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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance

Independent Walking Holiday
  • Dolomites: Tyrolean Explorer

Dates for 2022
  • 1 June - 24 September
  • June: From £720/€810
  • 1 July - 1 August and 22 August - 4 September: From £770/€870
  • 2 August - 21 August: From £845/€945
  • 5 - 23 September: From £725/€825
  • If coming by train: £90/€105 additional transfer cost from Dobbiaco station to Braies, from Braies to Misurina and from Misurina to Dobbiaco station
  • all prices per person, based on 2 sharing a room.
  • Contact us for single supplement prices
  • Extra nights at hotels on a half board basis between €70 & €100 depending on dates. Please contact us for a quote.
  • The hotels in the region are very busy between 20 July and 20 August so please book early to avoid dissapointment
  • challenging walking in the Mercantour France
  • 7 days & 6 nights: 5 or 6 days walking based at two, 3 star hotels
  • Varied mountain scenery with breath-taking panoramas
  • The Dolomites provide unique mountain scenery in the Alps
  • An area with both Italian and Austrian influences
  • Contrasting mountain scenery with stunning rocky towers above rich meadows in pretty valleys
  • Welcoming and very comfortable 3 star hotels
Accommodation and Meals
  • Your accommodation 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, whilst on days 4, 5 and 6 you'll stay close to Lake Misurina
What's included
  1. Full board accommodation from the end of the afternoon on day 1 until after breakfast on day 7
  2. Walking guidebook and 1:25,000 walking maps
  3. Transfers (if chosen) before, during and after the walking holiday
What's not included
  1. Drinks with meals, travel insurance, travel to/from Dolomites region in Tyrol region of Italy
  1. Similar self-guided centre-based walking holidays: Marvels of Mercantour - Queyras - Best kept Secret in the Alps
  2. Other Italian walking trips - Tour of Viso
  3. Return to full list of independent walking holidays

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.

Walking Profile

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.

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Walking days

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

Your walking trail climbs through spruce and scots pine above Lake Braies to reach the Biella mountain hut at 2320m. You then have the option of making your first ascent of the week by climbing to the summit of La Croda del Becco at 2810m, a rocky summit with immense panoramic views. +800m or +1310m, 5 to 7hrs.

Day 4: La Cima del Colli Alti

You have the choice of walks.
If you have your own car then you can discover a different valley and the plateau of Prato Piazza, where you’ll find large pastures dominated by the summit of Picco di Vallandro, which it is possible to walk around.
Alternative walks direct from the hotel include summiting La Cima del Colli Alti (2542 m) or le Sasso del Signore (2447m), dominating Lake Braies.
+950m, 4 to 6 hours
Transfer to second hotel on the edge of Lake Misurina.

Day 5: Monte Piana

Again you’ll have the choice between an easier walk through the alpine pastures of the Monte Piana plateau or a more elevated walk to reach the Auronzo mountain hut in the Caldini massif. +510m or 920m, 4 - 5 hrs

Day 6: Tre Cime di Lavaredo

A classic walk around one of the most iconic mountains, not just in the Dolomites, but in the Alps. You’ll undertake a high level tour around Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a gigantic citadel which towers over the Natural Park of Dolomites di Sesto. You have the option of making the walk longer by going around Tour du Paterno. The walk is largely on a balcony path. +350m or +650m, 5 - 7 hrs

Day 7: Walks from Misrina & departure

A choice of walks leaving from Lake Misurina ranging from 4 to 7 hours. You can book an extra night half board at the end of the holiday. (Normal holiday price only includes breakfast on day 7, and transfer if chosen).

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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.

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Travel Options

Travel Options

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.)

By Train

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.


By Air

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

By Car

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.


DFDS Seaways


Parking available at first accommodation.



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