- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
- Accommodation & Meals
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
The Dolomites, Italy
The mountains of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps have their own unique form and character. Their rocky summits, which form harsh and elegant shapes tower above green alpine meadows covered in wild flowers. The charm and beauty of the Dolomites comes from these stark contrasts creating beautiful mountain views. Once you have been to the Dolomites then you’ll never confuse it with anywhere else in the Alps, such are its wonderous and stunning landscapes.
Within the Dolomites range we have chosen two beautiful locations for our centre-based walking holiday. The first is in the Fanes Braies Park in the southern Tyrol and the second is next to Lake Musrina where you’ll discover the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain, as well as the historic site of Mont Patemo and the charming area of Caldini.
This part of the Dolomites is at a crossroads between the Germanic peoples of the north and the Italians to the south with most people speaking both languages. There is an Austrian feel to the valleys mixed with an unmistakable Italian charm.
The walks on this independent centre-based walking holiday are moderate to challenging in grade. Average walks are about 4-7 hours long and include height gains of between 600m and 1000m. Most walks have options to increase or limit the amount of ascent, so that you can have more challenging days out, with up to 1300m of ascent, as well as having easier days. In addition, as you are based centrally in hotels, you can choose to have a rest day in the case of poor weather or tiredness. Most walks will take place between 1500m and 2500m where the effects of altitude can be felt. A moderate to good level of fitness will help you make the most of your week, and you should be comfortable on mountainous paths which sometimes go across long and fairly steep slopes. Walking experience in the mountains is advisable, with knowledge of how to read a map. Early in the season, ie in June, you could experience snow at some of the higher altitudes.
Day 1: Arrival
Meeting at hotel in Braies (1490m) in the afternoon or transfer from Dobbiaco train station if you have added that option.
Day 2: La Cima del Campo
A circular walk or there and back for this first hike in the Dolomites. Climb gradually through larch and spruce forest to reach the alpine pastures of Val di Foresta and their summer cabins. For those wanting a longer walk you can do the tour of La Cima del Campo. Between +800m and +900m, 5 to 6hrs 30.
Day 3: La Croda del Becco
Accommodation & Meals
Your accommodation on this centre-based Dolomites walking holiday is on a full board basis in two, 3-star hotels (Italian grading, 2-3 star in UK). Rooms are all ensuite. Days 1, 2 & 3 you'll stay close to Lake Braies in a 19th century building with old world charm, whilst on days 4, 5 and 6 you'll stay close to Lac Misurina which has a spa.
If coming by train: transfers can be added for an additional cost from Dobbiaco station to Braies at the start of the walking holiday and from Misurina to Dobbiaco train station at the end of the trip. (A transfer is also provided during the walking holiday between the two hotels from Braies to Misurina.)
There are night trains from Paris to Fortezza, changing in Verona. Trains also go via Milan. You will then need to catch a train from Fortezza to Dobbiaco (50km). Tickets for the night train can be bought on-line in advance, whilst the local train service can be bought at the station in Fortezza.
Example train times from Paris Gare de Lyon
Paris Gare de Lyon 19h11 - Verona Porta Nuova 07h54 (night train)
Verona Porta Nuova 09h04 - Fortezza Franzensfeste 11h14
Fortezza Franzensfeste 11h20 - DobbiacoTobblach 12h35
You can take a closer look at train times in Italy on www.trenitalia.com or Rail Europe
Example of return trains to Paris
Dobbiaco Toblach 12h55 - Fortezza Franzensfeste 14h10;
Fortezza Franzensfeste 14h46 - Verona Porta Nuova 16h58;
Verona Puerta Nuova 20h50 - Paris Gare de Lyon 09h55
Please make sure that we have confirmed availability and your booking with us before booking your travel tickets.
The nearest international airports are Innsbruck in Austria and Venice and Milan in Italy. They all have car hire companies on site. The distance from Venice to Dobbiaco for example is 180km. Please contact us for advice on public transport links
Driving from UK: Once in France, the journey from Calais to the the Dolomites takes about 12 hours (without stops). Tolls amount to about 50 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies. Secure parking close to the hotel at 2 euros per day.
Parking available at first accommodation.