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The Dolomites' Three Peaks

Striking mountain scenery of South Tyrol
 
Wild and romantic, with striking rock formations, the easternmost corner of South Tyrol is joy to discover on foot. Our self-guided walking holiday includes luggage transfers, leaving you free to explore the breathtaking mountain scenery of lakes and Alpine pastures at your leisure.
 
The Dolomites' Three Peaks. 7 nights
The Dolomites' Three Peaks. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Dolomites

In the easternmost corner of South Tyrol, cosying up to the Austrian border, lies the grasshopper-green Pusteria Valley, a true delight to discover. Typical Tyrolean villages, with their distinctive Romanesque church spires, nestle either side of the rushing River Rienza, and are scattered among expansive fields, woodland and pastures.
This walking holiday, on which you stay at a variety of welcoming hotels, takes you to the shores of glittering Dolomite lakes and into the heart of the region’s celebrated ‘Three Peaks’ – an absolute treat. The views, of a thickly forested Alpine ridge to the north and the snaggle-toothed granite peaks of the Sesto and Braies Dolomites to the south, are simply mesmerising. The route you follow is well signposted on good paths, and the excellent local transport system means you can tailor each day’s walk to suit your own needs.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Maria Saalen or Gais
    Night 1: at Hotel Saalerwirt or Hotel Windschar (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking. 
  • Circular walk from Maria Saalen: 10.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 300m
    Warm up with a gentle circular walk via the nearby town of San Lorenzo di Sebato, overlooked by its twin castles, Michelsburg and Sonnenburg, before returning along leafy paths close to the Rio Gaderaand back to the idyllic village of Maria Saalen, where you might like to take advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities.

    Linear walk from Gais: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 530m
    If you are staying at the Hotel Windschar, we provide notes for a striking circular route high in the mountains. After an initial ascent by cable car, the route leads you above the tree line and affords glorious views over the Zillertal Alps on the Italo-Austrian border and right across to the Dolomites. Lunch at one of the mountain huts dotted along the way before returning to Gais by bus.
    Circular walk from Maria Saalen: 10.5km
  • Maria Saalen or Gais to Braies: 19km, 7.5hrs; ascent 1060m / descent 1085m
    A transfer to your starting point helps you tackle a traverse through forest and beyond the treeline to rocky Kühwiesenkopf (2,144 metres). The commanding views from the summit are worth pausing for – ahead lies a panorama reminiscent of the Canadian Rockies in which starkly beautiful limestone mountains, whose lower slopes are densely clad in evergreens, shelter Lake Braies far below. You will then have the chance to admire the emerald-coloured waters of this lake – widely considered to be the most picturesque in the Dolomites – at close range before continuing to your next enticing destination: the hospitable Hotel Edelweiss.

    For a shorter day, it is possible to complete the section of the route between Lake Braies and the Hotel Edelweiss by bus (pay locally; deduct 6km).
    Maria Saalen or Gais to Braies: 19km
    Lake Braies
  • Circular walk from Braies: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 395m
    Today brings one of the walking highlights of the week – a fabulous circuit to the beautiful and relatively undiscovered Alpine plateau of Prato Piazza. Up here, at 2,000 metres above sea level, the scenery is wild and romantic, and the views are simply astonishing.

    This route begins and ends with a short bus transfer – pay locally for both journeys.
    Circular walk from Braies: 10km
    Far-reaching views
  • Choice of routes from Braies to Moso: 14.5km or 17km

    Braies to Moso – high-level option: 14.5km, 5hrs, ascent 325m/descent 1265m
    This is a thrilling route which brings a real sense of adventure. After a taxi transfer to Dobbiaco, a bus conveys you into the mountains (2,300 metres) to begin a high-level hike around the awe-inspiring ‘Tre Cime di Lavaredo’ – the celebrated Dolomite massif that is one of most iconic sights in the entire Alpine region. The tallest of the three peaks soars 2,999 metres into the sky, and together they resemble the plates on a dinosaur’s back. Don’t forget your camera! The final section of the walk leads via the pretty Val Fiscalina to Moso.

    Braies to Moso – low-level option: 17km, 6hrs; ascent 510m / descent 375m
    Also commencing with a transfer, this relatively easy, but long route takes you via the historic town of San Candido and through an enchanting valley to reach Moso.

    Whichever route you choose, your final three nights are spent at the Hotel Drei Zinnen, superbly positioned in the shadow of the ‘Three Peaks’ and the bizarre rock formations of the Sesto Dolomites.
    Braies to Moso, high-level route: 14.5km
    Tre Cime di Lavarado
    Braies to Moso, low-level route: 17km
    En route to Moso
  • Choice of circular walks from Moso: 12km or 14.5km
    We suggest two great walks for your time in Moso. Leave time, though, to relax in the hotel pool or on the panoramic terrace as you reflect on a week of remarkable scenery and fine hospitality.

    Circular walk via Rotwand and Montecroce Pass: 12km, 4hrs; ascent 170m/descent 745m
    Start with a ride on the gondola up to the high 'Rotwand' pastures (1,921 metres), set just below the mighty Croda Rossa limestone peaks, which takes its name from the reddish hue of the rocks. From the upper station, you make a wonderful traverse across the dramatic and rugged northern slopes of Croda Rossa, before descending steadily through the forest to reach the Montecroce pass (1,636 metres), where you cross the valley for an easy return alongside the river back to Moso.

    Circular walk from Sesto along Carniche Alps: 14.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent 490m / decent 1200m
    Take a trip by cable car from neighbouring Sesto to explore the lofty panoramic crest of the Carniche Alps, which form the border with Austria. The astonishing views either side of the ridge make this a walk that you are likely to remember for some time to come.
    Circular walk from Sesto: 14.5km
    Circular walk via Rotwand and Montecroce Pass: 12km
 

Accommodation

You stay at a great variety of hotels – all friendly and full of character.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative first hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 June 2020 - 03 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 24 Jun 2020 £1185 £110
    25 Jun - 14 Jul 2020 £1220 £110
    15 - 31 Jul 2020 £1335 £110
    1 - 13 Aug 2020 £1395 £110
    14 - 21 Aug 2020 £1335 £110
    22 - 27 Aug 2020 £1290 £110
    28 Aug - 8 Sep 2020 £1185 £110
    9 - 26 Sep 2020 £1135 £110
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Saalerwirt, Maria Saalen
    Superior country house: 15 Jun - 03 Oct 2020 £8
    Hotel Edelweiss, Braies
    Superior deluxe: 15 Jun - 03 Oct 2020 £10
    Hotel Drei Zinnen, Moso
    South-facing: 15 Jun - 03 Oct 2020 £8

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Saalerwirt, Maria Saalen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 20 Jun 2020 £120 £145
    21 Jun - 01 Aug 2020 £130 £155
    02 Aug - 22 Aug 2020 £145 £170
    23 Aug - 03 Oct 2020 £130 £155
    Hotel Edelweiss, Braies (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 01 Aug 2020 £105 £110
    02 Aug - 22 Aug 2020 £120 £125
    23 Aug - 05 Sep 2020 £110 £115
    06 Sep - 19 Sep 2020 £105 £110
    20 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £95 £100
    Hotel Drei Zinnen, Moso (with dinner) Double room Single room
    15 Jun - 19 Jul 2020 £124 £136
    20 Jul - 09 Aug 2020 £160 £172
    10 Aug - 17 Aug 2020 £172 £184
    18 Aug - 31 Aug 2020 £144 £156
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2020 £124 £136
    15 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £114 £126
  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Windschar (7 dinners)

    15 June - 3 October 2020 Price Single room
    15 - 24 June £1185 £110
    25 June - 14 July £1220 £110
    15 - 31 July £1335 £110
    1 - 13 August £1395 £110
    14 - 21 August £1335 £110
    22 - 27 August £1290 £110
    28 August - 8 September £1185 £110
    9 - 26 September £1135 £110
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £65 -

    Extra nights and room upgrades available, please contact us for prices

  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck or Verona

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Birmingham - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Verona Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Verona easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck jet2 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Verona Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Innsbruck HB to San Lorenzo/St. Lorenzen (2h), transfer San Lorenzo station to hotel (0h15) £40 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to San Candido station (0h15), rail San Candido to Innsbruck (2h45) £48 1200 (1400 Sat/Sun)

    Connecting travel options - via Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona to San Lorenzo/St. Lorenzen (3h), transfer San Lorenzo station to hotel (0h15) £58 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to San Candido station (0h15), rail San Candido to Verona (3h40) £60 1300
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    1 picnic
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 2 & 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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