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Location

Departs Calalzo

Difficulty

7

Strenuous

Length

8

Trip Cost

$2785 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Trek some of Europe’s best mountain terrain
  • Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery
  • Walk with an experienced International Mountain Leader
  • Enjoy local specialities, perfect coffee and great company
  • Experience Italian hospitality at its finest

The startling rose-tinted limestone peaks of the Dolomites in north-eastern Italy are arguably the most beautiful mountains in the world. Every valley that we pass through on our 8-day Dolomites Circular Trek retains its own unique culture, architecture and landscape. Each day we hike up to the ridges and descend into the valleys below, with time to enjoy views of classic Dolomite peaks. As well as magnificent hikes and the odd marmot, you’ll visit the trenches from the mountain frontline of WWI and enjoy fabulous local food and wine.

This trip is guaranteed to depart with 4 people.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Calalzo

Arrive today in the mountain town of Calalzo. There is a compulsory welcome meeting scheduled with your trek leader at 17:00 at the hotel. Before meeting with your trek leader the afternoon is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surrounds. We will enjoy our first dinner together after the briefing.

Meals: D

Day 2: Trek Calalzo to Borca Di Cadore (21km)

After a short bus ride, we start hiking up through larch forests to the charming Rifugio Antelao, then up to our high point at San Dionisio to see the magnificent and wild view of the Monte Antelao and Marmarole massifs. We then have a long descent to the Boite River Valley and our welcoming hotel for the night.

7-8 hours walking – ascent 1100m / descent 1100m
Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Borca Di Cadore to Fiames (16km)

After a short bus ride (c50mins) we start our trek at the Passo Tre Croci. Our route is at first gentle, then steepens amidst dramatic scenery. Magnificent views of Monte Cristallo and the Sorapiss range open up as we gain the rocky limestone landscape so typical of the Dolomites. After threading our way through this spectacular but demanding landscape, we descend to Cortina by cable car and then catch a local bus (8 mins) to our simple, traditional hotel.

Please note that our hotel tonight has shared bathrooms and is more simple in style. However, it is comfortable, with great views of the mountains and well located for our itinerary, enabling us to walk out from the hotel the following day.

5-6.5 hours walking – ascent 700m / descent 550m
Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek Fiames to Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park (20km)

Today we walk into the Fanes Dolomites, home to fascinating Ladin legends as well as stunning scenery. We begin our ascent in shady larch forests, then we descend past a magnificent gorge with glimpses of the crystal-clear blue water. Then we climb higher, in more open country with magnificent views of the stark Dolomites limestone. Tonight we stay in a cosy refuge at 2000m above sea level, surrounded by the peaks. As we are now in South Tyrol you will notice a more Austrian influence, be it in the lederhosen and traditional outfits of the staff or the goulash and apple strudel at dinner. As well as the excellent Italian wines you can now enjoy a Tyrolean beer!

Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a refuge in a remote location and, while the rooms are very comfortable and usually ensuite, sometimes we cannot provide twin share. In this case, rooms would be gender specific and offered on a triple or quad share basis. You will need to pack a small overnight bag as the refuge is not accessible by road and we cannot get your luggage in.

7 hours walking – ascent 1100m / descent 400m
Meals: B L D

Day 5: Trek Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park to San Cassiano (22km)

Crossing high Alpine meadows and rocky tracks, we descend to Pederu in the heart of the nature park and then ascend, past traditional farm buildings, to a mountain pass where we can take our picnic lunch in a field of edelweiss encircled by towering limestone massifs. Then the trail leads south and downhill, steeply in parts, to Alta Badia and the delightful small town of San Cassiano. You will be able to enjoy the typical Tyrolean hospitality and food at our comfortable hotel for the night.

7 hours walking – ascent 600m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L D

Day 6: Trek San Cassiano to Cinque Torri (18km)

We ascend to Passo Falzarego and cross high ground to the Cinque Torri area. Enjoy the magnificent views in all directions, including the highest mountain in the Dolomites, the glacier-clad Marmolada. Today we will also have the opportunity to visit the trenches dug into the mountains in World War I. We can learn more about the history of the area, there are many stirring stories of bravery and tragedy from that era. Tonight we stay in a well designed and comfortable refuge with a panoramic view. No less impressive is the menu, you have used up plenty of calories so you’ll be glad to know that replacing them will not be a problem at all.

5-6 hours walking – ascent 800m / descent 800m
Meals: B L D

Day 7: Trek Cinque Torri to Calalzo (21km)

Our final day’s walking takes us through incredible mountain scenery, with sheer cliffs and towering peaks on both sides we traverse the Croda da Lago to lunch at a cosy refuge in a lovely setting beside a small lake (you can even take a dip if you like!) Then we descend to the Cadore valley once more. A final short bus ride (approx 1hr) brings us back to Calalzo and the welcome of our friendly hotel. Tonight we can celebrate our achievement by enjoying a traditional woodfired pizza.

7-8 hours walking – ascent 700m / descent 1000m
Meals: B L

Day 8: Depart Calalzo

The trip finishes today and you are free to stay on or continue your travels.

Meals: B

Dates

Start date
01 Sep 2019
End date
08 Sep 2019
Price
$2785
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart
Start date
11 Jun 2020
End date
18 Jun 2020
Price
$2925
Availability
Available
Start date
20 Jun 2020
End date
27 Jun 2020
Price
$2925
Availability
Available
Start date
02 Jul 2020
End date
09 Jul 2020
Price
$2925
Availability
Available
Start date
16 Jul 2020
End date
23 Jul 2020
Price
$2925
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart
Start date
03 Sep 2020
End date
10 Sep 2020
Price
$2925
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 2 nights Calalzo hotel on twin-share basis
  • Qualified and  experienced trekking guide
  • Small groups 12 people maximum
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 5 nights half-board accommodation in small hotels and refuges
  • Midday picnics (in addition to daily breakfast and dinner)
  • Private rooms on trek
  • Transportation where needed in the tour
  • Transportation of your main baggage throughout the tour

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Last night’s dinner

Map & Guide

Reviews

Cornelia Mckee, Karalee (QLD) – July 2019
The whole trek was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Dave Barber, did an awesome job in making this a trip of a lifetime. Very professional – making sure all the logistics were spot on everyday as well as being knowledgeable about the history and uniqueness of where we trekked. He also made sure we were all challenged with the pace but had fun along the way.

Stephen Youla, Pascoe Vale South (VIC) – July 2019
I had high expectations for this trip which were amazingly exceeded. The scenery was so much more spectacular in real life than any photos could try to convey. The walk was challenging but the rewards more than outweighed the effort. Can’t speak highly enough of our guide Diane. She was just so knowledgeable and helpful and engaging with each and everyone of us. The enjoyment I got from this trip was, in a large part, due to her. The hotels and Rifugios we stayed at were also wonderful. This was my second trip with RAW Travel as a solo traveller. As with the first, everything went so enjoyably smoothly without a single hitch. I enjoyed it so much that I’m sure a third trip with RAW Travel is not far away!

Stuart Spalding, Maleny (QLD) – June 2019
Exceptional trip in every way – with Diane absolutely superb in looking after all the needs of every group member and being such an excellent guide.

Angela Maltby, Te Puke (New Zealand) – June 2019
Loved my Dolomites trip. The scenery was spectacular. The Dolomites are overwhelmingly majestic, and it was an amazing place to trek. Our guide, Diane, ensured that the trip was flawlessly organised. All I had to do was enjoy! Great people. Great accommodation and food. Great experience.

CB (NSW) – September 2018
I’m back from Italy (we toured for quite a while after the Dolomites trip)…the Dolomites walk was really good. The weather was not quite so good, but you can’t have everything. It is such an amazing landscape. And Diane is a great guide. She really knows what she’s doing. She was very conscious of how each walker was going and kept an appropriate pace and eye on things. The accommodation, meals, transfers and the overall itinerary worked really well. I’ve now done several guided multi-day walks both in Australia and overseas and Diane is certainly the best guide I have come across. Thanks for a really good trip!

Andrew Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018
The scenery was amazing and each day offered different experiences including natural beauty, physical challenge and culture. David Barber was an excellent guide who was quick to assist or guide people through difficult sections as well as catering for different desires and limitations. The overnight stay at Fodara Vedla was simply stunning and a great experience including Austrian folk music, venison goulash and apple strudel. Overall, the food provided by the hosts was just incredible and a cultural experience on its own. Loved the whole trip and would recommend to anyone interested in an active holiday.

Margot Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018
Experiencing the majestic mountain terrain of the Dolomites and being so up close in nature every day for a week was definitely a highlight for me. We were also very fortunate to have a wonderful group of people on the walk who looked out for each other and offered good conversation and a lot of humour as we trekked along each day. I cannot speak more highly of David our guide who was very experienced and knowledgeable and encouraged us all along the way. He kept us safe during the more challenging parts of the walk and was always tuned into everyone’s needs. I would definitely sign up on a tour again if David was our guide!

Jill Hammond, Toowoomba East (QLD) – July 2018
Being high in the mountains where life is taken more slowly, nature and the weather really turned it on for our group! The bonus was our guide, Diane – absolutely brilliant and so informative and clever.

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018
Our guide Diane was so passionate about the Dolomites and a seriously experienced mountaineering guide. She gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories of this beautiful area by choosing daily hikes that provided jaw-dropping scenery plus lots of fun and adventure. The hiking was physically challenging but our group worked well together and encouraged each other when it got tough and Diane was always there for each of us. I would go back in a heartbeat and do it all again! Just loved this trip!

Peter Stevenson, Macarthur (ACT) – June 2018
A well-organised trek into a most beautiful and striking walking area. The Dolomites was wonderful.

Tina & Peter Wintour, Mermaid Waters (QLD), June 2018
Thanks RAW Travel for an exceptionally enjoyable tour of the Dolomites. You have a special treasure in Diane McGuinness; we found her passionate about the Circuit Trek that she has created. Diane made sure everyone was looked after, right down to the tiniest detail. She was supportive and understanding during the times on the trail when I felt anxious. This happened a few times when crossing snow on the trail and some high points that, in my opinion, were “hairy”. Diane was by my side on those occasions and I appreciate the care she took with Peter and me during those times. We also give 10/10 for accommodation and lunch stops. Our favourite was the Refuge de Fodara after a big day ascending to our overnight accommodation on Day 4, although we loved all of the hospitality provided during our 8 days Dolomites Circuit.

Before we left I had a conversation with Jodie about comparing the Tour du Mont Blanc with the Dolomites. Now having walked both, I can say both have made a huge impact on us. It was a privilege to be in a position to have experienced the high mountain trail of the TMB. Diane was happy to reminisce with us about the TMB during our time walking the trails of the Dolomites.

I now know the Dolomites is a very scenic mountain area with long walking days, big ascents and descents. Every day was different with so many WOW moments. Diane definitely created a magnificent experience for those keen to see nature up close, and we appreciate that it takes physical exertion to reach those special places.

Next time we are looking at a multi-day trek we will definitely check out RAW Travel.

Therese Corrigan, Surrey Hills (VIC) – August 2017
A fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Di, our guide, was fantastic. She was professional, knowledgeable and instilled complete confidence in all members of our group.

Andrew Dziedzic, NSW – July 2016
Incredible vistas and experiences the rewards of hard walks to ascend – and descend from – the ridges of the Dolomites.

Lyndenanne Dziedzic, NSW – July 2016
A fantastic experience! The itinerary was brilliantly organised so we could experience varying terrains in these amazing mountains and stay in comfortable refuges/family hotels with great local food; and our guide was extremely professional, knowledgeable, flexible, caring and great company.

Frances Rogers, Fremantle – June 2016
This is the second RAW Travel trek we have been on and again it is an adventure that we shall always remember. The trek was very carefully planned to provide a variety of experiences including different terrain, scenery, top quality food, hospitality and accommodation. Our leader was fantastic not only was Dianne fluent in Italian but her knowledge of the area was outstanding and she could adjust each day as the weather dictated. This trek was a little more difficult than the TMB, being steeper ascents and descents and stonier underfoot but the challenge was so worth it. The mountain scenery in the Dolomites is as spectacular as you can get and this trek is designed to provide you with a taster from high meadows, rocky outcrops to traversing across well trodden scree trials.

What our Clients Say

Incredible vistas and experiences the rewards of hard walks to ascend - and descend from - the ridges of the Dolomites.

Andrew Dziedzic, NSW - July 2016

The itinerary was brilliantly organised so we could experience varying terrains in these amazing mountains and stay in comfortable refuges/family hotels with great local food; and our guide was extremely professional, knowledgeable, flexible, caring and great company.

Lyndenanne Dziedzic, NSW - July 2016

The mountain scenery in the Dolomites is as spectacular as you can get and this trek is designed to provide you with a taster from high meadows, rocky outcrops to traversing across well trodden scree trials.

Frances Rogers, Fremantle - June 2016

A fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our guide, was professional, knowledgeable and instilled complete confidence in all members of our group. 

Therese Corrigan, Surrey Hills (VIC) - August 2017

Thanks RAW Travel for an exceptionally enjoyable tour of the Dolomites. Diane made sure everyone was looked after, right down to the tiniest detail. We also give 10/10 for accommodation and lunch stops.

Tina & Peter Wintour, Mermaid Waters (QLD), June 2018

Nature and the weather really turned it on for our group! Our guide, Diane, was absolutely brilliant and so informative and clever.

Jill Hammond, Toowoomba East (QLD) – July 2018

Our guide Diane gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018

A well-organised trek into a most beautiful and striking walking area. The Dolomites was wonderful.

Peter Stevenson, Macarthur (ACT) – June 2018

The overnight stay at Fodara Vedla was simply stunning and a great experience - Austrian folk music, venison goulash and apple strudel. Overall, the food was just incredible and a cultural experience on its own.

Andrew Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018

We were very fortunate to have a wonderful group of people on the walk who looked out for each other and offered good conversation and a lot of humour as we trekked along each day.

Margot Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018

I’ve now done several guided multi-day walks both in Australia and overseas and Diane is certainly the best guide I have come across.

CB (NSW) - September 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Strenuous