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The Ice-Man & Witches of the Dolomites

Südtirol - green meadows & jagged peaks
 
This is a region of enchanting mountains and traditional villages. Starting in Bolzano, complete with an excellent archaeological museum, take your pick of our routes to walk from one high-quality hotel to the next while your luggage is transported. Two hotels have a pool.
The Ice-Man & Witches of the Dolomites. 7 nights
The Ice-Man & Witches of the Dolomites. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A family walking holiday in the Dolomites

Perhaps unsurprisingly given their fantastical shapes which glow rosy pink under the setting sun, tales of witches, wizards and various spirits have long surrounded the jagged peaks of the Dolomites. Beneath these striking limestone mountains stretches the Seiseralm Plateau, the highest mountain plateau in Europe, a patchwork of bottle-green forests and lush meadows which makes a wonderful summer playground. Discover, too, the extraordinary story of a man named Ötzi, found frozen in a glacier in the mountains above Bolzano 5,000 years ago...
What makes this walking holiday in the Dolomites so perfect for families is its flexibility. There is a choice of routes for each of the two days on which you walk between hotels – depending on the age and ability of your family, you can choose to amble across meadows and through woodland, stopping to snaffle wild fruit and to watch the crickets and butterflies dancing around your ankles; or enjoy more challenging but very rewarding walks amid the high peaks. The other four days are free to spend as you choose, either walking or cycling (again with a choice of routes), mountain biking, visiting museums or simply relaxing.
 
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and there's no fixed timetable, so you can set your own pace.
  • 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 Bolzano
    Night 1: at Hotel Scala Stiegl (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 exploration.
  • Free day in Bolzano
    There are plenty of exciting options for your first day.

    Explore Bolzano
    The cathedral and frescoed monastery are both worth a visit, but this bustling town is especially renowned for its archaeological museum (closed Mondays, except in July and August), which houses Ötzi 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.

    Cycle to Merano: 41km
    Our suggested route goes to the elegant spa town of Merano, famed for its Belle Epoque architecture and thermal baths. Buy a 'Bikemobilcard' locally which includes cycle hire and the rail journey back from Merano. The cycle track heads north into Val d'Adige through apple orchards, asparagus fields and vineyards, and affords beautiful views of the mountains. The ride is relatively easy and not too long, so there is time to explore Merano before taking the train back to Bolzano.

    Explore around Sopra Bolzano
    Take the cable car to Sopra Bolzano (pay locally), from where you can either board an historic tram which offers superb views of the Dolomites as it crosses this rural upland, or enjoy a short walk to visit the remarkable 'Earth Pyramids'.
    Explore Bolzano
  • Bolzano to Kastelruth: 11km, 4hrs
    You start with a transfer to the pretty village of Vols, with its 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 Alpe di Suisi. The route passes 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 around Kastelruth: 10km or 13km

    Circular route via St Michael: 13km, 4hrs
    This is a lovely walk that heads north-east up the valley, passing through St Michael before reaching Gasthof Panider Settel (1,442 metres). It is worth stopping here for refreshments on the terrace and to take in the splendid views over Val Gardena. From here the route wanders slowly back to Kastelruth.

    Brembach Torrent route: 10km, 3hrs
    enjoy an easy stroll north to the settlement of Tagusens, from where the route crosses forested slopes and follows the Brembach Torrent upstream. From a point to the east of Kastelruth, you turn back to the town.
    View over Val Gardena (C) Valgardena.it
  • Choice of routes from Kastelruth to Saltria: 11km, 5hrs or 9.5km, 3hrs
    To reach Saltria, you must ascend to the Seiseralm Plateau and into the Regional Park. (Hardy walkers could make the 1,000-metre ascent from Kastelruth to Comptasch and catch the bus from there to Saltria, but it's a challenging walk up.) However, the best option is to take the cable car or bus (pay locally) to Comptasch and start your walk there. Walking through the vivid green meadows of this high plateau surrounded by magnificent peaks is to feel truly immersed in the mountains and you are rewarded with sweeping views. You stay at the Hotel Floralpina for your final three nights.
    Across the Seiseralm
  • Free days in Saltria
    We suggest a wide range of things to do for your days in Saltria, though you could, of course, simply relax in the hotel – not only does it offer an indoor and outdoor pool, but it also boasts a spa (pay locally for treatments).

    Meet the witches of the forest
    If you are interested in finding out more about the witches of the Sciliar, you might be able to join a guided walk with Martha, a good witch who will enchant you with stories about other witches (good and bad!) as you roam through the forest. (Guided walks are organised on various days through the summer from nearby Comptasch – pay locally for taxi.)

    See the mountains by bike
    For a break from walking, you could hire mountain bikes and explore the Seiseralm Plateau on two wheels.

    Descend to Kastelruth: 16km, 5hrs
    Walk down from the plateau to Kastelruth and catch the bus back (pay locally).

    Climb a mountain: 10km, 5.5hrs or 14km, 5hrs
    For a final challenge, you could ascend to the rocky, wedge-shaped summit of Mount Plattkofel (2,958 metres). A shorter, slightly less demanding route leads part-way up its slopes then crosses a delightful hanging valley before returning through forest to Saltria. Don't forget to take advantage of chairlifts to shorten ascents (pay locally).
 

Accommodation

You stay in high-quality 4-star hotels (the first and last have a swimming pool), but the atmosphere is relaxed and families are warmly welcomed.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices

All prices are in £ sterling (GBP), based on 2 sharing, with a 3rd/4th bed as required.

 
Prices in £ per person
11 June - 14 October 2019

Adult / Child (up to 17yrs), sharing a room for 2 people
11 Jun - 24 Jun: £945 / £770
25 Jun - 10 Jul: £995 / £825
11 Jul - 31 Aug: £1095 / £935
1 Sep - 15 Sep: £995 / £825
16 Sep - 7 Oct: £930 / £760

For a single room, add the following:

11 Jun - 24 Jun: £180
25 Jun - 10 Jul: £185
11 Jul - 31 Aug: £195
1 Sep - 15 Sep: £185
16 Sep - 7 Oct: £175

For family rooms, add the following:

Child
(10-17yrs) / Child (6-9yrs) / Child (3-5yrs), in 3rd/4th bed
11 Jun - 24 Jun: £575 / £525 / £450
25 Jun - 10 Jul: £630 / £570 / £480
11 Jul - 31 Aug: £745 / £675 / £580
1 Sep - 15 Sep: £630 / £570 / £480
16 Sep - 7 Oct: £575 / £525 / £450

Connecting travel from Verona
return rail/taxi from Verona (out 1h45/in 3h) rail £64 per adult, child aged 6-14 free of charge, plus taxi £95 for a family of up to 4.

Connecting travel from Venice
return rail/taxi from Venice (out 3h/in 4h30) rail £98 per adult, child aged 6-14 free of charge, plus taxi £95 for a family of up to 4.
 
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  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Verona (latest flight arrival time of 1730/ earliest flight departire time of 1330) & Venice (latest flight arrival time of 1330 and earliest flight departure of 1700)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
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    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 
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    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
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    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 
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    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona Charter (contact us),  jet2 
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    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
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    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    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 flying via 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.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    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 >
  • 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 >
  • 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.
  • 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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