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The Dolomites Nature Park Trail (Inn To Inn)

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8 days
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€ 660

Experiencing nature – idyllic Mountain lakes, lush Mountain pastures, green forests and the legendary Dolomites will guide you through three Nature Parks during your hike. Not without reason, were the Dolomites declared a Natural World heritage site. As a preamble to the hike, you are greeted by Lake Prags “Pragser Wildsee”, in whose crystal clear waters the whitewashed walls of the Seekofels Mountain, are mirrored. All those who believe that nothing more can top this experience, be well advised that high above Cortina, the pearl of the Dolomites you can view and glance over some of the most striking summits. The Cristallo Group of Mountain peaks; the Pinnacle on Mount Tofane and the summits around the Fanes Mountains, all wrestle for the attention of the observer. Finally, we will introduce you to the splendours of Sexten, the valley of the mountain climbers and mountain guides. Naturally, an excursion to the “Drei Zinnen” cannot be left out, the encompassing hike around the celebrated trident promises fascinating impressions of the Sexten Mountain ranges of the Dolomites.

This is a moderate and accessible hiking tour through well-marked trails. It is suitable for anyone in good basic physical condition and climbing experiences are not necessary.

dolomites nature park self-guided hiking tour in italyinn to inn trekking in the dolomites, italy

Day 1: Arrival in the Alta Pusteria Hochpustertal/ Pusteria Valley (Niederdorf/Toblach)
Arrive at the hotel in Pusteria Valley (Toblach, Niederdorf). There is a private car park close to the hotel included in the cost.
Day 2: Alta Pusteria Hochpustertal – Prags Valley – Plätzwiese;
(ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 35 m in altitude / approx. 3 hours or ascent: approx. 1.200 m in altitude / descent: approx. 650 m in altitude / approx. 5 hours; 14km)
Your hiking holiday starts with a bus ride to the idyllic “Pragser Wildsee”, which fascinates the sightseer with the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lake. Here you get a first impression of the Prags Valley; with its dark-needled coniferous forests and the whitewashed walls of the mountain rocks it counts to the pearls of the Dolomites. Through the alpine pasture “Rossalm” you reach the high plateau of the “Plätzwiese”, over which the mountains “Dürrenstein” and “Hohe Gaisl” sit in state majestically. 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 “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 reach the “Plätzwiese”.
independent trekking holiday in the dolomites nature park, italyDay 3: Plätzwiese – Strudelkopf or Dürrenstein;
(ascent: approx. 350 m in altitude / descent: approx. 350 m in altitude / approx. 3 hours or ascent: approx. 800 m in altitude / descent: approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 4 hours; 8-9km)
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 “Three Peaks”, the “Tofana” and the “Monte Cristallo”.
Day 4: Plätzwiese – Knappenfuss Valley – Gemärk – Cortina d‘Ampezzo;
(ascent: approx. 0 m in altitude / descent approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 4 hours or ascent: 500 m in altitude / descent: approx. 1.000 m in altitude / approx. 7 hours; 14-25km depending on the option)
You hike through the “Plätzwiese” and descend through the Knappenfuss Valley to the “Gemärk/Cimabanche” – the frontier between South Tyrol and Belluno. Here are two possibilities to continue: either the direct 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.
Day 5: Circular track;
(approx. 400 m in altitude / approx. 3-4 hours or approx. 800 m in altitude / approx. 5-6 hours; 7-16km depending on the options)
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.
Today the program includes a circular walk in the deep circular valley, surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery of the “Tofane”, the “Sorapis” and the “Cristallo”. Let yourself be enchanted by the natural beauty of the fascinating environment of the impressive Dolomite peaks.
independent rambling vacation in the italian alps - the dolomites nature parkDay 6: Misurina – Rif. Auronzo – Three Peaks – Toblach/Niederdorf;
(ascent: approx. 300 m in altitude / descent: approx. 1.200 m in altitude / approx. 4 hours or ascent: approx. 850 m in altitude / descent: approx. 1.200 m in altitude / approx. 6 hours; 11km)
A transfer will take you at the very beginning to Misurina, where you can start your day drinking an Italian Cappuccino or eating a cooling ice cream. Today’s walking tour takes you to the hut “Auronzo” and afterwards along the world-famous massif of the “Three Peaks” to the homonymous hut “Three Peaks”. The “Three Peaks” which were fiercely contested as part of the front between Italy and Austria-Hungary during the alpine warfare in the First World War, are probably the most famous rock formation of the Dolomites. Before returning to the starting hotel at Niederdorf/Toblach by bus, you walk through the Rienz Valley to Lake Landro Dürrensee, where refreshment is already waiting for tired calves.
To shorten the stage the transfer could also be extended till the hut “Auronzo”.
Day 7: Niederdorf/Toblach – Sexten/Sesto – Niederdorf/Toblach;
(ascent: approx. 540 m in altitude / descent: 1.250 m in altitude / approx. 5 hours or ascent: approx. 670 m in altitude / descent: 1.370 m in altitude / approx. 6-7 hours; 16km)
The last stage of your hiking holiday takes you to one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Pustertal, to Sexten. Before that, you arrive to Vierschach/Versciaco, where the cable car takes you to the mountain “Helm”. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view to the Sexten Dolomites. The huts “Hahnspiel”, “Sillian”, “Klammbach” and “Helmhang” are further stops of your last hiking tour, before you walk downwards to Sexten/Sesto and return to Toblach/Niederdorf by bus/train to conclude your hiking holiday.
There is also the possibility to extend the last stage of your holiday. Passing the huts “Hahnspiel”, “Sillian” and “Klammbach” the path takes you to the hut “Alpe Nemes”; from here to the hut “Helmhang” and downwards to Sexten/Sesto. At Sexten/Sesto the transfer back to your starting hotel takes place; as well as the transfer for the short variant.
Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Good quality hotels of 3-4*, incl. breakfast (halfboard can be added on extra payment of 160 Euros/person). All lugagge transfers are included.

Price: 660 Euro
High season surcharge (all arrivals between 04.07 to 08/09): 65 Euro

Single room supplement: 120 Euro
Halfboard supplement: 160 Euro

Min. group size: 2 persons

The price includes: Accommodation and boarding as mentioned above; Luggage transportation; 24 hour telephone assistance; Detailed roadbook and maps in English; Tickets for transfers according to the program (cable-car, public bus and trains);

The price does not include: Tourist residence tax “tassa di soggiorno” to be paid locally in cash; travel insurance; transfers from and to the airport; tips; entrance fees; other meals; alcohol drinks; personal expenses;

self-guided walking tour in the dolomites nature park, italyTips: The trek is available for Sunday arrivals only (!) from mid-June until the end of September. For arrivals after Sept 14th an option will be given for Day 5, as the cable car will be closed. Moderate to demanding mountain walks on well-marked paths. Basic experience in mountain walking is recommended as well as an active, healthy general level of fitness and stamina. The paths are well maintained though sometimes stony or steep. Some walks can be extended or shortened.
By car:
By car on the Brenner motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit Franzensfeste, Pustertal then through the Pusteria Valley (SS49) to Niederdorf or Toblach, depending on the location of your hotel
Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the Pusteria Valley to Toblach or Niederdorf, depending on the location of your hotel.
By train:
Take the train from Innsbruck over the “Brenner/Brennero” to Franzensfeste. Change trains for the Pusteria Valley and disembarking either at Niederdorf or Toblach depending on the location of your hotel
By plane:
Low cost flights are available to “Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova” airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice which offer an excellent airport shuttle to and from Mestre / Marghera

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