Panoramic Circuit of Cortina d'Ampezzo
A spectacular week-long circuit starting and finishing in pretty Cortina d’Ampezzo on high mountain trails through Alpine pastures, forests and passes with views of some of the most famous pinnacles and spires of the Dolomites. A continuous walking route which gives you the Alpine high route experience with modest ups and downs and staying in comfortable hotels.
Price: €2180 pp double/twin €2380 DFS room
Pick up at Venice Marco Polo airport /Venice Mestre train station at 1 pm for a lunch snack and a 2.5 hour drive to pretty Cortina d’Ampezzo.
We walk directly out of Cortina through meadows and forests and up on high mountain paths to our first panoramic Dolomite col at 2000 metres/6560 ft (ski lift option available) on a tiny Alpine lake before continuing on well-made paths to a comfortable, traditional style Locanda for an overnight stay (12 km/8 miles, 7 hrs). Dinner in their renowned restaurant.
An initial even stretch on a cycle path and a dramatic ascent through a rocky gorge brings us out at over 2000 metres/6560 ft once again on the bucolic high pastures of Pratopiazza for lunch in a mountain refuge and our next hotel on a beautiful high plateau (7.5 km/4.5 miles, 3.5 hrs). Optional afternoon walk on the plateau and dinner in the hotel.
Climb up to the edge of the plateau before descending gradually on well-made paths of World War One interest with beautiful views of Dolomite peaks and the Austrian Alps to the Landro Valley for a picnic lunch before climbing up once more along the Rienza river valley and down briefly to the tiny hamlet of Misurina and its lake (17 km/11 miles, 8 hrs) to our hotel in Misurina (2 nights). Dinner in a family-run mountain dairy.
A short drive takes us to the most famous walk in the Dolomites, the spectacular, highly panoramic circuit of the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo (8 km/5 miles, 4.5 hrs). Dinner in a local restaurant.
A pretty wooded climb to the base of the beautiful pinnacled Cadini mountains (ski lift option available) takes us to a panoramic high military track and lunch at a mountain refuge. We then descend through pastures and forests to our next overnight stay at a small family-run hotel (15 km/9 miles, 5 hrs).
We return to Cortina through the serene open pastures of Val Bona and dappled larch forests, climbing initially to Passo Tre Croci and a lunch of local specialities before traversing the Faloria massif with beautiful views over the Cortina bowl and down to the town itself through forests and hamlets to Cortina again (15 km/9 miles, 6 hrs). Dinner in the renowned Michelin starred Ristorante Tivoli.
A 2.5 hour drive takes us back to Venice airport/Venice Mestre train station.