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Dolomites: Tour Itinerary

Dolomites Itinerary

Day One. Verona to Passo Pellegrino

We travel up the Adige Valley, then turn off near Trento to drive along the Val di Cembra, a winding valley with vineyards clinging to impossibly steep hillsides. A scenic drive through the traditional “Ladin” valleys of Fiemme and Fassa, takes us across the Passo Costalunga, to our lunch stop at Lago Carezza, framed by spruce forests and the peaks of the Latemar. In the afternoon we head east to the Passo Pellegrino and our first night stop, a traditional “rifugio” set in Alpine meadow scenery. Dinner is in the rifugio tonight. (L,D)

Day Two. Pellegrino to Cortina area

Stunning scenery of the mountain “chains” and individual peaks surrounds us as we make our way toward Passo di Falzarego. This area saw terrible conflict in the “White War” of WW1, between Italian & German/Austrian troops, and we take a cable car ride up to the Cinque Torri area to wander through the “open air museum”, of reconstructed trenches and infrastructure from those dark days. Lunch is included in a mountain top café. A short drive afterwards to the famous resort area of Cortina d’Ampezzo and dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day Three. Cortina/Lago Misurina

A flexible day today, with your chance to visit Lago Misurina and the “Tre Cime”, world renowned by mountain climbers. Weather permitting, we can walk the track around the base of this iconic rock formation. We also spend time in Cortina; shop in the classy Corso Italia, Italy’s very 1st pedestrian walking mall, or check out some of the galleries and museums.(B)

Day Four. Cortina area to Val Gardena.

We cross the Passo Giau and Passo Fedaia this morning, skirting the Marmolada; the highest Dolomite peak, which has its own glacier and boasts year-round skiing. Through the town of Canazei, the traditional heartland of Ladin culture, before we wind our way around numerous hairpin bends to reach Passo Pordoi, at the base of the Sella massif. Here we will take a cable car ride to Sass Pordoi, at almost 3000m. Jaw dropping views are to be had from up here, and a chance to get some lunch. More amazing scenery this afternoon as we cross the Passo Campolungo and Passo Gardena on our way to our final night in the Val Gardena. Dinner is included in a local restaurant.(B,D)

Day Five. Val Gardena to Verona

We drive out through the Val Gardena; famous for its woodcarving industry, have a short stop in Bolzano, capital of the Alto Adige province, then we return to Verona by late afternoon.(B)