Hike the Italian Dolomites

Signoras, andiamo! Hike the Italian Dolomites via the Tre Cime Loop, sleep in a remote mountain hut, enjoy cooking classes, meet shepherds and cheese makers, and walk through fields of alpine flowers as you get a taste of mountain life high in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy in July 2020!

Let’s go! Land in Venice, Italy then head straight to the Italian mountain village of Pesariis, the “Town of the Clocks” (population 178). Enjoy a beautiful organic evening meal prepared by your hosts, and in this warm farmhouse setting, get to know your travel companions and exchange ideas about the exciting days ahead.

Your hiking adventure in the Italian Dolomites begins with a full-day hike to the peak of Mount Coglians (9,122 feet high) where, on a clear day, you can see Austria! Stop at the trail side Marinelli Hut for a fortifying lunch then descend to enjoy unstructured time in the late afternoon exploring Pesariis.

For a delicious recovery day, take a private cooking class and learn regional specialties and recipes using local fruits and vegetables you’ve picked from your host’s organic garden! Then take a light afternoon hike up to ramble among the historic stone buildings of piccolo Stavoli di Orias. Imagine life here high on the mountainside as you feast your eyes on the green Italian valleys far below. Later, visit an artisanal workshop producing harpsichords of fine local woods, 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 with a day trek to the Tre Cime Loop around the three most majestic peaks of the region for sweeping views. That evening, visit the Helmut Üllrich Astronomical Observatory on Col Druscié, elevation 6,000 feet. Search for planets using their powerful telescopes, then enjoy an experience that has mesmerized humans for millennia: contemplating the cosmos under a night sky dense with twinkling stars. The next morning, start out early for a spectacular overnight in the remote Sasso Piatto hut and a class in via ferrata, a method of traversing vertical trails. On the descent, visit Malga Sasso Piatto, an artisanal mountain cheese farm. Join the morning milking with their shepherds, learn about making these mountain cheeses and sample their delicious aged products for a true hands-on experience! Spend the next two nights in Moena, a village with maximum charm and 100% car-free.

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

Return to the bustle of Venice for a guided tour and a farewell dinner along the city’s quaint 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 hiking through the Dolomites was made all the better – in the company of women.

Dolomites 2020 Hiking Adventure Highlights:

  • Enjoy making and tasting delicious homemade Italian cooking with local families
  • Explore on foot, 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 region
  • View the 5,000 year old iceman, Ötzi
  • Learn how to make delicious artisinal mountain cheeses at a local farm and participate in the milking process

Price: $5,790

Dates: July 16 – 25, 2020


“Great way to meet new friends and see the world in good company. I’m looking forward to my next adventure.” Laura M.

 


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