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Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour

Italian Sojourn in the Majestic Dolomites

  • Trek through magnificent landscapes and picturesque villages with diverse cultural roots and traditions
  • Ride chairlifts, then hike past grassy meadows, pine forests, alpenrose, edelweiss and storybook mountain huts
  • Savor fine dining and local flavors in the enchanting authentic mountain town of San Cassiano
  • Relish views of the Cinque Torri stone pinnacles, before descending to World War I relics at an open-air museum

The Dolomites cast a spell. The immense mountains. The sweeping flower-filled pastures and endless views from gondola rides. The simple goodness of spaghetti al ragù at a rifugio trailside hut. The decadence of gourmet cuisine. Enjoy the good life—the Italians call it benessere—and be spellbound in the Dolomites.

Dolomites Italy walking and hiking map

Itinerary

Day 1 Get ready to discover hidden valleys, fairy-tale villages and awe-inspiring mountains in a multicultural mosaic | Accompanied by views of majestic mountains, walk through the hills above the picturesque village of Fiè allo Sciliar.

Day 2 Hike through an alpine plateau with dramatic massifs and colorful wildflowers | Stop at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch of local delicacies | Hike to heavenly Laghetto di Fiè and savor a gelato by the lake | Taste regional vintages at Prösels Castle, a Tyrolean fortress dating back to the 1200s | Our local friend Martha welcomes us into her home for a one-of-a-kind dinner.

Days 3-4 Ride a gondola to dazzling Puez-Odle Natural Park | Take part in a wine tasting with a sommelier | Learn about the distinct culture and customs of the Ladin people | A fine dinner awaits in picture-perfect Selva Gardena.

Days 5-6 Enjoy spectacular views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles | Challenge yourself on the route to scenic Passo Giau | Visit an impressive open-air museum that reveals trenches, bunkers and tunnels from World War I | A memorable journey by gondola carries you into the Pralongià meadows for a hike with views of the Dolomites’ most recognized peaks.

The place, the terrain, the leaders, our companions - couldn't be better
Larry - Atlanta, GA

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. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
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.

Terrain

Our daily route options may travel in different directions from each other, depending on the route level. Please keep this in mind when choosing your walking/hiking option each day, especially if connecting up with other guests midday is important to you.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
$4,398 - $4,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$630 to $730 for sgl. occ.)

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6 days, 5 nights
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6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Bolzano, Italy/Venice, Italy

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All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Premiere Hotels

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Romantik Hotel Turm

Romantik Hotel Turm

Fiè allo Sciliar (2 nights)

A 13th-century hotel with Tyrolean-style décor and delicious regional cuisine prepared by proprietor and renowned chef Stefan Pramstrahler. (pool, spa)

Alpenroyal Grand Hotel

Alpenroyal Grand Hotel

Selva (1 night)

Just a short walk from the center of the village, this hotel 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)

Hotel Rosa Alpina

Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa

San Cassiano (2 nights)

Built as a parish priest house in 1850, this alpine getaway wows guests with its stunning setting and elegant two-Michelin-starred restaurant.  A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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5.0

Absolutely spectacular

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from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour:

The place, the terrain, the leaders, our companions - couldn't be better

 
5.0

Only way to hike

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from Australia

Comments about Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour:

This trip was an excellent first experience with backroads. Even with the unusually inclement weather our guides provided many alternatives for the group

 
5.0

Exceptional, memorable trip!

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from Issaquah, WA

Comments about Dolomites Walking & Hiking Tour:

This was our first Backroads trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The leaders were exceptional and every detail was thought through. The three inns were outstanding and unique. It was the best way to experience the Dolomites and all its beauty and culture.

 
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Fun with Family in the Dolomites

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from NYC Metro Area

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In true Backroads fashion, my family and I were treated to a gorgeous region in style. We were able to partake in as much hiking, hotel-lounging, and socializing as we individually preferred, making for a relaxing and pleasant family trip. Our leaders anticipated our needs before we could ask and always had fascinating and useful information about the culture and geography that we were exploring.

 
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An outstanding week with great hikes in a beautiful area.

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from Boerne, TX

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Backroads Leaders were outstanding -- friendly, professional and knowledgeable

 
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Backroads is the best !

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from Genève, Switzerland

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Excellent organization. We are looking forward to making a new trip with Backroads. Thanks.

 
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Just terrific!

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from St. Louis, Mo.

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We expected a lot after hearing from friends about Backroads. You delivered--and then some. The hiking was great, the food excellent, and the trip leaders pulled it all together. They were extraordinary! We absolutely will be using Backroads again!

 
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Hiking and Eating

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from Atlanta

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Scenery was gorgeous and the food delicious. My leaders were delightful and fun to be with. The only thing that I was surprised about was that the Dolomites were so crowded. I've never hiked anywhere in the world where there were so many people on the trails. For me, the crowds detracted from the majestic splendor of the Dolomites and the feeling of remoteness. That being said, Backroads did a beautiful job with my group and we all had a great time.

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Just a fantastic trip! I can't think of a single negative.

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from Wappingers Falls, NY

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The country was beautiful. Some of the places we stayed at were almost out of a fairy tale. Our 2 guides were so much fun and so knowledgeable. Just an incredible trip.

 
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Wonderful way to get away

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from Connecticut

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Loved our leader, Lara. We had great weather, lots of good healthy walking, and great hospitality.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 800 5 800 6 2200
2 5 1200 7 1600
3 7 800 11 2300
4 6* 500 9* 1300 11 1700
5 3* 900 4* 1200 7* 1600
6 4 1500
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rugged mountain trails, well-maintained footpaths and steps, with some rocky sections and steep climbs and descents.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Dolomites

We Grew Up in These Mountains

This classic trip among the craggy limestone peaks is a long-time Backroads favorite, and we know why: it was created by our Regional Manager for Italy, Jeff Cantarutti, who's been designing trips for nearly 25 years and – even more important – has deep family roots in the region. Welcome to Jeff's backyard. You won't want to leave.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Dolomites has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Dolomites you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Dolomites trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Dolomites that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,898 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $9,298 pp dbl occ

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8 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 8 OR MORE GUESTS 16 AVAILABLE TO BOOK FOR 16 OR MORE GUESTS RESERVED

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