Highlights of the Dolomites

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Trip code: 
TEI
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–20

Spectacular walking in the heart of the Western Dolomites

Val di Fassa lies between Marmolada (3,343m), the Dolomites' highest peak, and Catinaccio (2,981m), the famous long ridge that glows red in the rising sun. Based in the lovely village of Campitello, we are ideally situated to access neighbouring valleys and discover their attractive villages. We walk through lush green valleys carpeted with a profusion of alpine flowers, and are constantly rewarded with panoramic views of jagged limestone spires towering above. With excellent chairlift, cablecar and bus links, we are able to access a huge variety of walks, thus allowing us to offer two grades of walking on each departure.

Highlights

  • Exceptional trails
  • Views of the Marmolada
  • Moderate and challenging walks

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Enrosadira, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • Altitude maximum 3024m, average 2300m
  • Group normally 5 to 20 plus 1 UK leader per grade
  • Not recommended for vertigo sufferers

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Airport transfers (for those on the group flights)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

Campitello
to
Campitello
  • Day 1

    Start Campitello

    Start Campitello. In the evening the leaders will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and give advice on the local area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    3 daywalks

    Our daywalks mix high-altitude routes that guarantee stunning Dolomite scenery with some lower level trails down to the Val di Fassa. The early season should ensure that we see a wide variety of alpine flowers.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day; explore the area or try some optional activities.

    Optional activities for the free day include self-guided cycling from Campitello or a day trip to see the remains of Oetzi, famous 'ice-man', in Bolzano. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    2 further guided walks

    Over the course of the week, Level 3 walks aim to include the Passo Costalunga, Vigo di Fassa and Canazei, where we take advantage of the lifts to provide access to higher ground. Another possibility is the Vajolet Hut beneath the famous Vajolet Towers.
    Level 5 venture into the Catinaccio range, walking over high passes along high-level footpaths. From Vigo di Fassa, just north of Moena, a cable car takes us up to the eastern side of the Catinaccio and we enjoy a long gentle descent back to the main valley. A chairlift from Passo Costalunga (1758m) to the west rises to the southern end of the Catinaccio, and allows an exciting circuit of the southern half of the ridge.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Campitello

    The trip ends in Campitello.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included, provided by the hotel.

On some departures, the group flight arrives late in the evening of day 1, in which case a meal will be provided on the free day. The hotel restaurant provides generous breakfasts and traditional evening meals. On certain days you will need to buy food in local shops for packed lunches, or certain walks may offer the opportunity to buy lunch at a mountain hut en route.

Weather

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?

Activity: Walking level 3 Moderate and 5 Challenging.
With such a large variety of walks in the area, we are able to offer 2 different grades of walking on each departures. The leaders will choose each day's route based on weather conditions and group ability to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyement.


Level 3 - Moderate
Most people who enjoy a weekend in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trek at this level: you need to be in good health and reasonably fit, and you will almost certainly be taking regular exercise. A trek could be level 3 either as a fairly easy medium-duration walk, or as a harder, shorter walk. Some walking at higher altitude and the occasional longer or more difficult day may be involved, but generally conditions underfoot will be fair. A walking day usually is between 5 to 7 hours long and no experience is necessary.
Altitude maximum 3024m, average 2300m

Level 5 - Challenging
For walks at this level, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Most level 5 treks are equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Walking days are usually between 6 to 8 hours although there may be some longer days for pass crossing or similar. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition. Usually, some scrambling is involved.
Altitude maximum 3,152m, average 2,350m.

The times mentioned include lunch break and photo stops.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Sporthotel Enrosadira

You will spend 7 nights in the comfortable family run 3 star Hotel Enrosadira. Ideally located in the village of Campitello, this family-run hotel offers a warm welcome and simple, comfortable rooms, all of which are en suite. There is a sauna, a bar and a lounge with comfortable armchairs to relax in the evenings. Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas. Single rooms are available for a supplement. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Experts

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  • Reviewed August 2018
    Debbie Henderson

    Fantastic!

    The Dolomites had long been on my list to visit and I was not disappointed! A photo opportunity at every turn. Flights from Gatwick to Venice were at good times. The transfer from Venice to Campitello was nearly 3 hours but with good weather and lovely scenery the time soon went by. The Hotel Enrosadira was comfortable and the food - lots of it- great. Getting around was easy after buying a lift/bus pass (76 euros). Our group got on well and there was always plenty of laughter and stories to tell in the evenings.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the spare day I went up to Sas Pordoi...amazing rocky scenery. Just wish I'd taken my boots that day!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guides Albert and Martin really knew their stuff and made the holiday run very smoothly..great job!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go and enjoy yourself!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thoroughly enjoyed it all. Must see more of Italy!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Barbara Preneta

    Fantastic trip!

    The area was absolutely gorgeous, with one amazing view after another. We had a wonderful week of walking with a wonderful group of people of varying ages. Having the choice of 2 levels of walks was very helpful. Both 3 and 5 level hikes were plenty challenging enough for my husband and I in our late 60's. Leaders were great and hotel very comfortable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Traveling up by cable car and then climbing further for amazing views!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 leaders, one for each level. They switch off for the entire week, rather than day to day as has happened on other trips we have taken. This worked out fine, though I think switching more often would allow both leaders to know all group participants better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring clothing for all kinds of weather! We used raingear, gloves, hats, multiple layers, shorts and short sleeves. Be prepared!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our third trip with Exodus. It was definitely not our last!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Jim Watson

    Sun and Snow

    The trip was my first walking holiday with Exodus and far exceeded my expectations. The hotel was really good apart from the tiny shower. The hotel staff were really efficient and relaxed and communicative at the same time. The walking was really good with a really interesting variety of walks of varying character. Campitello is a really nice village with extremely friendly people. The local bar we used was really good with nice apertivo!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk to the summit of Piz Boe. Extremely hot day walking through some snow and up interesting wires. I'd walked up Piz Boe in the opposite direction before so it was fun to do it the other way.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin the level 5 leader was extremely confident and relaxed in his manner. He very quickly got the measure of the group members to allow some people a measure of independence.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take gloves and adequate clothing at this time of the year as it gets cold at the summits.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Peter Keeney

    Stunning Views & Great Craic

    Having completed the Camino last year, with Exodus, we decided to take on the challenge of the Dolomites and certainly weren't disappointed. The scenery was stunning, the group were great fun, the leaders really professional and the hotel was just perfect. The routes are graded 3 & 5 with 5 tending to be longer and higher ascents and descents. In truth, both have their challenges but both so rewarding. Having said that we had a varying age group and everyone was able to cope very well. The terrain can be a little rough at times so good boots and I would definitely recommend a pair of poles. The transport to access the routes (buses, cable cars and chair lifts) were very punctual and not too crowded. Be prepared to pay 76 euro. The hotel was superbly run by Stephano, Grabrielle and their staff. Evening meals went like clockwork and although they were extremely busy the staff always had a greeting and a smile. We would certainly recommend the trip ,for the hotel, the scenery and the organisation by Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Has to be the scenery. Seen the area as a ski resort but some of the colours takes it to a different level.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert and Martin were true professionals, with great local knowledge and a great sense of humour. We had a briefing meeting, each evening, explaining in great detail the routes for the following day, including the grades, the terrain and levels of ascent and descent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We flew from Manchester, via Germany and again all went very smoothly. There is a a wait of about 4 hours, for the transfer to resort and a little less on the return. For a more relaxing café, at the airport follow the signs for the water taxis. Its from the first floor of the airport and takes about 10 mins to walk. well worth it. Good boots, a pair of poles and get it booked!
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Sue Duncombe

    Fantastic scenery with excellent guiding

    Having done numerous mountain hiking holidays with Exodus, it’s difficult to think of anywhere that has more stunning scenery. This combined with excellent guiding, provided appropriately challenging ( grade 5 ) hikes with fantastic and varied views.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the summit of Piz Boe.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin was an excellent leader. He provided support when needed for those who were slightly less confident on the more exposed routes. He coped with the varied ability of the group well, so that those at the front and those at the back of the group all enjoyed the hikes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Great if you’re uncertain if you’re able to deal with grade 5 walks as grade 3 walks are also available each day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks Exodus -another fantastic trip!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Fiona Mcintosh

    highlights of the Dolomites

    This walking holiday was excellent, We were very well situated in the Val de Fassa for the local bus and all the gondolas and chair lifts. Most of the walks started at the top of a lift so the scenery was spectacular all of the time. We were very lucky with the weather but even so it would be difficult not to be impressed with the area. We had a choice of a grade 3 or grade 5 walk each day and we chose to stick to the grade 3 which was strenuous but without any scary bits! Every walk was different in scenery and terrain so always interesting. The shortest walk was 7 miles and the longest 11 miles but it was not rushed. The hotel good and had everything you need and their food was great and plentiful. It was situated in the centre of the small town of Campitello which had a supermarket and quite a lot of outdoor shops (handy if you forget to bring and important bit of kit) and quite a few bars and restaurants.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery had the wow factor.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our group leaders Albert and Ingrid were great. The grade 3 groupwas lead by Ingrid all week and she was really lovely, calm and very easy to get on with. Both Ingrid and Albert knew the area really well and I had total confidence in them both.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget your camera!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Sandra Strange

    Fantastic hiking against stunning backdrop of limestone.

    This was a week of walking to celebrate my return to health after cancer treatment. It was a positive experience on every level. Both the landscape and the company were special. The hikes were challenging (I chose the 5), and all members of our group especially our leader Albert were supportive and encouraging.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It would have to be lunch outside the RIf Alberto, surreal rock formations and a very memorable chat with John.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert was terrific. He has such a relaxed and pleasant nature, perfect for the job. I would love to go on another trip of his.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for all types of weather but mostly, prepare yourself to be blown away by the Dolomites as they are a wonder.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I am already looking into my next trip with Exodus !
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Irene Neilson

    Stunning scenery, great walking

    Very enjoyable walking in varied scenery with occasional need to use extremely well placed metal ropes and a bit of scrambling. Bus and cable pass enables rapid access to many different areas of Val di Fassa.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Torri del Vaiolet walk. Wonderful majestically scenery enhanced by watching some climbers ascend the statuesque towers. It was the hardest level 5 walk but well worth the effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good as always with Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for any weather conditions. It had snowed just as we arrived (end Aug) so Day1 was quite cold and involved treking in some snow of varying depth. The north route up Piz Boe retained snow till the end of the week so we ascended that by the south route. When the sun was out it could be very warm on other routes. Layering essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel was excellent. Very friendly staff and fresh abundant food. Rooms are simple but lounge and bar are very comfortable. Stefano the owner hosted a very generous mid-week welcome party with Prosecco and savouries. Vegetarians are catered for. Good location. One of Messner's Mountain Museums is in Bolzano. There is a War Museum with trenches at Marmolada though lift pass does not cover there. Biking or equivalent gloves useful for gripping metal ropes. We did Level 5 walks all of which were good. Lift pass costs approx £70.00 which you pay in Campitelo.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Peter Kay

    The adrenaline certainly flowed!

    An excellent trip with a choice of two good walks lead by excellent leaders each day. Marred only by delayed baggage on my flight out from Manchester which Exodus had routed via Frankfurt with totally inadequate transit time. Level 5 walks were challenging for a 70 yr old with arthritic knees, but enjoyable nonetheless! Excellent accommodation at Hotel Enrosadira managed by Stefano who went out of his way to be helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ascent of Piz Boe (>10,000 ft) was my personal best moment, and perversely surviving the thunderstorm on Day2 when high up in the mountains and with inadequate waterproof clothes (due to delayed baggage) created a great camaraderie within the group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert was excellent as was Emily. Both showed excellent mountain leadership skills and were excellent companions at dinner and in the bar.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure that transit time on indirect flights is adequate and has sufficient slack to allow for flight delays. Pack a few essentials in your hand baggage (toiletries/underwear/spare shirt etc) in case of delayed baggage.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Big thanks to all, especially Albert, Emily, Stefano (Hotel Mgr) and the rest of the group for making it a great holiday.
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Graham Keetch

    Spectacular !

    A stunning location. A good hotel close to the centre with great food and service: the leaders Albert and Ingrid were excellent and had well researched all of the walks. A great week was had by all. Thank you

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Stunning location with spectacular mountain walks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were excellent and very professional

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A beautiful part of the world

Dates & Prices

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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