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Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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Dolomites Alta Via Highlights 18
Rating
Average rating:   5,  1 reviews
Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
June - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Niederdorf or Toblach
Day 2: Fodara Vedla
Day 3: Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 4: Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 5: Passo Staulanza
Day 6: Villabassa or Dobbiaco
Day 7: Departure

Overview for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

Known for its endless sceneries of high-mountain pastures surrounded by jagged peaks and vertical walls, the Dolomites will reveal you one of the most unique landscapes in Europe. Once a battleground, the region is now one of the most visited and accessible hiking destinations, attracting adventure travellers from all over the world. The Alta Via 1 route is known as the classical path revealing the best sceneries and iconic peaks of the region, as each of its stages reveals areas of exceptional natural beauty, history and genuine local culture.

The hiking route runs along marked mountain paths and hiking trails. The tour is suitable for anyone in good basic physical condition. Climbing experiences are not necessary! This hiking tour is suitable for children from the age of 16.

Highlights

  • The Dolomites – UNESCO world natural heritage site
  • Alpine sceneries
  • Mountain Lakes
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Dolomites


Itinerary for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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Day 1: Arrival at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/ Dobbiaco

Individual arrival at the hotel in Alta Pusteria. In case you arrive with a car there is an option for free unguarded parking lot near the hotel.

Day 2: Lake Pragser Wildsee – San Vigilio/St. Vigil

Starting at the pearl of the Dolomite lakes, the lake Pragser Wildsee (1.494 m), you hike through the romantic area of the nature park Fanes-Sennes-Prags which is one of the largest protected areas of South Tyrol. In the shade of the impressive mountain massif Seekofel you will reach the high alpine pasture Fojedöra. Stop and enjoy the homemade bread and the tasty alpine cheese. Through the lonely high valley you hike past the lake Hochalpensee and finally reach the highest point. Far down in the valley you can already see the villages of the Gadertal.

Walking for the day: approx. 5-6 hours  ↑ 775m ↓1075m

Day 3: San Vigilio/St. Vigil – Badia/Abtei

The cable car Piz de Plaies takes you from San Vigilo to the starting point. The path leads through light woodland and meadows to Piz de Corn, the mountain Peitlerkofel is located on the opposite side. You hike on to the saddle Ritjoch and cross the mountaineering village of La Val. The mighty flanks of the mountain Heiligkreuzkofel are constantly in sight. At the foot of the peaks Neuner and Zehnerspitze you reach the shelter Heiligkreuz. After a short descent you take the cable car to Badia.

Walking for the day: approx. 5.5-6.5 hours ↑1150m ↓950m

Day 4: Badia/Abtei – San Cassiano/St. Kassian

The cable car takes you back up to the pretty alpine huts above Badia/Abtei. The view reveals you the peaks of Sella, Puezgruppe, Peitlerkofel and Kreuzkofel. Through thinning larch and fir forests you hike in the direction of St. Cassiano. On the way you will cross so-called „Viles“, as the original settlements of the Gadertal are called.

Walking for the day: approx. 3.5-4.5 hours, ↑325m ↓550m

Day 5: San Cassiano/St. Kassian – Passo Falzarego

You start today‘s hiking trip from the hotel. At first, the path continues along the valley floor to the Capanna Alpina. In the shade of the majestic peaks of Fanes and Conturines follow the signs to the Scottoni refuge. From here the path goes through a rocky gorge that leads to one of the pearls of Alta Badia/Abtei: Lake Lagazuoi. It is a small, crystal-clear mountain lake at the foot of the Scottoni peak. You hike along the Dolomite High Trail to the saddle of the mountain massiv Lagazuoi. If you wish, you can follow the serpentine road to the refuge or summit. The descent leads via forcella Travenanzes to the passo Falzarego. It is possible to take the cable car directly from the summit to the pass (included in the price).

Walking for the day: approx. 5-6 hours ↑1050m ↓625m

Day 6: Passo Falzarego – Cortina d` Ampezzo

Below the mighty peaks of the Tofane you hike on the Dolomites high-level trail no. 9. Far below in the valley floor lies the picturesque village of Cortina d‘Ampezzo. The venue of the 2026 Winter Olympics is surrounded by Dolomite peaks. The view of Monte Cristallo, Faloria, Sorapis, Croda dal Lago compensates for your efforts and forms a wonderful end to your hike. A shuttle takes you back to Hochpustertal.

Walking for the day: approx. 5-6 hours ↑450m ↓1275m

Day 7: Departure

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

Hotels for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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Accommodation in hotels 3* and 4* category; One overnight stay in a mountain guesthouse with half board. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Meals

Breakfast is always included. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation owners, or products for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions, you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.

Travel for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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By car:

By car on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit Vahrn/Varna, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel

or

Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.

By train:

Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the Pustertal/Valle Pusteria – Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel.

Timetable available on:
www.deutschebahn.de
www.oebb.at
www.trenitalia.com

By plane:

Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo – Antonio Canova airport in Treviso and/or to the Marco Polo airport in Venice. On request, we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour.

Parking:
Free unattended parking facilities for the duration of the hiking tour at a nearby public parking area.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking. 

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfers on all walking days are included.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Many people also speak German. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This is a moderate tour which is suitable for those who have certain experience of walking in the mountains and a good general physical condition. Mostly moderate walks, on well-maintained paths.

Fitness: good level of fitness is necessary. You should be able to walk for up to 5-7 hours a day.

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Parts of the trails are waymarked. Elsewhere you have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps.

Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown, especially the lesser used paths. We are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the trails clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from 14th June to 27th September (departures only on Sundays).

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

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  • Accommodation in hotels – 3*** and 4**** category
  • One overnight stay in a mountain guesthouse with half board
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car and bus)
  • Well planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is not available for solo travellers

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers bookable at an extra cost
  • Extra night in Villabassa/Dobbiaco

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure at the end of the tour
  • Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
  • Lunch, Dinner (if not booked)
  • Not mentioned entries
  • Travel insurance
  • All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

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Average rating:  
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by Sheona S on Dolomites Alta Via Highlights

Thanks we had a great time. It was a little hot at times, but spectacular. The stunning scenery and the Sennes hut were the most impressive parts of our holiday. Walking poles would be an advantage, only 1 of us had them. Make sure you take lunch. We would have preferred more mountain huts, than village hotels.


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