Traversing from West to East

Ultimate Dolomites

Italy

12 Days

From $6,995

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    Overview

    Our friend Reinhold Messner, renowned mountaineer and native son of the Dolomites, calls these mountains “the 8th wonder of the world,” and we agree! This odyssey, our longest in the Dolomites, features hikes in three distinct regions of this majestic realm, each with its own characteristics: the Pale di San Martino in the southern Dolomites, the rose-tinted spires of the Rosengarten Massif, and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the north—all on one trip. Along the way, we fuel our hikes with sumptuous meals topped by robust wines. Two overnights are in hike-in lodges among the high peaks and there's a choice of hiking options most days.

    Arrive: Venice, Italy

    Depart: Venice, Italy

    Highlights

    • Discover the Dolomites in depth, with world-class hikes in three sections of this extraordinary mountain realm
    • Choose moderate or challenging hiking options most days
    • Enjoy two special overnights in lodges set high among the peaks
    • In Bolzano, view the mummy of ötzi or visit the Messner Mountain Museum

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      From Venice, we head to the alpine resort of San Martino di Castrozza for marvelous hikes on the altopiano of the Pale di San Martino, with its crown of awe-inspiring peaks. We'll pass bunkers from the First World War as we hike up to the summit of the Grande Cavallazza.
      Our hikes among the towering rock faces and eerie pinnacles reveal the spectacular landscapes of the Rosengarten Dolomites, named for their luminous rose-red hues at dusk and dawn. One trail brings us through the Latemar Labyrinth, an enchanting maze of needles and massive blocks of rock, and on Day 5, we hike up to our wonderfully situated hike-in lodge overlooking the Alpe di Siusi, Europe's largest high alpine plateau. In Bolzano, we visit the museum dedicated to ötzi, the mummy of a Copper Age hunter.
      We hike down to the Val Gardena and across the northern edge of the Alpe di Siusi, then descend by gondola to Ortisei in the Val Gardena. From the delightful town of Corvara, we head into the moonscape vistas of the Sella Massif for exhilarating hikes along its high trails.
      Passing evocative fortifications from World War I, we ride by cable car up to the Rifugio Lagazuoi for an overnight, then hike a high plateau from Col Alto to Val Parola for panoramas of the Sella, Marmolada, and Santa Croce massifs. Our other hiking options include a circuit of the famed trio of limestone peaks called the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Depart on Day 12.

      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 mountain hotels and 2 nights in alpine lodges 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.

      Romantik Hotel Regina

      San Martino di Castrozza, Italy

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Managed by one of the oldest hotelier families in the Trentino region, the hotel is situated in San Martino di Castrozza, at the foot of the Pale di San Martino. Along with great mountain views, the hotel has well-appointed rooms, an indoor pool, and a sauna.

      Sporthotel Alpenrose

      Carezza, Italy

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      With a stunning setting right at the base of the Rosengarten and Latemar massifs, the Alpenrose is a fine hotel with all the modern comforts, and with the surrounding mountains so close, the views are extraordinary.

      Rifugio Alpe di Tires

      Alpe di Siusi, Italy

      Day 5 (1 night)

      The Rifugio Alpe di Tires enjoys a remarkable setting overlooking the rolling green pastures of the Alpe di Siusi with the magnificent Sassolunga and Sasso Piatto mountains forming a perfect backdrop. It's a very comfortable place to stay and features comfortable 4- and 6-person rooms, hot showers, and a good...

      Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof

      Ortisei, Italy

      Day 6 (1 night)

      Once a private home, the Gardena was purchased and converted into a hotel in the early 1900s. Under the hands of its new owners in 2003, the hotel was entirely rebuilt and transformed into the 5-star hotel it is today. Traditional Tyrolean charm is blended with modern style throughout the...

      Posta Zirm Hotel

      Corvara in Badia, Italy

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      Corvara's Kostner family has run this hotel for generations and it has top-notch facilities including spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the mountains, a well-run bar and restaurant, and a first-class spa. The staff is welcoming and helpful. The location can't be beat, with...

      Rifugio Lagazuoi

      Dolomites, Italy

      Day 9 (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 10-11 (2 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...

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 4 or 5, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system and depending on the hiking options you choose. During our ten days of hiking, we have two hiking options to choose from on most days, ranging from moderate to challenging by Alps standards. Each day will include anywhere from three to seven hours of hiking, with options that give us time for visiting small villages and other interesting places en route.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Most hiking is between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the routes featuring a good bit of up-and-down (although some level walks are available). While the Dolomites are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged, and this trip, while not difficult, is aimed for those who have at least some experience of mountain hiking. All participants must be in good physical condition. No climbing or mountaineering experience is necessary. Of course, you are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. The support vehicle transports the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (sweater, camera, water bottle).

      We strongly urge you to "train up" for your trip. Your enjoyment of the trip will be very dependent on your level of fitness. The best training for hiking is hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling or other sports exercise. Stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared -- make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in. Altitude is not a problem on these trips. The itineraries are designed to take you gently to higher altitude, giving you plenty of time to acclimatize. However, some people still find they get a few problems when they first reach high altitude. Slight headache and sleeplessness are the most common problems.

      Temperatures are likely to reach the 60s and 70s during the day, with cooling breezes and occasional rain. At night the temperature will drop quite a bit, depending on the altitude. The months we run these trips are the optimal ones, but the weather can be fickle and it can range from blue skies to cloudy, wet, and cold conditions, making rain gear and warm garments necessary.

      Our accommodations are in comfortable, small hotels with private bathrooms. Our hotels have been chosen as much as possible for their ambience and history and they are delightful for the local color and dining that they offer. These rustic and well located hotels are clean and comfortable, but rooms are not always of uniform size or amenities. Our Trip Leaders try 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 the two nights at alpine lodges.

      For two nights we stay in a fantastic alpine lodge with 4- or 6-person rooms with shared bath and showers. The bedding at the lodges is very clean, consisting of a down comforter, a bottom sheet, and a pillow. There is limited vehicle or cable car access to these alpine lodges, so you will not have to carry your overnight luggage.

      On most days, breakfast will be around 7:30 am. You should bring your packed bag to the hotel lobby when you come down for breakfast on days when we will be changing hotels. We usually leave the hotel at around 8:00 or 8:30 am. The Trip Leader will describe each day's hiking options including trail conditions, level of challenge, elevation gain or loss, mileage, and duration, so that you can choose the one that fits your wishes best for that day. Lunch will usually be either in a small village, mountain lodge, or a picnic amidst the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

      Most evening meals will be taken at our hotels and will be hearty, nourishing mountain fare, often with the cuisine the region is noted 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.

      Client Testimonials

      "Best trip ever! You should really promote this trip because there’s nothing else like it!"

      Craig K.

      Sewickley, PA

      "This trip was extremely well designed and run. It topped my expectations."

      Darrell K.

      Danville, CA

      "This was the ultimate trip for scenic hiking and the food was the icing on the cake!"

      Don T.

      Windsor, Ontario, Canada

      "This trip was a 10! Great places to see, wonderful hikes, fantastically collegial group, guides who know the area intimately. I couldn't be more pleased."

      Fae E.

      Salt Lake City, UT

      "GREAT! A true challenge with stunning visuals and delicious food!"

      Harriet M.

      Santa Barbara, CA

      "A fabulous trip, with great hiking and scenery, wonderful leaders, fine food and wine, and a great group of fellow hikers."

      Ian L.

      Weston, CT

      "The food was outstanding and the hiking fantastic."

      Jeanna F.

      Paradise Valley, AZ

      "Superb trip! Everything about it was outstanding and every day was terrific."

      John L.

      Highland Park, IL

      "This is an outstanding trip! The itinerary was terrific and the guides made it a wonderful experience."

      John M.

      Healdsburg, CA

      "Each hike we went on was spectacular and memorable. We kept thinking, at the end of the day, that the hikes couldn't get any better, but each day was a new and different hike that topped the day before!"

      Joni H.

      Evergreen, CO

      "A very well designed trip in a memorable mountain area."

      Kitty L.

      Chicago, IL

      "This trip was fabulous! A great itinerary, and walking across the Alpe di Suisi is one of the best things I’ve done on nine trips to the Alps!"

      Kristi H.

      Orinda, CA

      "I've been on many adventure trips with many different organizations. This trip stands out for its top-notch leaders who were well organized, fun to be with, and extremely helpful. Not only did we hike, but we ate and especially drank very well. The scenery is unique and the hikes varied in climate and topography. The size of the group was perfect and the ratio of leaders to participants was very welcomed."

      Livia A.

      Madison, WI

      "A wonderful experience with expert guides who were lovely and personable."

      Liz M.

      Long Beach, NY

      "The combination of a beautiful mountain range and high-end Italian cuisine make this an extraordinary hiking trip."

      Logan & Edrie R.

      Bloomfield Hills, MI

      "This was such a rich and diverse experience, and an extraordinarily spectacular area for hiking, food, wine, and culture. Thank you!"

      Lynne M.

      Placerville, CA

      "This was one of the best vacations my husband and I have ever taken and my first trip with WT. Outstanding itinerary, great leaders. We enjoyed it so much that we booked another trip with WT a week after we returned home!"

      Marilyn H.

      Barnstable, MA

      "A truly phenomenal trip. Gorgeous hiking, amazing food, and fabulous guides."

      Megan C.

      San Carlos, CA

      "We have done 5 WT trips and have never been disappointed with the lodging or food; this trip was no exception. We especially appreciated the rooms in the refugios we stayed in."

      Nancy K.

      Box Elder, SD

      "Fabulous trip! High mountain adventure with all the comforts one could want."

      Patricia F.

      Sandy Hook, CT

      "A wonderful, rugged hiking experience in a gorgeous area!"

      Robin F.

      Bellingham, WA

      "This was my 9th WT trip and it was excellent."

      S. Edwards

      Henderson, NV

      "The trip was spectacular in every way. The hiking was as good as we expected; the food and the lodging were better!"

      Samuel H.

      San Francisco, CA

      "It was a very well run and planned trip, with several hiking options each day. The guides were the best!"

      Steve H.

      Verona, WI

      "The trip exceeded our expectations. We were particularly appreciative of the various hiking options offered each day, since we had a variety of skill levels in our group. And some of those options were pretty exciting! The Dolomites are even more incredible than I thought they would be. Amazing hikes, beautiful scenery, luxurious hotels, fantastic views, great food, and fun people. What more can you ask for?"

      Sue C.

      Healdsburg, CA

      "We had a great trip and I can't wait until the next time we travel with Wilderness Travel! Thanks for a great experience."

      Sue M.

      San Carlos, CA

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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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A steep climb at the end of this valley leads us up into the towers and spires of the northern Rosengarten mountains and the huge alpine plateau of Alpe di Siusi, with its spectacular displays of wildflowers including crocus, lilies, and columbines. Set below the peaks of Mount Scillar, the Alpe di Siusi is one of the most prominent natural wonders of the Dolomites. From here we continue to the Rifugio Alpe di Tires, set right on the Tierser Alpjoch Pass at 8,000 feet. Our challenging option is a demanding alpine route through the heart of the most rugged part of the Rosengarten mountains via the Passo Principe (8,576'), the Passo Molignon (8,610'), and Tierser Alpjoch Pass (8,000'). A highlight of this hike is the dramatic and massive amphitheater of the Conca del Principe, which dwarfs walkers under its immense crumbling rock walls. Dinner and overnight at the Rifugio Alpe di Tires. Note: There is very limited vehicle access to this rifugio, but we have special permission to transfer our belongings into and out of the rifugio, which saves us carrying extra weight.\r\nModerate Hiking Option: 4.5 hours, 6 miles, ascent 3,900 feet (no descent)\r\nChallenging Hiking Option: 7 hours, 6.5 miles, cumulative ascent 3,800 feet, cumulative descent 3,300 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Val Gardena \/ Alpe di Siusi Plateau to Ortisei","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"From Rifugio Alpe di Tires, we descend into the Val Gardena, hiking east toward the instantly recognizable spires of Sassolunga (&ldquo;long stone&rdquo;) and Sasso Piatto, which stand like sentinels over the Val Gardena. The trail brings us to the famous Plattkofel Hutte, where we taste their excellent homemade strudel before hiking down into the beautiful meadows of the Alpe di Siusi plateau. After lunch at a traditional malaga (farm restaurant), we continue our hike over the Alpe de Siusi's northern edge, where high cliffs tower over the Val Gardena and our destination, the town of Ortisei, far below. A cable car brings us down into the heart of Ortisei, and a short walk through the streets leads to our centrally located hotel. The beautiful Val Gardena is the most Ladin of all valleys, where the ancient Ladin language is still spoken in a few remaining enclaves. Dating from the 5th century, Ladin developed when the Romans invaded the high valleys and the local mountain language mixed with Latin. Today, about 40,000 people consider themselves Ladin. Dinner is on your own tonight (your Trip Leader will be happy to make recommendations, depending on how fancy or local you want to go).&nbsp;\r\nHiking Details: 6 hours, 8 miles, ascent\/descent 2,000 feet&nbsp;\r\n\r\nThe South Tyrol in History: In addition to Italian and German, Ladin (Romansch) is spoken in the high valleys of the South Tyrol. The Ladin language owes its origins to 15 BC, when Druso, stepson of the Roman Emperor Augustus, conquered this region. Tiberius sent troops to crush the Celtic resisters in the mountain valleys and some of them stayed behind. Their descendants still retain their ancestral Ladin, an archaic tongue that is a combination of ancient Latin and mountain Celtic. Napoleon was a key player in the story of the South Tyrol, conquering it and placing it under the realm of the Austrian Habsburgs. The Habsburgs ruled until the South Tyrol was returned to Italy at the end of World War I. &nbsp;In 1943, the South Tyrol was occupied by Germany, but was restored to Italian rule in 1945 at the conclusion of World War II. Today the South Tyrol is 70 percent German speaking, 26 percent Italian speaking, and four percent Ladin speaking.\r\nA Taste of the South Tyrol: The cuisine of the South Tyrol is a blend of the best of both sides of the Alps. Speck, one of the South Tyrol&apos;s famous specialties, is lean pork cured with juniper berries and other herbs, wood-smoked, and aged for months. Polenta (coarsely ground white or yellow cornmeal) is another staple, traditionally cooked in huge copper pots, blended with Parmesan cheese, and served by the spoonful or turned out onto a cutting board to set before being cut into slices. &nbsp;The region has a plentiful harvest of wild mushrooms, including porcini, chanterelles, and chiodini. Rye flour finds its way into many local dishes. In one traditional local pasta dish, ravioli alla pusterese, the ravioli dough is made with rye flour, something unheard of elsewhere in Italy. Risottos (baked rice dishes), stews, and knodel (dumplings) appear on menus along with typical Mediterranean pastas. Alto Adige&apos;s orchards produce 30 percent of Italy&apos;s apples, and strudel is omnipresent. Wine-growing in the area of Bolzano dates back to prehistoric times. Virtually surrounded by the Alps, the Alto Adige region grows a wide range of varieties.\r\n","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Ortisei to Corvara","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A cable car whisks us up 4,000 feet to the western end of the magnificent Odle range at 8,100 feet. The Odle&apos;s crowd of towers and famous north faces drop for 3,000 feet into the valley below, and are considered to be some of the most emblematic of the Dolomite mountain ranges. We have two hiking options today: we traverse beneath these massive spires and precipitous needles on a balcony trail through pastures and working farmland. A well-marked trail through a cluster of massive boulders brings us to our first pass of the day, the Forcella Forces de Sielles (8,266'), or the Siellesscharte as the local German-speakers know it. The magnificent vista from the small grassy plateau at the top encompasses the Fanes group to the east, Sella to the southeast, and the Odles and Seceda to the west. We stop along the trail to enjoy a packed lunch and at the welcoming Puez Hutte (8,170'), we can have an excellent snack, then continue across the Puez plateau, a vast altipiano not as visited as the neighboring Sella group, thus improving our chances of seeing wildlife such as chamois and golden eagle. Geology enthusiasts will find much of interest, as erosion has laid bare an unusual vast range of rock beds from successive past eras. Several volcanic-looking cones punctuate the central plateau, solitary remnants of the Jurassic and Cretaceous layers that once covered the whole area. After crossing the altipiano, we start our descent into the majestic Val Badia and at Colfosco, we make a short transfer to the charming town of Corvara (5,100'), a South Tyrolean gem set in a pretty valley and surrounded by high peaks.\r\n\r\nThe second hiking option does not continue to the Forcella, but instead drops down to the Rifugio Odles at the Col Raiser cable car. After lunch at the rifugio,&nbsp; the cable car takes us down to the town of Santa Cristina and from there, an hour&apos;s drive over the Passo Gardena brings us to Corvara, and to our hotel. Overnight at the 5-star Posta Zirm Hotel, an elegant accommodation in the heart of town complete with spa and sauna facilities to soothe our weary muscles. It also has a restaurant with outstanding cuisine.&nbsp;\r\nLonger Hike Option: 7 hours, 10 miles, ascent 2,000 feet, descent 3,500 feet\r\nShorter Hike Option: 6 miles, plus a 1-hour drive\r\n\r\nThe Puez-Odle Range: Our hike takes us through part of the famous Puez-Odle National Park, which offers scientists a well-preserved record of the earth&apos;s formation with important rock strata and prehistoric fossils considered internationally important by natural history experts. It was crucial in the Dolomites&apos; 2009 designation as a World Heritage Site, easily meeting UNESCO&apos;s criteria of superlative natural phenomena. Reinhold Messner, the famous Italian mountaineer who has been climbing in the Dolomites for decades and was a leading proponent of the World Heritage campaign, was born at the foot of the Odle range in the Val di Funes.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Hiking on the Sella Massif","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The Gruppo Sella is a mountain plateau of massive terraces, soaring dolomitic towers, and plunging rock walls. The highest peak is Piz Bo&egrave; (10,400'), and within its enormous fortress-shaped massif is an excellent network of paths, including the popular Alta Via 2 that snakes its way through this mountain range. After a short transfer to the Passo Pordoi (7,400'), we take a cable car 2,300 feet up to the peak of Sass Pordoi (9,735') on the Sella&apos;s plateau&apos;s southern edge. From here, views are incredible, including most of the big peaks of the Dolomites, such as Sassolungo, Civetta, Pelmo, Antelao, and the Marmolada (11,050'), the Dolomites&apos; highest peak. Our climb up the pyramidal Piz Bo&egrave;, the highest &ldquo;hikeable&rdquo; peak in the Dolomites, offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains from one of the Dolomites' highest points.\r\n\r\nWe encourage all to join us on the cable car up to this &ldquo;Terrace on the Dolomites&rdquo;. For those not up to the climb to the top of Piz Bo&egrave;, we offer a moderate hike that goes under the cliffs of Piz Bo&egrave;, passing the pink marble boulders and taking in the moonscape atmosphere of this Sella Massif. Both groups meet for lunch at the Rifugio Piz Bo&egrave;, set beneath the peak. Overnight in Corvara.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Corvara to Rifugio Lagazuoi or Santa Croce Sanctuary","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"From the cable car close to our hotel, we make a quick 1,500-foot ascent to the beautiful green alpine plateau above Corvara. As we traverse this lush pastureland we enjoy uninterrupted views of the Sella massif and the Marmolada, the &ldquo;Queen of the Dolomites,&rdquo; with its disappearing glacier. Our hike brings us to the Rifugio Pralonga, with its stunning views and excellent local cuisine. From the Pralonga high plateau, we have a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, including the Sella massif, Conturines, and Santa Croce mountains, the spires of the Puez-Odle group, and, of course, the Marmolada. We continue along to the rugged Settsaas ridge, famous because geologists and fossil hunters of the mid-19th century suggested the formation was originally a coral reef, a crucial idea in the understanding of how the Dolomites were formed. As we traverse this magnificent ridge, enjoying panoramic views as well as exploring for fossils and wartime remains, we step across a subtle cultural and linguistic boundary. Local people of trilingual Corvara still speak Ladin, a Latin derivative, as well as German and Italian, while the ancient language of Cortina was Ampezzano, a relic of Latin. We hike down to the Passo di Valparola and on to the Passo Falzarego, where we take a cable car the final 2,200 feet up to the Rifugio Lagazuoi at 9,030 feet, our overnight accommodation. Clouds permitting, we&apos;ll experience one of the world&apos;s finest sunsets here, with the rock pinnacles taking on an extraordinary palette of ever-changing hues. After settling into the rifugio, we can spend the late afternoon exploring a World War I tunnel system that runs through the mountain. These tunnels were part of 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 some two miles of these tunnels.\r\n\r\nFor our moderate hiking option, we drive to the village of San Leonardo and take the chairlift past the cliffs of the Sasso della Croce and up to the Rifugio Santa Croce. From the top, our hike brings us downhill through mixed woods and meadows to San Cassiano, a tiny village tucked between Italy and Austria where we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later, we reconvene with the rest of the group for the journey to Rifugio Lagazuoi.\r\n\r\nThe Rifugio Lagazuoi is comfortable, warm and spacious, with dorm-style rooms, shared bathroom facilities with hot showers, and a good restaurant. There is no road access for our vans, but we will be able to transport our overnight needs to and from the rifugio. We can&apos;t get our full luggage up there, but a smaller bag containing toothbrush, and a change of clothing suffice for most people. Dinner and overnight at Rifugio Lagazuoi.\r\nChallenging Hiking Option: 4-5 hours, 5 miles, ascent\/descent 1,500 feet\r\nModerate Hiking Option: 5-6 hours, 5 miles, ascent 500 feet, descent 1,900 feet\r\n\r\nThe Great War in the Dolomites: Between May 1915 and October 1917, the mighty peaks of the Dolomites were the setting of an exhausting war of attrition between the Italian and Austrian armies in the First World War. For 20 months, the soldiers of the opposing troops endured terrible battles, deprivation, and loss of life, especially during the two long winters spent on the peaks. It was a war of individual bayonet attacks to conquer some anonymous summit, perhaps only to be regained by the enemy the next week. It is thought that 6,400 Italian soldiers and 1,800 Austrian soldiers lost their lives in a single battle on the Col di Lana. After October 1917, the Italian army withdrew to the River Piave, where the famous battle of Caporetto took place, a prelude to the Italian army&apos;s insurrection. The labyrinth of tunnels can still be visited at the Lagazuoi, Castelletto della Tofana, and Citta di Ghiaccio, the &ldquo;ice city&rdquo; constructed by the Italian Alpini who fought on the Marmolada.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Rifugio Lagazuoi \/ Tofane \/ Cortina d&apos;Ampezzo","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The Rifugio Lagazuoi is located along the Alta Via 1, a famous long-distance path that traverses the Dolomites from north to south. Hiking right from the lodge, we descend beneath the peaks of the famous Tofane massif: Tofane di Roses, Tofane di Mezzo, and Tofane di Dentro, all over 10,500 feet in height. Renowned by climbers and alpinists worldwide, these peaks still have scars left by World War I, with tunnels, trenches, and barbed wire giving silent testimony to the horrific battles between Italy and Austria. Today&apos;s more challenging hike features the &ldquo;secret&rdquo; valley behind the Tofane, which few hikers explore. We descend into the remote Val Travenanzes amid wildflowers, crystal-clear springs, and alpine meadows. A river at the bottom of a 250-foot gorge is crossed by a bridge of local legend&mdash;&ldquo;high bridge&rdquo;&mdash;where a horseman&apos;s desire to reach his beloved on the other side caused him to cross the gorge in one magnificent jump! After exploring the huge waterfall nearby, we make our way down to our pick-up point at Fiames. We enjoy a picnic lunch en route, passing the canyons and waterfalls that have long made this area special. A shorter option leads beneath the Tofane di Roses and continues along the Alta Via 1 to the Rifugio Dibona, where we have lunch and then descend to our hotel. We spend the night in Cortina, the stylish resort town of the Dolomites, where we have the opportunity to stroll and shop. Dinner is on your own this evening.\r\nChallenging Hiking Option: 6-7 hours, 11.5 miles, descent 4,700 feet\r\nModerate Hiking Option: 3 hours, 5 miles, descent 2,500 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"Cortina d&apos;Ampezzo \/ Tre Cime Di Lavaredo","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"All hiking options today bring us northeast of Cortina to the Sesto Dolomites and the famous &ldquo;Tre Cime Di Lavaredo&rdquo; (Three Peaks of Lavaredo), the quintessential climbing mecca of the Dolomites. The steep, yellow-pink rock of these giants offers classic Dolomite scenery. Our hikes begin from the Rifugio Auronzo beneath the south face. Our easy hike follows a level path to the southeast of the three peaks for about five miles. The more challenging circuit features more up and down and rougher, rockier trails, but even more stunning views, with an ascent and descent of 1,600 feet. For those not wanting to hike, you can enjoy the day in the Cortina area, perhaps with an optional cable car excursion to Tofane di Mezzo for spectacular views. This evening we gather for a festive Farewell Dinner.\r\nEasier Hiking Option: 5 miles, 2-3 hours, 800 feet ascent, 600 feet descent\r\nMore Challenging Option: 7 miles, 4-6 hours, 1,600 feet ascent\/descent\r\nDriving Time: 1.5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Venice \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast in Cortina, we transfer by van to the Venice airport (2.5 hours) to connect with homeward-bound flights, or depart for other destinations in Europe.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Venice \/ Pale di San Martino","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"From Venice, we head to the alpine resort of San Martino di Castrozza for marvelous hikes on the altopiano of the Pale di San Martino, with its crown of awe-inspiring peaks. We&apos;ll pass bunkers from the First World War as we hike up to the summit of the Grande Cavallazza.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Rosengarten \/ Latemar Massif \/ Alpe di Siusi","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our hikes among the towering rock faces and eerie pinnacles reveal the spectacular landscapes of the Rosengarten Dolomites, named for their luminous rose-red hues at dusk and dawn. One trail brings us through the Latemar Labyrinth, an enchanting maze of needles and massive blocks of rock, and on Day 5, we hike up to our wonderfully situated hike-in lodge overlooking the Alpe di Siusi, Europe&apos;s largest high alpine plateau. In Bolzano, we visit the museum dedicated to &ouml;tzi, the mummy of a Copper Age hunter.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Alpe di Siusi \/ Corvara \/ Sella Massif","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We hike down to the Val Gardena and across the northern edge of the Alpe di Siusi, then descend by gondola to Ortisei in the Val Gardena. From the delightful town of Corvara, we head into the moonscape vistas of the Sella Massif for exhilarating hikes along its high trails.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"Rifugio Lagazuoi \/ Cortina d&apos;Ampezzo \/ Tre Cime di Lavaredo","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Passing evocative fortifications from World War I, we ride by cable car up to the Rifugio Lagazuoi for an overnight, then hike a high plateau from Col Alto to Val Parola for panoramas of the Sella, Marmolada, and Santa Croce massifs. Our other hiking options include a circuit of the famed trio of limestone peaks called the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. 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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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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. 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. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. 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>"}}