Trip Overview

Signoras, andiamo! Join AdventureWomen in 2021 to hike the Tre Cime loop, sleep in a remote mountain hut, meet shepherds and cheesemakers, and walk through fields of alpine flowers as you get a taste of mountain life high in the Italian Dolomites!

After arriving in Venice, you head straight 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. This evening, in an intimate and warm farmhouse setting, you get to know your travel companions while enjoying a beautiful organic dinner prepared for you by your host and her daughters.

Your adventures in the Dolomites begin with a private class on cooking regional specialties, using fruits and vegetables you’ve picked from your host’s organic garden! Afterwards, you take a light hike up to ramble among the historic stone buildings of piccolo Stavoli di Orias. Your expert Italian guide will lead you and help you imagine life on the mountainside, far above the beautiful valleys below. As always, you are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador. Committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, she cheers you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone and take on new challenges in your own unique way.

The next morning, lace up your boots for a full-day hike to the highest peak of the region: Mount Coglians (9,122’). On a clear day, you can experience a dramatic view spanning the Dolomites from the Adriatic Sea to Austria! Stop at the trailside Marinelli Hut for a fortifying lunch then descend to enjoy an unstructured late afternoon in Pesariis.

For a relaxing recovery day, visit two artisanal workshops that create pottery and produce harpsichords made of fine local wood before sharing lunch with a local family in the tiny village of Vuezzis.

The next three days in Cortina d’Ampezzo crown your hiking adventure. First off is a day hike of the Tre Cime loop, taking you around the three most majestic peaks of the region for sweeping views. If you have the energy after your hike and dinner, visit the Helmut Üllrich Astronomical Observatory on Col Druscié, at an elevation of 6,000’. Search for planets using their powerful telescopes and enjoy an experience that has mesmerized humans for millennia: contemplating the cosmos under a night sky dense with twinkling stars. The next morning, pack your backpack with nothing but the essentials for one night. Then, start out early for a spectacular day of hiking, a class in via ferrata (a method of traversing exposed trails), and an overnight in the remote Sasso Piatto hut, only accessible on foot. On the descent the next morning, visit Malga Sasso Piatto, an artisanal mountain cheese farm. Spend the next two nights in Moena, a village with maximum charm and a car-free city center.

Take a day drive to Bolzano on your last full day to see the Cathedral and view the 5,000 year old iceman, Ötzi, discovered nearby and on display! Now that you and your intrepid friends have hiked the heights, you’ll have a new perspective on his life and fate.

Return to the bustle of Venice for a guided tour and a farewell dinner punctuated with laughter along the city’s back canals. The mountain views, the villages, the fresh air, the people – everyone in your group may have different favorite moments but you can all agree that travelling through the Dolomites was made all the better in the company of your new AdventureWomen friends.

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy making and tasting delicious homemade Italian cooking with local families
  • Explore tiny villages and farms set high in the Dolomite mountains among green fields and great drifts of summer flowers
  • Hike to the Tre Cime, looping around the three most majestic peaks of the Dolomites
  • View the 5,000 year old iceman, Ötzi

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.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Pesariis
Welcome to Italy! The Dolomites are a region of unparalleled beauty and inspiration, well-known for its tiny villages and farms set high in the mountains among green fields and great drifts of summer flowers. Though the picturesque villages are secluded and far apart, the quality of life is as legendary as its alpine hikes, pure mountain air, and photogenic views of the world.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Italian guide who will lead you and help you imagine life on the mountainside, far above the beautiful valleys below. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the Venice airport by your guide. Start your journey across the countryside, learning about the region from your guide, and learn more about the intrepid women in your group on this two-and-a-half-hour drive.

Head out for a walking orientation of Pesariis, known as the town of the clocks.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore the Dolomites! Savor the recipes made from local ingredients.
Dinner

Overnight: Farmhouse Sot la Napa

Day 2

Pesariis
Spend some time exploring a woman-owned orchard which is locally known for its organic products. The woman who owns it uses the ingredients she grows in her restaurant as well as sells them to the locals. Learn about how she grows her vegetables and fruits.

Take a cooking class with ingredients straight from the orchard. This will be a journey through time – the kitchen has a lot of history, and the recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy the creations you’ve made for lunch with your new AdventureWomen friends. Cap off your meal with a house-made grappa.

This afternoon, head out on a gentle hike towards Stavoli di Orias. You’ll hike for about an hour and a half, which will get you ready for tomorrow’s hike! Imagine life here high on the mountainside as you feast your eyes on the green Italian valleys far below. (Hiking time 2.5 hours, 500’ elevation gain)

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Farmhouse Sot la Napa

Day 3

Pesariis
Head out early to start the hour-long drive to the trailhead of Mount Coglians. Start your hike to the peak of Mount Coglians. The path will start in pine woods, and as you near the peak, it will open up into pastures.

After enjoying the view at the top of Mount Coglians, descend 2,300 feet in about an hour and a half to the Marinelli Hut, where you will have lunch. The hut is famous for its cuisine, and a delicious stop after your morning’s accomplishment.

Continue your descent after lunch. You’ll hike another 2,400 feet down in about an hour and a half. (Total hiking time 7-8 hours, 4,700’ elevation gain)

Drive back to Pesariis and have dinner on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Farmhouse Sot la Napa

Day 4

Pesariis to Cortina d’Ampezzo
Meet two harpsichord makers at a local workshop. Learn about all of the stages of harpsichord construction, starting with the selection of wood and finally learning about the decorations they choose.

Join a local family for lunch in their home – a typical alpine chalet. The couple hosting you are remarkable; the woman is a fabulous cook, and her husband is a sommelier, so you will have an opportunity to learn about food and wine pairings.

After lunch, drive for two hours to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Enjoy a walk through the narrow local streets to help you learn your way around town.

You’ll have some free time to explore and have dinner in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel de la Poste

Day 5

Cortina d’Ampezzo
After a 45-minute drive, start your hike of the Tre Cime Loop. The hike is on moderate terrain and will take you around some of the most panoramic spots in the Dolomites over four or five hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. (Hiking time 4-5 hours, 500’ elevation gain)

Take the afternoon to explore Cortina on your own. Do some shopping, spend some time at a café, indulge in a glass of wine with your new friends, or just relax at your lovely hotel.

Enjoy dinner with your group this evening. If you have the energy, after dinner head to the Helmut Ullrich Astronomical Observatory. This experience is unforgettable. Soak in the panoramic view of the stars and planets under a natural cupola at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel de la Poste

Day 6

Cortina d’Ampezzo to Sassolungo
Pack just a few things into an overnight bag for today; you’ll leave your main luggage behind as you overnight in a mountain hut! Drive about two hours to Pian de Frataces. Take the cable car to an amazing natural terrace that takes you through a fir and larch forest dotted with typical wooden huts and barns.

For those who are interested, you can embrace the challenge of trying a Via Ferrata, a protected climbing route, as part of a class with a professional guide. A Via Ferrata is a trail built with a steel cable rail fixed to the rock, metal steps, ladders, suspension bridges, and zip wires. Learn to traverse and climb like a pro!

Enjoy a fortifying lunch at a mountain hut. Hike on a panoramic path along the plateau, and reach the Sasso Piatto hut, where your group will spend the night. Spend some time before dinner swapping stories about your adventures on the Via Ferrata! (Total hiking time 4-5 hours, 2,300’ elevation gain)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Sasso Piatto Hut

Day 7

Sassolungo to Moena
Walk across alpine pastures and then through forests down to the charming village of Campitello di Fassa. Enjoy lunch on your own. Taste some of the regional specialties – canederli, gulash, and strudel! (Hiking time 2-3 hours, mostly flat)

Explore the lovely town of Moena this afternoon. Stretch your legs, poke around in some local shops, or just sit and enjoy a coffee.

Have dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Central

Day 8

Moena
Drive about two hours to the charming town of Bolzano. Explore on foot with a guide, learning about the town center, visiting the local cathedral with its Gothic bell tower, and the Piazza Walther, home to characteristic wooden houses with amazingly detailed decorations.

Visit the local archaeological museum, where you can explore the exhibits. The main attraction here is Ötzi, the mummy of a 5,000-year-old man found in the Similaun glacier near the Italian-Austrian border.

Enjoy lunch on your own in Bolzano today. Head back to Moena where you can try a small local restaurant for dinner on your own with a few of your new friends!
Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Central

Day 9

Moena to Venice
Say goodbye to charming Moena as you start the final leg of your journey, a three-hour drive to Venice. Check in to your hotel and then enjoy lunch on your own in Venice.

Walk from the hotel to the famous Piazza San Marco on a guided tour of the city and then take the Vaporetto to Tessiture Bevilacqua. Enjoy a private visit to the fabric workshop to see the third generation of women producing these precious fabrics, which are shipped to the most important royal houses of the world.

Enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. The mountain views, the villages, the fresh air, the people – everyone in your group may have different “favorite moments” but you can all agree that hiking through the Dolomites was made all the better in the company of women.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Palazzo Barocci

Day 10

Depart Venice
Depart Italy this morning, leaving with wonderful memories of an exceptional trip. Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

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.

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Traveling to Italy



Arrival and Departure Information

June 17th Departure:

Arrive in Venice, Italy (VCE) on June 17, 2021 before 9:00am.

Depart Venice, Italy (VCE) on June 26, 2021.

September 2nd Departure:

Arrive in Venice, Italy (VCE) on September 2, 2021 before 9:00am.

Depart Venice, Italy (VCE) on September 11, 2021

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)

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.

June 17th Departure Final Payment Due Date: March 19, 2021

September 2nd Departure Final Payment Due Date: June 4, 2021

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 as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure days
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Drinking water in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • All gratuities

Not Included

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

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

Farmhouse Sot la Napa

Farmhouse Sot la Napa is in a home built in the 1600s that has been lovingly restored, turning it into a welcoming mountain farmhouse. Enjoy staying in the comfortable rooms and dine in the on-site restaurant which has original frescos and local stone floors and hosts a typical “fogolar” (open fireplace).

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Hotel de la Poste

The Hotel de la Poste was built in 1835 as a refreshment stop for postal coaches. It has been owned by the same family for generations, and each room has a small story to tell. The attention to detail is evident, from the combination of warm colors to precious woods, which have always been the true essence of the “Posta”, a Historical Site of Italy.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Sasso Piatto Hut

The Sasso Piatto Hut boasts beautiful 360° views of the Dolomite peaks of Sassopiatto, Marmolada, Sass Pordoi, Sciliar, among others. Here at 7,500 feet, a paradise opens up to you: surrounding the hut is Europe’s largest Alpine pasture, where calves and sheep graze. The views of the Dolomites are stunning, the mountain air is clear, the natural landscape fascinating, and the peace and quiet is refreshing. Plan to bring your own toiletries and be off the grid for a night!

Amenities:
Electricity

Hotel Central

The Hotel Central has direct views into the central square of Moena, a wonderful village in the Dolomites. Stay comfortably in the heart of the village, where you can enjoy exploring the area which is only open to foot traffic in the evenings.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

Palazzo Barocci

The Palazzo Barocci is a historic building every bit as beautiful and atmospheric as you’d expect a former Venetian palace to be. Originally home to Teatro Sant’Angelo, known for hosting Vivaldi and Goldoni’s operas, the building has been conserved and renovated; during the renovation, the original floors and frescoes were uncovered and are now preserved for generations to come. The hotel enjoys a prime location in the city, overlooking the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal, and is the perfect base from which to discover the city’s charms.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity; Wifi

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