Italian Alps: Dolomites Hiking
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Italy's Majestic Dolomites
Soaring cliffs, alpine meadows, luxurious mountain inns—the true adventure of a lifetime
July 18 - 25, 2022
August 29 - September 5, 2022
8 Days, 7 Nights
San Cassiano, Fanes-Sennes-Braies, Cortina
You’re surrounded by jagged limestone cliffs, looking out over vast untouched country defined by imposing vertical peaks, sparkling mountain lakes, and lush pastures dotted with fairytale villages. You’re in the incredible Italian Dolomites—your playground for the week—and every day brings new adventure. By day, you’re hiking from peak to peak on some of the world’s most scenic trails, carrying just a day pack and fully supported, led by experienced local guides; by night, you’re relaxing at luxurious mountain inns and savoring northern Italy’s finest cuisine.
This is Italy’s Dolomites in all their glory, where rugged cliffs carve the sky and jagged peaks and pinnacles tower high above lush valley floors carpeted with pine and fir trees. Traverse the Alta Badia valley, trek through the heart of Fanes-Sennes-Braies and scale the granite walls of Ferrata Fusetti. In between, get a taste for tradition and culture with visits to local farms, and go behind the scenes at a Michelin-starred kitchen.
If you want to experience and hike the wild side of Italy, in style, this trip is for you. Four to eight hours per day, we’ll make our way up, down, and around through the heart of the Dolomites, every inch of it mesmerizing, eating well and sleeping in elegant mountain lodges. Join us for an Italy adventure like no other.
Your Dolomites Experience
Who It's For
The outdoor adventurer with refined tastes. The Dolomites offer the most diverse natural beauty in Italy—paired with renowned local cuisine. Full of wonder and a beacon to hikers, cyclists, skiers, climbers, and food connoisseurs, this mountainous shangri-la has a little something for everyone.
Activity Level: Moderate
This trek is accessible for most age levels who maintain good physical fitness, have previous hiking experience, and are prepared for the demands of hiking in mountainous areas. We’ll cover 30+ miles over seven days, hiking four to seven hours most days, and sticking mostly to established routes.
How We Travel
In style! This is a fully supported hike led by experienced local guides. We carry lightweight day packs, while the rest of our gear is transferred between accommodations. Our nights are spent at elegant mountain lodges. We'll dine at village eateries, local farms and Michelin-starred restaurants.
La MajunLa Villa
This family-owned Dolomites villa matches warmth and authenticity, with true 4-star comfort. What was once a humble bed and breakfast has expanded over decades to become a beloved Italian getaway, just a short taxi away from San Cassiano. The villa's name means “barn” in Ladin—as in, superb local wine tastings, traditional alpine food, spa treatments, and luxurious suites all in the middle of a rugged mountain range. You won’t forget La Majun.
Lavarella Mountain LodgeSan Vigilio di Marebbe
Located in the heart of Fanes-Senes-Braies, one of the most astonishing natural paradises of the Dolomites, this simple family-run mountain lodge has a long history of welcoming hikers and climbers, and offers traditional cuisine as well as Europe’s highest microbrewery.
Grand Hotel SavoiaCortina d’Ampezzo
This 5-star resort and spa is a timeless Dolomites landmark, the dramatic topography perfectly complementing the hotel’s contemporary style. Nothing short of a Wes Andersonian mirage, the likes of Charelton Heston, Sophia Loren and FDR have vacationed here—so you’ll be in good company. Cortina d'Ampezzo itself is one of the most renowned destinations for Italian vacationing.
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique mountain village accommodations; private transportation for luggage transfers between all hotels; certified trekking guides to accompany all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; entrance fees; all breakfasts, lunches and most dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
Roundtrip airfare to/from Italy; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s meeting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; lodge incidentals including room service, laundry, etc; personal gear; gratuities for local guide and Modern Adventure trip leader.
How difficult is this?
This is considered a moderate hiking adventure. You will be carrying a day pack each day, with your own water and daily supplies, while the rest of our luggage is transferred by vehicle between hotels and lodges. We’ll follow well-maintained paths but sometimes go off-trail, and sleep in hotels and lodges every night. We’ll hike 30 miles over 7 days (not along a single trail, just day trips up and back). We strongly recommend that participants have a good level of fitness and are well prepared. While this trek is ideal for all skill levels, some hiking experience would also be of benefit.
What are the arrival and departure details?
We recommend arriving in Bolzano the day before, giving you plenty of time to acclimate, relax and refresh before the adventure begins. There are several options for arrival airports including the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Venice Airport (VCE), transferring via train to Bolzano. On our last day, Modern Adventure will organize a complimentary group transfer to the Venice Airport (VCE). Your flight should depart no sooner than 1pm.
What are the accommodations like?
We will be sleeping and dining at mountain hotels and lodges every night. Some accommodations are more high-end, while others, like Lavarella Mountain Hut, are simpler and more rustic (here we will stay in rooms with twin beds, possibly bunkbeds).
What if I am a solo traveler?
Prices are based on double occupancy. Please note that due to the nature of our mountain lodge accommodations, we unfortunately cannot support solo travelers on this trip.
Who is going on this adventure?
This adventure is recommended for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have some experience with hiking. You will be expected to load and unload your own backpacks and manage your own physical comfort and well-being. This adventure will be limited to no more than 14 adventurers and your Modern Adventure team. We will be joined for this adventure by expert expedition guides. Each guide is highly qualified in all necessary skills to safely travel through the Italian Alps. They will be with us for the entirety of the adventure helping us carry group supplies and helping us see the true Alps experience.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy, however are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
What is the cancellation policy?
For our July 2022 departure, you may cancel on or before March 20, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after March 21, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after May 19, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. For our August 2022 departure, you may cancel on or before May 1, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 2, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after June 30, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.