"We thought this was a fantastic trip. Our family has been doing summer hiking trips for nearly 20 years and this was the nicest and most enjoyable we’ve had, with a great combination of fabulous hikes and wonderful places to stay. Every one of the inns and hotels where we stayed worked hard to make it a nice experience for us, and that added to the pleasure of the whole trip."- Tim and Francie Hester
"We're finally back home in Oregon after another wonderful Ryder Walker Alpine Adventure. The Dolomites do truly deserve all the rave reviews they get! The memories should keep me going when I can no longer hike -- and in the meantime, after having met a couple of your guides, I will continue to recommend Ryder Walker without any hesitations, both guided or self-guided. Keep up the good work in running a reliable outfitter!"- Anne Uzzell
A top-shelf level of inn keeping and accommodations.
Fabled Tyrolean culture and cuisine.
The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop for a number of quaint villages, expansive mountain meadows, or alps, and a highly developed trail system. The region is culturally diverse, and on this self-guided tour you will visit the German speaking Tyrolean villages in Val Gardena with their onion-domed chapels, Corvara in the Ladin speaking Alte Badia, and the busy alpine center of Cortina D’Ampezzo, the hub of the Italian speaking Alps.
From our fabulous inns, including one immured in a 14th C. edifice and others known for their cuisine and Tyrolean charm, you will enjoy the most fabled scenery and classic hiking of the Dolomites. Following a warm-up hike to a mountain restaurant, traverse above the Alpe di Siusi, the largest “alp”in the Alps, and climb high into a number of the fabulous, vertical-looking ranges including the Rosengarten, Sassolungo, Puez and Tofane groups.
Travel independently by rail to Bolzano. We will arrange a taxi to pick you up and transfer you to Völs. Overnight in a charming hotel nestled in the heart of this Southern Tyrolean village.
Today enjoy a gentle warm up hike from Völs to Tuffalm, a picturesque alp where you’ll enjoy views of the Sciliar at a mountain restaurant before looping back to Völs.
Today’s hike begins in Alpe di Siusi, where views extend to the Austrian Alps, the Sassopiatto, Sassolungo and today’s objective, the Sciliar. Overnight in a comfortable mountain refuge with shared accommodations. No luggage access on this night.
Enjoy expansive views over the Alpe di Siusi as you head toward the Sassopiatto and Sassolungo and a dramatically situated cable car. Descend to the village of Selva in Gardena and a welcoming four star inn with Tyrolean charm and tradition-inspired haute cuisine.
Ascending a pristine glacial valley surrounded by towering limestone walls, you will climb through larch and stone pine toward the Rifugio Puez before descending to the village of Corvara in the Alta Badia, a valley where the Ladin culture dominates. Overnight in one of our all time favorite inns filled with Tyrolean charm and offering superb cuisine.
Begin with an ascent to a ridge separating the Puez and Sella groups and the Marmolada, the second highest peak in Italy at 3259 meters, to the west, and the Tofane and Della Croce groups to the east. Return by taxi to Corvara and our fabulous inn.
A bit of transport returns you to a path that leads into the heart of the Tofane Range before you descend the beautiful and lush Val Travenanzes. Transfer by taxi to Cortina D’Ampezzo and the comforts of a four star hotel. Tonight you will be on your own for dinner. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
Cortina offers bus service with linking rail transport to Milan, Munich, Venice or other destinations in Europe.