Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.
- Travel Style : Active
- Service Level : Basic
- Physical Grading : 5 - Challenging
- Trip Type : Small Group
- What's Included:Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Challenging hikes led by an International Mountain Leader (IML) (7 days). 5 hearty home-cooked dinners of local produce. Main luggage transfer from Calalzo to Bolzano.
- Highlights:Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks, pass by the highest peak in the Dolomites, revel in the chance to learn about local Ladin language and customs.
- Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
- Itinerary Disclaimer:While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
- Important Notes:HIKING NOTES:
This is a demanding walking trip, with hikes of up to 7-8 hours involving some ascents and descents of over 1000 metres (3300ft).The terrain is often uneven, rough and stony underfoot and some of the paths are narrow and exposed. The Dolomites are very steep and rocky mountains, and dizzying heights and steep slopes are a feature of the walks in this area. Please be prepared for this, and in particular for some steep downhill over rough ground. You will need to be fit, experienced and free from vertigo to get the most from the hikes on this trip.
Please note that the walks may vary due to weather and/or path conditions. There are plenty of other walks in the region that can be recommended by your CEO and enjoyed on the free day.
All walking times given are approximate and will vary according to the speed and fitness of the group, weather conditions etc. They do not include stopping time for lunch.
LUGGAGE: In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
- Group Leader Description:This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. The CEO will accompany you on the treks; however, there are up to 12 people in a group and the trip is self-supported, there are no luggage transport, porters or guides. Therefore it is important that you are a fit and confident walker over mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents and cross streams by yourself.
In the Dolomites, we employ the services of fully-trained International Mountain Leaders (IML). The IML qualification requires significant international trekking experience followed by 3 weeks of training and assessment in the Alps in both summer and winter conditions. The training includes avalanche awareness, dealing with altitude sickness, being aware of the surrounding elements and an understanding of physiology. With experienced IMLs guiding you on your trek, you are guaranteed the best possible experience whilst in the mountains.
- Group Size Notes:Max 12, Avg 8
- Meals Included:9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
- Meals:Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. All but one dinner is provided on this trip; on the free night you can walk to the village for a change of scene or you are welcome to stay at home and book yourself in for dinner. Lunches are not included in the trip price. On most days the group will either picnic (in which case your CEO will give you information on options for getting lunch supplies) or eat at the mountain huts or refuges.
On some days there are water points en-route and also some mid-morning or afternoon coffee stops when extra water can be purchased. On some days trekkers will need to carry enough water for the day. The leader will always advise on the situation the night before.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
- Transport:Train, bus, walking, minivan
- Local Flights:If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
- Solo Travellers:We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
- Accommodation:Mountain huts/refuges (6 nts), hotels (3 nts)
- About Accommodation:Our accommodation on most nights of this trip are simple traditional mountain refuges. These are mostly situated above 2000m in the mountains, with magnificent views. They are not all accessible by vehicle, so on most nights we will enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains and magnificent views (weather permitting of course!) The Dolomites are famed for their marvellous pink sunsets or Enrosadira - where better to watch this than a refuge perched amongst the mountains?
Accommodation is in multi-bedded and mixed-sex refuge dormitories - bring your earplugs if you're a light sleeper !
Duvets or blankets are provided, but you will need a sheet sleeping liner of cotton or silk and a lightweight travel towel. You will also need a torch as many refuges have power supplied by generator and it's "lights out" at 10pm. Almost all the refuges do have hot water and showers, though you may occasionally have to pay extra for this. Dormitories are usually between 3 and 10 beds per room. All the refuges provide a full catering service (usually with a choice of menu) and a full bar service. The accommodation is basic but the experience of staying in a mountain refuge is second to none!
Please note that the all the mountain refuges except for Val Gardena do have 2 power sockets for charging electronic items, however they must be shared between everyone staying in the hut. therefore it is recommended that you do not carry too much in the way of electronic items as charging opportunities are limited.
Toilets: All the refuges have 'western' flushing toilets and running water, though it may not always be hot! All the refuges also have showers, sometimes you have to buy a token for these and sometimes they are free. The final refuge is more basic so the shower is in an outhouse and is considerably more rustic than the others - all the other refuges have indoor showers and (usually - not guaranteed!) hot water. However, to compensate for this, the final refuge - though very simple - grows all its own organic fresh salad and vegetables and will feed us a 4-course feast using food they hand-picked just hours (or sometimes minutes!) before.
- Joining Hotel:For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
- Joining Instructions:Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.
GETTING TO HOTEL FERROVIA:
The closest international airports to Calalzo are Venice or Treviso. However, it is possible to reach Calalzo from a number of gateway cities.
Here is a list of train travel times to Calalzo from various Italian cities:
Venice / Treviso (recommended) – 2.5 hrs
Verona – 4 hrs
Milan – 5.5 hrs
Rome – 6.5 hrs
Pisa – 6.5 hrs
Train tickets and timetables can be found at http://www.trenitalia.com or through your travel agent. Alternatively, it is easy to buy tickets at the train station.
Upon arrival at Calalzo train station (Calalzo-Pieve di Cadore-Cortina), exit onto Via Stazione and turn right along the road. Continue for 200m along Via Stazione, and you will see the Hotel Ferrovia on the left hand side.
- Arrival Complications:We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO. Alternatively you can use the emergency contact numbers provided in these notes.
- Emergency Contact:Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8am - 8pm)
+44 (0) 2072439878
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from within UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from within Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from within Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from within New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +44 7817 262559
If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
- Finishing Point Instructions:You are free to depart at any time on departure day.
There are 3 trains to Rome per day, taking around 5hrs - if you are flying from Rome airports, please do not book flights before 4pm.
Total train time to Venice is around 3hrs with a change in Verona. If you are flying from Venice airport, we do not recommend you to book a flight departing earlier than 2pm.
- What to Take:We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
You will be leaving your main luggage behind on the morning of Day 2 of this trek and will not have access to it until we arrive in Bolzano on Day 9 after completing our trek.
You will pack everything you need for a week of trekking into a purpose built trekking pack/ruck sack. We recommend maximum of 40 litre capacity for your comfort. Please note, there are no support vehicles- you carry your own kit for the duration of the hike.
- Packing List:Rucksack of max 40 lites capacity, containing suggested Items:
•Hiking boots (well worn in & waterproof)
•Sleep sheet (cotton or silk)
•Extra pair of shoes like flip-flops,very light sneakers or sport sandals;for wearing in the refuges
•Hiking poles (optional but recommended, especially for departures in June and early in the season)
•Wind and waterproof jacket
•1 or 2 lightweight shirts or T-shirts - wicking material rather than cotton is recommended for T-shirts
•Something to sleep in- suitable for multi sex dorm rooms
•1 pair hiking pants/track pants (convertible pants/shorts are useful)and 1 pair trousers to wear in the evenings
•2-3 pairs socks and underwear
•1 thermal baselayer
•Small towel(pack towels are good)
•Toiletries (just the essentials in small/light bottles)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle - at least 2litres capacity
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
•Waterproof pants (optional but recommended in case of rain/snow)
•Gaiters (esp early or late season) may be useful if there is snow on higher ground
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Please note it is ESSENTIAL you travel light as you will be carrying all your own gear
- Laundry:As this accommodation is in a rural location there is no self-service laundry nearby. we recommend you bring biodegradable washing soap for any hand washing you may need to do.
- Visas and Entry Requirements:Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.
For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.
Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.
A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.
- Spending Money:Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
- Money Exchange:Italy is in the Eurozone and the unit of the currency is the Euro.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Italy - check with your bank. You should be aware when purchasing products or services on a credit card, that a fee usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros, traveller’s cheques and cards is best. Avoid relying on traveller's cheques alone as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little.
Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. On this trip there are no cash withdrawal facilities in Longuaru and most places do not accept credit cards, so you will need to arrive with sufficiant funds to see you through the week.
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
- Emergency Fund:Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
- Departure Tax:Usually included in international air ticket, check with your air travel agent.
- Tipping:It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2).
Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program, and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day, depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.
- Optional Activities:Canazei
- Skating (9EUR per person)
- Bike Ride
- Health:Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
- Safety and Security:Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.
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- A Couple of Rules:Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
- Travel Insurance:Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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- Local Dress:In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
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- Max Pax:12
- Group Leader:Qualified International Mountain Leader as CEO throughout
Itinerary (10 days)
Calalzo di Cadore
Arrive at any time.
Calalzo di Cadore/Cortina d'Ampezzo
Transfer to Cortina, and begin hiking with a short walk across the valley with the Monte Cristallo behind.
Cortina d'Ampezzo/Col di Lana
Hike from Cortina to the Col di Lana region across higher ground, passing evidence of First World War trenches.
Col di Lana/Passo Fedaia
Time to stretch those legs again with another superb Dolomites hike, through Alpine meadows up to the mountains.
Ascend the legendary Via del Pan and walk towards Canazei, with views out to the Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites.
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit a spa, the local skating rink, hire a bike, or try climbing around the valley.
Hike round the impressive Sasso Lungo rock massif and enjoy views out across the Fassa Dolomites.
Head into Ladin territory climbing up the slopes of Val Gardena, home to the Sella Ronda ski circuit.
Head down through the valley on a shorter hike to the trailhead before transferring to Bolzano.
Depart at any time.