Journey through the Eastern Dolomites on the Alta Via 1

  • Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Cortina / Belluno
  • Distance 115 km / 70 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    July - September
  • Price From $1,602

Overview

Tour the classic Italian Alta Via 1 in the east of The Dolomites, from the wonderful Lake Prags to Belluno, while staying in authentic mountain cabins

It starts in South Tyrol with its distinctive Austrian atmosphere. Then head south along a meandering route under the spectacular mountain ranges that include the iconic 3,200 m peaks of Tofana, Lagazuoi, Pelo and the mythical Civetta. End this route 140 km later, in the charming village of Belluno. 

The Dolomites rise dramatically around you while you delight in the warm Italian welcome, delicious pastas, excellent local wines and a unique atmosphere of the 'rifugios', one of the highlights on the Alta Via 1. You'll love the simple but pleasant cabin-to-cabin tour, relaxing at the end of the day in remote mountain accommodations, some built as far back as 1930.

  • Walk along trails through the radiant peaks in The Dolomites.
  • Enjoy warm hospitality and delicious Italian food in the historic mountain 'rifugios'.
  • Visit the elegant village of Cortina before you start your journey.
  • Listen to the call of the groundhog in the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites.
  • Enjoy the feeling of completing one of the most typical long-distance routes in Europe.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation for 2 nights in comfortable 3-star hotels (suite) and 8 nights in mountain cabins (mixed bedrooms)
    • Breakfasts
    • Evening meals on days 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Transfers to Cortina and from Belluno
    • Unspecified meals
    • Public transport
    • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, phone calls
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights during the trip
    • Private room in the 'rifugi' (they can be rooms with shared facilities or en suite, subject to availability)

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To get to Cortina, Marco Polo Airport in Venice is the most convenient, thanks to the operation of several international airlines. From there, it is possible to take the Cortin Express towards Cortina, which departs twice a day, usually in the afternoon. 

    It is also possible to get to Venice's smallest airport, Venice Treviso, and from Treviso Sud, take a bus that departs once a day to Cortina.

    FAQs

    We suggest you make the reservation as soon as possible, as soon as you have decided your travel dates, as this destination is extremely popular, and accommodation bookings sell out quickly, mainly private rooms. However, we will always try to adjust to your plans.

    The best time to travel this route is from July to mid-September; August is the most popular month (for locals too) and that's why cabins are always busy. It is not uncommon for snow to fall in summer in the highest areas, and some snowflakes are still present in July. 

    We offer walks from the beginning of July. July and August are the hottest months of the year and you run the risk of big storms, which can be torrential and usually occur in the afternoon. It is essential to be well equipped and prepared for these eventualities. 

    This route is classified as moderate to strenuous and requires a good physical condition. You must be used to walking in mountains, crossing stony or snowy routes, and climbing uphill and downhill to make the most of this trip.

    Due to the location of the cabins in the middle of the mountains, it is usually not possible to take any transport between them. Shelter staff will be available to guide you on the best options.

    In our informative dossier, we detail the tips and the kit with everything we suggest you carry. The most important thing is standard walking equipment such as raincoats, good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen, water bottle and a light backpack that can be adjusted to the waist.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).