Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour
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Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour

8 days

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Spend 8 days immersed in the Italian Dolomites on this self-guided hiking tour

Hiking in the Dolomites is spectacular, and this 8-day, self-guided hiking tour allows you to be based in the town of La Valle, enjoying the comforts of a hotel, while hiking in the Italian Dolomites by day. Even better, escape for one night to a remote mountain Rifugio deep in the Dolomites. Enjoy sunset and sunrise from this remote mountain hut in the mountains.

Experience the rich culture peppering Italy’s backyard as you wind through valleys and trails stitched with towering limestone mountains, vast meadows and pastures on this eight-day self-guided tour in Val Badia.

Tucked into the Val Badia region of the Dolomites, sits an array of villages, where the residents speak a romance language other than Italian: Ladin. This tour unveils and unravels layers of Italy’s culture, background, and unspoiled scenery with each hike.

Highlights of the Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour

Explore the Italian Dolomites from La Valle, a mountain village dubbed as a “European Hiking Village” in 2015
Traverse a collection of enchanting viewpoints unveiling sprawling valleys below and various mountain peaks in the background
Enjoy an overnight trip to a remote mountain Rifugio, where you’ll spend one night high in the Italian Dolomites
Enjoy exploring the culture, cuisine and wine of this beautiful part of Italy

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From $725USD
8 days
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Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in La Valle

Arrive in La Valle (Wengen in German) and spend the rest of the day exploring this quaint, near-flawless mountain village. In 2015, La Valle earned the “European Hiking Village” badge, so now it’s officially recognized across Europe as a hub for treks. Enjoy a relaxing evening, basking in a lovely combination of serenity and comfort at your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Hike around Crusc de Rit

Tie up your laces and get ready for your first day exploring the depths of Italy’s towering mountainous backdrop. Today you will hike a loop that takes you from La Valle, passing over Sas De Crosta—a lofty mountain, and back to La Valle. Reach the magnificent Crusc de Rit viewpoint, where Val Badia sprawls below, and Austrian peaks paint the background in the distance. If you want to ease your body into hiking, you can always take the shorter route.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: 5-7 hours, 12.3 km-17.3 km, 745-921 m ascent, 745-921 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Hike to the top of Spizan

Travel 2 km by foot—or opt to take a bus—to the village of Pederoa, where your 13 km trek begins. Expect a gradual incline as you meander to the top of Spizan. Let the views of La Valle, Longiarù—another Italian village—and jagged Monte Putia enchant you as you hike this challenging, but rewarding loop. Spend another evening relaxing in your cozy hotel in La Valle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: 5 hours, 13 km, 772 m ascent, 772 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike Passo Valparola to Sett Sass

Today’s day trip from La Valle will take you, via an included transfer to Passo Valparola, a dramatic mountain pass that has a longstanding hut-turned-museum. Begin your journey along the stunning Sett Sass. Admire the valleys and meadows peppering Val Badia sprawling below, while Marmolada glacier fills the backdrop. Relax your legs at your hotel in La Valle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: 6 hours, 14.9 km, 572 m ascent, 1181 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Hike to Rifugio Fanes

Be sure to munch on a hearty breakfast before twisting by the Sasso delle Nove’s rock faces and Austrian peaks en route to Rifugio Fanes. Get ready for a steep ascent close to the end of the trek, but you’ll be met with views of Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. After reaching Rifugio Fanes and checking into your cozy mountain-backed hotel, it's suggested to walk 1 km to Lé Vërt lake and Limo lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Rifugio Fanes
Distance: 6 hours, 13.8 km, 1278 m ascent, 563 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Hike back to La Valle

Expect a trek exploding with steep parts and gorgeous views as you make your way back to La Valle. One of the first stops on this hike is Lech Parom, a tiny blue-green lake nestled high in the mountains. You can skip the tough climb to this spot and follow a more moderate path to La Crusc, where more breathtaking views await. Meander across wide grassy meadows before reaching La Valle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: 8 hours, 20 km, 790 m ascent, 1511 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Hike to Rifugio Genova and Back

Enjoy breakfast before taking a local bus from La Valle to the start of your hike in Longiarù. Expect an array of mountainous views and vast prairies to accompany you as you trek to Rifugio Genova, a cozy refuge for adventure enthusiasts cradled by rocky, jagged, and grassy mountain and hillside slopes. On your way down, hike through the charming Seres valley. If your legs aren’t up for a super long journey, you can cut this expedition by 3 km.
Overnight Location: Hotel in La Valle
Distance: 5-6 hours, 13.4-17 km, 950-1110 m ascent, 950-1108 m descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 Depart La Valle

The self-guided tour ends after you eat breakfast.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This guided hiking tour to Italian Dolomites is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the departure date and whether you are staying in a single, double or triple room.

The best time to travel to Italian Alps for hiking is during the summer months.

Private Self-guided Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! The departure is available at any day of the week. Prices below are per person:

Departure on September 20th–30th (2021):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $925 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $825 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $775 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $725 USD

Departure on October 1st–8th (2021):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $875 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $795 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $725 USD

Departure on June 1st–24th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $825 USD

Departure on June 25th–July 25th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $850 USD

Departure on July 26th–August 31st (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,025 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $925 USD

Departure on September 1st–30th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $825 USD

Departure on October 1st–8th (2022):

  • Price per person staying in single room (min 1 traveler): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in double room (min 2 travelers): $825 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $775 USD
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Accommodation on Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour

Expect to stay in a combination of hotels and huts on this tour. They each offer modern amenities that work to elevate the total comfort of your stay.

Please note that the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar places.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season (please inquire to find out more). However, it’s definitely possible to match single travellers up.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Pider ★★★

Enjoy basking in the amenities offered by Hotel Pider: WiFi, TV, private bathroom, and a spa. The restaurant also serves traditional Ladin food.

Rifugio Fanes Hut

The rooms mirror the serenity of the outdoors, but with the bonus of warmth and coziness. Enjoy the Ladin and international dishes offered at the restaurant.

Hotel Pider ★★★

Enjoy basking in the amenities offered by Hotel Pider: WiFi, TV, private bathroom, and a spa. The restaurant also serves traditional Ladin food.

What’s included in the Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 packet lunch and 7 dinners. You are responsible for providing your own dinners and lunches on the days where these meals are not specifically mentioned.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in La Valle are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

You are responsible for paying for your travel and luggage transportation throughout, with the exception of your transfer from La Valle to Passo Valparola.

Also Included

  • Detailed tour notes
  • 24/7 phone support
  • Transfer from La Valle to Passo Valparola

Not included

  • Flights and any type of transportation to and from La Valle
  • Touristic city taxes and sojourn taxes (€1.35 EUR - €1.40 EUR per person daily)
  • Personal equipment
  • Entrance fees
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Transfer to and from La Valle at the beginning and at the end of your tour
  • Extra night in any of the accommodations during the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Dolomites Self-Guided Hiking Tour

S-Cape Travel is a boutique tour operator focused on sharing the best walking, cycling, cultural and food & wine tours in Europe. Book one of their self-guided tours to live La Dolce Vita for a week or two, as you walk or cycle around Europe, enjoying incredible views and amazing food and wine.

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Is this tour for me?

This tour is rated as a 3 / 5, and is well suited for guests that regularly go walking. You should be comfortable walking up to 15km each day, though one day does have a 20km route back from Rifugio Fanes.

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