Enjoy scenic treks through alpine meadows and pine forests, walk along ridges and ascend small summits. Every evening relax in the hotel pool, gym or sauna and enjoy traditional Austrian-influenced cuisine typical of the region. 

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Trek around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Trekking amongst the distinctive mountain landscapes of the Dolomites

Walk along the ridge that marks the border between Austria and Italy

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Hiking in the Dolomites

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Day 1

Venice

Arriving at Venice Marco Polo Airport we transfer for three hours to our hotel in Dobbiaco (1217m), located in the far north of Italy, close to the border with Austria. There are great views of the mountains from the hotel and it is well-located for all the shops, restaurants and other facilities in the town. There will be a short briefing by your Explore Leader about the week ahead. (D)

Day 2

Lago di Braies

Taking the public bus, travel to St Vito to begin our walk to Lake Braies (1494m). Make your way through the fields and forest paths to arrive at the grandeur of the hotel at the head of Lake Braies - a justifiably popular lake spot with high sided cliffs and deep green emerald waters. We have lunch and explore further around the lake before taking the public bus back to our hotel. (B)(L)(D)

Today's 14 kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours with a total ascent of 536 metres and a descent of 200 metres.

Day 3

Putzlam

Take the bus to Bagni di Braies Vecchia (20 mins) and begin your walk on a piste and then up through typical Alpine meadows and then through forest. Climb around 400m to a mountain pass at 1803m and then descend quickly to the remote mountain hut at Putzalm (1743m) run by a friendly guardian. After some refreshments, continue to another pass, the Suisridl at 2013m. The trek then takes you down through more forest and eventually to the doorstep of the hotel. (B)(L)

Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 750 metres and a descent of 850 metres.

Day 4

Kreutzberg Pass

Take a bus to Moso and then a cable car to the top station of approx 1900 metres and then ascend Mt Elmo at 2434m. The walk takes you along a ridge that marks the border between Austria and Italy and has a number of bunkers and look-out posts from WW1. There is also a great and unusual photo opportunity - a foot in both countries! After walking the ridge and possibly bagging another summit, descend through the forest to Moso (1337m) and take public bus back to the hotel (20mins). (B)(L)(D)

Today's 15 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 630 metres and a descent of 1250 metres.

Day 5

Free Day

Today is an opportunity to rest your legs and explore the cultural side of the region. There are various possibilities including making a trip to Cortina - arguably Italy's premier ski resort with smart shops and craft stores; Lienz in Austria with beautiful architecture, museums and cafes; or Bolzano (you can use your free bus pass) which is home to the remarkable Ice Man, discovered in the Schnalstal Glacier in the Otztal Alps in 1991. At over 5000 years old, he is Europe's oldest natural human mummy and the discovery of his body, along with the remnants of his weapons and clothing has helped to throw some light on the life and times of the region's Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans. All of these excursions can be made using public transport. You can also take a jeep ride up to Monte Piana and Monte Piano to see the WWI remains and trenches. The walk across the plateau here is beautiful and poignant. A further option is to visit Brunico and the Reinhold Messner (mountaineering) museum. Alternatively you can take further walks or stay at the hotel and make use of the indoor pool and spa. (B)

Day 6

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Take the bus to the Auronzo hut at 2320m, just below the famed UNESCO site of the Tre Cime de Lavaredo. From here you'll see the south face of the Tre Cime. Traverse around the mountain and then on to the Locatelli hut at 2405m where you are rewarded with wonderful views of the striking cliffs of the north face of the Tre Cime, arguably one of the most iconic mountain views in the whole of Italy. Your descent takes you east, past a waterfall, and along a path by the river. Arrive at the Dolomitenhof for a well-earned drink. (B)(L)(D)

Today's 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around seven hours with a total ascent of 500 metres and a descent of 1190 metres.

Day 7

Strudelkopf

Take the public bus to Pratopiazza (1991m) - approximately 50 minutes - and walk a high-level track to the Durrenstein hut (2040m). From here, make a climb to the summit of Strudelkopf - a fabulous summit at 2307m. The panoramic views of the Tre Cime in the near distance are superb. Descend the mountain via a westerly route through forests and then take a short bus ride back to the hotel. (B)(L)

Today's 11 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with a total ascent of 480 metres and a descent of 1000 metres.

Day 8

Venice

The trip ends at Venice airport in the early afternoon. (B)

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