Family Introduction to Via Ferrata

8 days
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Trip code: 
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Family Group
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
Designed for:
Ages 13-16
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Discover Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

This is the perfect trip for families who enjoy walking and scrambling and are looking for a new challenge. Via Ferrata, 'Iron Way' in Italian, refers to a system of cables that cling to the side of the mountains on routes that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. Taking us each day on classic routes in the craggy mountains of the Sexten Dolomites, our expert local mountain guides teach us all we need to know, so we can safely clamber along ridges and up rock faces.


  • Wonderful routes in the spectacular Dolomites
  • Historic First World War Via Ferrata, museums and tunnels
  • Complete security with our qualified guides Breathtaking

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star family-run hotel with en suite rooms
  • 5 days centre-based Via Ferrata; 1 free day
  • Group normally 8 to 16, plus one local UIAGM guide for every 8 clients
  • Not suitable for vertigo sufferers
  • Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m


  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10 per person, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3945
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Venice; transfer to Dobbiaco.

    Fly to Venice and transfer to the Hotel Tschurtschenthaler in Dobbiaco. The hotel staff provide a warm welcome and the details for the next morning will be provided for you. The UIAGM guides will meet you the next morning. 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2


    The guides meet us at the hotel in the morning (usually around 8.30). We begin with an introduction on how to use the Via Ferrata equipment safely. The route takes you through forested trails and alongside alpine rivers. We start the week with some high level walking involving only a few sections of Via Ferrata.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    2 days of via ferrata

    Thanks to the number of via ferrata routes available and our leaders' intimate knowledge of the area, the best route will be chosen daily, depending on the weather and ability of the group.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for optional walking or cycling.

    Usually the free day (although this may be changed to get the best possible weather on the Via Ferrata days). Optional activities include self-guided walking or cycling. There is the option to cycle across the border to Leinz, Austria. Bicycles can be rented in the town centre and the cycle path is well signposted and traffic free. Alternatively, you may choose to visit a local museum or enjoy a natural springwater swimming pool in Dobbiaco. See extra expenses for details.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 6-7

    2 further days of via ferrata

    We enjoy more high-level mountain walks, including via ferrata for the ascents. We move on to more challenging routes with longer sections of Via Ferrata. This involves vertical rock faces and more exposed sections that could test our head for heights. We could end the week on a high with a classic such as Marino Bianchi, Col Rosa or Truppe Alpine.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Venice; fly London.

    Transfer to Venice; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 dinners included.

The buffet breakfasts offer plenty of choice, while the evening meals feature both Italian and Austrian specialities. Lunches are kept optional as, depending on the route chosen, there may be the opportunity to have lunch in one of the wonderful mountain huts en route. On other days the hotel is able to arrange packed lunches for you, that normally contains 2 sandwiches, one drink, one fruit and a small dessert, or you may choose to buy lunch from the local supermarket. Dinner at is a 5 course meal which starts with a salad, then a soup as a starter, first, second course and dessert.


In the Dolomites - as always in the mountains - the weather can be very changeable. On average in summer months you can expect some rain on one day in two, but it is likely to come in heavy and thundery outbursts of relatively short duration rather than prolonged showers. Down in the valleys, daytime temperatures range on average from 12º to 22º Celsius although 25º is not unusual. Up in the mountains, it will be a few degrees colder. You need therefore to be ready for anything, and to pack shorts as well as warmer clothes, full waterproofs and sun cream.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 6: Challenging/Tough. It is designed for ages 13 to 16. Our goal is to have similarly-aged children on each family departure, which allows the leader to better adapt the pace of the trip as required.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

This trip includes Via Ferrata (or protected scrambling) on high mountain routes and therefore, you will need a good level of physical fitness. No previous climbing or Via Ferrata experience is required. Experience of high-level mountain walking and a head for heights are necessary, as often there are exposed sections. There are steep ups and downs on gravel or rocky terrain and the average ascents/descents per day are around 800m. Some Via Ferrata sections lead up/down vertical rock faces, which require good upper body and arm strength. At this level, you need complete confidence in your physical condition, ability to deal with heights and difficult underfoot terrains such as scree, snow or difficult paths on steep mountainsides. Walking days may be from 6 to 9 hours, (or even longer at busy periods), on pass-crossing days. Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered. There will be one local English speaking UIAGM certified mountain guide for every 8 clients. Benefiting from their local knowledge and love of their region, guides accompany the group on the five high-level walks and some evenings. All UIAGM mountain guides are trained to high standards in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering. (Please note there will not be any Exodus leader, only the appropriate number of UIAGM guides). Altitude maximum 2910m, average 2300m.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3945
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotel Tschurtschenthaler - 3 Star

7 nights 3-star family-run hotel with en suite rooms.

Situated in the centre of Dobbiaco, the 3-star Hotel Tschurtschenthaler is an attractive building, traditionally styled but with the advantages of a small indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a beauty treatment room where you can enjoy massages (treatments not included - on request basis). After dinner you can relax in the lounge or go through to the bar for a drink with the locals. Single, double and twin-bedded rooms all have hairdryers, shower, WC and are comfortably furnished. Please note the hotel has Wi-Fi access but does not accept credit cards. Single rooms can be arranged throughout for a supplement (subject to availability). Please reserve at time of booking.

Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3945
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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