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Dolomites, where chiseled rock formations stand guard over lush valleys—just a skip north of Venice, and nestled in the heart of every hiker who’s wandered its trails. It’s the backdrop for your awesome week of hiking in the Italian Alps! Crafted by folks who know these mountains like their backyard, this self-guided tour at the Austrian-Italian border is your ticket to exploring dense forests, spotting vibrant wildflowers, and gazing up at peaks reaching over 10,000 feet! Check off bucket-list spots like Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Cinque Torri, and get ready to fall in love with the charming villages you’ll stumble upon. From reaching high mountain passes to chilling by crystal-clear lakes, there’s never a dull moment. And when the day’s done? Kick back in your comfy hotel room or take a refreshing dip in an indoor pool! It’s a journey that’ll leave you daydreaming about the Dolomites for years to come.

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Adventure highlights

  • World-famous mountain range

    Walk among incredible Dolomite landscapes with characteristic spires, bucolic meadows, and hidden gemstone lakes

  • Self-guided experience

    Hassle-free & active Alpine holiday with your own people and at your own pace, with options to customize your hikes

  • Italy with a twist!

    Immerse yourself into the South Tyrolean culture, boasting a mixture of Austrian, Italian, and Ladin influences

Itinerary

Get ready for a breathtaking week-long hiking adventure through the stunning Dolomites in the Italian Alps. Traverse chiseled rock formations, lush valleys, and iconic peaks like Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Cinque Torri. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in 3-star and 4-star hotels, with daily breakfast and dinner included. This expertly crafted self-guided tour ensures that you’ll experience the best of the region, while a luggage transfer and digital travel packets make for a seamless journey.

  • Arrive in Pocol and check into your hotel. You can take some rest or go on a walk before dinner. Enjoy a delicious dinner before going to your room. Have a good night’s sleep to reenergize for hiking that awaits tomorrow.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Villa Argentina in Pocol

    View of Cortina d’Ampezzo from Picol, Italy,
  • After a tasty breakfast, it’s time to go hiking! Start from the Falzarego Pass (2,105 m/6,906 ft), reached by public bus (30 min), hike up to the pass of Forcella Averau (2,435 m/7,989 ft), with a very beautiful passage under the cliffs of Averau; then, up to the Forcella Nuvolau and the Averau mountain hut. Afterwards, walk down to the Scoiattoli mountain hut, on a scenic balcony trail opposite of the Tofane and the Cinque Torri, which are amazing dolomite spires and a paradise for rock climbers. The descent to Cian Zopé (1,732 m/5,682 ft), is easy and relaxing. Return to Pocol by public bus (5 min) or walking. Go back to your hotel to enjoy another dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Villa Argentina in Pocol
    Hiking: 4.5 hours; 10 km/6.2 mi; +350m/1,148 ft; -715 m/2,346 ft*

    *Possibility of a longer hike up to the Nuvolau summit or or return hike to Pocol (instead of taking the bus)

    Averau Mountain, Dolomites.
  • After breakfast, resume with hiking. Today’s hike starts at an altitude of 1,985 m/6512 ft, which you will arrive by public bus (15 min), then the path runs under the Pass de Bois and the southern face of the Tofane de Rozes via the Alta Via 1 trail. It leads to the Dibona hut (2,045 m/6,709 ft) and its terrace, ideally situated opposite the Cinque Torri. The walk ends by going down direct to the hotel in Pocol along a beautiful, forested path—followed by dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Villa Argentina in Pocol
    Hiking: 5 hours, 10.5 km/6.5 mi, +350 m/1,148 ft; -630 m/2067 ft*

    *Several possibilities of a longer hike (depending on personal preference)

    Tofane mountain, Dolomites.
  • After breakfast, a private transfer (30 min) will take you to the Passo Tre Croci and the start of this classic Cortina hike. The goal for today is reaching the beautiful turquoise blue waters of Lake Sorapis. This spectacular hike begins on a wide path through the forest until climbing and reaching the first open views of the surrounding mountains. Here the trail has a few rockier sections supported by cables, rails, and stairs. The hike continues by walking past the Vandelli mountain hut shortly before reaching the picturesque lake, nestled in a cirque at the foot of the summit of Sorapis Mountain (3,205 m/10,515 ft). After enjoying this fantastic scenery, the return is back down the same exciting path, and a public bus (10 min) takes hikers up to Misurina lake and the hotel for the next 3 nights.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Misurina in Misurina
    Hiking: 5-6 hours, 11.7 km/7.3 mi, +558 m/1,830 ft, -558 m/1,830 ft

    A bench near a lake in Misurina, Dolomites, Italy.
  • Wake up in your 4-star hotel and enjoy a buffet breakfast. Today, you will explore the famous area of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. A public bus transfer (20 min) takes hikers to the Auronzo refuge (2,320 m/7,611 ft). Starting from Auronzo, hike the pass of Forcella de Mezzo (2,315 m/7,595 ft). Next, descend towards the north face of the Tre Cime, through the pass of Forcellina and its lakes at (2,245 m/7.365 ft). In the afternoon, the hike passes through the Rinbon Valley, and descends until reaching the Rinbianco Valley. The end of the hike is highlighted by passing the idyllic Lake Antorno before returning back to Misurina and the hotel by foot, followed by a well-deserved dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Misurina in Misurina
    Hiking: 4.5-5 hours; 15 km/9.3 mi, +450 m/1,476 ft, -860 m/2,822 ft*

    *Several possibilities of shorter hikes (depending on personal preference)

    Tre cime di Lavaredo, as seen during a self-guided hiking tour in the Dolomites.
  • After breakfast, take a public bus (20 min) to Auronzo, where the hike around the Tre Cime starts; this is a famous path surrounded by needles, towers, and other summits. A wide foot path crosses to the Lavaredo hut, under the Tre Cime. After the refuge, a loop hike starts around Mt Paterno and the Croda Passaporto via the pass of Büllelejoch and the Lakes dei Piani. Towards the end of this loop, the refuge Locatelli and the northern face of the Tre Cime are reached. The setting is stunning and one of the most iconic spots in all the Dolomites! The hike ends by going back to Auronzo via the Lavaredo pass while enjoying more views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo from the side: sharp and impressive! Return to the hotel in Misurina via a public bus (20 min). Enjoy the last evening of this hiking tour with another delicious dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Misurina in Misurina
    Hiking: 4.5 hours; 13 km/8.1 mi; +590 m/1,936 ft; -590m /1,936 ft

    A gorgeous wooden mountain hut in the Dolomites.
  • End of the trip after breakfast and hotel check-out (~10am). Go to the bus station in Cortina d’Ampezzo where you can catch a bus to Venice or many other destinations. Private shuttles to Cortina or to Venice are also available for an added fee upon request.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Misurina, Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italy - Veautiful Misurina Lake and Sexten Dolomites or Dolomiti di Sesto, South Tyrol region of Alps.
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Grand Angle was born in 1983, when its founders Jean-Claude and Anne-Marie wanted to professionally do what they enjoy the most in life—spend time in the great outdoors. Today Grand Angle has grown into a tour operator with a great team of guides and in-office experts offering trips throughout Europe. Hiking or biking, on snow or by the sea, luxury or cultural, Grand Angle has it all!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 5 days of hiking in the Dolomites
      • Accommodation in double rooms in a 3* and a 4* hotel (6 nights)
      • Breakfast and dinner (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7)
      • Tourist taxes
      • Digital travel packet
      • Luggage transfer on Day 4
      • Private transfer to start of hike on Day 4
      • Use of the smartphone travel app with GPX files
      • Telephone support

    Transfers from Venice to the starting point and back can be arranged for an additional fee, along with single accommodation (depending on availability) and extra nights in Pocol or Misurina.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the starting point of the adventure (Pocol, Italy)
      • Accommodations
      • Lunches
      • Printed travel packet
      • Drinks & personal expenses
      • Travel insurance — highly recommended
      • Cable car/gondola, chair lift or public bus
      • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • For this Dolomites hiking tour, a moderate level of fitness is required. You should have solid hiking experience, especially in hilly/mountainous terrain. Over 5 days, expect to walk between 2 and 6 hours, covering 6 to 9 miles (10-15 km) per day with elevation gains up to 1,930 ft (590 m). Keep in mind that most hike options have multiple length options to adjust days to your desired difficulty level.

    We suggest maintaining an active lifestyle and going on occasional full-day hikes for preparation. With sufficient fitness and an adventurous spirit, most hikers can enjoy this Dolomites self-guided hike tour journey.

  • Here’s a list of clothing you need to bring:

      • Hiking Boots/Shoes – waterproof, sturdy sole, deep tread, and ideally well broken in
      • Hiking Socks – one pair for every day or two days of the trip (no cotton!)
      • Sun hat – wide brimmed hat or baseball cap/bandana combo
      • Warm hat & gloves – lightweight beanie and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves
      • Hiking shirts – non-cotton, breathable short sleeve and/or long sleeve shirts
      • Warm top – mid-weight sweater or pullover of wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene
      • Mid layer insulating jacket – down-fill or synthetic-fill insulated “puffy” jacket or warm, heavy weight
      • Fleece jacket
      • Hiking pants & shorts – nylon pants and shorts, zip-offs or leggings
      • Base layer/long underwear – 1 pair of moisture-wicking tops and bottoms that are lightweight to midweight and made of synthetic wicking materials such as polyester, polypropylene, merino wool, etc.
      • Rain gear – waterproof jacket, pants, and a small umbrella
      • Casual leisure clothing & footwear

    Here’s a list of hiking and optional gear to bring:

      • Backpack (35-40 L)
      • Personal luggage – small duffel bag, suitcase or backpack – for extra clothes and casual clothes (this bag stays at hotel)
      • Hydration system – either water bottles or bladder/hose system (2 L)
      • Trekking poles — highly recommended
      • Headlamp
      • Picnic/lunch kit – knife, plate or bowl, box with closeable lid, utensils, etc.
      • Waterproof travel case or pouch
      • Sunglasses, sunscreen, & lip balm
      • Small first aid kit
      • Toilet paper, wet wipes, sanitizer & sealable plastic bag(s) for carrying out used paper/wipe
      • Toiletries and prescription medication — if applicable
      • Sleep mask & ear plugs — optional
      • Bug repellent — optional
      • Quick drying towel or bandana(s) — optional

    Bring comfortable clothes appropriate for different weather conditions. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • A self-guided tour is an independent exploration without a formal guide leading the way. Instead of being part of a group with a tour leader, you will navigate the tour yourself, using resources provided by the operator, such as maps, guidebooks, audio guides, or digital apps. Your guiding company will also take care of other parts of the tour, such as 24/7 support, half-board accommodation and luggage transfer.

  • During your self-guided hiking tour in the Dolomites, accommodation and meals promise comfort and satisfaction. For the first 3 nights, revel in the cozy ambiance of Hotel Villa Argentina, featuring double rooms with a range of amenities. Indulge in a hearty breakfast buffet from 07:30 to 10:00, offering a variety of options including fresh fruit, homemade cakes, and continental breakfast food. Dinner, served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., boasts a choice of starters, main courses, and desserts, complemented by a weekly mountain-themed dinner. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available upon request. The hotel also offers wellness facilities including Finnish and infrared saunas, with plans for additional amenities in the future. Additional perks include a playroom, free Wi-Fi, and a small library.

    For the remaining 3 nights, luxuriate in the comforts of Grand Hotel Misurina, a 4-star haven in Misurina. Enjoy half-board accommodation, with buffet breakfast and dinner served with table service. A typical dinner is arranged weekly, offering a delightful culinary experience. Unwind in the bar area with traditional furnishings, and take a dip in the indoor pool or rejuvenate in the Wellness Centre (supplement applies) featuring whirlpool, sauna, Turkish bath, and more, complemented by an indoor pool. With these accommodations and meals, your Dolomites hiking experience promises both relaxation and culinary delights.

    Please keep in mind that the departure cannot be confirmed until your guides receive confirmations for their lodging partners.

  • Single rooms are available for an added fee of $425 or $580 (only in August) per person, but are dependent on availability. You can request single room accommodation, but it is not guaranteed before confirmation from the operator. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Since you will stay in two different hotels during the adventure, luggage transfer is arranged only on Day 4, from Pocol to Misurina. You will have access to your luggage every evening. Private transportation from Pocol to Misurina on Day 4 is also included in the price.

  • You can extend your Dolomites hiking adventure by arranging one or more extra nights at your hotel before (Pocol) or after the adventure (Misurina) as part of the booking process. Keep in mind that pricing differs depending on the month you decide to embark on your Dolomites hiking tour.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this adventure, the usual number of participants depends on the desires of the clients.
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate. The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
      • Please keep in mind that the departure cannot be confirmed until your guides receive confirmations for their lodging partners.

    Hiking in the Dolomites can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Your adventure starts in Pocol, Italy. To get there, most people fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport. Once in Venice, you can take a train or a bus ride to Cortina, followed by another local bus ride to Pocol via DolomitiBus number 31/33.

    If you want to make it hassle-free, you can arrange private transfers from Venice to the starting point and/or back to Venice for an added fee during the booking process.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance on and off the trails. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits 

    When booking a trip, you can either pay for it in full or reserve your spot with a 50% deposit. The remaining 50% of the trip price is to be paid 120 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    • Booking fees are non-refundable. 
    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 120 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-119 days before the trip, there is no refund.
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