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Nature Park Hike in the Dolomites

Itinerary for Nature Park Hike in the Dolomites

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco
Individual arrival at the hotel.
Meals included: none (if half board supplement booked, dinner is included)
Overnight in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

Day 2: Villabassa/Dobbiaco – Pragser Tal/Valle di Braies – Plätzwiese
Your hiking holiday starts by the idyllic lake Pragser Wildsee, which fascinates the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. Here you get a first impression of the Pragser Tal; with its dark-needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks, it counts to the pearls of the Dolomites. The way leads you to the alpine pasture Rossalm and then to Plätzwiese.
Beside calm and nature you encounter here also a panoramic view: In the vastness you can see the mountains Cristallo, Tofana and the world-famous Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks).
Leisurely walkers have the possibility to choose a shorter variant for the first stage, at which they are taken to the guesthouse Tuscherhof and start their walk from there. Following the river Stolla they pass the guesthouse Brückele, the homonymous hut Stolla and rock paintings (cases of erosion, which are produced by the constant influence of water and the different composition of the rock) to get to the Plätzwiese.
Ascent: approx. 1100 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 580 m / approx. 6-7 hours OR Ascent: approx. 790 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 0 m / approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast (if half board supplement booked, dinner is also included)
Overnight in Plätzwiese

Day 3: Plätzwiese - Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein
Starting point of today’s stage is the alpine pasture Plätzwiese, which together with the mountains Hohe Gaisl and Kreuzkofelgruppe counts as the most treasured and revered hiking areas in the country; the charismatic magnetism of the unusual flora and natural lakes, have an enthralling charm on the discerning visitor. The bizarre and fascinating fables according to legends of the ancient tribes of Fanes Empire are relevant here.
In the Nature Park Fanes-Sennes-Prags, the largest nature park in the Dolomites, you can make your choice between two options. Starting at the Plätzwiese depending on the variant you reach either the Strudelkopf (short variant) or the Dürrenstein (longer variant). Both options offer you a spectacular view on the Hohe Gaisl, the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks), the Tofana and the Monte Cristallo.
Ascent: approx. 360 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 360 m / approx. 3-4 hours OR Ascent: approx. 850 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 850 m / approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast (if half board supplement booked, dinner is also included)
Overnight in Plätzwiese

Day 4: Plätzwiese – Knappenfußtal – Gemärk/Cimabanche – Cortina d‘Ampezzo
You hike through the high plateau of the Plätzwiese and descend through the Knappenfußtal to Cimabanche – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct way using the public transport path to Cortina d’Ampezzo or the longer variant to the hut Ra Stua and under the Col Rosa to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Your today’s destination, the former Olympic city, impresses with its unique location in the middle of famous Dolomite peaks.
Along the way there are other possible alternatives to shorten the stage.
Ascent: approx. 0 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 460 m / approx. 2 hours OR Ascent: approx. 610 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 1,300 m / approx. 6-7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Day 5: Circular Track or cable car Faloria (ticket included)
The panorama of the starting point of this stage is quite simple and stunning. The giant rocks of the Ampezzo Dolomites reach into heaven; the Monte Cristallo and the Cristallogruppe, the Tofana and the Fanesgruppe are the leading actors of this spectacle.
There are two options for the day: the longer one leads you towards Forcella Faloria and the shorter one is following the new Dolomieu Panoramic Trail. Both of them are heading towards Passo Tre Croci. The descent to Cortina is equal for both routes.
Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating environment of the impressive Dolomite peaks.
If you don‘t want to take the cable car, you can take a nice circular walk around Cortina.
Long variant: ascent approx. 270 m / descent approx. 1.150 m / approx. 5 hours
Dolomieu-Trail: ascent approx. 100 m / descent approx. 990 m / approx. 3 - 4 hours
Roundtour Cortina: ascent approx. 650 m / descent approx. 640 m / approx. 4-5 hours
Cinque Torri: ascent approx. 570 m / descent approx. 350 m / approx. 3.5-4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Day 6: Cortina d’Ampezzo – Rifugio Auronzo Hut – Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) 
By bus, youget to the Auronzo Hut, situated directly below the world-famous rock massif of the Three Peaks. The imposing peaks, which were fiercely fought over as part of the front between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the First World War, probably the best-known rock formation in the Dolomites. From here you hike leisurely down the Rienz Valley to the Dreizinnenblick and return by bus to the starting hotel of your hiking tour in Dobbiaco/Villabassa.
For the more leisurely, there is the option of walking around the famous Three Peaks and returning by bus from the Rifugio Auronzo to Dobbiaco/Villabassa (ticket not included in the price).
Ascent: approx. 120 m / descent: approx. 1000 m / approx. 3.5 - 4.5 hours OR Ascent: approx. 350 m difference of altitude / descent: approx. 350 m / approx. 3-4 hours (Three Peaks option)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Day 7: Departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Nature Park Hike in the Dolomites
Tour Code: ZZ-HKITFA01
7 days / 6 nights ~$980.00
Dates: June to September

Level : Fitness Level
Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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Airport: Innsbruck
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