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Towards the Dolomites

South Tyrol - the mountains of northern Italy
 
Explore wonderful paths through meadows, forests and tranquil hamlets and inspiring views of the jagged Dolomites with self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking (and luggage transported) staying in idyllic hotels serving fine regional cuisine.
 
Towards the Dolomites. 7 nights
Towards the Dolomites. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in South Tyrol

The mountains of the southern, German-speaking Dolomites are a patchwork of vivid green meadows, forests, tranquil hamlets and orchards of apple, pear and plum trees that thrive in the ample sunshine. Here, you find not only wonderful, very varied paths that reward the walker with views in clear weather to the famous jagged Dolomite peaks, but also delightful hotels offering a blend of authenticity, comfort and character enhanced by attentive service and delicious cooking.
This walk combines four such idyllic places so that after a great day's walking you can relax in peaceful, panoramic surroundings and savour outstanding regional cuisine that blends Italian and Austrian influences, featuring dumplings and Speck (smoked ham) alongside dishes such as polenta. You can accompany such dishes with a glass or two of the aromatic local Pinot Grigio or one of the fruity St Magdalene reds.
 
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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.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Radein
    Night 1: at Berghotel Zirmerhof (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 via the Weisshorn: 12km, 5hrs
    You could choose to spend your first day simply relaxing at the hotel, though there are plenty of inviting paths to explore if you prefer to walk. We suggest you ascend the slopes of the Weisshorn ('White Horn') – paths through larch and pine woods lead to a splendid viewpoint affording breathtaking views into the Bletterbach Canyon and to the surrounding peaks. Keen walkers can reach the summit itself (2,313 metres) for even more inspirational views. Other paths lead up the slopes of the Schwarzhorn, or you could hire bicycles and explore on two wheels instead.
    The descent from Weisshorn to Radein
  • Radein to Aldein: 11km, 4hrs
    From Radein, you walk to the geologically fascinating Bletterbach Canyon, a little-known wonder of the Dolomites and the only canyon in the Südtirol. The path descends steeply into the canyon, which is framed by walls some 20 metres high comprising several clearly identifiable strata of rock. Looking out for rare flowers such as orchids, you walk along the bottom of the canyon to the waterfall at the end, before ascending out of the canyon (the Jägersteig, or Hunters' Trail, is quite steep but protected by a balustrade) and crossing farmland to Aldein, where you stay at the Gasthof Krone.
    Bletterbach Canyon on the route from Radein to Aldein
  • Aldein to Kohlern: 18km, 6hrs
    After a transfer to the impressive Monastery of Maria Weissenstein, you strike out along peaceful woodland tracks across the valley to join the E5 long-distance path which leads from Lake Constance in western Austria to Venice and the Adriatic Sea. As this path dips and rises through attractive woodland and meadows, it is well worth making the short detour to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Adige Valley. You stay in the Hotel Kohlern, Kohlern, for two nights.
    The route from Aldein to Kohlern
  • Day of sightseeing or walking from Kohlern

    Explore Bozen (Bolzano)
    Today makes a pleasant – and fascinating – change from walking. You descend by cable car to Bozen ('Bolzano' in Italian) and can spend the day visiting this bustling town. The cathedral and frescoed monastery are both worth a visit, but the town is especially renowned for its archaeological museum (closed Mondays), which houses the 'Ice Man', a Copper Age man discovered in a glacier in 1991. So well preserved were his body, clothing and tools that he has provided archaeologists with a unique insight into life some 5,000 years ago – you can find out about his background and customs in a fascinating exhibition. At the end of the day, you return to Kohlern by cable car. (Pay locally for both cable cars.)

    Linear walk to Earth Pyramids: 12km, 4hrs
    For some walking, take the nearby Renon cable car up to Sopra Bolzano, from where easy-going paths lead across the plateau, past old farmsteads, to the remarkable 'Earth Pyramids'. You return by historic tram, enjoying superb views of the mountains.

    Explore Merano
    A third option is to take the train to visit the handsome Art Nouveau spa town of Merano, which lies in a sheltered position with palm and olive trees down in the valley and snow and ice on the surrounding peaks.
    Sopra Bolzano
    Merano
  • Kohlern to Kastelruth: 11km, 4hrs
    You start with a transfer to the pretty village of Vols, where you can visit the ancient church and nearby castle, before enjoying the tranquillity, magnificent surroundings and beautiful wildflowers on a lovely walk across an undulating plateau at the foot of the Seiseralm. You pass through the villages of St Konstantin, Seis and St Valentin, with the Sciliar mountains as a dramatic backdrop, on your way to Kastelruth where you stay in the Cavallino d'Oro for two nights.
  • Choice of walks from Kastelruth: 11km to 14km

    Circular walk to Gasthof Panider Settel: 14km, 5.5hrs
    Head north-east up the valley, passing Gasthof Panider Settel (1,442 metres) where you could stop for refreshments while taking in the splendid views over Val Gardena before wandering slowly back to Kastelruth.

    Linear walk to Compatsch: 11km, 5.5hrs
    Featuring a total ascent of some 1,000 metres, this high-level route leads to Compatsch on the Seiseralm Plateau, surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Dolomites. From the plateau, you return by cable car to Seis and then bus to Kastelruth (pay locally for both).
    The Seiseralm Plateau
 

Accommodation

You stay in four charming hotels in idyllic locations.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 28 May - 20 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    28 May - 14 June £1325 £245
    15 June - 10 July £1375 £280
    11 - 26 July £1395 £280
    27 July - 27 August £1445 £305
    28 - 31 August £1395 £280
    1 - 15 September £1375 £280
    16 - 30 September £1325 £245
    1 - 13 October £1298 £245
    3rd & 4th person discount -£95
    Single traveller supplement £95

    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)

    Berghotel Zirmerhof
    Superior with balcony: 28 May - 20 Oct 2019 £32
    Gasthof Krone
    Superior: 28 May - 20 Oct 2019 £25
    Hotel Kohlern
    Superior: 28 May - 20 Oct 2019 £30
    Hotel Cavallino d’Oro
    Junior suite: 28 May - 20 Oct 2019 £13

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

    Berghotel Zirmerhof (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 May - 19 Jul 2019 £175 £175
    20 Jul - 23 Aug 2019 £185 £185
    24 Aug - 11 Oct 2019 £175 £175
    12 Oct - 20 Oct 2019 £165 £165
    Gasthof Krone (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 May - 20 Jun 2019 £120 £162
    21 Jun - 21 Sep 2019 £130 £192
    22 Sep - 20 Oct 2019 £120 £162
    Hotel Kohlern (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 May - 14 Jul 2019 £120 £190
    15 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £135 £207
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £156 £236
    01 Sep - 20 Oct 2019 £135 £207
    Hotel Cavallino d’Oro (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £80 £96
    01 Aug - 19 Aug 2019 £104 £120
    20 Aug - 14 Oct 2019 £80 £96
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Verona, Venice, Milan

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Bristol - Verona Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Linate Alitalia 
    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Milan Malpensa Flybe 
    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Milan Malpensa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Flybe,  Flybe 
    Manchester - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    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 Venice. 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 Verona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Verona Porta Nuova to Ora (approx 1h50), hotel transfer Ora to hotel (0h25) £50 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Bolzano (1h), rail Bolzano to Verona Porta Nuova (2h) £60 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Ora (3h03), taxi Ora to hotel (0h30) £75 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Bolzano (1h), rail Bolzano to Venice Mestre (3h) £78 1600

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan (Linate or Malpensa)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milan Centrale to Ora (3h15-4h10), taxi Ora to hotel (0h25) £74 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Bolzano (1h), rail Bolzano to Milan Centrale (3h45) £84 1500
What is included
  • 7 nights

  • 5 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts

  • luggage transported

  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 3 & 5
 
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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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