• 8 Days Photo Safari In The Dolomites

    We bring you to the exact points where the most famous photos of The Dolomites were taken

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrival in Bolzano and visit of the city – Overnight in or near Bolzano;

    Day 2

    We will cross the entire Venosta Valley to Lake Resia and its “famous bell tower”; We will visit Coira Castle considered by many the most beautiful castle in the region. Then the visit of the center of Merano and at the end the award-winning botanical garden of Trauttmansdorff. Second night in Bolzano .

    Day 3

    We will take you into the “unknown” Funes Valley charming right because away from the usual tourist itineraries. It is from a precise point at the end of this valley that comes the photo that alone represents the best icon of the South Tyrol and the Dolomites. We will move then to Varna, near Bressanone, where it is located the Novacella Abbey, one of the largest in Central Europe; finally we will go in the Pusteria Valley to the imposing and perfectly preserved Medieval Tures Castle to reach the idyllic Braies Lake; We will stay, surrounded by mountains, in the village of San Vigilio di Marebbe .

    Day 4

    We will spend the day in the heart of the Dolomites: we cross the Badia Valley, go up to Gardena Pass and Sella Pass to enter in the famous Gardena Valley; then we come back to Bolzano for overnight.

    Day 5

    It is the day of the “Great Dolomites Road” that will take us from Bolzano to Cortina d’Ampezzo, site of the Winter Olympics Games in 1956; first stop at Carezza Lake with the incredible colors of its water; then we will enter in the Fassa Valley in the direction of the Sella massif and Pordoi Pass at 2.200 meters and where will go up by cable car to the 3.000 meters of Sass Pordoi for one of the most spectacular view of the Dolomites; then we will go down to Arabba and go up to the Falzarego Pass: after a few kilometers there is the chairlift that will take us in a few minutes under the wonderful Cinque Torri : we will have dinner and spend the night in the famous Scoiattoli Refuge;

    Day 6

    Short visit to Cortina. Here starts the historical cable car “Freccia del Cielo” that will take on the Cima Tofana – 3.244 m., one of the highest peaks of the Dolomites; back down to the valley we will move to the east up to the Misurina Lake: famous is here the photo of the lake with the old and impressive hotel (now sanatorium for children) and in the background Mount Sorapiss; from Misurina Lake we will take a steep road that leads us to the Auronzo Refuge , under the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, at an altitude of 2.333 m.: here we will spend the night and we will enjoy an incredible sunset.

    Day 7

    To “conquer” the position of the classic picture of the Three Peaks, we have to get to the Locatelli Refuge, which is just across the Peaks. All within the circular route around the Three Peaks , the most beautiful trekking of the Dolomites, that will keep us busy for about 4 hours. Then we go down back to Cortina and up to Giau Pass that will surprise us for its wild landscapes. Going down on the other side we will find the town of Selva di Cadore and on its background Mount Pelmo; again towards Rocca Pietore where we will visit the canyon of the “Serrai di Sottoguda”; then up to Fedaia Lake at the foot of the Marmolada glacier; returned to Fassa Valley we will spend the night in the beautiful Resort Vidor in Pozza di Fassa.

    Day 8

    We will go up with minibuses to the area of the Vajolet Towers where in 50 minutes we will reach the Preuss and Vajolet Refuges; then we will move toward Rolle Pass with the famous Baita Segantini with background the imposing Cimon della Pala Mount . Finally back to Bolzano.

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FAQ’s
When does it start the appropriate period for excursions, vie ferrate and climbs?

Usually during the end of May it is possible to climb the southern exposed faces and climb some railroads. In some cases, after winter with heavy snow, the snow on the top of the mountains can restrict the access to the vie ferrate.

Until when is it possible to go to climb, trekking and via ferrata?


You can go until the end of October. Usually autumn is an amazing season for all the activities on the mountains.
The weather is stabler than summer, which brings many dangerous storms. The colors of the forests and the fall’s lights make the Dolomites look even more beautiful!

Which are the best topographic maps for the Dolomites?


Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here.

What about the Alta Via of the Dolomites?


The “Alte vie” (High Routes) of the Dolomites are alpine trekking routes that connect various refuges. In general they are not particularly difficult, at least for those who are used to walking in the mountains. There are 8 routes provided with indications and marked with a characteristic symbol: a triangle with a number that labels each route.
The possibility to stay at a refuge – reservation is recommended – is guaranteed from the end of June to the end of September, but as bad weather is not uncommon in the mountains it is always better to be well equipped.

Is it possible to rent the technical equipment for via ferrata?


Yes, a lot of sporting goods stores you can rent climbing harnesses, helmets and ferrata set.
When you go on the mountains with a mountain guide, the guide is going to provide the necessary equipment, usually included in the price.