FOOD, WINE AND DOLOMITE PEAKS GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Dolomite walking tour, discovering culinary traditions, local culture and beautiful mountains  

Accessible Dolomite walking through bucolic high pastures and dramatic spires and pinnacles and the varied cultures and culinary traditions of a fascinating border area with wine and food tastings and a cooking demonstration. Well-made paths and gentle ups and downs make this a walk for everyone. Guided walking tour through the Dolomites, exploring the beauty of this wonderful Unesco World Heritage Site, tasting the region's food and wines.
  • Walking difficulty level: easy-medium – gravel roads, mountain footpaths and tarmac roads with relatively gentle ups and downs for the most part. 4-5 hour day walks on most days with vehicles and/or ski lifts occasionally available to shorten hikes.
  • Two centre walking holiday dividing its time between the German speaking South Tyrol area of Italy and Italian speaking Cortina d’Ampezzo.
  • Two comfortable 4-star hotels with character.
  • Dinners at a range of interesting local restaurants, two of which are Michelin starred.

 

DATES 2019:

29th September - 6th October 

PRICES:

€2830 PP double/twin

€3180 DFS room

 

DAY 1: Pick up at Venice Marco Polo airport at 10.30 am for a lunch snack then a 3 hour drive to the pretty German speaking Tyrolean town of Innichen/San Candido stopping off en route in the renowned Prosecco wine area for a vineyard walk and wine tasting (3 km/1.7 miles, 1.5 hr). 3 night stay at Hotel Orso Grigio. Dinner at a local restaurant. (LD)

DAY 2: After a short drive, we wind through the bucolic pastures of the Pusteria valley with panoramic views of the Sesto Dolomites past characteristic mountain farms with home-made Tyrolean specialities for lunch, directly to our hotel and a cheese and local product tasting at a Tyrolean dairy (12kms/8 miles, 5 hrs). Free time to explore San Candido and dinner at a local restaurant. (BLD)

DAY 3: We take a ski lift up to 2000 metres/6560 ft to the spectacular border ridge with views of both Austria and Italy before descending through the beautiful dairy pastures of the Nemes mountains with dramatic views of the varied mountain shapes of the Austrian Alps and the Dolomites (11 km/6.8 miles, 5.5 hrs) and lunch at a refuge or a picnic lunch just over the border in Austria! Dinner in a local restaurant. (BLD)

DAY 4: An hour and a half’s drive takes us to the pretty Tyrolean town of Bressanone in one of the Tyrol’s interesting wine regions for a short vineyard walk, a wine tasting at Bressanone Abbey and a visit to the abbey itself before continuing to our next hotel, stylish Hotel Ancora in Italian speaking Cortina d’Ampezzo (4 nights) and a meal in the hotel's renowned restaurant. (BLD)

DAY 5: A 45-minute drive each way takes us to Misurina and one of the most famous walks in the Dolomites, the Tre Cime circuit at over 2000 metres/6560 ft throughout, with breath-taking and varied Dolomite views (8 km/5 miles, 4.5 hrs) and lunch en route at a high mountain refuge or a picnic lunch. Dinner in a local restaurant. (BLD)

DAY 6: After a half day walk with magnificent views down to Cortina d’Ampezzo (6 km/4 miles, 3 hrs) and a picnic lunch the afternoon takes us to a cooking demonstration with a local, Michelin starred chef where we learn to make some of the area’s interesting cross-border specialities before dining at the restaurant. (BLD)                   

DAY 7: A half-an-hour drive takes us to 2100 metres/6890 ft at Passo Giau for a spectacular up and down walk through high pastures, open mountain views and the pristine Croda da Lago lake with lunch at a mountain refuge or picnic on the lake (12 km/8 miles, 5 hrs) before driving back to the hotel for free time to explore Cortina and dinner at renowned, Michelin starred Tivoli restaurant. (BLD)

DAY 8: A two and a half hour drive back to Venice airport. (B)

 

Hotels

Hotel Orso Grigio, San Candido (3 nights) – a stylish, modern Tyrolean 4-star hotel in the centre of San Candido with a panoramic terrace www.orsohotel.it

Hotel Ancora – Cortina d’Ampezzo (4 nights) – a chic 4-star hotel right in the middle of Cortina with individually furnished Tyrolean style rooms and an excellent restaurant www.hotelancoracortina.com

 

What is included:

  • comfortable, characterful hotel accommodation;
  • all meals – breakfast, lunch at mountain refuges or panoramic picnics and multi-course dinners with wine in interesting local restaurants or hotels (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner);
  • all transport – to/from Venice airport and to/from walks in mini buses (or cars depending on group size) – which can, where mountain access allows, be used as an alternative to walking;
  • baggage transfers as appropriate;
  • 1 or 2 experienced tour consultants/mountain guides (depending on group size) to guide and support you;
  • all specified trips or visits.

For bookings and enquiries contact us at the email address or telephone numbers above.