Discover the enchanting surroundings of the western alpine region of Italy and hike the Dolomites mountain range on this 10-day guided tour. Take an easy hike to the Tre Cime and visit the Lagazuoi terrace to take incredible photos of the Dolomites. Visit Pesariis, known as the town of the clocks, nestled in the valley of time, so called because of the century-old art of clock making. Hike to the top of Mount Coglians, the highest peak in the region, and of the Carnic Alps to see the dramatic view that spans from Austria to the Adriatic Sea as well as to all of the Dolomites. Explore Cortina d’Ampezzo and experience true masterpieces of nature in the alpine region, award-winning views, serene lakes, and an enchanting mountain village. Visit the charming town of Bolzano before going back to Venice.
Visit Pesariis, known as the town of the clocks
Hike the Mount Coglians, the highest peak in the region
Learn the traditional crafting harpsichords in Pesariis
Discover the enchanting mountain scenery of Cortina
Take an easy hike to the Tre Cime, a landmark of the Dolomites
Stop at a local dairy and watch a traditional cheesemaker in action
Explore the charming city of Bolzano, its monuments, cathedrals, and museum
Cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice in a motorboat
Upon arrival at Venice Airport (VCE), take a private transfer and travel north to the heart of the Dolomites Region, to the charming farmhouse in Pesariis historic center. After check-in, meet your local guide and take a walking orientation of the village, known as the town of the clocks, nestled in the valley of time because of the century-old art of clock making. Discover the Museum of the clocks before meeting Eliana and her family and explore the property’s organic orchard. Pick up vegetables for lunch tomorrow, and then enjoy a welcome dinner at your organic farmhouse prepared by Eliana and her daughters.
Distance: 100 miles / 2.5 hours Walking Tour: 1 hou
After breakfast, meet with Eliana and her daughters. Continue to the kitchen and learn to make regional specialties, then take an easy hike to the nearby charming hamlet of the stavoli di Orias, a masterpiece of ancient agriculture architecture, and return to the property to feast on your creations for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure.
Distance: 5 miles / 10 Minutes Hiking Tour: 2 hours
After breakfast, meet a mountaineering guide and head to Forni Avoltri. Divided into two groups, start the hike up to reach the top of Mount Coglians, the highest peak in the Region and of the Carnic Alps. Once you have reached the gorgeous peak, enjoy the breathtaking views that span from Austria to the Adriatic Sea as well as to all of the Dolomites. Reach the nearby Marinelli hut, one of the most fascinating of the Western Alps, where Caterina, the hut manager for more than 20 years, has prepared one of her famous and rewarding lunches. In the afternoon, return to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Distance: 40 miles / 2 hours Hiking Tour: 7-8 hours
This morning check out and drive a short way to meet Alessandro and Michele at their artisanal workshop. Here, they carry out the traditional local art of crafting harpsichords from the best-selected woods of the area. Continue to Rigolato, and meet a pottery artisan that creates amazing objects. Then, reach the tiny village of Vuezzis and take in the pleasure of meeting the locals at a home-hosted lunch. Finally, drive to Cortina d’Ampezzo, the site of the 1956 and 2026 winter Olympics and our home for the next three nights. Take a walking orientation of the charming town center before dinner on your own.
After breakfast, reach the Tre Cime – “Three Peaks” – the landmark of the Dolomites. The white dolomite and the green meadows and forests shape the landscape here. Until 1919, the peaks formed part of the border between Italy and Austria, and now they lie on the border between the Italian provinces of South Tyrol and Belluno. However, they are still part of the linguistic boundary between German-speaking and Italian-speaking majorities. Enjoy the opportunity of hiking the most iconic and majestic peaks of the Region and of sharing a picnic lunch at one of the most panoramic spots in the area. Complete the ring and return to your accommodation for some time to stroll the town at your own pace. After dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy an optional (included) night experience by driving to Col Druscié (20 minutes) to the Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory, which offers an unforgettable stars and planets observation experience under a “natural cupola” at a height of almost 6,000 feet at the foot of the Tofane mountains.
Distance: 30 miles / 1.5 hours Hiking Tour: 4-5 hours
Take just a few things today – the necessary for an adventurous overnight at a mountain hut, and explore Col Rodella in the Val di Fassa. Start at Pian de Frataces and take the cable car to an amazing natural terrace through a fir and larch forest and typical wooden huts and barns. Reach the Des Alpes hut. Here, an easy via Ferrata is available for those interested in taking a specific class with an alpine guide. After lunch at the hut, proceed along a panoramic path along the plateau and reach the Sasso Piatto hut, where you spend the night.
Distance: 75 miles / 3,5 hours Hiking Tour: 4-5 hours
Today, wake up early and reach nearby Malga Sasso Piatto. A mountain cheese farm where you will share the experience of the morning milking with the shepherds, learn about artisanal cheese making and enjoy breakfast. Continue down to the valley and reach the mountain village of Campitello di Fassa. Proceed to Moena, one of the most charming villages of the Alps, your home for the next two nights. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the car-free village and relax before sharing dinner with pizza.
Distance: 10 miles / 30 minutes Hiking Tour: 2-3 hours
After breakfast, drive this morning to Bolzano. Surrounded by mountains and built in a natural basin, it is a charming city with a blend of German and Mediterranean traditions. Be treated to a fascinating guided tour of the town center, without missing the Cathedral with its Gothic bell tower and Piazza Walther, with its characteristic wooden houses offering amazing decorations. After lunch at leisure, explore the striking South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, home to Ötzi the iceman—a 5,000-year-old natural human mummy discovered by hikers in the nearby Ötztal Alps.
Distance: 50 miles / 2 hours Walking Tour: 1-2 hours
After breakfast, return to Venice, drop your luggage at the hotel, and enjoy lunch at leisure. Then, take a guided tour of the city ending at Tessiture Bevilacqua, where women carry on the art of producing precious fabrics that are still being shipped to the most important Royal Houses of the world for 3-generations. Learn the art and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight in the fascinating atmosphere of the Venetian back canals.
Distance: 110 miles / 3 hours Walking Tour: 2-3 hours
Day 10: Return Home
After breakfast, a private transfer to Venice Airport for your return flight home
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