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THE DOLOMITES: 

Nature parks hiking tour 8 days/7 nights

 

 

Experience breathtaking scenery: idyllic mountain lakes, lush pastures, green forests and of course the legendary rocky Dolomites. This walking tour will take you through three national parks and you will undoubtedly appreciate why the Dolomites are declared a Natural World Heritage Site. As a preamble to the hike, we will introduce you to the splendours of Sesto (Sexten), the valley of mountain climbers and mountain guides. Naturally, an excursion to the Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen) cannot be missed and the encompassing hike around the celebrated 'Trident' promises impressive views of the Sesto Dolomites. Those who believe that nothing more can top this experience can rest assured that high above Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites, you can survey some of the most striking summits, all wrestling for attention: the 'Cristallo' peaks, the pinnacles of the massif Tofane and the summits of the Fanes can all be admired from here. Finally, you are greeted by Lake, lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee), in whose crystal clear waters the white walls of the mount Croda del Becco (Seekofel) are mirrored.

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

  • The Dolomites: Unesco Natural world Heritage Site

  • 3 national parks: Fanes/Sennes/Prags, Dolomite Ampezzaner and Dolomites di Sesto national park

  • Mountain lakes: Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) and lago di Misurina

  • Alpine pastures at high altitudes: Prato Piazza (Plätzwiese) and  Malga Nemes

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites

  • Massif rock features: Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen / Three Peaks)

  • Natural sun dial in Sexten

 

 

Programme:

 

Day 1

Arrival in the Alta Pusteria Dobbiaco (Toblach) / Villabassa (Niederdorf)

Individual arrival at your Hotel in Villabassa (Niederdorf). Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel. 


Day 2

Alta Pusteria – Prags Valley - Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza

Your hiking holiday starts with a short transfer to the idyllic "Pragser Wildsee", which fascinate the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. The valley will fascinate you with its dark-needled coniferous forests, the white rock walls of the mountains and the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Lake. Through the alpine pasture "Rossalm" you reach the high plateau of the "Plätzwiese", considered the most treasured walking areas in the country, over which the mountains "Dürrenstein" and "Hohe Gaisl" sit in state majestically. Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you can see the mountains "Cristallo", "Tofana" and the world-famous "Three Peaks". The charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes has an enthralling charm on even the most discerning visitor. Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a shorter variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to the guesthouse "Tuscherhof" and start their walk from there. Following the river "Stolla" they pass the guesthouse "Brückele", the homonymous hut "Stolla" and "rock paintings" (cases of erosion, which are produced by the constant influence of water and the different composition of the rock) to reach the "Plätzwiese".

Walking time 4 hrs / ascent - descent: + 800m - 0m; walking time 5-6 hrs / ascent - descent: + 800m -800m

 

Day 3

Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein

Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine pasture "Plätzwiese", which together with the mountains "Hohe Gaisl" and "Kreuzkofelgruppe" are very attractive for walkers; the charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are relevant here.In the Nature Park "Fanes Sennes Prags", the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your choice between two options. Starting at the "Plätzwiese" depending on the variant you reach either the "Strudelkopf" (short variant) or the "Dürrenstein" (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the "Hohe Gaisl", the "Three Peaks", the "Tofana" and the "Monte Cristallo".

walking time 3-4 hrs / ascent - descent: + 350m - 350m; walking time 4-5 hrs / ascent - descent: + 800m - 800m 

 

Day 4  

Plätzwiese – Knappenfuss Valley – Gemärk/ Cimabanche– Cortina d‘Ampezzo

You hike through the "Plätzwiese" and descend through the Knappenfuss Valley to the "Gemärk/Cimabanche" – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct way using public transportation to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut "Ra Stua" and under the "Col Rosa" to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks. 

walking time 2 hrs / ascent - descent: + 0m - 475m; walking time 8 hrs / ascent - descent: + 650m - 1425m

 

Day 5

Circular track starting from Cortina d’Ampezzo; cablecar Faloria

The panorama of the starting point of this stage is quite simple and stunning. The panorama has an understated elegance and is simply incredible. The colossal rocks of the Ampezzaner Dolomites push high into the sky. The Cristallo, Tofane and Fanes mountain groups are the principal features in this spectacular scene. Today you can choose between two routes: the longer route leads you towards the forcella Faloria and the shorter one is following the new Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards the Passo tre Croce. The descent to Cortina is the same for both routes. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating nature of the Dolomite peaks.

walking time 3-4 hrs / cable car Faloria +75 ascent - 975 descent: walking time 5 hrs / ascent - descent: +300m - 1175m

 

Day 6 

 

Cortina d'Ampezzo – Lake Landro/Dürrensee – Three Peaks – Rifugio Auronzo Toblach/Niederdorf

A transfer will take you from Cortina D'Ampezzo to the Drei Zinnen Viewpoint. From here you walk through the Rienz Valley to the world-famous Three Peaks (Tre Cime /Drei Zinnen), the best-known rock formation of the Dolomites. During this walking tour you will have the opportunity to admire these rock towers from all sides. This was a region where terrible battles took place during the First World War. Then an easy hike will bring you to the mountain hut "Auronzo". Then you go back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa (ticket not included).
For who prefers to take it easy that day, there is the possibility to take a direct bus to Rifugio Auronzo (Mountain hut Auronzo), ticket approx. 7.50 euro, not included. From there you can make a round tour of the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) and take the bus back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa. 

walking time 3-4 hrs / ascent - descent: + 350m - 350m; walking time 4-5 hrs / ascent - descent: + 1000m - 100m

 

Day 7 

Ring Walk Toblach/Niederdorf – Sexten/Sesto – Toblach/Niederdorf

The last day of this walking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful valleys of the Pustertal, to Sexten (Sesto), renowned for producing numerous mountain climbing dynasties such as the Innerkofler family. A cable car will take you up the Elmo, the mountain overlooking Sesto. From here you can enjoy an exclusive view of the Dolomites, including the famed meridian of Sesto (Sonnenuhr), a group of peaks forming an almost perfect sundial. You pass inviting mountain huts such as "Hahnspiel", "Sillian" and "Alpe Nemes". The route takes you to Kreuzbergpass / Passo Monte Croce and return to Toblach/Niederdorf by bus/train to conclude your hiking holiday.

Walking time 6 hrs / ascent - descent: + 575m - 975m

 

Day 8

End of the tour after breakfast 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 7 overnight stays in good quality *** star hotels with buffet breakfast or full breakfast. 

  • if you have booked for half board: 5 x 3 course evening meal ( In Cortina only breakfast)

  • personal tour information

  • local back-up service hotline (German, Italian and English speaking)

  • luggage transportation 

  • tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car, bus and trains)

  • route notes (in English, Italian or German) and maps.

 

 

 

 

Period

Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 08/06/2019 till 15/09/2019. Arriving from 08/09 you will have an optional route on day 5 because the cable car Faloria will be closed. High Season from 29/06/2019 till 07/09/2019 (incl.).  

Level 3

For walkers with some experience. Routes middle/high landscapes with some steep climbs. Day distances between 10-20 km with an average of 3 km an hour. Walking over footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and little road walking. Well marked trails.

Participants

minimum 2 (traveller alone on request)

Prices p.p. 2019

In double room with breakfast      € 689,00

Single room supplement     € 149,00

High season supplement   € 75,00

Half board supplement  ( 5 dinners- In Cortina only breakfast)  € 105,00 

Extra night possible- prices on request