Trip Overview

Hike through the spectacular eastern Dolomites, sleep in remote mountain huts, meet artisans and cheesemakers, and walk through forests of immense beeches as you get a taste of mountain life high in the Italian Dolomites!

After arriving in Venice, you’ll travel north to the heart of the Dolomites Region to a charming chalet in the historic center of Cima Sappada which will be your home for the next two nights. After checking in, enjoy a welcome drink before taking a walk through the delightful village. This evening, in a welcoming local restaurant, you get to know your travel companions while enjoying a delicious Italian dinner.

Begin your next morning with a two-hour hike to Mount Tuglia alongside your expert Italian guide who will help you imagine life on the mountainside, far above the beautiful valleys below. As always, you will also be accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador who is committed to making your experience fun, rewarding, and memorable. Stop at a local mountain dairy where you can enjoy a lunch made entirely with local products before taking the afternoon to explore on your own.

You’ll officially set out through the Dolomites the next day, as you head north through the marmot trail toward the imposing Mount Peralba. Continue your ascent to the Calvi Hut which sits at an altitude of 7,110 feet.  Relax and sip a warm drink or a crisp beer while you overlook some of the most beautiful peaks of the region.

The longest hike of your journey awaits you on the following day, as you travel on foot through a beautiful forest that is the home to idyllic streams, mountain trails, and timeless farmhouses. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a height of 5,740 feet on the shores of Lake Bordaglia which is a part of the larger Natural Reserve that is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, marmots, eagles, and chamois.

After a morning to relax, lace up your boots for a hike to Mount Coglians. On a clear day, you can experience a dramatic view spanning the Dolomites from the Adriatic Sea to Austria! Stop at the trailside honey and cheese producer for a tasty sample before arriving at your resting place for the evening.

Make your way through beautiful landscapes and authentic villages to the lovely mountain hamlet of Vuezzis, which is perched at a height of 2,890 feet in the Degano Valley. The village hosts the San Nicola Church, which houses an outstanding collection of medieval frescos.

For a relaxing recovery day, visit an artisanal workshop that creates ceramic pottery before enjoying a slice (or two!) of pizza and taking part in a cooking lesson with a local family in the tiny village of Vuezzis.

Continuing your hike along the Degano Valley, you’ll reach a village of Rigolato after passing through a formidable forest of beeches that tower above you at a height of 100 feet. Climb to the top of Mount Talm and enjoy a picnic lunch at 5,680 feet before journeying on to your home for the evening.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Pesarine Dolomites and the Carnic Alps as you hike through the Pesarina Valley to the mountain village of Pesariis. Nestling in the heart of the Dolomites, it is known as the “Town of the Clocks” and boasts a whopping population of 178.

Begin your day with some leisure time before taking a light hike up to ramble among the historic stone buildings of piccolo Stavoli di Orias. Tonight you will celebrate an amazing adventure at a festive homemade farewell dinner prepared by the hostess at our comfortable farmhouse.

Return to the airport in Venice for your flight home. While everyone will undoubtedly wish to continue on, everyone will say goodbye with memories of shared experiences with your new AdventureWomen friends!

 

Main Attractions

  • Hike your way through the Dolomite mountains and sleep in mountain huts along the way
  • Explore local villages and farms set high in the Dolomites
  • Enjoy cooking and tasting delicious Italian food with local families
  • Climb to the peak of Mount Talm and enjoy the spectacular views

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Spa Element
  • Walking
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Pesariis
You will be picked up at the Venice airport by your Italian guide who will teach you about the region as you start your journey across the countryside. You’ll learn more about the intrepid traveling companions in your group during this two-and-a-half-hour drive.

After checking into your charming chalet, head out on an orientation walk through the village of Cima Sappada, named after the alpine pass that connects the Degano valley to the Piave valley.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner at a local restaurant as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman on your trip is excited to explore the Dolomites!
Dinner

Overnight: B&B Graz Trojar Haus

Day 2

The Dolomites
Ease into your hiking adventure with a 2-hour climb of 1,000′ to Mount Tuglia where you will learn about the Dolomite rock formation along the way.

Stop at a mountain dairy farm and enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh, local products. After eating, make your way back to your hotel in the village.

Take the rest of today to relax or explore the village on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: B&B Graz Trojar Haus

Day 3

Continue your Hike through the Dolomites
Start today’s 3.5 mile hike this morning as you head north towards the magnificent Mount Peralba. You’ll gain approximately 3,000′ of elevation today as you make your way over the Dolomites.

Stop along the marmot trail for a picnic lunch before you continue your ascent to tonight’s resting spot in the mountains.

You’ll arrive this afternoon at Calvi Hut which sits at an elevation of 7,110′. Take time to relax and enjoy a beverage or continue exploring a nearby site that witnessed battles during World War I.

Enjoy dinner at your mountain hut tonight before resting up for tomorrow’s full day of hiking.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Rifugio Calvi

Day 4

Hike to Lake Voilaia
This morning bring along everything you will need for the next two days as you begin a full day of hiking to the Austrian Wolayersee Refuge. Along the way, you’ll pass through a beautiful forest that touches streams, mountain trails and ancient farmhouses before arriving at Lake Volaia which sits at a height of 5,740 feet.

Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the beautiful lakeside views. Then continue on to your home for the evening.

One you arrive at your hut in the Austrian Wolayersee Refuge, take some time to relax before you enjoy dinner with your traveling companions at your mountain hut.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Wolayersee Refuge

Day 5

Hike to Mount Coglians
This morning you can either relax at the hut or at Lake Volaia. Alternatively, you can join a morning excursion to Mount Rauchkofel to enjoy the most amazing views from its peak with the women in your group who are game.

Enjoy a scenic picnic lunch at Lake Volaia before setting out on your afternoon hike.

Hike toward Mount Coglians and stop along the way at a local honey and cheese producer to sample the food and learn about how they make their delicious treats.

Arrive at Rifugio Marinelli which will be your home for tonight. After getting settled, enjoy dinner before resting up for tomorrow’s adventure.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Rifugio Giovanni e Olinto Marinelli

Day 6

Continue to Vuezzis
Continue your journey this morning as you make your way through nature on your way to Vuezzis during a 5-hour hike.

What trip to Italy would be complete without pizza? Enjoy lunch this afternoon at a local pizzeria before making your way back to Vuezzis.

Arrive at a local mountain home where you will enjoy a lovely dinner before resting up for tomorrow’s day of exploration.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Casa di Sopra

Day 7

Explore Vuezzis
Today you’ll visit a local ceramic workshop managed by a husband and wife team. Discover their hand-painted ceramic wares such as vases, plates and other accessories that are beautifully decorated with flowers and animals.

Just before reaching your final destination for the day, enjoy a picnic lunch along your path.

Learn to cook regional recipes alongside locals from the village who invite you into their home for an afternoon of food and fun. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor, as you feast on your creations for dinner.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Casa di Sopra

Day 8

Climb Mount Talm
Today you’ll hike for about five hours in total as you make your way through the lush green forests of the Degano Valley.

Enjoy a picnic lunch as you take in the views from the peak of Mount Talm at 5,680 feet.

Make your way to Rifugio Chiampizzlon where you will enjoy dinner with your traveling companions and spend the night.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Rifugio Chiampizzulon

Day 9

Entalais Pass and Pesariis
Continue your journey with a 6-hour hike through the Pesarina Valley today while you enjoy beautiful views of both the Pesarine Dolomites and the Carnic Alps.

Arrive at a charming farmhouse in Pesariis where you will check into your home for the next two nights.

Once you have checked in, you’ll take a walking tour to orient you with the village, which is known as the town of the clocks. Enjoy the rest of today time on your own to explore after you become acquainted with the town.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Farmhouse Sot la Napa

Day 10

Pesariis
Enjoy the morning in Pesariis on your own. Relax or venture out for some fresh air and discovery.

Later this afternoon, take a leisurely hike to the nearby, charming hamlet of the stavoli di Orias, a masterpiece of ancient agricultural architecture before returning to your hotel.

Spend tonight’s festive farewell dinner celebrating all the incredible sights and amazing accomplishments you experienced with your traveling companions during your hike through the Dolomites.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Farmhouse Sot la Napa

 

Day 11

Depart
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the Venice airport for your flight home.

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Italy



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive in Venice, Italy (VCE) on July 6, 2022 before 11:00am.

Depart: Depart Venice, Italy (VCE) on July 16, 2022 after 11:00am.

 

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy more of a physical adventure and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Italy, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Italy.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

Final Payment Due Date: April 7, 2022

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations per itinerary based on double, triple, or quad
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on the scheduled arrival and departure days
  • Luggage transportation from hut to hut
  • Professional, English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • All gratuities except for head guide
  • Wine and beer at dinner

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Italy
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

B&B Graz Trojar Haus

The Bed & Breakfast Graz is modelled after a typical Sappadina residence from the 1800's. Located in the Borgo di Cima Sappada, the property offers an excellent view of the Sappada valley. The furnishings hearken back to authentic, rural peasant life, and breakfast is served in the typical "Koschtibe" room daily.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, electricity, WiFi, en suite bathroom.

Rifugio Calvi

The Rifugio Calvi is located in the basin of the Piave River between Mount Peralba and Mount Chiadenis. This family-run boutique property has 50 beds.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, shared single-sex bathrooms and showers with hot water, electricity, WiFI, and disposable paper sheets.

Wolayersee Refuge

The Wolayersee Refuge is a lakeside property that is located in the heart of the Carnic Alps which sleeps just over 60 guests. All rooms are centrally heated.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, single-sex shared bathrooms and showers with hot water, electricity, WiFi, and disposable paper sheets.

Rifugio Giovanni e Olinto Marinelli

Nestled in the hills of the Dolomites, the Rifugio Marinelli is a family-run property with 50 beds.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, single-sex shared bathrooms and showers with hot water; electricity, and disposable paper sheets. Please note that the WiFi does not work well here.

Casa di Sopra

Casa Di Sopra is an ancient building from the end of the 19th century that has undergone a complete restoration where the old Carnic architecture is preserved and the rooms are furnished with care. There is one bathroom shared between every 2 rooms.

Amenities: All rooms feature a hairdryer and WiFi

Rifugio Chiampizzulon

The Rifugio Chiampizzulon sits on a meadow amidst the mountains and features 48 beds.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, single-sex shared bathrooms and showers with hot water, electricity, and disposable paper sheets. Please note that the WiFi does not work well here.

 

 

 

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686