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.
The Dolomites cast a spell. The immense mountains. The sweeping flower-filled pastures and endless views from gondola rides. The simple goodness of polenta or homemade dumplings at rifugi, family-run trailside huts. The decadence of gourmet cuisine. Enjoy the good life—the Italians call it la bella vita—and be spellbound in the Dolomites.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Bolzano / End Venice
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Get ready to discover hidden valleys, fairy-tale villages and awe-inspiring mountains in a multicultural mosaic | Accompanied by views of majestic peaks, walk through the hills and meadows above the charming hamlet of Völs am Schlern | Hike through an alpine plateau with dramatic massifs and colorful wildflowers | Stop at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch of local specialties | Hike to heavenly Völser Weiher 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 | At our beautiful hotel, the owner's impressive art collection is yours to peruse.
A 13th-century hotel with Tyrolean-style decor and delicious regional cuisine prepared by proprietor and renowned chef Stefan Pramstrahler. (pool, spa)
Explore the meadows and forests blanketing the Seiser Alm | Trek toward the twin peaks of Sassopiatto and Sassolungo | Ride a gondola to dazzling Puez-Odle Nature Park | Learn about the distinct culture and customs of the Ladin people | Idle on the terrace with a book and a glass of vino at our elegant mountain retreat | A fine evening awaits in picture-perfect Selva Gardena.
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)
Enjoy spectacular views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles | Visit an impressive open-air museum that reveals trenches, bunkers and tunnels from World War I | Pamper yourself in one of the region’s most decadent hotel spas | Raise a glass to an incredible mountain adventure | A memorable journey by gondola carries you into the Pralongià meadows for a farewell hike with views of the Dolomites’ most recognized peaks.
A luxurious retreat located in charming San Cassiano village with elegant styling and panoramic views of the Dolomites' limestone peaks from every room. (pool, spa)
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. View cancellation policy
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
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. LEARN MORE.
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.
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.
Our hikes through this captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads accessible by Backroads vans. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides, and we'll make use of the extensive network of mountain huts for provisions, meals and shelter. Also, please note that 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.
Romantik Hotel Turm and Alpenroyal Grand Hotel are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. 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.