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The Dolomites' Three Peaks

Jagged mountains & emerald lakes
 
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 series of historic 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 snaggy-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 almost any day of the week, 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: 12km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 335m
    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 560m
    If you are staying at the Hotel Windschar, we provide notes for a striking circular route high in the mountains. After a 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.
    Linear walk from Gais: 8km
  • Maria Saalen or Gais to Braies: 13km, 6hrs; ascent 1000m / descent 650m
    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 emerald-coloured Lake Braies far below. This – widely considered to be the most picturesque lake in the Dolomites – is in fact your next enticing destination; you stay by the shore at the Hotel Pragser Wildsee (the Hotel Lago di Braies in Italian).
    Maria Saalen or Gais to Braies: 13km
    Lake Braies
  • Braies to Dobbiaco: 17.5km, 5hrs; ascent 330m / descent 560m
    You have time for a pre-breakfast stroll around the lake today before you continue, via a lower-level route, to the smaller Lake Dobbiaco, where you spend two nights at the Hotel Baur am See in another splendid position.
    Braies to Dobbiaco: 17.5km
    Lake Dobbiaco
  • Circular walk via ‘Tre Cime di Lavaredo’: 15.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 1010m
    This is a thrilling day bringing a real sense of adventure. After a bus journey high into the mountains (2,300 metres), you 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!
    Circular walk via 'Tre Cime di Lavaredo': 15.5km
    Tre Cime di Lavarado
  • Dobbiaco to Moso: 19.5km, 5hrs; ascent 520m / descent 440m
    This relatively easy, but long, route takes you via the historic town of San Candido and through an enchanting valley to reach Moso, where you spend your last two nights at the Hotel Drei Zinnen, superbly positioned in the shadow of the ‘Three Peaks’ and the bizarre rock formations of the Sesto Dolomites. (A high-level option is also possible via Tre Cime di Lavaredo, if you did not do this on Day 4.)
    Dobbiaco to Moso: 19.5km
    The route from Dobbiaco to Moso
  • Choice of circular walks from Moso: 12.5km or 15.5km
    We suggest two great walks for your last day. 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: 12.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 180m / descent 760m
    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: 15.5km, 6hrs; ascent 580m / decent 1240m
    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 via Rotwand and Montecroce Pass: 12.5km
    Circular walk from Sesto along Carniche Alps: 15.5km
 

Accommodation

You stay in a mix of hotels which are full of character and history.

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: 14 June - 01 October 2019

    Start any day except Wednesday or Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    12 - 22 June £1095 £165
    23 - 26 June £1140 £165
    27 June - 8 July £1170 £165
    9 - 14 July £1215 £165
    15 July - 3 August £1280 £170
    4 - 12 August £1375 £170
    13 - 26 August £1280 £170
    27 - 31 August £1170 £165
    1 - 21 September £1140 £165
    22 - 24 September £1095 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    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
    Superior country house: 12 Jun - 02 Oct 2019 £8
    Hotel Drei Zinnen
    South-facing: 12 Jun - 02 Oct 2019 £14

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

    Hotel Saalerwirt (with dinner) Double room Single room
    12 Jun - 08 Jul 2019 £95 £120
    09 Jul - 03 Aug 2019 £105 £130
    04 Aug - 25 Aug 2019 £115 £140
    26 Aug - 22 Sep 2019 £105 £130
    23 Sep - 02 Oct 2019 £95 £120
    Hotel Pragser Wildsee (with dinner) Double room Single room
    12 Jun - 28 Jun 2019 £110 £130
    29 Jun - 01 Aug 2019 £120 £140
    02 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 £128 £153
    02 Sep - 22 Sep 2019 £120 £140
    23 Sep - 02 Oct 2019 £110 £130
    Hotel Drei Zinnen (with dinner) Double room Single room
    12 Jun - 19 Jul 2019 £120 £130
    20 Jul - 09 Aug 2019 £154 £164
    10 Aug - 17 Aug 2019 £165 £175
    18 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £140 £150
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £120 £130
    15 Sep - 02 Oct 2019 £110 £120
  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Windschar (7 dinners)

    19 June - 1 October 2019 Start day due to minimum 2 night stay at BRAI on Fri/Sat Price Single room
    12 - 22 June £1095 £165
    23 - 26 June £1140 £165
    27 June - 8 July £1170 £165
    9 - 14 July £1215 £165
    15 July - 3 August £1280 £170
    4 - 12 August £1375 £170
    13 - 26 August £1280 £170
    4 - 12 August £1375 £170
    13 - 26 August £1280 £170
    27 - 31 August £1170 £165
    1 - 21 September £1140 £165
    22 - 24 September £1095 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £25 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck, 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) 
    Birmingham - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Bristol - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  Thomas Cook 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Verona Flybe 
    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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

    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) £52 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Fortezza (1h30), rail Fortezza to Innsbruck (2h) £80 1300

    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) £57 1500
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Fortezza (1h30), rail Fortezza to Verona Porta Nuova (3h) £85 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 2
 
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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 £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • 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.
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