The Dolomites are located in north-east Italy close to the Austrian border. The village of Wolkenstein where your group will have accommodation during the tour is the perfect location to access the most amazing hikes from a 360 degree stand point. You would be excused if you thought that the village was in Germany.
You’ll find that the locals are German, the road signs, architecture, beer and everything around you is German. The Dolomite mountain range is nothing short of remarkable. The rock formations are jagged and high which presents spectacular vistas at every corner. Much of the lower lands are covered with alpine covered hills and wonderfully picturesque mountain villages.
The first day will be mainly a travel day, firstly getting from Dublin to Verona and then onward by road to the village of Wolkenstein. Once we arrive at our accommodation you can explore this mountain village which is full of the traditional half-wood architecture.
This area of Italy is also famous for their hand crafted wooden sculptures. There are lots of shops and a factory close by where you can see artist's work on these remarkable creations. In the evening we will dine in a local restaurant.
After a traditional breakfast your host will have a packed lunch pre-paired for each of the walking days. Our three days of walking will all be open to change in line with weather, safety and conditions. The walks will be approx. 4-5hrs long. The walks are not demanding however you will be hill walking so expect some areas that may have a steep accent / decent. The trails that we’ve picked around the Dolomites all have appropriate terrain.
WALK OPTION : The starting point for this walk will be about 20mins drive south of Wolkenstein. You will be transferred here by local bus which will climb to 2180M. We will be dropped at a ski hut and make our way by foot from there. In terms of scenery and landscape this walk can be broken up into two parts both equally beautiful but different.
The first part will take you west along a most stunning trail which meanders beneath a jagged massif of towering mountain cliffs. Before the ZallingerHut the trail turns north and flows downwards passing wooden cabins winding through lush grass and forest canopy. The trail ends at Cendevaveswhere you can take a chair lift down to the town at St Christina. We are then transferred back to Wolkenstein by local bus.
The walk today will be in the same area north east of Wolkenstein called Geislergruppe. The mountain massif is simply breath-taking here and towers over the village. We start with a short 1km walk to get to the cable-car which will take us to Odlesat 2106M so you’ll experience amazing views right from the start. Once you’re up at that height there’s a 400M climb but it's over a good distance with stops so it's not demanding.
WALK OPTION : Our first destination point is the Secedahut which stands 2456M approximately 2.5km north-west of our starting point at Odles. Once you reach the SecedaMountain hut it’s a real treat. This is the first of many remarkable vistas you will experience on this hike. We then head towards PanascharteForcPan aware you’ll see some Via frattadescending to the valley below.
However we will stop for some photos of overhanging cliffs and amazing views. You’ll be walking beneath a mountain massif that soars to your left like rock giants. The trail then descends slowly to the RegensburgerHut before we set off to finally arrive back at Odles. A cable car will be waiting to bring us back to Wolfenstein.
WALK OPTION : Walking starts in the town of Urtijeiwhich is 5km west of Selva. We take the chairlift up to Mont Seucwhich is a busy ski resort in the winter. We walk through a beautiful agricultural area with grazing cattle and alpine flowers. In the distance is the ridge that we are heading for and will remain below for a lot of the day. We meander our way down to Saltriawhere we take another chair lift up to Williamshuttehut.
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VERONA & LAKE GARDA
Discover a jewel of the European Renaissance on a full-day tour of Verona. On route we will also visit the wonderful Lake Garda and stop for a couple of hours to discover the spectacular walled town of Sirmione. We will then move on to Verona anddiscover a city that has developed progressively without interruption over 2,000 years. Admire artistic elements of the highest quality from different periods, including the ever-present contributions of the Scaligerifamily. We spend the night in Verona.
RETURN TO DUBLIN
Today you will have extra time to explore the town of Verona before we catch our flight back to Dublin. Our suggested flight departs at 4pm so this will give you plenty of time to get some last minute gifts before we depart back to Dublin.
• 6 days and 5 nights of adventure
• Fully guided by experienced Irish guides
• Guided day tour to Verona
• 5 Nights in quality traditional guesthouses
• 5 breakfasts (continental)
• 4 packed Lunches
• 5 Evening Meals
All Internal ground transport
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