9 Day Hike

Day 1 - San Vito di Cadore

Pick-up at Marco Polo airport in Venice and arrival to San Vito di Cadore 3,000′ (993m) at the foot of Mt. Antelao.  The afternoon is free to take a leisurely stroll in town or cycle along the scenic bike path of the Dolomites! Bring your bathing suit and dip in the indoor heated pool while enjoying an unsurpassed view of the famous north face of Pelmo (3,168m).

A welcome aperitif and a brief presentation will be followed by dinner.

Day 2 - Forcella Lerosa

HIKING TIME: 5 HOURS • VERTICAL HEIGHT: 1,200 (400m)

We hike to the high point at Forcella Lerosa 6,060′(2,020m) where old cross and other scattered remains remind us that this was a battlefield during World War I. We stand on the what is left of a hastily-built Austrian cemetery. Mt. Croda Rossa 9,438′(3,146m) towers above on what was an ocean bed in the Jurassic period- 190 million years ago-. The valley is populated with centuries-old pino cembro (Pinus cembra), some of which are said to be over 800 years old. 

Day 3 - Tre Cime di Lavaredo

HIKING TIME: 6 HOURS •  VERTICAL HEIGHT: 1,800 (600m)

We loop around the iconic symbol of the Dolomites, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Our trail takes us on an easterly route past Rifugio Auronzo 6,960′ (2,340m) and Rifugio Lavaredo crossing moraines of bygone glaciers. We crest at Pian de Cengia 7,884′ (2,628m), overlooking a vast range of peaks sedimented in the late Triassic period -over 220 millions ago-. This is rocky territory and few but the most tenacious plants grow here like the alpine poppy (Papaver rhaeticum) with its bright yellow flowers. We work our way back on the north side of Monte Paterno.

Day 4 - Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park

HIKING TIME: 5 HOURS • VERTICAL HEIGHT: 2,400 (800m)

This is the land of the magic kingdom of Fanes, where century-old traditions sparked the imagination of many writers. The remains of the once proud castle of Podestagno overlook the valley, and the Ponte Outo (High Bridge) offers a safe crossing of the Travenzanzes gorge plunging below us!  The vegetation is thick and lush, spruce (Picea abies) alternates with silver fir (Abies alba). We are close to our destination at the rifugio with its authentically south-Tyrolean charm and cuisine.

Day 5 - Falzarego-Nuvolau

HIKING TIME: 9 HOURS • VERTICAL HEIGHT: 3,000 - 3,600 (1,000 - 1,200)* 

An initial steep climb is followed by flat terrain over beautiful alpine meadows and gentle creeks with water plentiful.
This is a great place to admire the geological structure of Sass de la Crusc, originally deposited at the seafloor 150-200 million years ago and subsequently forced up 9,000′ (3,000m) by plate tectonics. Dinner is served in a spectacular setting surrounded by stars and peaks. The local specialties are  cooked to perfection by the chef.

Day 6 - Lastoi de Formin-Mondeval

HIKING TIME: 5 HOURS • VERTICAL HEIGHT: 1,200 (400m)

Walking past passo Giau ’6,708′ (2,236m) on a southerly course, we cut through ancient coral reefs petrified in place by subsequent volcanic eruptions! In the high alpine meadows of Mondeval we walk past a paleolithic burial site, where the remains of an 8.000 year-old hunter were found. All around us there are myriads of flowers in early summer, including multiple species of orchids, some of which have a distinct scent of vanilla.
From this vantage point we have an unsurpassed view of Mt. Pelmo 9,510′ (3,168m).  The valley is populated with marmots, and their chirping echo around us as we approach our destination.

Day 7 - Rifugio Citta’ di Fiume-Col de la Puina

HIKING TIME: 6 HOURS • VERTICAL HEIGHT: 2,400 (800m) INCLUDING THE MOUNTAIN TOP

Our first stop is at Rifugio Citta’ di Fiume 5,754′ (1,918m). The sound of rolling rock avalanches can be occasionally heard as gravity brings down loose debris from Mt. Pelmo. The Dolomites adventure continues as we climb to the very top of Col de la Puina. Fun is guaranteed!
We will spend the night at a warm and hospitable bed-and-breakfast in the Zoldo valley, a memorable place to spend our last day in the Dolomites. 

Day 8 & 9 - Prosecco wine region

Today we head south towards the river Po valley and away from the Alps to the Prosecco wine-growing area. The rolling hills covered in vineyards offer spectacular views of the vast Padana plains ranging all the way from Torino, past Venice and into the bay of Trieste in the Slovenian border.

·        Wine tasting at a family owned and run Prosecco vineyard.

·        Cooking class with a local chef followed by dinner