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The Dolomites Nature Park trails

€690 per person

Experiencing nature – idyllic Mountain lakes, lush Mountain pastures, green forests and the legendary Dolomites will guide you through three Nature Parks during your hike. Not without reason, were the Dolomites declared a Natural World heritage site. As a preamble to the hike, you are greeted by Lake Prags “Pragser Wildsee”, in whose crystal clear waters the whitewashed walls of the Seekofels Mountain, are mirrored. All those who believe that nothing more can top this experience, be well advised that high above Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites you can view and glance over some of the most striking summits. The Cristallo Group of Mountain peaks; the Pinnacle on Mount Tofane and the summits around the Fanes Mountains, all wrestle for the attention of the observer. Naturally, an excursion to the “Drei Zinnen” cannot be left out, the encompassing hike around the celebrated trident promises fascinating impressions of the Sesto Mountain ranges of the Dolomites. Finally, we will introduce you to the splendours of Sesto, the valley of the mountain climbers and mountain guides.
This is a moderate and accessible hiking tour through well-marked trails. It is suitable for anyone in good basic physical condition and climbing experiences are not necessary.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days
  • What is included
    Accommodation and boarding as mentioned under Itinerary; Luggage transportation; telephone assistance; Detailed roadbook and maps in English; Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car, public bus and trains); Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Tourist residence tax “tassa di soggiorno” to be paid locally in cash; travel insurance; transfers from and to the airport; tips; entrance fees; other meals; alcohol drinks; personal expenses;
  • Best period
    June, July, August, September
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Day 1: Arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
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Day 2: Villabassa/Dobbiaco – Pragser Tal/Valle di Braies – Plätzwiese
(ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 0 m in altitude / approx. 4 hours) or (ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 5 - 6 hours) Your hiking holiday starts with a short transfer to the idyllic lake Pragser Wildsee, which fascinates the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. Here you get a first impression of the Pragser Tal; with its dark-needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks, it counts to the pearls of the Dolomites. The way leads you to the alpine pasture Rossalm and down to Brückele. By public transport you reach the high plateau of Plätzwiese, over which the mountains Dürrenstein and Hohe Gaisl sit majestically. Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you can see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a shorter variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to the guesthouse Tuscherhof and start their walk from there. Following the river Stolla they pass the guesthouse Brückele, the homonymous hut Stolla and rock paintings (cases of erosion, which are produced by the constant influence of water and the different composition of the rock) to get to the Plätzwiese.
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Day 3: Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein
(ascent: approx. 350 m in altitude / descent: approx. 350 m in altitude / approx. 3-4 hours or ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 4-5 hours; 8-9km) Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine pasture “Plätzwiese”, which together with the mountains “Hohe Gaisl” and “Kreuzkofelgruppe” counts as the most treasured and revered hiking areas in the country; the charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are relevant here. In the Nature Park “Fanes Sennes Prags”, the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your choice between two options. Starting at the “Plätzwiese” depending on the variant you reach either the “Strudelkopf” (short variant) or the “Dürrenstein” (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the “Hohe Gaisl”, the “Three Peaks”, the “Tofana” and the “Monte Cristallo”.
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Day 4: Plätzwiese – Knappenfuss Valley – Gemärk/Cimabanche – Cortina d‘Ampezzo
(ascent: approx. 0 m in altitude/descent approx. 475 m in altitude / approx. 2 hours or ascent: 650 m in altitude / descent: approx. 1,425 m in altitude / approx. 8 hours) You hike through the high plateau of the Plätzwiese and descend through the Knappenfußtal to Cimabanche – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct path to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut “Ra Stua” and under the “Col Rosa” to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks.
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Day 5: Circular track; cablecar Faloria;
Longer variant: ascent: approx. 300 m in altitude / descent approx. 1.175 m in altitude / approx. 5 hours Shorter variant: ascent: approx. 75 m in altitude / descent approx. 975 m in altitude / approx. 3-4 hours The panorama of the starting point of this stage is quite simple and stunning. The giant rocks of the Ampezzo Dolomites reach into heaven; the Monte Cristallo and the Cristallogruppe, the Tofana and the Fanesgruppe are the leading actors of this spectacle. There are two options for the day: the longer one leads you towards Forcella Faloria and the shorter one is following the new Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards Passo Tre Croci. The descent to Cortina is equal for both routes. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating environment of the impressive Dolomite peaks.
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Day 6: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Lake Dürrensee – Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) – Rifugio Auronzo (hut);
(ascent: approx. 1,000 m in altitude / descent: approx. 100 m in altitude / approx. 4-5 hours) or (ascent: approx. 350 m in altitude / descent: approx. 350 m in altitude / approx. 3 – 4 hours) A transfer will take you from Cortina to lake Dürrensee. From here you will hike through the Rienztal to the world famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks). The mountains are probably the most known rock formations in the Dolomites. They were an important war scenery during World War I between Italy and Austria-Hungary. An easy hike takes you further on to Rifugio Auronzo hut and by bus you go back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa. For who prefers to take it easy that day, there is the possibility to take a direct bus to Rifugio Auronzo hut (ticket approx. Euro 6.50- ticket not included). From there you can make the round tour of the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) and take the bus back to your hotel in Dobbiaco/Villabassa.
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Day 7: Villabassa or Dobbiaco – Sexten/Sesto – Villabassa or Dobbiaco;
(ascent: approx. 575 m in altitude / descent: 975 m in altitude / approx. 6 hours) The last stage of your hiking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Pustertal, to Sesto. Before that, you arrive to Versciaco, where the cable car takes you to the mountain Helm. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view to the Sextner Dolomiten. The huts Hahnspiel, Sillian, Klammbach and Alpe Nemes are further stops before you hike to the Kreuzbergpass. You will get back to Villabassa/Dobbiaco by bus/train and enjoy you last night of your tour in the Dolomites.
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Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
690 Euro (+65 Euro for all arrivals between 30/6 to 08/9 incl.)
Single Room Supplement
160 Euro
Group size
min. 2 persons
Tips
The trek is available to start every day from mid-June and mid-September. For arrivals after Sept 09th an option will be given for Day 5, as the cable car will be closed. Moderate to demanding mountain walks on well-marked paths. Basic experience in mountain walking is recommended as well as an active, healthy general level of fitness and stamina. The paths are well maintained though sometimes stony or steep. Some walks can be extended or shortened. Arrival: By car: By car on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit Vahrn/Varna, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel or Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel. By train: Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de www.oebb.at www.trenitalia.com By plane: Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova airport in Treviso and/or to the Marco Polo airport in Venice. On request, we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour. Transfer every Saturday (in June, July and August even on Wednesday) by shuttle bus from Venice mainland/Mestre to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa at a price of Euro 75.00 per person (reservation and payment upon booking). Parking: Free unattended parking facilities are included for the duration of the tour at the hotel of your arrival or at a nearby public parking area.
Accommodation & luggage transportation
Good quality hotels of 3*, incl. breakfast (halfboard can be added on extra payment; see below). All lugagge transfers are included.

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