Walkers’ hotel in Bressanone/Brixen, Italy. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

From Bressanone, take a gondola into the surrounding mountains for a panoramic loop walk. In the evening, enjoy such South Tyrolean treats as speck (cured ham), spinach ravioli, trout, and apple strudel.

Accommodation: Hotel Goldener Adler (or equivalent), Bressanone

The historical, family-run Goldener Adler is located among the cobblestoned streets of Bressanone’s historical center, just steps away from the town’s Baroque cathedral. This four-star property offers well-appointed river view rooms, an elegant bar and restaurant, charming outdoor courtyard, as well as a spa and wellness center with sauna, steam bath, and massage facilities.

Day 2

Parco Naturale Puez-Odle

Discover the extraordinary peaks of Puez-Odle Natural Park on today’s Sass de Pütia loop. Your route passes streams, flowery meadows, summer hay huts, and mountain cabins where the local Ladin people offer refreshments to passing hikers. This afternoon, transfer to your family-run hotel in idyllic San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Sella, San Vigilio di Marebbe

An intimate, Art Nouveau, turn-of-the-century Tyrolean hotel nestled in a small mountain village. Run by the same family for generations, this welcoming, four-star property boasts inviting guest rooms, as well as an indoor pool and Ayurvedic spa and wellness center offering an array of treatments, massages, and sauna facilities.

Day 3

Parco Naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies: Pederü to Capanna Alpina

The morning’s walk in Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park zigzags up to the rushing rivers, grazing cows, and level greenery of Fanes Pasture. Another brief climb leads to Lake Limo and the wind-carved limestone landscape of the Fanes plateau before descending to Capanna Alpina.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Sella, San Vigilio di Marebbe

An intimate, Art Nouveau, turn-of-the-century Tyrolean hotel nestled in a small mountain village. Run by the same family for generations, this welcoming, four-star property boasts inviting guest rooms, as well as an indoor pool and Ayurvedic spa and wellness center offering an array of treatments, massages, and sauna facilities.

Day 4

Badia Valley: La Val to Rifugio Santa Croce and Santa Croce to San Cassiano

From the picturesque Alpine basin of the Badia Valley, climb to the pilgrimage site of Santa Croce for astonishing views of the Dolomites’ most majestic peaks. Savor lunch at a rifugio (alpine hut) before proceeding to your elegant hotel in the chic resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 5

Sesto Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit

Enter Sesto Dolomites Natural Park for today’s walking circuit around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three distinctive peaks prized by rock climbers. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 6

Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Ampezzane: Monte Nuvolau circuit

Ascend by cable car to Cinque Torri—a climbing playground and open-air museum of World War I. Admire the central Dolomite peaks of Civetta, Pelmo, and Marmolada. Lunch at one of the best restaurants in the Alps, the Averau Rifugio. Enjoy a festive evening and farewell dinner at a lakeside chalet.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Italy: The Dolomites tour concludes

Transfer to Venice to begin your journey home, or continue exploring on your own.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Innsbruck, Austria

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Innsbruck, Austria

Upon your arrival at Innsbruck Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your Innsbruck hotel, approximately 30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Goldener Adler, Innsbruck, Austria

In the heart of Innsbruck’s Old Town, the Hotel Restaurant Goldener Adler is one of the oldest original hotel buildings in Europe—dating back to 1390! Here, you’ll enjoy a four-star experience in updated family-run accommodations boasting free Wi-Fi, a historic restaurant, and an impeccable concierge.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: The Dolomites tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.  A representative will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of the hotel for the transfer to Bressanone/Brixen.

Your guide(s) will meet you at 1:30 p.m. (after lunch on your own) in the lobby of Country Walkers’ hotel in Bressanone/Brixen, Italy. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

From Bressanone, take a gondola into the surrounding mountains for a panoramic loop walk. In the evening, enjoy such South Tyrolean treats as speck (cured ham), spinach ravioli, trout, and apple strudel.

Accommodation: Hotel Goldener Adler (or equivalent), Bressanone

The historical, family-run Goldener Adler is located among the cobblestoned streets of Bressanone’s historical center, just steps away from the town’s Baroque cathedral. This four-star property offers well-appointed river view rooms, an elegant bar and restaurant, charming outdoor courtyard, as well as a spa and wellness center with sauna, steam bath, and massage facilities.

Day 2

Parco Naturale Puez-Odle

Discover the extraordinary peaks of Puez-Odle Natural Park on today’s Sass de Pütia loop. Your route passes streams, flowery meadows, summer hay huts, and mountain cabins where the local Ladin people offer refreshments to passing hikers. This afternoon, transfer to your family-run hotel in idyllic San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Sella, San Vigilio di Marebbe

An intimate, Art Nouveau, turn-of-the-century Tyrolean hotel nestled in a small mountain village. Run by the same family for generations, this welcoming, four-star property boasts inviting guest rooms, as well as an indoor pool and Ayurvedic spa and wellness center offering an array of treatments, massages, and sauna facilities.

Day 3

Parco Naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies: Pederü to Capanna Alpina

The morning’s walk in Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park zigzags up to the rushing rivers, grazing cows, and level greenery of Fanes Pasture. Another brief climb leads to Lake Limo and the wind-carved limestone landscape of the Fanes plateau before descending to Capanna Alpina.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Sella, San Vigilio di Marebbe

An intimate, Art Nouveau, turn-of-the-century Tyrolean hotel nestled in a small mountain village. Run by the same family for generations, this welcoming, four-star property boasts inviting guest rooms, as well as an indoor pool and Ayurvedic spa and wellness center offering an array of treatments, massages, and sauna facilities.

Day 4

Badia Valley: La Val to Rifugio Santa Croce and Santa Croce to San Cassiano

From the picturesque Alpine basin of the Badia Valley, climb to the pilgrimage site of Santa Croce for astonishing views of the Dolomites’ most majestic peaks. Savor lunch at a rifugio (alpine hut) before proceeding to your elegant hotel in the chic resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 5

Sesto Dolomites: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit

Enter Sesto Dolomites Natural Park for today’s walking circuit around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three distinctive peaks prized by rock climbers. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 6

Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Ampezzane: Monte Nuvolau circuit

Ascend by cable car to Cinque Torri—a climbing playground and open-air museum of World War I. Admire the central Dolomite peaks of Civetta, Pelmo, and Marmolada. Lunch at one of the best restaurants in the Alps, the Averau Rifugio. Enjoy a festive evening and farewell dinner at a lakeside chalet.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This historic luxury hotel boasts an ideal location just a short stroll from the historic heart of Cortina. Steeped in tradition, the property offers guest rooms with contemporary decor, a full-service spa with indoor pool, sauna, fitness room and tea bar, and an elegant restaurant and piano bar.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Italy: The Dolomites tour concludes

After your breakfast, a complimentary transfer is provided to Venice, where you bid farewell to your tour guides. A Country Walkers representative escorts you to a waiting water taxi for a transfer to the Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia for your post-tour night. (Please note that you are required to transport your luggage a short distance to the boat launch and from the boat launch to the hotel. Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia, Venice, Italy

Family-run since 1908, the Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia is a beautiful, wood-panelled hotel in the heart of Venice. With countless graceful architectural details— including stained-glass windows and a rooftop sun terrace—it offers a four-star stay only steps away from the Piazza San Marco. Of special note is La Caravella, its elegant on-site restaurant, featuring traditional Venetian fare.

Departure

Ciao! This morning, a short walk leads you to the boat launch for a complimentary water-taxi transfer to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport based on your departure time. Please keep in mind that you are moving your own luggage this morning, so pack light! (The departure transfer time will be communicated to you on your arrival day to Venice by your Country Walkers guides.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Post-Tour Extension: Venice

2 nights from only $398-$448*

  • Two nights at the Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia
  • Complimentary water-taxi transfers to and from Marco Polo Airport
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Italy with an additional two nights in Venice, a city beloved for its romantic maze of alleys, waterways, squares, and majestic palaces. From your luxurious, centrally located hotel near the Palazzo Ducale and the Teatro La Fenice (Venice’s grand opera house), you’re perfectly poised to experience it all—whether that means wine tastings at authentic osterias or a gondola ride beneath Rialto Bridge. Get in close to see what makes this iconic city tick while wandering its maze of streets and bridges, from the winged lion of Piazza San Marco to its Renaissance palaces and world-class museums. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience—brimming with history and artisan traditions.

Single Supplement: $298

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. Depending on your departure date, your Post-tour Extension price may vary.

 

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel Restaurant Goldener Adler in Innsbruck, Austria and one night at the Hotel Saturnia & International Venezia inVenice, Italy*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Italy: The Dolomites guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Venice
2 nights from only $398-$448*

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 23 - Jun 29 $4,648 $548
Jul 14 - Jul 20 $4,748 $548
Aug 25 - Aug 31 $4,748 $548
Sep 1 - Sep 7 $4,748 $548

Flight + Tour Combo

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Jun 21 - Jun 30 $5,998
$748
Jul 12 - Jul 21 $6,048 $748
Aug 23 - Sep 1 $6,048 $748
Aug 30 - Sep 8 $6,048 $748
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Claudia Piombi
Claudia Piombi-Barnabé

Claudia Piombi-Barnabé infuses the Dolomites tour with her passion for mountains and professional expertise in geology. A formal mountaineering guide of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI), Claudia brings a high level of precision and safety to all her tours. Her knowledge and love of the mountains is matched only by her appreciation of the region’s food, and she is thrilled to introduce both guests, and her young daughter, to the trails and Alpine lodges of the Dolomites.

Alessandro Gullo
Alessandro Gullo

Alessandro Gullo is a native of Italy with Sicilian ancestry. Educated in the US as well as Italy, he is a certified guide of historic monuments in Umbria. He combines his charming personality with a vast knowledge of culture, art, history, food and wine on many of our Italian tours.

Cinque Terre Guide Angelica
Angelica Turi

Angelica Turi has been working in the field of art restoration in her hometown of Florence for many years, specializing in paintings on canvas and icons. She is equally comfortable in the Tuscan countryside where her family has been producing wine and olive oil since the mid-19th century. An outdoor enthusiast, Angelica has a deep appreciation of the fine food and wine of Italy, which she gracefully shares on many of our Italian tours.

Keegan - Cinque Terre Guide
Keegan Alagna

With his American mother and Sicilian father, Keegan Alagna grew up in a bilingual home in the Umbrian countryside near Assisi. From his childhood on a working farm to post-graduate work in geology, he has always pursued his passion and curiosity for the outdoors, through teaching, guiding, and exploring. He brings his depth of knowledge of geology, nature, Italian history and culture to his walking tours and to his position as a board member on Italy’s premier outdoor group—the CAI, the Club Alpino Italiano.

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