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Ultimate Dolomites Adventure

Dolomiti

4.50 out of 5 (from 19 reviews)

  • 9 Days - US$4,699
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Trip Introduction

After 9 days of experiencing the Dolomites on this trip, you’ll find yourself lost for words. Amidst massive rock monoliths, rolling green meadows, stunning forest and villages straight out of a fairytale, you’ll hike, bike and explore this spectacular region with the very BEST and renowned expert local guides.  And yet, the Dolomites with Active Adventures is so much more than outstanding landscapes and adventure – you’ll experience the incredible hospitality of the local Ladin people of the Sud Tyrol region, stay in very comfortable mountain hotels and have the chance to taste the amazing variety of local food and wine.

Highlights

• UNESCO World Heritage area
• Cable car above Cortina
• Circumnavigate Tre Cime di Lavaredo
• Bike from Cortina to Dobbiaco
• Hike Natural Park of Fannes Sennes Braies
• Hike Setsass Dolomiti Range
• Via ferrata Cinque Torri
• Explore World War I tunnels of Monte Lagazuoi
• Experience Ladin culture
• Stay with local Dolomite mountain families

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What's included in our Europe trips?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. In Europe you'll have a Kiwi trip leader and a team of local European guides.
  • All accommodations
    - Local lodges chosen for their comfort, charm and sublime views.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be treated to a culinary experience, to rival any in the world. 
  • All activities
    - Hiking, biking, kayaking, via ferrata, historical sites and more. 
  • All transport
    - Airport transfers
    - When you're not travelling under your own steam, they'll be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs. 
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Daily itinerary

Saturday — Arrive Venice, cable car above Cortina d'Ampezzo

Our trip begins in Venice, one of the most iconic cities in the world. If you’ve flown in this morning, we’ll meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport and make our way towards Cortina d’ Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites. As we head north, the foothills rapidly steepen and become more colourful around every corner. Amidst rolling green meadows and high rock monoliths, Cortina village is one of the most picture perfect mountain towns in the world. There’s almost not a blade of grass, roof tile, or street cobble stone out of place. After we arrive in town, we’ll board the “Freccia del Cielo” cable car high above the Cortina valley to the Col Druse Rifugio for lunch. You’d be hard pressed to find a lunch spot with better views! After dining and soaking in the views, we’ll walk the trail back down to Cortina, where there’s time to stroll the cobbled streets of this iconic mountain town.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (Lunch, Dinner)
HIKING DISTANCE: 5 kilometres (3 miles)
DESCENT: 560 metres (1937 feet)

Sunday — Hiking circumnavigation of Tre Cime de Lavaredo

Today we’ll circumnavigate the most iconic landmark in the Dolomites – the soaring peaks of Tre Cime de Lavaredo. First climbed in the 1930’s, these three massive rock monoliths, that seemingly rise out of nowhere in isolation of other peaks, loom large high over the valleys below. It’s difficult to look away! If there’s one thing to peel your attention away from the scenery, it’s a family made lunch in an Italian rifugio, followed by the best espresso you’ll ever receive. Later, as we hike further around the peaks, their shape and form evolve with every step – the views keep getting better! Keep an eye out for bunkers and old barracks on the trail today, as this area is dotted with reminders of the First World War. After our hike, we’ll drive a short distance back to Cortina d’ Ampezzo and tonight you’ll have the evening free to choose from one of the many restaurants for dinner.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 12.9 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 610 metres (2000 feet)
DESCENT: 610 metres (2000 feet)

Monday — Bike from Cortina to Dobbiaco or free day in Cortina

This morning we’ll ride along the converted Val di Landro railway line – once the only communication link between the towns of Calalzo, Cortina and Dobbiaco on the Austrian border. Non operational since the 1960s, this route cuts through some of the most iconic and dramatic scenery in the Dolomites. We’ll ride over iron bridges that skirt deep canyons, through tunnels and across gentle passes that afford dramatically beautiful views of some of the Dolomites’ steepest peaks, including Tre Cime de Lavaredo. If you prefer, there’s plenty of free time in Cortina to relax and take in the spirit of this incredible town.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (Breakfast, lunch)
HIKING DISTANCE: 27 kilometres (17 miles) each way
ASCENT: 240 metres (780 feet)
DESCENT: 240 metres (780 feet)

Tuesday — Hike Cortina to Rifugio Fodara Vedla

Today we’ll begin our hike into the heart of the Fannes Sennes Braies Natural Park. After a short drive deeper into the mountains, we’ll set off on the trail, following the turquoise coloured Boite River higher up the Valon Scuro with the massive Piccola Croda Rossa looming large above us. We’ll have lunch at a quiet Rifugio Biella, overlooking a beautiful green alpine meadow, before hiking up through larch forest and down into Rifugio Fodara Vedla, surrounded by massive peaks to the south, east and north, and the vast Vallone di Rudo to the west. For those who are keen on more hiking today, we’ll hike above Fodara Vedla to Col de Lasta where we’ll be greeted with 360 degree views of the highest peaks in the Dolomites. Every way you look you’ll be blown away by orange and red spires, including the imposing Croda Rossa (10,320 feet), saturated in the late afternoon light. It’s a sight to behold!
Rifugio Fodara Vedla (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles)
ASCENT: 164 metres (540 feet)
DESCENT: 640 metres (2100 feet)

Wednesday — Hike to Rifugio Lavarella

The morning light here in Fodara Vedla lends itself kindly to the peaks immediately surrounding this small hamlet – it’s worth getting up early for! After breakfast, we’ll hike down through the larch fir forest and into the Pederu valley. As we descend the valley, the towering peaks of the Lavinores Range reveal themselves in dramatic red and yellow – typical colouring of the Dolomite rock. After a mid morning break at Rifugio Pederu, we’ll head deeper into the natural park and ascend the Vallone di Rudo and into a wide open basin, home to Rifugio Lavarella, a comfortable family run mountain hotel. This place is in an absolutely incredible setting, surrounded by massive peaks and small alpine lakes. After lunch here, we’ll hike through the moonlike landscapes of the Pian Dies Sarens trail to Passo di San Antonio, for incredible views of the entire Alta Badia valley. Upon our return, we’ll have the chance to sit back on the deck of our rifugio, and enjoy an espresso or glass of wine while soaking up the incredible vistas.
Rifugio Lavarella or Fanes (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 14.5 kilometres (9 miles)
ASCENT: 701 metres (2300 feet)
DESCENT: 305 metres (1000 feet)

Thursday — Hike to Alta Badia

Today we’ll hike out of the Fannes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, on to the Gran Fanes plateau and drop down and over the Col de Locia. The landscape here changes around every corner – from sweeping meadows and steep rocky ridges to deep valleys of larch forest. The final stages of todays hike bring us down to Alta Badia – often described as the “heart and soul” of the Dolomites. With tiny villages dotted along the valley, this region is a step back in time, and picture postcard beautiful. Our home for the next couple of evenings is the village of San Cassiano at the head of the valley.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 11.4 kilometres (7 miles)
ASCENT: 779 metres (2556 feet)
DESCENT: 1111 metres (3645 feet)

Friday — Hike the Setsass Dolomiti Range

This morning we’ll drive a short distance to the Valparola Pass, where we’ll set off on a hike on the Setsass Dolomiti range. This magnificent high ridgeline trail affords superb 360 degree views the whole way. No matter which way you turn, you’ll have the highest peaks in the Dolomites up close and personal and on show – Conturines, Sas de Pütia and Marmolada (to name just a few), the “Queen of the Dolomites”. After lunch at the Pralongia High Plateau, we’ll head down a trail through an area of lush green pastures and wild flowers dotted with traditional chalets, to our hotel in San Cassiano.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 15 kilometres (9.3 miles)
ASCENT: 730 metres (2395 feet)
DESCENT: 785 metres (2575 feet)

Saturday — Via ferrata Cinque Torri and hike WWI Tunnels of Lagazuoi

This morning we’ll descend by cable car to Passo Falzarego and head across the pass to Cinque Torri – a group of 7 dramatic rock spires rising sharply from the meadows below. After a short hike to Rifugio Averau, if you’re keen, we’ll don helmets, harnesses and carabiners, take in a thorough safety briefing from our expert guides and embark on a fixed cable (via ferrata) hike of Mount Averau. We’ll hike to the summit for what are arguably, the best 360 degree views of the entire Dolomite Mountain Range. If you prefer, we’ll hike the ridgeline above Rifugio Averau for views down into the Cortina Valley and the southern Dolomite ranges – simply stunning! After lunch we’ll drive a short distance to the Passo de Falzarego at the head of the Alta Badia Valley. Here, we’ll hike up to the Galleria del Lagazuoi, a fascinating open air and underground WWI museum carved into the mountains. This is where the Italian and Austro–Hungarian armies dug shelters out of the mountains, transforming them into an impenetrable 20th Century fortress of tunnels, trenches and machine gun posts. A number of different subterranean routes take us on a behind the scenes tour of some of the dramatic high altitude battles that were fought in World War 1. At the end of the tunnels we’ll arrive at Rifugio Lagazuoi – the highest rifugio in the Dolomites, just a stones’ throw from the summit of Mount Lagazuoi at 9114 feet.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 13.5 kilometres (8.5 miles)
ASCENT: 650 metres (2135 feet)
DESCENT: 650 metres (2135 feet)

Sunday — Return to Venice, depart

Today is the last day of your Active Adventures trip in the Dolomites. You’ll go home knowing you’ve hiked, biked, explored by via ferrata and immersed yourself in one of the most spectacularly beautiful regions on the planet. We’ll head back to Venice this morning in time for flights leaving in the afternoon. If you have more time here, we’re happy to help arrange extra accommodation.
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Itinerary

Saturday — Arrive Venice, cable car above Cortina d'Ampezzo

Our trip begins in Venice, one of the most iconic cities in the world. If you’ve flown in this morning, we’ll meet you at Venice Marco Polo Airport and make our way towards Cortina d’ Ampezzo in the heart of the Dolomites. As we head north, the foothills rapidly steepen and become more colourful around every corner. Amidst rolling green meadows and high rock monoliths, Cortina village is one of the most picture perfect mountain towns in the world. There’s almost not a blade of grass, roof tile, or street cobble stone out of place. After we arrive in town, we’ll board the “Freccia del Cielo” cable car high above the Cortina valley to the Col Druse Rifugio for lunch. You’d be hard pressed to find a lunch spot with better views! After dining and soaking in the views, we’ll walk the trail back down to Cortina, where there’s time to stroll the cobbled streets of this iconic mountain town.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (Lunch, Dinner)
HIKING DISTANCE: 5 kilometres (3 miles)
DESCENT: 560 metres (1937 feet)

Sunday — Hiking circumnavigation of Tre Cime de Lavaredo

Today we’ll circumnavigate the most iconic landmark in the Dolomites – the soaring peaks of Tre Cime de Lavaredo. First climbed in the 1930’s, these three massive rock monoliths, that seemingly rise out of nowhere in isolation of other peaks, loom large high over the valleys below. It’s difficult to look away! If there’s one thing to peel your attention away from the scenery, it’s a family made lunch in an Italian rifugio, followed by the best espresso you’ll ever receive. Later, as we hike further around the peaks, their shape and form evolve with every step – the views keep getting better! Keep an eye out for bunkers and old barracks on the trail today, as this area is dotted with reminders of the First World War. After our hike, we’ll drive a short distance back to Cortina d’ Ampezzo and tonight you’ll have the evening free to choose from one of the many restaurants for dinner.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 12.9 kilometres (8 miles)
ASCENT: 610 metres (2000 feet)
DESCENT: 610 metres (2000 feet)

Monday — Bike from Cortina to Dobbiaco or free day in Cortina

This morning we’ll ride along the converted Val di Landro railway line – once the only communication link between the towns of Calalzo, Cortina and Dobbiaco on the Austrian border. Non operational since the 1960s, this route cuts through some of the most iconic and dramatic scenery in the Dolomites. We’ll ride over iron bridges that skirt deep canyons, through tunnels and across gentle passes that afford dramatically beautiful views of some of the Dolomites’ steepest peaks, including Tre Cime de Lavaredo. If you prefer, there’s plenty of free time in Cortina to relax and take in the spirit of this incredible town.
Hotel Franceschi, Cortina (Breakfast, lunch)
HIKING DISTANCE: 27 kilometres (17 miles) each way
ASCENT: 240 metres (780 feet)
DESCENT: 240 metres (780 feet)

Tuesday — Hike Cortina to Rifugio Fodara Vedla

Today we’ll begin our hike into the heart of the Fannes Sennes Braies Natural Park. After a short drive deeper into the mountains, we’ll set off on the trail, following the turquoise coloured Boite River higher up the Valon Scuro with the massive Piccola Croda Rossa looming large above us. We’ll have lunch at a quiet Rifugio Biella, overlooking a beautiful green alpine meadow, before hiking up through larch forest and down into Rifugio Fodara Vedla, surrounded by massive peaks to the south, east and north, and the vast Vallone di Rudo to the west. For those who are keen on more hiking today, we’ll hike above Fodara Vedla to Col de Lasta where we’ll be greeted with 360 degree views of the highest peaks in the Dolomites. Every way you look you’ll be blown away by orange and red spires, including the imposing Croda Rossa (10,320 feet), saturated in the late afternoon light. It’s a sight to behold!
Rifugio Fodara Vedla (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 13.7 kilometres (8.5 miles)
ASCENT: 164 metres (540 feet)
DESCENT: 640 metres (2100 feet)

Wednesday — Hike to Rifugio Lavarella

The morning light here in Fodara Vedla lends itself kindly to the peaks immediately surrounding this small hamlet – it’s worth getting up early for! After breakfast, we’ll hike down through the larch fir forest and into the Pederu valley. As we descend the valley, the towering peaks of the Lavinores Range reveal themselves in dramatic red and yellow – typical colouring of the Dolomite rock. After a mid morning break at Rifugio Pederu, we’ll head deeper into the natural park and ascend the Vallone di Rudo and into a wide open basin, home to Rifugio Lavarella, a comfortable family run mountain hotel. This place is in an absolutely incredible setting, surrounded by massive peaks and small alpine lakes. After lunch here, we’ll hike through the moonlike landscapes of the Pian Dies Sarens trail to Passo di San Antonio, for incredible views of the entire Alta Badia valley. Upon our return, we’ll have the chance to sit back on the deck of our rifugio, and enjoy an espresso or glass of wine while soaking up the incredible vistas.
Rifugio Lavarella or Fanes (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 14.5 kilometres (9 miles)
ASCENT: 701 metres (2300 feet)
DESCENT: 305 metres (1000 feet)

Thursday — Hike to Alta Badia

Today we’ll hike out of the Fannes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, on to the Gran Fanes plateau and drop down and over the Col de Locia. The landscape here changes around every corner – from sweeping meadows and steep rocky ridges to deep valleys of larch forest. The final stages of todays hike bring us down to Alta Badia – often described as the “heart and soul” of the Dolomites. With tiny villages dotted along the valley, this region is a step back in time, and picture postcard beautiful. Our home for the next couple of evenings is the village of San Cassiano at the head of the valley.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 11.4 kilometres (7 miles)
ASCENT: 779 metres (2556 feet)
DESCENT: 1111 metres (3645 feet)

Friday — Hike the Setsass Dolomiti Range

This morning we’ll drive a short distance to the Valparola Pass, where we’ll set off on a hike on the Setsass Dolomiti range. This magnificent high ridgeline trail affords superb 360 degree views the whole way. No matter which way you turn, you’ll have the highest peaks in the Dolomites up close and personal and on show – Conturines, Sas de Pütia and Marmolada (to name just a few), the “Queen of the Dolomites”. After lunch at the Pralongia High Plateau, we’ll head down a trail through an area of lush green pastures and wild flowers dotted with traditional chalets, to our hotel in San Cassiano.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 15 kilometres (9.3 miles)
ASCENT: 730 metres (2395 feet)
DESCENT: 785 metres (2575 feet)

Saturday — Via ferrata Cinque Torri and hike WWI Tunnels of Lagazuoi

This morning we’ll descend by cable car to Passo Falzarego and head across the pass to Cinque Torri – a group of 7 dramatic rock spires rising sharply from the meadows below. After a short hike to Rifugio Averau, if you’re keen, we’ll don helmets, harnesses and carabiners, take in a thorough safety briefing from our expert guides and embark on a fixed cable (via ferrata) hike of Mount Averau. We’ll hike to the summit for what are arguably, the best 360 degree views of the entire Dolomite Mountain Range. If you prefer, we’ll hike the ridgeline above Rifugio Averau for views down into the Cortina Valley and the southern Dolomite ranges – simply stunning! After lunch we’ll drive a short distance to the Passo de Falzarego at the head of the Alta Badia Valley. Here, we’ll hike up to the Galleria del Lagazuoi, a fascinating open air and underground WWI museum carved into the mountains. This is where the Italian and Austro–Hungarian armies dug shelters out of the mountains, transforming them into an impenetrable 20th Century fortress of tunnels, trenches and machine gun posts. A number of different subterranean routes take us on a behind the scenes tour of some of the dramatic high altitude battles that were fought in World War 1. At the end of the tunnels we’ll arrive at Rifugio Lagazuoi – the highest rifugio in the Dolomites, just a stones’ throw from the summit of Mount Lagazuoi at 9114 feet.
Hotel Stores, San Cassiano (All meals)
HIKING DISTANCE: 13.5 kilometres (8.5 miles)
ASCENT: 650 metres (2135 feet)
DESCENT: 650 metres (2135 feet)

Sunday — Return to Venice, depart

Today is the last day of your Active Adventures trip in the Dolomites. You’ll go home knowing you’ve hiked, biked, explored by via ferrata and immersed yourself in one of the most spectacularly beautiful regions on the planet. We’ll head back to Venice this morning in time for flights leaving in the afternoon. If you have more time here, we’re happy to help arrange extra accommodation.
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Jun 16 ’18 – Jun 24 ’18 US$4699 Filling up Check Availability
Jun 30 ’18 – Jul 8 ’18 US$4699 Filling up Check Availability
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Jun 15 ’19 – Jun 23 ’19 US$4699 Great Check Availability
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Sep 7 ’19 – Sep 15 ’19 US$4699 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement!

Trip Start:

If you arrive on the first day of your trip we will pick you up from the Venice Marco Polo (VCE) airport at 11am.

Trip End:

On the last day of your trip we’ll drop you off at Venice Marco Polo airport in time for afternoon flights. You can book a flight home departing anytime after 2pm on this day.

Fitness:

We’ve designed this trip to be fun, challenging and varied. Our trips aren’t scenic bus journeys where you observe from a window, or stand on a touristy viewing platform to take pretty pictures. We’ll get you into the back country to experience the Dolomites scenery up close, so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy yourself. Age and experience are not important, so you don’t need to be young or extremely fit, though you should be in the habit of doing some regular exercise. So get out there with a daypack on a short day hike from time to time and you’ll be ready to join us.

Transport:

Italy is a small country, but not quite small enough to get around under your own steam the whole time.  We arrange comfortable, private transport with plenty of room to stretch your legs. Our guides make every journey informative and fun and may even play some local Italian music along the way. The great thing is, you won’t be spending long periods of time in a vehicle anywhere on this trip - getting around the Dolomites will be largely up to you, with your hiking boots on!

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Reviews

  • Best Hiking Ever!

    “This was definitely a trip of a lifetime! I had not imagined that the Italian Dolomites were so beautiful. The hiking was so perfect and the accommodations were excellent! So hard to return home and not have a beautiful Refugio to stop at for lunch or lodging now! The guides were excellent and I learned so much about the area from Ivan. I also enjoyed the biking day and the Via Ferrata was an absolute blast! Thank you Active Adventures!”
    Beth Julian-Wang – California, United StatesAugust 2017
  • Dolomiti

    “This active adventure was wonderful for me. In fact, one of the best trips I have ever taken. I loved the trekking, fellow trekkers, guides, food, history, etc. All of it. What an amazing, beautiful, fun vacation. I feel so fit!”
    Jenny Wada – Hawaii, United StatesJuly 2017
  • AMAZING!

    “The Dolomites are so dramatic and fantastic - just like a post card, loved the trip and how Active layed it out.”
    David Smith – Illinois, United StatesJuly 2017
  • Stunning

    “Stunning is the first word that comes to mind. This was my 4th trip with Active and as usual it was 5 stars across the board. When I first heard about the trip I called Phil to learn more. He told me the Dolomites were the most stunning, picture perfect landscape he's seen and he wasn't exaggerating. I've never said WOW so many times before. Every turn would lead to a breathtaking scene.
    The trip was managed very well as are all Active trips. The guides were great, within days feeling like long time friends. The food and accommodations were excellent, luxury mountain hiking with 5 course meals, electricity and plumbing to be found at every stop!
    The Dolomites are a must visit and I can't think of a better group to do it with than Active Adventures. Looking forward to my next adventure with them.”
    Boris Diskin – New Jersey, United StatesOctober 2016
  • The Mighty Dolomites

    “Active Adventures did again! Another great experience for the books. From the great hospitality from our guides to our accommodations everything was perfect! The Dolomites are indescribable, never have I seen such beauty and breath taking views at every corner! Something you can only experience in person! Great job Active!!”
    Starr Montoya – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Dolomites - A Hiker's Paradise!

    “Dolomites area is a hiker's paradise. Itinerary included many varied hikes throughout this area. Having bases in the villages of Cassiano and Cortina with daily hikes then into the National Park with stays in the mountain refugios exposed us to many beautiful sights. Great trip -- we'll never forget the snow day!”
    Kathy Stetson – California, United StatesSeptember 2017
  • Challenging but Worth it!!

    “The people, the view, the food, the lodging were all spectacular! At the end of every day after hiking and biking just made that glass (or bottle) of pinot even more tasteful and rewarding. The entire trip was very well organized and catering to our individual liking and capability. Thank you Phil for your patience and sense of humor!!”
    Christine Pien – Massachusetts, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Sept 17 2016 Dolomityi

    “Simply put, this trip would rate as being one of those experiences that I will value throughout my life!”
    Doug Dischino – Connecticut, United StatesOctober 2016
  • “The trip hit all of the marks! The hikes were spectacular, the planning impressive, the accommodations exceptional, the food great, the guides were at your service, knowledgable, fun, funny & just great to hang out with. Just show up and take the ride.”
    Pat Sheehy – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Dolomites

    “Because we were going to be in Italy we decided to bookend our trip with a day in Venice. Active Adventures picked us up at the Marco Polo Airport and within two and one half hours we were transported to San Cassiano. The juxtaposition of the urban to the pastoral was a shock to the senses.
    It was not hard to make the transition though. Right away we were immersed in our new surroundings. On the very first day, jet-lagged and reeling we were hiking in the rolling hills of San Cassiano.
    The first days of the trip used the hotel in San Cassiano as a base of operations. We trekked to Santa Croce through the beautiful countryside to a Refugio that used to be a Monastery. By chance, a choir was giving a concert in the chapel and we were treated to an event that may not have been scheduled, but was one of those special occasions that you have to relish when it happens.
    The next day we visited the tunnels of Lagazuoi, a monument to the stupidity of war, but an adventure that should not be missed. Deep in the heart of the mountain, in dark tunnels it was not hard to imagine the suffering of the soldiers.
    Afterwards we split into two groups. One group would continue hiking while the other group would participate in a via ferratta. I went on the via ferratta and topped out on Mount Averau. I beheld a 360 degree view that was breathtaking. A via ferratta is not for everyone, but I found the challenge exhilarating.
    Today we are beginning our trek through the Dolomites, a grand mountain range of solid limestone. Geologically speaking they were once the floor of an ancient sea. We hiked from Refugio to Refugio. These were like small hostels complete with showers and five course meals. This is the most civilized hiking I have ever done. Everyday we would traverse the most exquisite scenery only to stop for cappuccino and cake before continuing on to our lodgings and then taking an afternoon exploration hike. A great way to spend the day. After three days and two nights it was hard to leave the back country for the Cortina’s hustle and bustle.
    Cortina is the gem of this area. Once the venue for the winter Olympics it has taken on the mantle of the Aspen of Italy. From here we took a magnificent mountain bike ride to Dobbiaco. The next day we circumnavigated Cime de Lavaredo. This was a fitting culmination to our adventure.
    I cannot say enough about the guides; they were excellent. They kept us busy, motivated and with a good laugh now and then. A bit of humor takes the edge off some of those days that take a toll.
    It is hard to explain an Active Adventure. You would never be able to accomplish such a complicated itinerary on your own . They take care of all the logistics, and the activities are not easy but they are within the capabilities of anyone with a reasonable level of physical fitness. But there is an extra component of camaraderie that is brought to bear that creates an unforgettable moment in time.”
    Joe Sheehy – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Dolomiti

    “Pictures don't capture the beauty of the Dolomites. Around every bend and hill climbed stands a new view more stunning then the last. Our guides-Mike, Phil and Richard were an added bonus!”
    Diana Ramos – California, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Dolomiti 2016

    “This was an absolutely wonderful trip in all the ways that mean so much to us: beautiful scenery with physical "challenges"; great trip leaders (oh how we laughed); wonderful people with which to enjoy the trip; great food and a chance to enjoy the locals.”
    Diane Wilson – Minnesota, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Dolomites, Sept 2026

    “My husband and I both thought the trip was fabulous. We appreciated having only the 2&1/2 hr bus ride from the Venice Airport and arriving at out first hotel. The only change we would suggest is to have the day on Sunday a little shorter. For the first full day, 11 miles was a bit long. We would return the same way we went. We really liked the WW I tunnel experience on Monday. We very much enjoyed the three day hike. We liked the bike ride and we both considered the last day the icing on the cake. Both Richard and Mike were fabulous guides. They both understand managing expectations quite well. The food and lodgings were both quite good. I highly recommend this trip and like I told Phil, I'd be glad to get together a group of people to hear more about it.”
    Emily Eberle – Tennessee, United StatesOctober 2016
  • Most awesome active adventure

    “This trip was perfect, just the right amount of physical exertion, combined with comfortable lodgings and incredible food. Not to mention the mind-boggling scenery, incredible energy of the mountains, and the patience of the guide phillipo, who made it possible for first ever via ferrata climb!! Oh and I loved the bike ride too! Every thing was perfect.”
    Annie Allen – California, United StatesOctober 2016

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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