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Dolomites Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Fairy-Tale Villages amid Italy's Great Peaks

Prepare your family to be spellbound by the Dolomites. From the colossal mountains to the lush flower-filled pastures and expansive views from gondola rides. From the simple goodness of polenta and homemade dumplings at rifugi, family-run trailside huts, to the decadence of gourmet cuisine. The Italians call it la bella vita—your family will call it magic.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $4,999 pp dbl occ
($1,000 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices

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Start Bolzano / End Venice

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike through magnificent landscapes and picturesque villages with diverse cultural roots and traditions
  • Ride chairlifts, then hike past pine forests, grassy meadows, edelweiss, alpenrose and fairy-tale mountain huts
  • Relish fine dining and local flavors in the enchanting authentic mountain towns of San Cassiano and Völs am Schlern
  • Marvel at the Cinque Torri stone pinnacles before descending to World War I relics at an open-air museum
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Discover storybook villages, hidden valleys and awe-inspiring mountains in a multicultural mosaic | Hike through the hills and meadows above the postcard-perfect village of Völs am Schlern, accompanied by views of majestic peaks | Trek on an alpine plateau amid dramatic massifs and colorful wildflowers | Pause at a mountain rifugio for a home-cooked lunch | Climb to heavenly Völser Weiher and enjoy a gelato by the lake | Sample local wines at Prösels Castle, a 13th-century Tyrolean fortress | Our friend Martha invites us into her home for a one-of-a-kind family dinner | At our beautiful hotel, the owner's impressive art collection is well worth a perusal.

Romantik Hotel Turm
Romantik Hotel Turm
Völs am Schlern
| Premiere Hotel

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

Day 3

Explore the forests and meadows blanketing the Seiser Alm | Hike toward the twin peaks of Sassopiatto and Sassolungo | Soar above it all on a gondola to dazzling Puez-Odle Nature Park | Celebrate the distinct culture and customs of the Ladin people | Relax on the terrace or by the pool at our elegant mountain retreat | A lovely evening awaits your family in picture-perfect Selva Gardena.

Alpenroyal Grand Hotel, Italy
Alpenroyal Grand Hotel
Selva
| Premiere Hotel

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)
 

Days 4-6

Take in spectacular views of the Cinque Torri, a collection of towering stone pinnacles | Visit an impressive World War I open-air museum that reveals historic trenches, bunkers and tunnels | One of the region's most decadent hotel spas is the perfect post-hike haven | Celebrate an incredible mountain adventure with a three-Michelin-starred meal | A gondola carries you into the Pralongià meadows for one last hike with views of the Dolomites' most iconic peaks.

Hotel Rosa Alpina
Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa
San Cassiano

Built as a parish priest house in 1850, this alpine getaway wows guests with its stunning setting and elegant three-Michelin-starred restaurant. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
 

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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

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Level 5 | 8 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 5 | 10 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 12 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1500 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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 & Trail Support

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.

Air-Conditioning

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.

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