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Due Settimane on a Dolomites Walking Holiday

Two weeks in the Dolomites!

  • Dolomites

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Mountains

  • Jul

    Aug

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The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the plunging Pisciadu waterfall.
  • Savour the views from Monte Piana (2,324m).
  • Take a giddying cable car ride to the top of a glacier at 3,264m - the highest point in the Dolomites.
  • Follow a trail past the glacial lake Lago di Braies, known as "The Pearl of the Dolomites".
  • See the panoramic Via Alpina, marking the border between Austria and Italy.
  • Experience the nature trail around the very picturesque Lago di Dobbiaco, set amongst the Fanes-Sennes-Braies and Tre Cime Nature Parks.

Did you think the Alps were only for hardy hikers? Well, now you can enjoy perhaps the most spectacular mountain range in Europe at a leisurely pace. This two week walking holiday in the Dolomites is a combination of our one-week holidays ‘The Delightful Dolomites’ and ‘Dobbiaco and the Tre Cime’.

Surrounded by dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, panoramic views of breathtaking mountain scenery make this trip perfect for anyone looking to soothe their mind with the beauty of nature.

Start your holiday in La Villa, an attractive, small town, surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage Sites and national parks. The area is also known for its "Viles”, the most ancient and typical human settlements in Val Badia and the first examples of the Alpine hut. There is a mix of cultures here; German and Italian are spoken in equal measure (the area was Austrian and therefore German-speaking until it was ceded to Italy). You may also hear Ladino spoken, a language closely related to Romansch spoken in areas of Switzerland. It is an uncommon but living language concentrated around Corvara and La Villa.

Your second week is based in Dobbiaco, gateway to the Italian Dolomites, nestled amongst glorious natural parks. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, or the Three Peaks, are the  iconic trio of rock formations that are one of the most famous sights, not only in South Tyrol but in all of Italy. The Tre Cime comprises the Cima Grande, the Cima Occidentale and the Cima Piccola. They are some of the most famous landmarks of the Dolomites and are more than deserving of their status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alpine meadows, lush green forests and the sun-drenched high plateaus of the impressive Tre Cime di Laverdo make the Pusteria Valley in South Tyrol a popular attraction for nature lovers and hikers from all around the world.

  • Return flights from London to Venice or Verona.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite hotel accommodation on a half board basis.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/cable cars/lift pass.
  • Five day lift pass each week.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of a Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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Tour Codes

53090

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

La Villa

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Venice and continue by coach into the heart of the Dolomites at La Villa. The journey travels into the Dolomites through spectacular scenery.

Sometimes flights are to Verona airport, please look at individual dates for further information.

Day 2

Lago Sompunt and Santa Croce Sanctuary

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/200m

This scenic walk winds through open woodland to the tranquil Sompunt Lake, following a picturesque hiking path. A chairlift takes you up to the Santa Croce Sanctuary at 2,045m, where you can savor stunning panoramic mountain views. Indulge in the Alps' best "Kaiserschmarren" (sliced pancakes) in the traditional wooden "Stube" rooms of the ancient hospice.

For the more energetic, an optional and easy walk along the riverside path back to La Villa is available.

Day 3

Pralongia Plateau and High Sella Mountain Range

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120/240m

Ascend to the Pralongia plateau via the Piz La Ila gondola for a breathtaking stroll through flower-filled meadows, offering stunning mountain and valley views. Descend to Corvara by gondola, creating an opportunity for a journey into the heart of the High Sella mountain range using the Boe gondola and Vallon chair lift, reaching an elevation of 2,525m.

For those seeking a bit more adventure, a short walk to the Franz Kostner Hut (2,550m) in a dramatic mountain setting is an enticing option. An optional easy walk back along the riverside path to La Villa completes the day, allowing for a leisurely return surrounded by the natural beauty of the area.

Day 4

Piccolo Lagazuo and the Artists Path

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80/260m

A brief bus journey to Passo Falzarego sets the stage for an enchanting experience in the Dolomites. Ascend via the Lagazuoi cable car to reach one of the region's most beautiful areas. From the rifugio at 2,752m, enjoy an easy walk to the summit cross of Piccolo Lagazuoi (2,778m), reveling in breathtaking mountainous views.

After descending by cable car, embark on a leisurely stroll down the impressive San Cassiano valley, surrounded by flower-filled meadows. From the village, meander back along the river to La Villa, following the scenic 'Artists Path' for a picturesque conclusion to the day.

On these mountains an incredible war was waged between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies. Explore the Open Air War Museum of the Cinque Torri on foot and have lunch in a mountain hut. In the afternoon you can visit the Tre Sassi Fort museum at Passo Valparola.

Day 5

The Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After a spectacular bus journey to the Marmolada region, take a cable car ride in 3 stages to Punta Rocca, the top of the dramatic Marmolada Glacier at 3,264m. This is the only glacier of the Dolomites section of the Alps. Whilst up on the glacier, visit the WW1 museum and take in the hopefully sumptuous views. after a short walk around Lago Fedaia, you can enjoy lunch at Rifugio Marmolada.

The Marmolada cable car opening season is short so this walk may not always be possible. If this is the case then your leader will provide an alternative walk which is equally as incredible.

Day 6

Cofosco & the Pisciadu Waterfall

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/80m

A walk from Corvara, climbing gently beneath the walls of the Sella to the Pisciadu waterfall, which plunges from a rocky gorge. Take a gondola up to the characterful ‘Jimmy’s Hut’, situated in a wonderful location at 2,222m to take in the dramatic views of the Sella Mountain Range and Val Gardena. 

After lunch, there are a number of options to spend the afternoon as you find your way back to Corvara and La Villa.

Day 7

Ridge walk to Rifugio Pralongia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/270m

After taking the gondola up to Piz Sorega, gently ascend to arrive at Bioch for coffee. This restaurant is in a fabulous setting, with deckchairs on the grass to enable us to take in the wonderful panoramic mountain and snow-capped views. Continue along an easy ridge to the Pralongia Mountain Hut (2,157m) for a relaxed lunch in tranquil surroundings. 

After descending by chairlift, it's just a short walk to Corvara. From there, you have the option to take the bus or enjoy a pleasant walk back to La Villa along the scenic riverside path.

Day 8

Transfer Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Say goodbye to La Villa and take a coach for a scenic journey to your new centre for the week, Dobbiaco.

Day 9

Dobbiaco and Lago di Dobbiaco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60m

Embark on a delightful exploration of the local area around the village of Dobbiaco today. The little lake of Lago di Dobbiaco is very picturesque and is set among the Fanes-Sennes-Braies and Tre Cime Nature Parks. A nature trail surrounds the lake, offering an excellent first-day walk directly from the hotel. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this tranquil setting.

Day 10

Val Fiscalina

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120/220m

The Val Fiscalina in Sesto is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with flower meadows, thick woods, rustic pastures and is surrounded by impressive rock formations. The walk in Val Fiscalina starts from the village of Sesto and leads to Rifugio Fondovalle. Return to Bad Moos and take the Croda Rossa gondola up to a beautiful alpine meadow at 1,900m, where you have time to explore and take in the panoramic mountain views.

Day 11

Rifugio Auronzo, the Tre Cime and Monte Piana

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160m

Ascend by bus to the high-altitude Rifugio Auronzo (2,326m) situated at the foot of the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. These enormous freestanding limestone towers have been so popular with walkers that they've become the symbol of the Dolomites. Follow a wide mountain trail constructed by soldiers during the First World War and from the Forcella Lavaredo (2,454m) there are magnificent panoramic views of the dramatic Three Peaks and Monte Paterno. This walk is at the top of the grade and can be challenging.

  • Time

    1.5-2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

Later explore the impressive Monte Piana (2,324m) a large, flat-topped mountain that offers some of the best mountain views in the Dolomites. It is a place where more than 14,000 soldiers died during the First World War. Nowadays it’s an engaging destination for those who want to visit the Open Air Museum with trenches, tunnels and gun emplacements. Given good weather this will be an outstanding day and a highlight of the holiday.  This walk is at the top of the grade and can be challenging.

Day 12

Monte Baranci and San Candido

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    30/320m

Enjoy a gentle descent via the Wildbad di San Candido, a remarkable collection of ruined buildings that once served as a thermal spa establishment dating back to 1859. The afternoon is yours to explore the charming town of San Candido at your leisure.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    30m

Embark on a walk from the hotel to San Candido via a gentle forest trail, and then ascend with the chairlift to the base of the impressive Baranci mountain range.

Day 13

Lago di Braies and Prato Piazza

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    70m

Begin your morning with a visit to the glacial lake Lago di Braies (1,496m), famously known as "The Pearl of the Dolomites." Encircled by jagged peaks, the still emerald green and turquoise waters create a stunning reflection. A well-maintained path surrounds this alpine gem. Continue a bit further to Grünwald Alm and Malga Foresta hut, a mountain pasture beautifully situated in a peaceful setting amidst lovely meadows and high cliffs.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

In the afternoon, explore Prato Piazza, a high-altitude pasture at 2,000m. Revel in dramatic views of the nearby craggy mountains, including Picco Vallandro and Croda Rossa, as well as the more distant peaks of Monte Cristallo and Tofane. Enjoy a short circular walk to Rifugio di Vallandro (2,040m) before returning to Rifugio Piato Piazza for a delightful lunch.

Day 14

The Sesto Dolomites and Monte Elmo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160m

Take a gondola up to the ridge below Mount Elmo from where you can explore the impressive Via Alpina. This dramatic ridge serves as the border between Austria and Italy. Enjoy the superb views from the sun terrace of Ristorante Monte Elmo (2,050m), with the peaks of the Sesto Dolomites creating a breathtaking backdrop.

  • Time

    1.5-2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent

    130m

Later descend by gondola for a walk to the Hennstoll Hut, one of the most traditional huts in the region, and an opportunity to take the 3 Peaks gondola to the top station of Stiergarten (2,092m), for yet more stunning views, including the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to say goodbye to this picturesque village and the incredible Dolomites. A private transfer will take you back to Venice or Verona airport with many memories and photographs of the wonderful scenery in this part of the Südtirol.

Departure dates for your selected tour

8th Jul 2024 - 22nd Jul 2024 (14 Nights)

21st Jul 2024 - 4th Aug 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Venice Airport and return.  

Continue approximately 3 hours by private coach to La Villa to the north of Corvara. On day 8 transfer by private coach to Dobbiaco which will take approximate 1 hour 20 minutes. At the end of the two week holiday, transfer from Dobbiaco to Venice Airport by private coach which will take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

During the week you’ll travel on foot, by local bus and local train. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Dobbiaco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Venice and transfer by private coach to the lovely village of Dobbiaco.

Day 2

Dobbiaco and Lago di Dobbiaco

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    60m

Embark on a delightful exploration of the local area around the village of Dobbiaco today. The little lake of Lago di Dobbiaco is very picturesque and is set among the Fanes-Sennes-Braies and Tre Cime Nature Parks. A nature trail surrounds the lake, offering an excellent first-day walk directly from the hotel. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this tranquil setting.

Day 3

Val Fiscalina

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120/220m

The Val Fiscalina in Sesto is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with flower meadows, thick woods, rustic pastures and is surrounded by impressive rock formations. The walk in Val Fiscalina starts from the village of Sesto and leads to Rifugio Fondovalle. Return to Bad Moos and take the Croda Rossa gondola up to a beautiful alpine meadow at 1,900m, where you have time to explore and take in the panoramic mountain views.

Day 4

Rifugio Auronzo, the Tre Cime and Monte Piana

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160m

Ascend by bus to the high-altitude Rifugio Auronzo (2,326m) situated at the foot of the world-famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. These enormous freestanding limestone towers have been so popular with walkers that they've become the symbol of the Dolomites. Follow a wide mountain trail constructed by soldiers during the First World War and from the Forcella Lavaredo (2,454m) there are magnificent panoramic views of the dramatic Three Peaks and Monte Paterno. This walk is at the top of the grade and can be challenging.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

Later explore the impressive Monte Piana (2,324m) a large, flat-topped mountain that offers some of the best mountain views in the Dolomites. It is a place where more than 14,000 soldiers died during the First World War. Nowadays it’s an engaging destination for those who want to visit the Open Air Museum with trenches, tunnels and gun emplacements. Given good weather this will be an outstanding day and a highlight of the holiday.  This walk is at the top of the grade and can be challenging.

Day 5

Monte Baranci and San Candido

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent

    30m

Embark on a walk from the hotel to San Candido via a gentle forest trail, and then ascend with the chairlift to the base of the impressive Baranci mountain range.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    30/320m

Enjoy a gentle descent via the Wildbad di San Candido, a remarkable collection of ruined buildings that once served as a thermal spa establishment dating back to 1859. The afternoon is yours to explore the charming town of San Candido at your leisure.

Day 6

Lago di Braies and Prato Piazza

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    70m

Begin your morning with a visit to the glacial lake Lago di Braies (1,496m), famously known as "The Pearl of the Dolomites." Encircled by jagged peaks, the still emerald green and turquoise waters create a stunning reflection. A well-maintained path surrounds this alpine gem. Continue a bit further to Grünwald Alm and Malga Foresta hut, a mountain pasture beautifully situated in a peaceful setting amidst lovely meadows and high cliffs.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

In the afternoon, explore Prato Piazza, a high-altitude pasture at 2,000m. Revel in dramatic views of the nearby craggy mountains, including Picco Vallandro and Croda Rossa, as well as the more distant peaks of Monte Cristallo and Tofane. Enjoy a short circular walk to Rifugio di Vallandro (2,040m) before returning to Rifugio Piato Piazza for a delightful lunch.

Day 7

The Sesto Dolomites and Monte Elmo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160m

Take a gondola up to the ridge below Mount Elmo from where you can explore the impressive Via Alpina. This dramatic ridge serves as the border between Austria and Italy. Enjoy the superb views from the sun terrace of Ristorante Monte Elmo (2,050m), with the peaks of the Sesto Dolomites creating a breathtaking backdrop.

  • Time

    1.5-2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent

    130m

Later descend by gondola for a walk to the Hennstoll Hut, one of the most traditional huts in the region, and an opportunity to take the 3 Peaks gondola to the top station of Stiergarten (2,092m), for yet more stunning views, including the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Day 8

Welcome to La Villa

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Transfer from Dobbiaco to La Villa. The journey travels into the Dolomites through spectacular scenery.

Day 9

Lago Sompunt and Santa Croce Sanctuary

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/200m

This scenic walk winds through open woodland to the tranquil Sompunt Lake, following a picturesque hiking path. A chairlift takes you up to the Santa Croce Sanctuary at 2,045m, where you can savor stunning panoramic mountain views. Indulge in the Alps' best "Kaiserschmarren" (sliced pancakes) in the traditional wooden "Stube" rooms of the ancient hospice.

For the more energetic, an optional and easy walk along the riverside path back to La Villa is available.

Day 10

Pralongia Plateau and High Sella Mountain Range

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120/240m

Ascend to the Pralongia plateau via the Piz La Ila gondola for a breathtaking stroll through flower-filled meadows, offering stunning mountain and valley views. Descend to Corvara by gondola, creating an opportunity for a journey into the heart of the High Sella mountain range using the Boe gondola and Vallon chair lift, reaching an elevation of 2,525m.

For those seeking a bit more adventure, a short walk to the Franz Kostner Hut (2,550m) in a dramatic mountain setting is an enticing option. An optional easy walk back along the riverside path to La Villa completes the day, allowing for a leisurely return surrounded by the natural beauty of the area.

Day 11

Piccolo Lagazuo and the Artists Path

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80/260m

A brief bus journey to Passo Falzarego sets the stage for an enchanting experience in the Dolomites. Ascend via the Lagazuoi cable car to reach one of the region's most beautiful areas. From the rifugio at 2,752m, enjoy an easy walk to the summit cross of Piccolo Lagazuoi (2,778m), reveling in breathtaking mountainous views.

After descending by cable car, embark on a leisurely stroll down the impressive San Cassiano valley, surrounded by flower-filled meadows. From the village, meander back along the river to La Villa, following the scenic 'Artists Path' for a picturesque conclusion to the day.

On these mountains an incredible war was waged between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies. Explore the Open Air War Museum of the Cinque Torri on foot and have lunch in a mountain hut. In the afternoon you can visit the Tre Sassi Fort museum at Passo Valparola.

Day 12

The Marmolada, Queen of the Dolomites

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After a spectacular bus journey to the Marmolada region, take a cable car ride in 3 stages to Punta Rocca, the top of the dramatic Marmolada Glacier at 3,264m. This is the only glacier of the Dolomites section of the Alps. Whilst up on the glacier, visit the WW1 museum and take in the hopefully sumptuous views. after a short walk around Lago Fedaia, you can enjoy lunch at Rifugio Marmolada.

The Marmolada cable car opening season is short so this walk may not always be possible. If this is the case then your leader will provide an alternative walk which is equally as incredible. 

Day 13

Cofosco & the Pisciadu Waterfall

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/80m

A walk from Corvara, climbing gently beneath the walls of the Sella to the Pisciadu waterfall, which plunges from a rocky gorge. Take a gondola up to the characterful ‘Jimmy’s Hut’, situated in a wonderful location at 2,222m to take in the dramatic views of the Sella Mountain Range and Val Gardena. 

After lunch, there are a number of options to spend the afternoon as you find your way back to Corvara and La Villa.

Day 14

Ridge walk to Rifugio Pralongia

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/270m

After taking the gondola up to Piz Sorega, gently ascend to arrive at Bioch for coffee. This restaurant is in a fabulous setting, with deckchairs on the grass to enable us to take in the wonderful panoramic mountain and snow-capped views. Continue along an easy ridge to the Pralongia Mountain Hut (2,157m) for a relaxed lunch in tranquil surroundings. 

After descending by chairlift, it's just a short walk to Corvara. From there, you have the option to take the bus or enjoy a pleasant walk back to La Villa along the scenic riverside path.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

It is time to say goodbye to this picturesque village and the incredible Dolomites. A private transfer will take you back to Venice airport with many memories and photographs of the wonderful scenery in this part of the Südtirol.

Departure dates for your selected tour

25th Aug 2024 - 8th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

Fly from London to Venice Airport and return.  

Continue approximately 3 hours by private coach to La Villa to the north of Corvara. On day 8 transfer by private coach to Dobbiaco which will take approximate 1 hour 20 minutes. At the end of the two week holiday, transfer from Dobbiaco to Venice Airport by private coach which will take approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

During the week you’ll travel on foot, by local bus and local train. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Ladinia

La Villa is a compact little town that lies at an elevation of 1,433m above sea level and surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage Pue-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Parks. This is an ideal location for spectacular hiking, perfect for our holiday. La Villa enjoys all the facilities you might require. A bank, post office and small supermarket are all close by the hotel. The bus stop is directly across the road from the hotel, so local transport is easy to use.

We stay in the three star family run Hotel Ladinia in the centre of La Villa, a typical alpine hotel with wooden décor and beautiful flower filled window boxes, set in the centre of the mountains. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, recently refurbished spa and sauna – perfect for a relax after a days exploration! 

We stay in Austrian style twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually double or twin bedded for sole use. Rooms are modern with wooden furnishings and contemporary chic decor. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer 
  • Free WIFI

Please note that twin-bedded accommodation is in ‘Austrian style’ beds with two separate mattresses and duvets on one bed frame. As is standard in this area, rooms do not have tea and coffee making facilities. 

Hotel Union

Dobbiaco, which borders two natural parks, the Sesto Dolomites and the Fanes-Sennes-Braies, is situated at an altitude of 1,256m and is considered the gateway to the Dolomites. Here the composer Gustav Mahler spent his summer holidays at the beginning of the 20th century and today there is a summer festival in his name. Dobbiaco has many of the facilities you will require during your stay here. There are mini supermarkets, a bakery, post office, banks, ATMs, a chemist and a tourist information centre. 

We stay in the traditional 3-star family run Hotel Union. The hotel is run by the Comini family and is just a 10 minute stroll away from the centre of Dobbiaco. This traditional cosy alpine hotel is located amongst the Dolomites and the remarkable Tre Cime landscape, the perfect setting for outstanding views and selected for our walking programme. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa area with sauna, a jacuzzi and Turkish Bath. There is also a tennis court which can be booked in advance at an additional charge. 

We stay in simple twin or single bedded en suite bedrooms. Rooms are on the smaller side and facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom with a bath or shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Digital TV
  • Telephone
  • Complimentary WIFI 
  • Safe

Please note that twin-bedded accommodation is in ‘Austrian style’ beds with two separate mattresses and duvets on one bed frame. As is standard in this area, rooms do not have tea and coffee making facilities.


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Holiday Grade

We still class Grade 3 as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than grade 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks. 

This is a Grade 3 walking holiday where walks are between 3-5 miles and between 100-680m in ascent and descent. Several of the walks can be extended by about 2 miles for those who like a little more walking. The highest point reached on this holiday is 3264m at the Marmolada glacier during your first week and 2454m during the second week. Please note that the itinerary involves the use of a few chair lifts as well as gondolas and cable cars.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

Fly from London to Venice Airport and return. On some dates flights may be from London to Verona airport and return. Regional flights are available on some dates and a combined coach transfer on arrival and departure, so there may be a wait at the airport.

You'll continue approximately 3 hours by private coach to La Villa to the north of Corvara. On day 8 the transfer by private coach to Dobbiaco will take approximate 1 hour 20 minutes. At the end of the two week holiday, your transfer from Dobbiaco to the airport is by private coach which will take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. 

During the week you’ll travel on foot, by local bus and local train. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in La Villa, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure. 

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

The holiday is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners provided in the highly rated restaurant's in our two hotel's.

Breakfasts are an excellent hot and cold buffets with a variety of selections such as cereals, eggs, fruit, rolls, ham, cheese, fruit juice, yogurt, pastries and cakes. 

Dinner in the Hotel Ladinia includes soup, salad, choices of starter, choices of main and a dessert. The house wine is superb and surprisingly good value in such an inviting restaurant. Dinner in the Hotel Union includes four courses including a choice of starters, a salad buffet, a choice of main courses, and a choice of dessert. The food in both hotel's restaurant's are highly rated, and all fresh ingredients and produce is locally sourced, making for delicious authentic alpine, Italian and Mediterranean classics. We can expect a variety of international and local delicacies such as pasta, risotto, meat and fish! Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements are very well catered for. 

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, sometimes in addition to antipasto or antipasti; but this varies depending on restaurants and the regions of Italy. Antipasto and Antipasti are a traditional course in formal Italian meals and translate as 'before the meal' as they are usually before the primo course. Antipasto refers to one portion and Antipasti refers to more than one portion. This usually includes cured meats such as salami, pepperoni, prosciutto or mortadella. Rich cheeses such as fresh mozzarella, gouda, provolone or Parmigiana-Reggiano are also included. Seafood like shrimp, anchovies and salmon are sometimes included too. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. Coffee usually follows too. 

Lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday. They can be taken as picnics brought by local cafes, mountain huts or shops.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found Power Plugs Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

The best map of the Dobbiaco area, and one which covers all of our walks in Dobbiaco is the Kompass 047 1:25,000 Parco Naturale Tre Cime di Lavaredo. 

The Alta Pusteria 1:35,000 Carta Escursionistica & Panoramica map is also good and available at the Dobbiaco Tourist Office for €6.90. 

Tabacco Map 07 Alta Badia 1:25,000 - This map covers all walks in La Villa apart from Day 5

Tabacco Map 15 Marmolada-Pelmo-Civetta 1;25,000 - Covers Day 5 in La Villa.

A fantastic video based on Dobbiaco.

Gino's Italian Escapes: Hidden Italy: Trentino Alto-Adige - Series 4 Episode 2 - Gino heads to the Dolomites on his culinary adventure

Gino's Italian Express: Dolomite Mountain Express - Series 7 Episode 5 - Gino heads to the Dolomites on his culinary adventure

Wild Escapes BBC2 - Anita Rani and JJ Chalmers travel to the Dolomites for hiking and food

Sounds of the Dolomites - Radio Times - Sounds and music capturing orchestral music and festivals in the Dolomites

The following websites have lots of information on the Dolomits and La Villa.

La Villa Tourist Office 

Visit Dolomites 

Dolomites

Tourism in the Dolomites

The Drei Zinnen website has with lots of information about Dobbiaco.

There is an interesting video giving some background information about Dobbiaco and the area.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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