Overview for Dolomites Nature Park Walks
Our Dolomites nature park walks will take you through three beautiful natural parks in the heart of the Dolomites, taking in mountain lakes, lush pastures, green forests and impressive scenery. You will start at lake Pragser Wildsee; high above Cortina d’Ampezzo, you will enjoy views of Dolomites’ most striking summits. Take in Cristallo Group of mountain peaks; the pinnacle on Mount Tofane and the summits around the Fanes Mountains and the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). Finally, we will introduce you to the splendours of Sesto Valley.
- The Dolomites – UNESCO world natural heritage site
- Mountain lakes and lush pastures
- The high plateau of Plätzwiese/Prato Piazza
- Cortina – the pearl of the Dolomites
- The Three Peaks of the Dolomites
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Day 1: Arrival in Hochpustertal
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco). Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
Day 2: Villabassa/Dobbiaco – Pragser Tal/Valle di Braies – Plätzwiese
Your Dolomites walking holiday starts with a short transfer to the idyllic lake Pragser Wildsee, which will fascinate you with its crystal clear turquoise waters. Here you get a first impression of the Pragser Tal; with its dark- needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks, it counts to be one of the pearls of the Dolomites. The way leads you to the alpine pasture Rossalm and down to Brückele. By public transport, you reach the high plateau of Plätzwiese, over which the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl sit majestically. Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness, you can see Cristallo, Tofana and the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). Leisurely walkers can choose an alternative option 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 and Stolla hut to get to the Plätzwiese.
Walking for the day (Option 1): approx.4 hours, ↑ 800m
Walking for the day (Option 2): approx. 5 – 6 hours, ↑ 800m ↓800m
Day 3: Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein
The starting point of today’s stage of your Dolomites walking holiday is the alpine pasture Plätzwiese, which together with the mountains Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe count as the most treasured and revered hiking areas in the country. 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 route you choose, you reach either the Strudelkopf (short variant) or the Dürrenstein (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the Hohe Gaisl, the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), the Tofana and the Monte Cristallo peak.
Walking for the day (Option 1): approx. 3 – 4 hours, ↑ 350m ↓350m
Walking for the day (Option 2): approx.4 – 5 hours, ↑ 800m ↓800m
Day 4: Plätzwiese – Knappenfußtal – Gemärk/Cimabanche – Cortina d‘Ampezzo
You hike through the high plateau of the Plätzwiese and descend through the Knappenfußtal to Cimabanche – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here there are two possibilities to continue: either the direct way using the public transport to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut Ra Stua and under the Col Rosa to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Today’s destination is the former Olympic city, impressing with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks.
Walking for the day (Option 1): approx. 2 hours, ↓475m
Walking for the day (Option 2): approx. 8 hours, ↑650m ↓1425m
Day 5: Circular track or cable-car Faloria
Starting your walk today, you will enjoy the panorama of the giant rocks of the Ampezzo Dolomites reaching into skies; the Monte Cristallo and the Cristallogruppe, the Tofana and the Fanesgruppe are the leading actors of this spectacle. There are two options for the day: the longer one leads you towards Forcella Faloria, and the shorter one is following the Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards Passo Tre Croci. The descent to Cortina is equal for both routes.
Walking for the day (Option 1): approx. 3 – 4 hours, ↑75m ↓975m
Walking for the day (Option 2): approx. 5 hours, ↑300m ↓1175m
Day 6: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Drei Zinnen viewpoint – Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) – Rifugio Auronzo hut
A transfer will take you from Cortina d’Ampezzo to the Drei Zinnen Viewpoint. From here you will hike through the Rienztal to the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). The mountains are probably the most known rock formations in the Dolomites. They were an important battleground during World War I between Italy and Austria- Hungary. An easy hike takes you further on to Rifugio Auronzo hut, and by bus, you go back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa (Ticket not included). For those who prefer to take it easy that day, there is the possibility to take a direct bus to Rifugio Auronzo hut (ticket approx. € 6.40, not included), from where you can make the round tour of the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) and take the bus back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa.
Walking for the day (Option 1): approx. 3 – 4 hours, ↑350m ↓350m
Walking for the day (Option 2): approx. 4 – 5 hours, ↑1000m ↓100m
Day 7: Villabassa or Dobbiaco – Sexten/Sesto – Villabassa or Dobbiaco
The last stage of your Dolomites walking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Pustertal, Sesto. Before that, you arrive at Versciaco, where the cable car takes you to the mountain Helm. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Sextner Dolomiten. The huts Hahnspiel, Sillian, and Alpe Nemes are further stops before you hike to the Kreuzbergpass. You will get back to Villabassa/Dobbiaco by bus/train and enjoy the last night of your tour in the Dolomites.
Walking for the day: approx. 6 hours, ↑575m ↓975m
Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.
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Accommodation on our Dolomites walking holiday is in comfortable 3-star hotels. 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.
*Local tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot. Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
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.
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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. Alternatively, 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. There are free unattended parking facilities for the duration of the hiking tour at a nearby public parking area.
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.
Low-cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo – Antonio Canova Airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice.
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. Optional private transfer every Saturday (in June, July and August also on Wednesdays) by shuttle bus from Venice /Mestre to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on our Dolomites walking holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included.
- 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.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
This is an easy and accessible walking holiday in the Dolomites’ nature parks on well-marked trails. It is suitable for anyone in good basic physical condition and climbing experience is not necessary.
Most of the walks are on good well-marked paths. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the way 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 13th June to 20th September (departures only on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
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 the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- Accommodation in comfortable 3-star hotels
- Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
- Personal tour information
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car, bus and trains)
- Ticket for the cable cars Faloria and Helm
- Well planned routes
- Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
- 24/7 local phone support by our local office/representative during the entire tour
Supplements and Extras
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers, solo traveller supplement applies
- Half-board (5 dinners – dinners are not provided in Cortina)
- Private airport transfers bookable at an extra cost
- Extra nights in Villabassa/Dobbiaco
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
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
- Lunches and dinners
- Bus from Cortina d‘ Ampezzo to Rifugio Auronzo
- Bus from Rifugio Auronzo to Niederdorf/Villabassa – Toblach/Dobbiaco
- Travel insurance
- Any items not explicitly listed as ‘included’ in the programme
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