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Self-Guided Dolomites - Val Gardena and the Sella Group
Italy - Trip code WSTD Walking and Trekking
Days 8
Deposit From £79
Was From £885
Now from £785
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Enjoy exhilarating hikes among the dramatic limestone mountains, jagged peaks and alpine meadows of the Dolomites' Sella Group, Val Gardena and Val di Fassa. These magnificent landscapes are home to a rich variety of wildlife including marmots and chamois, and an extraordinary variety of flowers that bloom in their thousands in spring and summer. This is a region that has its own distinct cultural traditions and a unique and tasty cuisine.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 7

      Lunch: 2

      Dinner: 2

    • Trip staff

      None

    • Transport

      Bus

      Cable Car

      Taxi

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      Accommodation

      5 nights simple hotel

      2 nights simple lodge

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      Walking grade:

      Moderate

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Trip starts in Canazei

    The first three nights of your holiday are spent in the mountain village of Canazei, nestling in the shadow of the Dolomites. Canazei serves as a great base for climbers and hikers in the summer and is a ski resort in the winter.Your traditional mountain hotel has great views of the Sella and Marmolada mountain ranges. Its simple and cosy rooms have private bathroom facilities, a safe, hairdryer and television.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Hike around Sasso Piatto

    Today's long and incredibly beautiful hike is amongst the striking, jagged limestone mountains of Sasso Piatto. To get to the start of the walk you can catch a local bus from Canazei to Campitello di Fassa and then take a cable car to the Col Rodella. A panoramic track leads you to the Rifugio Sasso Piatto, a mountain hut from where you have wonderful views of Sasso Piatto's jagged rocks and can stop to take a break. Continuing on to the Langkofel hut, you enter an almost surreal lunar landscape of limestone; sandwiched between the two giant peaks of Sasso Piatto on your right and Sasso Lungo on your left. You eventually descend steeply down to the valley station of the Sasso Lungo chair lift. You can either catch the chair lift part way down or walk all the way back to the Col Rodella on mostly gravel roads.

    You can expect today's 16.5 kilometre walk to take approximately six hours with a cumulative ascent of 810 metres and descent of 850 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 3 - Trek around the Catinaccio Mountains

    Today you have two options: you can catch a local bus from Canazei to Vigo di Fassa and then a cable car to Ciampedie and start the walk here, or take a local bus to Pera di Fassa and then a bus from Pera di Fassa cable car to Rifugio Gardeccia and start walking from here. This circular walk takes you around the imposing Catinaccio group of mountains. You walk over tracks and gravel roads, passing Malga Vael and the Roda di Vael hut before starting to climb up to the Zigolade Pass (2549m). You then start your descent,flanking Forcella di Davoi and Cima Catinaccio with their jagged peaks. You pass the huts at Preuss and Gardeccia, where you may want to stop and reward yourself with a local snack before continuing back to your starting point.

    You can expect today's 14 kilometre walk to take approximately six hours with a cumulative ascent of 620 metres and descent of 650 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 4 - Walk from Passo della Sella to Passo Gardena

    As on the second days walk, today's hike also starts from the Col Rodella which you can reach by cable car from Campitello di Fassa. Setting out on gravel roads and tracks you will have great views of the shattered limestone peaks of Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo on your left. Reaching the Sella Pass (2244m) you continue on with amazing views of the whole of the Sella Group on the right, beautiful and imposing. Finally you reach Passo Gardena where your accommodation for the next two nights is a cosy mountain lodge, or rifugio as they are called in Italy.

    You can expect today's 13 kilometre walk to take approximately five hours with a cumulative ascent of 440 metres and descent of 745 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Lodge

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 5 - Circular walk in the Val Gardena

    You start the day with a cable car ride to Dantercepies. Walking through Selva you reach the entrance of the Puez Geisler National Park. You continue until you reach a charming chapel where a steep track takes you through lush forest. After about 2 kilometres you leave the forest and enter open rocky terrain - perfect conditions for spotting any wildlife. Then it about 3 kilometres to the pass where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view. It's about an hours walk back to Passo Gardena.

    You can expect today's 7.5 kilometre walk to take approximately three-and-a-half hours with a cumulative ascent of 440 metres and descent of 745 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Lodge

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6 - Walk from Passo Gardena to Passo Campolongo

    Today's hiking starts directly from the rifugio. From Passo Gardena the track ascends until you are walking pretty much under the massif of the Sella Group. In Val de Mesdi you cross a small river and the path goes down, sometimes quite steeply. When you're down in the valley you follow a gravel road until Crep de Sela. From there a steep track takes you finally to Ristorante Boe. From here you take a beautifull track that goes through spectacular rock formations. When you reach the Kaiser hut you only have to follow the gravel road until you're at the Passo Campolongo. A private taxi transfer will take you back from here to Canazei.

    You can expect today's 12.5 kilometre walk to take approximately five-and-a-half hours with a cumulative ascent of 755 metres and descent of 1020 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 7 - Via dal Pan Walk

    Today you walk along Via del Pan, the 'bread path' a nice route that runs along the southern side of the crest, offering amazing views of the Marmolada glacier and Sella mountain group. In the morning you can take a cable car from Canazei to Pecol and then another cable car to Col dei Rossi where the walking starts. You follow the 'bread path' to Penia from where you can catch a local bus back to Canazei.

    You can expect today's 16 kilometre walk to take approximately six hours with a cumulative ascent of 420 metres and descent of 1140 metres.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Hotel

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Day 8 - Trip ends in Canazei

    The trip ends after breakfast in Canazei.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Italy

    Climate

    April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

    Time difference to GMT

    +1

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Roman Catholic

    Language

    Italian

    Budgeting and packing

    Clothing

    We recommend taking lightweight and breathable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature and your level of activity. This should include a good quality waterproof jacket and trousers (e.g. Goretex / e-Vent), fleece jacket, comfortable walking trousers, shorts, warm hat and gloves, sunhat and sunglasses. Temperatures can change dramatically at altitude and at night.

    Footwear

    Take a pair of good, comfortable and broken in walking boots. Trainers and/or sandals for post-trek relaxation.

    Luggage: On tour

    You will need one main piece of baggage and a waterproof daypack sufficiently large to take spare layers of clothing, your water bottle, picnic and camera during each days walking (25-40 litres recommended). Your main luggage will be transferred to your next accommodation on days 4 and 6. Please clearly mark all your belongings with your name and the name of the next accommodation in order to indicate where the bags should go to next. Bags should be ready and at the reception or store room by 09:00 on the morning of your departure.

    Luggage transfer

    Included between your accommodation in Canazei and Passo Gardena

    Equipment

    You will need a water bottle (preferably 2 litres) and high factor sun cream. Trekking poles are recommended.
    Tap water is safe to drink at the hotel and rifugio, but water sources along the trail may not always be drinkable. We recommend you bring water purifying tablets if you intend to fill-up along the trail. Using tap or purified water rather than bottled water will help avoid creating plastic bottle waste.

    Maps - Along with the destination manual and route notes you will be sent a set of maps that have been created specifically for this trip to help you navigate. The route is marked on each map together with a series of numbered waypoints which correspond with instructions in the route notes. Should you wish to purchase a more detailed commercially produced map we recommend the following:-

    General maps
    Trentino Alto Adige 1:200.000 TCI Touring Club Italiano, ISBN: B003P4VSW2
    Topographic maps
    Val di Fassa. Dolomiti Fassane 1:25000 Tabacco, ISBN: 8883150066

    Tipping

    Local fees
    Local buses used to start/from end of walks - between 1.10 - 2.20 Euros each journey
    Cable cars:-
    Campitella di Fassa to Col Rodella - approximately 11 Euros
    Vigo di Fassa to Campedie - approximately 8.50 Euros
    Val Gardena to Dantercepies - approximately 9.50 Euros
    Canazei to Pecol - approximately 6 Euros
    Pecol to Col dei Rossi - approximately 7 Euros

    Italy

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £5.00 - 10.00
    Dinner price
    £15.00 - 20.00
    Beer price
    £2.00 - 4.00
    Water price
    £1.00 - 2.00
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
    ATM Availability
    Major towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Larger hotels and restaurants.
    Travellers Cheques
    Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Cable Car, Taxi

    Recommended airport

    Innsbruck or Verona

    Flying to your destination

    We recommend outbound and inbound flights to/from Innsbruck or Verona airports. Innsbruck is served by both budget airlines (EasyJet from Gatwick) and various charter flights from multiple airports in the UK. Verona is served by both budget airlines (EasyJet, Jet2, Flybe) and non-budget airlines (including British Airways).

    Accommodation notes

    Your traditional mountain hotel in Canazei has great views of the Sella and Marmolada mountain ranges. Its simple and cosy rooms have private bathroom facilities, a safe, hairdryer and television.The mountain lodge (rifugio) at Passo Gardena offers simple yet comfortable accommodation where two people will be accommodated in a private room with attached bathroom. The rooms for 2 people have an 'Austrian style' double which is one very large double bed with 2 duvets. Due to the high demand for accommodation we are unable to offer a guaranteed single room on this holiday.

    Arrival and departure information

    The main airports you can fly to for the Dolomites are Innsbruck and Verona.

    From and to Innsbruck you can take a bus or a train to reach the city's central train station (see www.innsbruck-airport.com/en/train-bus/) and then get a train to Bolzano (to check timetables please visit www.trenitalia.it). From Bolzano take a bus to Canazei, changing in Vigo di Fassa.

    From and to Verona airport you can take a shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes to and from the central train station (www.aeroportoverona.it/en/aerobus_t2). From Verona Porta Nuova railway station, take a train to Ora (please check timetables on www.trenitalia.it). From Ora there are buses to Canazei with a change in Cavalese.

    More detailed information on joining the trip and links to timetables will be provided in the Destination Manual sent to you once your booking is confirmedl.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Italy: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US, New Zealand, US or Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

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    Vaccinations

    Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Moderate
    Trek details
    On this holiday you walk 80.5 km over 6 days (an average of almost 13.5 km a day). The route follows narrow gravel roads or well-marked hiking trails. On some occasions there are optional opportunities for climbing local peaks that can require some scrambling and are suitable only for experienced mountain hikers.
    Additional Information

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sat 15 Jun 2019 - Mon 8 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSTD_2019
    Price from £785
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    Single room option +£100
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 9 Jul 2019 - Tue 23 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSTD_2019
    Price from £865
    Save was
    Single room option +£100
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Wed 24 Jul 2019 - Tue 30 Jul 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSTD_2019
    Price from £899
    Save was
    Single room option +£100
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Wed 31 Jul 2019 - Mon 26 Aug 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSTD_2019
    Price from £965
    Save was
    Single room option +£100
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 27 Aug 2019 - Sun 15 Sep 2019 Your trip can depart anytime between the above dates. Contact us for triple room requests and solo traveller prices.
    WSTD_2019
    Price from £820
    Save was
    Single room option +£100
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time and place
    00:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Canazei
    Time
    23:59
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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