Experience Europe's Most Dramatic mountains

Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites

Italy

8 Days

From $5,295

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    Overview

    The Dolomites are an awesome spectacle, their rose-tinted pinnacles and towers soaring above glistening green meadows and storybook villages. We explore this famous landscape with a choice of moderate or challenging hikes each day, heading across trails below regal Marmolada (10,968'), highest peak in the Dolomites, and the colossal and ghostly pillars of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Their majestic geometric angles and “golden hour” hues are spellbinding. By day, we savor some of Europe's most eye-catching mountain scenery, and by night, we sleep in comfortable hotels. Mouth-watering Italian-Tyrolean cuisine fuels our hikes, and we'll spend one night at a spectacular mountaintop lodge to watch alpenglow on the peaks.

    Arrive: Venice, Italy

    Depart: Venice, Italy

    Highlights

    • Hike through a surreal landscape of splintered spires, huge rock walls, and picturesque villages
    • Savor a special overnight at a spectacularly located hike-in lodge
    • Experience the Dolomites with expert Trip Leaders by your side
    • Enjoy alpine culture and cuisine reflecting both Italian and Tyrolean influences

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      Our first hike starts atop a mountain pass and brings us through lush meadows to Ambrizolla Pass for panoramas stretching from the Tofane massif to the Croda da Lago massif. Another hike reveals the majestic Pelmo, called “the Throne of the Doge,” and the Civetta, shaped like an enormous trident. Sunsets at our hotel paint the mountains in shades of pink and purple.
      A challenging hike from Passo Giau (with moderate options) brings vistas stretching from Tofane to Marmolada before we head up to Rifugio Lagazuoi by way of a spectacular cable car ride. This lodge has a stunning “top of the world” location surrounded by breathtaking peaks and the silence of the mountains. We'll savor a cold beer or a glass of wine on the terrace to enjoy our mountaintop setting and the colors on the pinnacles. On the way down from Lagazuoi, we'll explore some of the haunting World War I tunnels carved into the mountains by Italian soldiers.
      Cortina's most famous massif includes three sheer peaks all over 10,500 feet: the Tofane di Roses, Tofane di Mezzo, and Tofane di Dentro. One hike in the Tofane massif takes us below the southern cliffside of the Tofane di Roses, and another option is a walk below all three massifs along a crystal-clear stream. Our final hikes are in the magnificent realm of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the three yellow-pink battlements that are the reigning symbol of the Dolomites. This iconic mountain group served as the border between Italy and Austria until 1919. Depart on Day 8 via Venice, or extend your stay in this marvelous city.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders
      • Accommodations in hotels, inns, and acomfortable alpine lodge with semi-private or dorm-style rooms, shared baths, and hot showers
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Orso Grigio

      Pescul, Italy

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      This small boutique hotel is centrally located at the foot of the Dolomites, with wonderful access to nearby hiking trails. The hotel has a nice restaurant and bar, and guest rooms are comfortable, with a small seating area, nice bathrooms, and views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The hotel...

      Rifugio Lagazuoi

      Dolomites, Italy

      Day 4 (1 night)

      360-degree panoramas of the spires of the Dolomites, including glorious Tofano, Cristallo, and Marmolada, are at our fingertips at Rifugio Lagazuoi, a privately owned hike-in lodge with a stunning location atop Mount Lagazuoi. Here we are above the clouds, amid the silence of the mountains. We stay in dormitory-style rooms...

      Hotel de la Poste

      Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      With a perfect location in the heart of the pedestrian zone, this chalet-style hotel is a Cortina landmark, originally built in 1835 as a stop for mail coaches. “The Posta” has been in the hands of the Maniago family for the last century and has a grand dining room and...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 4 or 5, Moderately Strenuous or Strenuous, according to our trip grading system, depending on what hiking options you select. We have two hiking options to choose from on most of our 6 hiking days. You will need to be comfortable hiking 8 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 7 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces including downhill over loose scree. No climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 6-8 miles
      • 6-7 hours
      • 1,100-1,600 feet gain/loss
      • Altitudes range from 5,000-9,100 feet
      Challenge Day
      • Day 5: 11.5 miles, 6-7 hours, and 4,700 feet loss; alternative option of 5 miles, 3 hours, and 2,500 feet loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      While the Dolomites are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged, and this trip, while not technically difficult, is aimed at those who have at least some experience mountain hiking. Trails can be uneven, with large rocks or loose scree, so participants must have good balance and be confident on their feet. Hiking poles are highly recommended.
      Temperatures are likely to reach the 60s°F and 70s°F during the day, with cool breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. The months we run these trips have the optimal weather conditions, but still can be fickle. It can range from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold conditions, making rain gear and warm garments necessary items to carry with you on every hike.

      Our accommodations are in comfortable, small hotels with private bathrooms. They have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and are delightful for the local color and dining that they offer. These rustic and well-located hotels are clean and comfortable, but since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

      Single rooms are offered when possible, but those who pay the Single Supplement may have to share a room for one night at Rifugio Lagazuoi. On this night, we stay in 4- or 6-person rooms with shared bathrooms and shower facilities. The bedding at the lodge is very clean, consisting of a down comforter, a bottom sheet, and a pillow. There is no vehicle access to this alpine lodge, so you will need to take your overnight items and a change of clothes with you on the cable car to the lodge, while your main luggage will be stored in Cortina for the night. A small bag will be provided for you to transport your overnight belongings.

      Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often with the cuisine the region is known for. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often, the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day). As noted, we will have one overnight at a lodge without vehicle access, and you will need to carry the items you need with you for that day.

      Client Testimonials

      "Well designed, a good balance of hiking and social experiences, with flexibility for individual preferences."

      Allan C.

      Chapel Hill, NC

      "This was a wonderful trip. Very well organized, all went smoothly. The scenery was breathtaking, accommodations were great, and the food was...well, I will be on a diet for the next 6 months!"

      Ana C.

      Snohomish, WA

      "It was a wonderful trip! Wilderness Travel is seasoned and smart. We were lucky, but the planning was great. Thank you forever."

      Anne K.

      Sun Valley, ID

      "This was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the fact that we had three tour guides that were well versed in their subject area."

      Christine P.

      Moraga, CA

      "Wilderness Travel has this trip down pat!"

      Chuck T.

      Alexandria, VA

      "Wilderness Travel constantly demonstrates high standards and a caring attitude. I had a fabulous time."

      Cile C.

      Littleton, CO

      "Amazing trip, well planned, flexible staff and itinerary. Staff had great relationships with hotel and lodging hosts, chefs, making it even more special! What could be better than to have a world class mountain guide steering you around a beautiful setting like the Dolomites?"

      Dana W.

      Spokane, WA

      "Without a doubt, one of the best organized trips we have been on. All three leaders were truly outstanding, the arrangements were far beyond expectation."

      David D. and Judy M.

      Vienna, VA

      "Superb operations, spectacular trip, and a well-designed itinerary from very knowledgeable and experienced guides very familiar with the destination."

      David K.

      Toronto, Ontario

      "This was my first WT trip and I would absolutely go on another one! I definitely enjoyed everything about the week."

      Elaine D.

      Toronto, Ontario

      "Super trip—very nicely handled by the team of three trip leaders."

      George D.

      Seabeck, WA

      "This was the most incredible hiking trip I have experienced. Credit to the three trip leaders...they were fabulous!"

      Jane C.

      Pacific Grove, CA

      "This is a fun, diverse, and well organized trip. We had a little bit of everything—great mountain scenery, beautiful refugios, a charming town, challenging and exciting hikes, and great food!"

      Janet R.

      Encinitas, CA

      "Fantastic scenery, hiking, accommodations, wine, food, and good company—who could ask for anything more?"

      Jeff W.

      Portland, OR

      "Loved it—who could not love days spent hiking through beautiful areas and great food and wine at night?"

      Julia R.

      Topanga, CA

      "This was my first adventure travel trip, and I had an amazingly wonderful time! I am sure I will do more trips with WT! Very challenging hiking, great food, great guides, and great people to hike with! It was a trip of a lifetime!"

      Karen F.

      Auburn, WA

      "Beautiful, challenging, fun, and full of culture and nature. I highly recommend it!"

      Kathy L.

      Des Moines, IA

      "There was beautiful scenery on well maintained trails, and the food and wine were excellent. We had a great time and look forward to our next trip with you."

      Ken R.

      New City, NY

      "Wow…a fantastic trip! Well-designed, smoothly-run from beginning to end. Though the trip was short, you still left the Cortina Dolomites with a great sense of their beauty. Amazing hikes, majestic mountains, three beyond tremendous guides, and every meal, every lodging was perfect. All in all, lots of fun! Thank you!"

      Leela H.

      Woodstock, NY

      "It was the best vacation I've ever had!"

      Lili T.

      Charlotte, NC

      "This was a wonderful hiking trip. Great day hikes, comfortable accommodations, and excellent food and wine. We couldn’t have asked for more!"

      Linda and Ira G.

      West Hartford, CT

      "The trip guides, Stefano and JoAnn, planned an amazing trip that gave us a great sampling of the variety of these amazing mountains. Their knowledge of the geography and history of the area really enhanced our experience too. Anyone who is an avid hiker should put the Dolomites on their bucket list!"

      Lisa S.

      Sacramento, CA

      "The overall knowledge, organization, and demeanor of our three trip leaders was extremely impressive. They clearly respect and enjoy working with each other. They have such a nice rapport with so many of the local people that we came in contact with throughout the trip. Seeing their mutual respect and fondness for each other time and time again was a pleasure."

      Lori W.

      Charlottesville, VA

      "Cannot imagine that there is a better trip to the Dolomites out there anywhere!"

      Mike J.

      Crested Butte, CO

      "The scenery, activities, and the WT Trip Leader team made for an outstanding trip."

      Neil K.

      Columbia, MD

      "This was our first Wilderness trip. It won't be the last. We loved the quality of the guides, the food and drink, and the many little ‘surprises’ that Wilderness includes."

      Randy and Sarah L.

      Denver, CO

      "This was a perfect trip from start to finish. The location, the design, the guides, the food, the hikes—all top notch!"

      Sandy B.

      San Francisco, CA

      "Fabulous trip and guides. Everything including the locations, lodging, food, and guide expertise was outstanding. I was surprised, delighted, and impressed with how much knowledge our lead guide, Leila, and the two assistant guides knew about the history of where we were, the proprietors and chefs who took care of us, and the wines and food we ate."

      Stephanie B.

      Emeryville, CA

      "We loved the trip and cannot wait for our next one with Wilderness Travel. The scenery was majestic, we all drank way too much wine, and the accommodations were first rate. Sensational all the way around!"

      Susan K.

      McLean, VA

      "Great, challenging hiking and amazing food!"

      Tom R.

      Manhattan Beach, CA

      "This was my first trip with WT and it was a spectacular adventure from start to finish! The hikes, itinerary, lodgings, leaders, and meals were superb!"

      Wayne D.

      Mahwah, NJ

      "Dolomites is now my most favorite hiking trip. The combination of great scenery, open vistas, relatively uncrowded trails, great (well, maybe too much great food) food, and excellent guides all made trip a fantastic experience."

      Yvonne L.

      Bloomington, IN

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Walking right from our rifugio, we travel all together to our first major col. We descend, passing the Austrian tunnels and lookout caves over the Passo di Falzerago, part of a World War I tunnel system that runs through the mountain, and which we may have time to explore. These tunnels were the Austrian counterpart to the important Italian stronghold on the Dolomite front during fierce combat with the Austrians in 1916 and 1917. While the Austrians controlled the summit, the Italians successfully held the ground below by building and using 3,500 feet of tunnels.\r\n\r\nFrom here, we split into two groups and choose between two hiking options. One hike features the &ldquo;secret&rdquo; valley beneath the Tofane that few hikers explore,&nbsp;descending into the&nbsp;remote Val Travenanzes amid wildflowers, crystal-clear springs, and alpine meadows. 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Whether she&apos;s leading a hike up to the Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Dolomites or to the top of Monte Solaro on the isle of Capri, she has a gift for bringing out the local charm of each place our journeys visit. &ldquo;I became a Trip Leader to share the wonders of Italy with others,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;The slowness to change and the depth of history that exists here gives people a chance to reflect on their own lives and see what is truly important.&rdquo; When not guiding, JoAnn nurtures her small olive grove near Orvieto, pruning the trees, picking the olives, and making olive oil for her own use and as a gift for friends."},{"GuideID":850999,"First_Name":"Teresa","Last_Name":"Baldi","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Teresa Baldi, daughter of veteran WT Trip Leader Stefano Baldi, grew up on a farm owned by her family on the hills surrounding Florence. 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All three leaders were truly outstanding, the arrangements were far beyond expectation."},{"GuestNames":"David K.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"Superb operations, spectacular trip, and a well-designed itinerary from very knowledgeable and experienced guides very familiar with the destination."},{"GuestNames":"Elaine D.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"This was my first WT trip and I would absolutely go on another one! I definitely enjoyed everything about the week."},{"GuestNames":"George D.","GuestLocation":"Seabeck, WA","GuestReview":"Super trip&#8212;very nicely handled by the team of three trip leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Jane C.","GuestLocation":"Pacific Grove, CA","GuestReview":"This was the most incredible hiking trip I have experienced. Credit to the three trip leaders...they were fabulous!"},{"GuestNames":"Janet R.","GuestLocation":"Encinitas, CA","GuestReview":"This is a fun, diverse, and well organized trip. We had a little bit of everything&#8212;great mountain scenery, beautiful refugios, a charming town, challenging and exciting hikes, and great food!"},{"GuestNames":"Jeff W.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Fantastic scenery, hiking, accommodations, wine, food, and good company&#8212;who could ask for anything more?"},{"GuestNames":"Julia R.","GuestLocation":"Topanga, CA","GuestReview":"Loved it&#8212;who could not love days spent hiking through beautiful areas and great food and wine at night?"},{"GuestNames":"Karen F.","GuestLocation":"Auburn, WA","GuestReview":"This was my first adventure travel trip, and I had an amazingly wonderful time! I am sure I will do more trips with WT! Very challenging hiking, great food, great guides, and great people to hike with! It was a trip of a lifetime!"},{"GuestNames":"Kathy L.","GuestLocation":"Des Moines, IA","GuestReview":"Beautiful, challenging, fun, and full of culture and nature. I highly recommend it!"},{"GuestNames":"Ken R.","GuestLocation":"New City, NY","GuestReview":"There was beautiful scenery on well maintained trails, and the food and wine were excellent. We had a great time and look forward to our next trip with you."},{"GuestNames":"Leela H.","GuestLocation":"Woodstock, NY","GuestReview":"Wow&#8230;a fantastic trip! Well-designed, smoothly-run from beginning to end. Though the trip was short, you still left the Cortina Dolomites with a great sense of their beauty. Amazing hikes, majestic mountains, three beyond tremendous guides, and every meal, every lodging was perfect. All in all, lots of fun! Thank you!"},{"GuestNames":"Lili T.","GuestLocation":"Charlotte, NC","GuestReview":"It was the best vacation I've ever had!"},{"GuestNames":"Linda and Ira G.","GuestLocation":"West Hartford, CT","GuestReview":"This was a wonderful hiking trip. Great day hikes, comfortable accommodations, and excellent food and wine. We couldn&#8217;t have asked for more!"},{"GuestNames":"Lisa S.","GuestLocation":"Sacramento, CA","GuestReview":"The trip guides, Stefano and JoAnn, planned an amazing trip that gave us a great sampling of the variety of these amazing mountains. Their knowledge of the geography and history of the area really enhanced our experience too. Anyone who is an avid hiker should put the Dolomites on their bucket list!"},{"GuestNames":"Lori W.","GuestLocation":"Charlottesville, VA","GuestReview":"The overall knowledge, organization, and demeanor of our three trip leaders was extremely impressive. They clearly respect and enjoy working with each other. They have such a nice rapport with so many of the local people that we came in contact with throughout the trip. Seeing their mutual respect and fondness for each other time and time again was a pleasure."},{"GuestNames":"Mike J.","GuestLocation":"Crested Butte, CO","GuestReview":"Cannot imagine that there is a better trip to the Dolomites out there anywhere!"},{"GuestNames":"Neil K.","GuestLocation":"Columbia, MD","GuestReview":"The scenery, activities, and the WT Trip Leader team made for an outstanding trip."},{"GuestNames":"Randy and Sarah L.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"This was our first Wilderness trip. It won't be the last. We loved the quality of the guides, the food and drink, and the many little &#8216;surprises&#8217; that Wilderness includes."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy B.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"This was a perfect trip from start to finish. The location, the design, the guides, the food, the hikes&#8212;all top notch!"},{"GuestNames":"Stephanie B.","GuestLocation":"Emeryville, CA","GuestReview":"Fabulous trip and guides. Everything including the locations, lodging, food, and guide expertise was outstanding. I was surprised, delighted, and impressed with how much knowledge our lead guide, Leila, and the two assistant guides knew about the history of where we were, the proprietors and chefs who took care of us, and the wines and food we ate."},{"GuestNames":"Susan K.","GuestLocation":"McLean, VA","GuestReview":"We loved the trip and cannot wait for our next one with Wilderness Travel. The scenery was majestic, we all drank way too much wine, and the accommodations were first rate. Sensational all the way around!"},{"GuestNames":"Tom R.","GuestLocation":"Manhattan Beach, CA","GuestReview":"Great, challenging hiking and amazing food!"},{"GuestNames":"Wayne D.","GuestLocation":"Mahwah, NJ","GuestReview":"This was my first trip with WT and it was a spectacular adventure from start to finish! 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}