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Nordic Walk the Italian Dolomites


Nordic walking holiday to the Italian Dolomites

The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of it's exceptional geological beauty and when you see the beauty for yourself you will understand why. One of the world's most stunning landscapes; rich in tradition, history, and a unique culture that mixes Austrian and Italian ancestry.

We think the Dolomites, or the 'Dollies' as they are affectionately known are spectacular! This is a very special and interesting part of the world on a number of counts. Join us and enter a world of breath taking views, of rocky spires, and towering cliff faces and be prepared to be impressed on our Italian Dolomites Nordic Walking trip.

Highlights

  • Explore a UNESCO World Natural Heritage
  • 4* Spa hotel in central Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Visit important First World War sites
  • Beautiful peaks like the Tre Cime and Tofana di Rozes
  • Fabulous Italian food and coffee
  • Truly spectacular Nordic Walking trails
  • Lunch in characterful rifugios
  • Led by an International Mountain Leader

Our meeting point for this weekend is Cortina d'Ampezzo, a town with a beautiful landscape and within easy reach of the regions most iconic mountains. Enjoy Italian hospitality whilst exploring the regions jaw dropping scenery. Explore trails that negotiate this dramatic mountain environment offering a unique perspective on this magical place. Be prepared to be impressed!

The uniqueness of the geology in this region is matched by its Austrian-Italian distinctiveness. The area is known as the Sud Tirol in German, and as the Alto Adige in Italian, and presents an eclectic fusion of Austrian and Italian food and folklore. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Dolomites and have eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres (9840ft), many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo.


Itinerary

  • airport
  • meet in
  • peaks
  • accommodation
  • route
  • Today you arrive in the town of Cortina d' Ampezzo in Italy, known as the jewel of the Dolomites. For convenience we have arrange an airport transfer for your group from Venice to Cortina.

    The beauty of the Ampezzo Valley along with it's 1000 year history attracts visitors all year round. Surrounded by majestic peaks Cortina, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, can't fail to impress any mountain lover. Our hotel for this trip is within easy walking distance to the bustling pedestrian town centre and numerous musems and galleries. Proud of it's heritage, learn about the local traditions, history and environment at the Ethnograhic Museum or visit the "Rinaldo Zardini" Palaeontological Museum which houses one of the most significant collections of fossils that exists anywhere today.

    Your guide will meet you at the hotel before the evening meal to answer any questions and discuss the days ahead.

  • A short drive takes us to the village of Misurina a lakeside beauty spot and the perfect location for our first nordic walk. In summer it's easy to see why the original settlers chose to live at this idyllic mountain setting. Our aim is to catch views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known as the Drei Zinnen, a world reknowned mountain of the Dolomites. This walk is a ‘must-do’ for hikers in the Dolomites. Made up of three immense rock towers rising above the valley the view is truly breathtaking and captures the attention of any hiker or climber visiting the region. Our route first takes us to the Auronzo Hut and the summits just above on the Ciadin de Longeres where we are treated to another new vista of rock towers and jagged spires in this truly spectacular mountain setting. Along the way you will pass by the Rifugio Lavaredo and the Rifugio Locatelli. You’ll enjoy great views and great food! We will aim to do a fantastic circular hike right around the towers. A superb way to start our weekend in the Dolomites.

    Ascent: 380m (1246ft) Descent: 500m (1640ft) Distance: 9.8km (5.8 miles) Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Today we head north to where Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Sennes Regional Natural Parks meet. Over this weekend we are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to break taking mountain scenery and today is no exception. We begin on easy trails through the a valley of pine forests. Situated in an idyllic high alpine pasture we reach the lovely family run Rifugio Ra Stua. We plan on testing the local strudel and coffee before the main climb today to reach the wild open plateau of Valbones de Inze for a fantastic panoramic view. An amazing location to absorb the full breadth of the Dolomites and learn about the regions unusual geology. We return back to Rifugio Ra Stua where we meet our shuttle bus back to Cortina.
    Ascent: 550m (1804ft) Descent: 400m (1312ft) Distance: 10km (6.2miles) Walking time: 5 hours

  • Today's point-to-point walk is unique and has the ingredients of an unfortgettable mountain day. Just a short bus ride south-west of Cortina are the Cinque Torri or Five Towers. Loved by rock climbers 'The Cinque Torri' are a beauty in their own right as well as the site of strategic Italian trenches and tunnels systems used during the First World War. We begin our walk all on good paths to the 5 Torris at 2137m (7011ft) where it's possible to visit the military emplacements in a fabulous open-air museum, which helps bring to life how important this site was during the Great War. Across the valley we have incredible views of the Castelletto, Col dei Bos and expansive south face of Tofane di Rozes 3225m (10580ft) and Mount Lagazoui 2732m (8963m), which was during the war the site of the Austrian troops and trenches. We then head up to a col at 2413m (7916ft) to reach another strategic military site between the mountains of Averau and Nuvolao now home to the Rifugio Averau. After lunch here we plan to climb a further 170m (557ft) to reach the summit of Nuvolao 2575m (8448ft) which arguably has the best 360 panoramic views of the Dolomites boasting views south towards the regions highest peak of the Dolomites the Marmolada 3343m (10967ft) and north to the glaciated peaks of Austria. We then complete our day by continuing onto the  Passo Giau and mountain pass and refuge where we are rewarded with yet more stunning views and time for a celebratory drink and strudel!

    Ascent: 500m (1640ft) Descent: 500m (1640ft) Distance: 10km (6.2 miles) Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Today is your departure day from Cortina d'Ampezza and the package finishes at Venice Airport.

    As your flight is not until later in the afternoon there will be time today for last minute souvenir shopping, a visit to one of the museums, or simply soak up the sun at one of the many street cafes.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

Cortina is a vibrant bustling town and offers a range of hotels within easy reach of the shops, bars, street cafes and musuems. Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room at the charming 4* Park Victoria Hotel.

If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. Single rooms are available, but will incur a supplementary fee.

Park Hotel Victoria, Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Park Hotel Victoria is an historic 4* hotel situated in the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo, which is known as the jewel of the Dolomites. The hotel is tastefully decorated in traditional Italian style and offers a traditional 3 course evening menu. You can enjoy the magnificent views from the panoramic terrace and from most of the guest rooms. We have booked their Comfort rooms all of which are ensuite. Deluxe and single occupancy rooms are available at an additional fee, please advice us if you would like this option. There is a spa which offers a sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath and an emotional shower! Massages are available upon request.


  • The closest airports to the Dolomites are Venice in Italy and Innsbruck in Austria.

    For convenience we have included one return airport transfer from Venice airport direct to Cortina. The journey time is 2 hours. If you would like to be included in this transfer from Venice please co-ordinate your travel to work with these times.

    The transfer is scheduled to meet the Easyjet flight departing from Luton at 1240hrs on the 12th June 2020 and arriving into Venice Marco Polo at 1555hrs.

    On your departure day, the 16th June 2020, the transfer bus will collect you from your hotel and take you back to Venice Marco Polo airport in time for the 1705hrs flight to Luton.

    The City of Venice is very easy to explore and travel around. If you would like to extend your trip with time in Venice either side of your trip and need further advice please contact us for details.

    Venice: Venice has two airports. The main airport is Venice Marco Polo but some airlines such as Ryanair fly to Venice ‘Treviso'. There is a 15 minute drive between these two airports. If you would prefer to travel at a different time to the rest of the group to transfer from Venice to Cortina choose either the Cortina Express or Flixbus the journey time is between 2h-2h30. We recommend buying tickets in advance which can be done easily and in English. Check the timetables carefully as they vary with stops and times. If arriving into Treviso airport you will need to take an airport bus into Treviso town to pick up the Cortina bus. The bus tickets vary in price depending on how far in advance you book, from 5€ - 20€ one way.

    If you would like to arrange a private transfer from Innsbruck or Venice or any other destination then we can recommend the services of www.taxicortinasci.it

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our Terms and Conditions is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details.

    You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. This trip has a single supplement of £230.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2020

Guaranteed Book

What's Included

  • Half board accommodation in a 4* spa hotel or similar for 4 nights based on a twin room in Cortina
  • The services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and their expenses
  • Transport to the start and end of the walking routes
  • The Averau cable car if needed
  • The services of a Nordic Walking leader and their expenses
  • Return taxi transfer from Venice Airport to Cortina
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Lunches - Please bring snacks with you for your day walks. We plan to buy light lunches from mountain cafes on the walks, such as the beautiful Rifugio Averau.
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At a Glance

From Price £995
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 5 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2575m (8448ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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