Jul 3 - 9, 2023
7 days, 6 nights
per person based on 2 people
Venture into the majestic Italian Alps, the Dolomites, which have enchanted Olympic skiers and summer hikers alike. Bask in the region’s natural beauty, from soaring mountains to stunning lakes, while uncovering the culture and history that make unlike any other in Italy. Begin and end your tour in style with delicious local bubbly.
Why You'll Love It
- Explore the breathtaking Dolomite mountain range by day and relax in mountain lodges at night
- Taste prosecco in the famed region of Valdobbiadene where it is produced
- Uncover local history, such as “Otzi the iceman”, one of the oldest humans found preserved in a glacier
Benvenuti to the Dolomites!
Meet your tour leader in Venice and head towards the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop en route in Trento, the capital of the region located in the Alpine valley of the Adige River. The town abounds in Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and your guide will introduce you to its fascinating history before a visit to the most important castle of the Trentino Alto-Adige region: Castle Buonconsiglio. This castle, which served as a residence of bishops for centuries, feels more Austrian than Italian, as was, in fact, part of the Austrian empire until the early 20th century. Enjoy your first group lunch at a traditional restaurant that has been serving local delicacies and brewing its own beer since 1906. After lunch, tour a winery and kick off your journey with a special toast of DOC sparkling wines. Drive through the heart of the Dolomites and settle into your hotel before dinner.
Trek Along the Alps
After a traditional breakfast at your hotel, venture around the Gardena Valley, a Ladino-speaking area noted for its stunning views and woodcarvings. Head on an easy guided hike exploring the beauty of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. During your walk, enjoy lunch in a rifugio—a typical mountain hut found in the Dolomite peaks, where you’ll feast on local specialties such as dumplings (canederli) and cured meats. Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner.
Note: For those who are adventurous, you have the option to do a more intense hike along Via Ferrata at an additional cost.
Today, drive to the town of Bolzano, the gateway to the Dolomites and capital of the province of South Tyrol. Enjoy a private guided tour of the charming historic center, with its narrow streets, medieval architecture, and picturesque colonnades. You’ll also “meet” the famous Otzi the Iceman at the city’s archaeological museum. This lovely town is renowned for its Christmas market, one of the largest in Europe. Have lunch in a typical local restaurant, sampling traditional foods of the region—like schnitzel, speck, and bretzel—a blend of Italian and Austrian cuisines that reflect the intertwining of two cultures and histories, and make for a foodie’s delight. Head back to your hotel, driving along the scenic Eisack Valley.
Queen of the Dolomites
Today, depart from the Trentino region and move to the neighboring section of the Dolomites in the Veneto region. Drive along the scenic Gardena Pass, situated between Gardena Valley and Val Badia, traversing the town of Colfosco, the highest residential village of the Dolomites at the foothills of the imposing Sassongher mountain. Admire the magnificence and diversity of the landscape, stopping to capture postcard-worthy photos en route, before arriving at one of the world’s most famed jetsetter destinations: Cortina, the “Queen of the Dolomites”. Cortina—former home of the Winter Olympics in 1956, and soon to be again together with Milan in 2026—is an ideal town for visitors in both winter and summer. It’s encircled by stunning peaks such as the Tofane, the Faloria, the Cristallo, and the Cinque Torri. Check into your new hotel and home base for the next few nights, before free time exploring in town and dinner with the group.
Three Peaks of Lavaredo
Start your day with breakfast overlooking the mountains, and then venture on a hike with a local guide. Experience the Dolomites’ famed Three Peaks of Lavaredo on a panoramic half-day excursion traversing narrow mountain footpaths. Stop to savor lunch in a mountain hut, before visiting one of the area’s majestic lakes with panoramic views. Return to Cortina and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Trek the Five Towers
Head on an early morning hike exploring the stunning Five Towers comprised of Dolomia rock formations. Begin at Scoiattoli hut after a short chairlift ride, with a hike whose level of difficulty can be tailored to the preferences of the group. The area is notable for its dramatic landscapes, as well as its relevance during the First World War. After the excursion, continue to explore the stunning surroundings, before returning to the hotel. Enjoy your final evening in Cortina on your own.
Sip Prosecco and Ciao for Now
After savoring your last breakfast in the breathtaking Alps, venture to the famed Prosecco wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where vines climb the hillsides and charming villages dot the landscape. Prosecco has been produced as far back as Roman times, using the Glera grape, and in 2009 this iconic terroir earned its DOCG status, the highest denomination of wines in Italy which means producers must follow very strict laws. Visit a small, family-run winery and enjoy exquisite Prosecco bubbles paired with local food. Continue on to Venice, where we will drop you off and bid you arrivederci!
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In Italy, getting around isn’t always easy, which is why we design each trip to flow as seamlessly as possible. From private transfers to expert guidance and assistance with public transportation, we’ll make sure you get from point A to point B without the stress.
Dedicated Private Driver
Throughout your tour, travel seamlessly in the comfort of dedicated car service, as you journey on daily excursions spanning small towns and off-the-beaten path adventures.
Where You'll Stay
Where you call home when you are away from home can make all the difference. That’s why we’ve handpicked accommodations across all our small group tours that blend a mix of Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (you want to feel like you’re in Italy, not Idaho).
Six nights accommodations in Luna Mondschein (or similar) and Faloria Hotel (or similar) with daily breakfast
Eight meals (lunch or dinner) featuring regional specialties and local wines
Two private guided tours
Two private guided hiking tours
Two extended winery tours and tastings
Dedicated English-speaking tour leader and ground transportation
Pick-up and drop-off in Venice
What's Not Included
Single supplement, airfare, travel insurance, personal expendi- tures, meals and transfers not specified, guide gratuity (optional)
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