Dolomites of Cortina Explorer

1-7 Sep 24
7 day itinerary

Dolomites of Cortina Explorer

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Region: Italy
Cost per person in EUR:  $ 2850  (4-14 pax)

Tour Code: GAEUR-DCE-G7

7 Days Guided tour – Carry only your small bag with daily things & picnic
Italy
Level: Easy to Intermediate
Date: 1-7 September 2024

This itinerary allows you to experience the beauty of the Dolomites at a comfortable pace, exploring iconic massifs while based in the charming village of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Enjoy your hiking adventure!

These massifs offer numerous hikes for all levels of hikers. That is why we have chosen this site, for the variety of landscapes and the wide range of possible hikes in the immediate surroundings, which avoids travelling long distances each day to start walking.

Highlights
• Comfort of the hotel in Cortina, very well equipped and ideally located
• Striking alternation of rocky and green mountain landscapes
• Exploration of iconic Dolomite mountains (Cinque Torri, Tofane and Tre Cime di Lavaredo)

 Some Info

1. LEVEL

Easy to moderate hiking. For a hiker with an average to good sporting level. No technically difficult paths. From 4 hours to 6 hours of walk every day. Between 350m and 558m of ascent per day. It is a lodge-based trip from one hotel.

2. LUGGAGE TRANSFER

Nothing to carry besides a small backpack with your picnic and daily belongings. Your extra luggage will remain at our lodging accommodations.

3. ACCOMMODATION

– Hotel da Beppe Sello (Hotel – da Beppe Sello| Hotel & Restaurant – Cortina d’Ampezzo), or equivalent.

Comfortable 3* hotel in Cortina, bar/restaurant, Wi-Fi. Easy walking distance to Cortina town center.

Itinerary

From Venice Airport – Venice Airport

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, duplication of the groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly because of the guide (weather, group level, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Day 1

Cortina d’Ampezzo
– Meet and greet at Venice Airport at 3:00 PM.
– Private transfer to Cortina, estimated to take 2-2.5 hours (included in the package).
– For those arriving earlier to the area, a meeting with the group can be arranged at the hotel in Cortina.

Group Activities:
– Trip orientation meeting for the entire group before dinner.

Note: The group has the option to join at the hotel in Cortina if arriving earlier than the scheduled airport pickup.

Day 2

The Cinque Torri [4.5hrs, 10km, +350m, -715m]

Morning, private transfer (25 minutes, included) to the Falzarego Pass (2105m).

Today hike offers a mix of challenging and scenic trails, showcasing the natural beauty of the region and providing the option for a more extended adventure for those seeking an additional challenge.

**Optional Longer Hike:**
Participants have the possibility of a longer hike up to the Nuvolau summit, adding 1.5km to the journey with an elevation gain of +120m and descent of -120m.

Afternoon, return to Cortina by private transfer (15 minutes, included).

Day 3

Croda da lago Lake
[5 hrs, 11.5km, +400m, -900m]

Morning, private transfer (25 minutes, included) from the hotel to the Giau Pass (2236m), the starting point of the hike.

Today’s hike promises a diverse and scenic trek, offering breathtaking views from Forcella Giau and the tranquility of the Lake of the Croda. The combination of alpine pastures, mountain passes, and a beautiful lake provides a memorable experience for participants.

Afternoon, private transfer (15 minutes, included) back to Cortina.

Day 4

Crossing the Tofane massif [5 hrs, 10.5km +350m, -630m]

Morning, private transfer (25 minutes, included) from the hotel to the trailhead at an altitude of 1985m.

Today’s hike provides a mix of stunning mountain views, forested paths, and the opportunity for participants to tailor the length of their hike based on their preferences and capabilities.

Afternoon, private transportation (10 minutes, included) from Pocol back to Cortina.

**Options for Longer Hike:**
Participants have several possibilities for a longer hike, with the route dependent on the group’s ability, the guide’s choice, and weather conditions.

Day 5

Tre Cime di Lavaredo
[4~5 hrs, 9.7-11.3km, +365m, -365m]

Morning, private morning transfer (45 minutes, included) from the hotel to Auronzo refuge (2320m), passing by Misurina Lake.

Today comprehensive exploration of Tre Cime di Lavaredo promises outstanding views, a diverse trail experience, and the expertise of knowledgeable guides to optimize the adventure in one of the most famous areas of the Dolomites. The full circumnavigation adds a unique touch to the excursion.

Our guide will use his extensive knowledge of the area to minimize hiking in crowded areas, taking advantage of side trails and offering options for the second half of the hike.

Afternoon, private transfer (45 minutes, included) back to Cortina.

Day 6

Sorapis Lake [5~6 hrs, 11.7km, +558m, -558m]

Morning, private transfer (20 minutes, included) from the hotel to Passo Tre Croci.

Today’s hike offers a mix of forested paths, rocky sections, and a stunning alpine lake, providing a memorable and picturesque conclusion to the trip.

Evening, private transportation (20 minutes, included) back to Cortina.

Celebrate the trip with a final dinner together in town.

Day 7

Departure to Venice Airport

Morning, enjoy a final group breakfast together at the hotel before check-out from the hotel.

Board the group private transfer (2-2.5 hours, included) to the Venice Airport.

Alternatively, participants can be dropped off at the Cortina bus station or Venice train station upon request.

Anticipated arrival at the Venice Airport around 12-1 pm.

Cost includes

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation in a double room with half board
  • Full board food from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7 (with picnics at lunchtime)
  • Transfers included in the Itinerary (with private transfers)
  • EU certified English Speaking guide
  • Tourist taxes
  • Private group transfer from Venice Airport to Cortina on D1
  • Private group transfer from Cortina to Venice Airport on D7
  • Briefing before departure

Cost excludes

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All transfers except those mentioned in “includes”
  • Drinks
  • Visits & Entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Single supplement: (only on request, according to availabilities): + 290 €
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”

More Information

FOOD
Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7. Picnic at noon, from D2 to D7.
Evening meal and breakfast served hot; picnic at noon; trail food.

GUIDE
A local certified French mountain guide.

GROUP
6 to 14 people.
By being transparent, communicative, and flexible, we may manage additional participants and create a positive experience for everyone involved, whether it’s accommodating a couple or forming a private group of four or more individuals.

START / END
Start: 4:30 p.m. at Cortina d’Ampezzo bus station.
For those arriving directly by car, Meet at 5 p.m. at the hotel reception. You can arrive from 2 p.m. and settle in. Possibility of parking your car for the week in front of the 1st hotel in Pocol. Return by shared taxi, to be shared, to find your car at the end of the circuit.
End: around 3 p.m. at the Cortina d’Ampezzo bus station.

CONFIRMATION NOTICE
You will receive about two weeks before your departure, a confirmation notice specifying the time and place of the appointment, the name and contact information of the guide and the address of the first accommodation.

Extend your stay
You can extend your trip before or after the trek on request.
POCOL: from EUR 120 per person per night in a double room (Half-board)

DATES
At your convenience, from mid June to mid September. Go out with friends or family at the dates that suit you. Customisation possible from 6 people. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible. Price may differ from the above cost.

Getting There & Away

IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE 

We recommend flying in and out of Venice for this trip.

Return trip between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina Express bus (approximately 2 hours journey): for bus timetables, consult the website.

Cancellation Terms


Reviews

Being able to immerse in the beautiful views of the mountains, lakes and valley, all while challenging my own comfort zone. Also having to meet the most wonderful group mates, even though french speaking, they tried to include me in everything. Knowing that its my first time trekking and being a solo traveler, they took special care to look out for me.

For the 6 days trek, we did encounter times when we had to do balcony walks, squeeze through tight rocks, even slip and slide down loose gravels due to route being washed off by rain the day before.

An exhilarating trip. Overall i did not find any fault in the trip itself and the briefing notes were sufficient and i was well prepared for the trip with the information provided.

Annie Leong

16-22 July 23

You may also like

Get in touch with us