Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Family — Older Teens & 20s
6 days 5 nights
Activity Levels 2-4
From: $5,899 pp dbl occ
($1,050 for sgl occ)
Alpine splendor is yours to savor atop the rugged rooftop of Italy. Gain a mountain goat's view as you bike and hike amid skyscraper spires, meadows and azure lakes. Linger in rustic mountain huts over plates of piping hot spaghetti al ragù. Some call it the good life. Here in the Dolomites, it's just another week in paradise.
Start Bolzano / End Venice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
It’s love at first sight when your family catches a glimpse of the imposing Schlern massif and the mountain landscape of the Dolomites | Ride a gondola to Seceda, gateway to the sky-high mountain tops of the Puez Odle Nature Park, a World Heritage site | Hike through picture-perfect alpine meadows surrounded by the peaks of the Geisler range | Linger over a cold post-hike birra on the terrace of a typical mountain hütte | Bike among the meadows and forests of the Seiser Alm as you make your way down to the storybook village of Selva in Val Gardena | Indulge at the spa or soak up alpenglow while sipping an aperitivo with your crew on the terrace of our resplendent hotel | Dine on Michelin-starred regional cuisine.
Just a short walk from the center of the village, this Leading Hotels of the World property has blossomed from a simple 1950s pension to a luxurious wellness resort featuring a gourmet restaurant and 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. (pool, spa)
Hike manicured trails through dramatic alpine terrain | Admire views of neighboring Sella and Sasso Lungo massifs from high above the Badia Valley | Savor hearty Tyrolean dishes like canederli (bread dumplings) and apple strudel | Bike up the Mareo Valley toward the Fanes mountain group | Explore the enchanting mountain hamlet of San Vigilio di Marebbe | Test your courage while soaking up the views on a zip line—one of Europe’s largest—woven into the treetops | Relax in the pretty town of Corvara.
This alpine getaway, a Leading Hotels of the World member, charms with pine woodwork, Tyrolean décor and Michelin-starred cuisine. (pool, spa)
Explore an open-air World War I museum with a local guide | Traverse bucolic cirques, spotting marmots and edelweiss | See and be seen like the Italians do on the stylish Corso Italia in the posh resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, nestled below the peaks | Unwind at our historic and luxurious hotel | Take a final family spin along the scenic Boite River.
This vibrant and recently renovated century-old landmark in the heart of Cortina has attracted dignitaries and glamorous icons, from Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt to Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren. (pool, spa)
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip varies from rolling to hilly with a few steep ascents and descents. Our hiking trails are often on uneven terrain and occasionally have steep, narrow or exposed sections. Keep in mind that the altitude and rugged terrain can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
For the best riding in the Dolomites, we've chosen a combination of small quiet roads and some unpaved bike paths with stretches of limited van support. Our routes follow rolling to hilly terrain with a few steep ascents and descents. Please note that on this trip we use Backroads titanium touring bikes fitted with wide and knobby tires which are just right for the non-technical paved and dirt road riding we encounter.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The accommodations on this trip are Premiere Hotels. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that they are not equipped with air-conditioning. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.