Dolomites star way
Day 1 Arrival in Cortina d'Ampezzo
Arrival in the alpine resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the Northeast of Italy. Cortina hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, and has been selected to host the games again in 2026.
You settle for 5 nights in the same accommodation. You will meet with your guide in the early evening, have a welcoming diner and a first briefing of the following days with him.
Accomodation : hotel
Day 2 Averau and the Cinque Torri tour
We start the day by a bus transfer to the Falzarego pass, which is the departure of the Cinque Torri walk, iconic mountain of the Dolomites. The path climbs gently, and our surroundings become mainly mineral. We arrive in a beautiful stone field at the bottom of the Averau, a 2649m-high rock citadel. We move around the mountain and soon get to the Nuvolau pass. The panoramic view from the peak is worth the 150m ascent elevation !
We reach the Cinque Torri, well-known from climbers and major place of historical interest : that is where Italian and Austro-Hungarian troupes fiercely fought during the first World War, relics of the battle still remain there today. We then make our way back to Cortina.
Transfer by bus from Cortina to passo Falzarego : around 40 min / Walk : 5 hours / Ascending elevation : 600m / Drop : 800m / Accomodation : hotel
Day 3 Le Lagazuoi
Wake up bright and early, we start walking from the Falzarego pass on a beautiful ascent to Lagazuoi, from where we can enjoy a 360° view and we can see the far away Marmolada, the Dolomites 3343m-high roof. During our ascent, we will discover soldiers’ relics from the first World War. Then, we head down to the foot of impressive vertical cliffs in a peaceful valley, before reaching the Scotoni refuge, exploited by Italian families. Then we head up a final pass to catch the bus back to Cortina.
Transfer by bus from Cortina to passo Falzarego : around 40 min / Walk : 5 hours / Ascending elevation : 700m / Drop : 1000m / Accomodation : hotel
Day 4 The Tofana di Rozes
The Tofana di Rozes are the 7th peak of the Dolomites (3225m-high) and one of the most iconic mountains of the Dolomites. Those high rocky walls are also known for their Via Ferrata.
Today, we will move around them leaving from the Dibona refuge on a magnificent balcony-like path, enjoying views of the peaks surrounding us, including the Cinque Torri (discovered the day before), the Croda del Lago (that we will visit the day after) and the beautiful Travenanzes valley. What a mythical hike !
Private transfer from Cortina to the Dibona refuge : about 30 min / Walk : 6 to 7 hours / Ascending elevation : 900m / Drop : 900m / Accomodation : hotel
Day 5 The Croda del Lago tour
We start the day gently by a bus transfer to the open meadows of Passo Giau, from where we start our trekking with a panoramic view on the Dolomites. We begin the walk on a nice path leading us to green pastures. We move around the Croda del Lago, impressive cliff, vertical and steep. Slowly, we head back to the Lago di Federa on an aerial path at first, then through a lush forest, before getting back on the road. We’ll spend the evening in Cortina.
Transfer by public bus from Cortina to passo Giau : about 30 min / Walk : 6 hours / Ascending elevation : 800m / Drop : 800m / Accomodation : hotel
Day 6 Tre Cime tour
We end up our trip today with a stunningly beautiful and best-known group of peaks in the Alps with ultra-panoramic views.
We start off our day with a private transfer to the Auronzo refuge. The morning trek will occur around three mythical mountains of the Dolomites. After reaching the bottom of those stone-made giants, we can closely observe the Cima Grande (2999m-high), highest peak of the three mountains, well surrounded by the Cima Ovest and the Cima Piccola.
We go back to the Locatelli refuge, from where we enjoy an incredible view of the North-face of those three icons. Going back to Cortina, and we’ll say good-bye in the afternoon.
Private transfer to the Auronzo refuge : about 45 min / Walk : 4 hours / Ascending elevation : 500m / Drop : 500m / Accomodation : hotel
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
No departure for now
Trip code: BIDOL6
- Confortable accommodation in a hotel for 5 nights
- Every breakfast
- Picnics for lunchs from day 2 to day 6
- Diners from day 1 to day 5
- All public and private transfers as described in the program
- French mountain guide
- Transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo on day 1 and from Cortina d’Ampezzo on day 6 ( we can take care of that part of the trip, let us know)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Guide tips
- Application fees (18€ per person)
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch : home made picnics
- Diner : in accommodations or restaurants
- Bring some snacks that you like for quick bites during the day (cereal bars, chocolate, dried fruits...)
Budget & exchange
- High trekking shoes are the mountain climbers best friends. They must be : solid, waterproof, and hold the feet and ankles. Chose shoes with gripping tread surface, quite rigid, Vibram-type
- Light shoes (sneakers or sandals) to were at night in villages and cities
- Underclothing. This is your first isolation, pay attention to it ! Thin technic fibres such as Carline or Polartec are very efficient, warm, flexible, confortable and light. They also dry very quickly.
- Trekking pants
- Polar coats. The last one are resistant, warm, thin and quickly-drying. The most suitable, well-known from the mountain climbers are Polartec, Carline and Ulfrotté.
- Tee-shirts (technic preferred)
- Rain cape or waterproof coat, Goretex-type
- Hat or cap
- Swimming suit and towel
- Toilet bag
- Solar cream (face and lips)
- Flashlight or headlamp (with rechargeable battery)
- 1.5L bottle (light and isotherm)
- Toilet paper and lighter
- Alcoholic gel
- Plastic and airtight box (Tupperware-type) to carry picnics and cutlery
- Clasp knife (multi-use preferred), don’t forget to put it in the baggage hold if you take the plane
- We advise you to bring hiking sticks. They are very helpful to save your knees on your way down (it can hold 30% of your weight and your bag’s weight) and to support your effort on your way up (arms are helping legs)
- One small backpack (35 to 40L with a lap belt) : you will keep it with you in the plane and everyday as a hand luggage (bottle, camera, sweater, picnic,..)
- One marine or travel bag : it will contain all your belongings
- One anti-theft sleeve : that you can carry around your neck or attached to your belt, recommended to carry official papers
- Up to 90 days visit in Italy : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit Italy.
- Over 90 days visit in Italy : non-EU citizens must have a visa to visit Italy over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.