Journey through the Eastern Dolomites on the Alta Via 1

  • Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Cortina / Belluno
  • Distance 123 km / 76 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    July - September
  • Price From $1,904

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 'rifugi', 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

    • 3 Nights Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • 7 Nights accommodation in refugees in shared room
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • 6 Evening Meals
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • 3-day Cinque Terre Train & Trails Card
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • 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 accommodation with which we collaborate is carefully selected by our team to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience throughout your trip.

    For this walking route, we have chosen comfortable hotels for the first and last night to guarantee peace of mind, rest and enjoyment.

    For the other nights, we have selected 'rifugi' (mountain refuge huts) which will allow you to discover the Italian culture up close and enjoy the hospitality of these traditional lodgings.

    Due to the rifugi's location and limited capacity, we recommend you confirm your booking as soon as possible. The name of each accommodation will be provided to you thirty days before the start of your trip.

    Room types

    For the first and last night's accommodation, your booking will be in private rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

    In the rifugi, the rooms are generally shared and mixed. There is the possibility, albeit very limited, to request a private room, some of which have individual bathrooms and some of which have shared bathrooms. In either case, it is necessary to book in advance.

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    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

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    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.

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