Walking Holidays Dolomites & Venice | Langdale Excorted Tours

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Client Reviews

" We so enjoyed our first ever walking holiday with LWH which more than surpassed our expectations, I didn't realise how fit I was! I couldn't fault anything about the hotel which was extremely comfortable. Mara was superb and I would definitely like to be included in any future holidays where she was guiding. "
- Pam
" I really enjoyed the holiday from start to finish, finding the mountain scenery in the Dolomites absolutely stunning. Having travelled in many mountain areas around the world, the Dolomites ranks amongst the best that I have ever experienced. Of course we were extremely lucky with the weather. The hotel was perfect in a great location with impeccable service. Mara, the guide, was extremely thoughtful and helpful, so added to the pleasure of the walks. I, of course, enjoyed the quieter days with time to absorb the scenery in your company. As always I have made the point that Langdale Holidays attracts delightful people with whom long term friendships are forged. I have been a particular beneficiary of lasting friendships made on Langdale Holidays so a very big thank you. The group on this holiday was particularly friendly and very good company. "
- John
" We thought the holiday was fantastic and I don’t think I would change anything. And it was a particularly nice group – even by the usual high standards of LWH! We are actively exploring the idea of a return to the Dolomites in the spring and maybe a Christmas in Venice some time. "
- Janet
" We greatly enjoyed the holiday. The hotel, walks, weather and the hotel in the Dolomites were superb and our hotel room view in Venice was second to none. As usual, our walking companions were delightful. Altogether another triumph for Langdale Walking Holidays. "
- Kathleen
" The holiday really exceeded expectations. The Dolomites are truly stupendous. The walking was exceptional- great guide, great weather, superb views. The hotel was excellent in every respect. If there is anything negative to be said it is that I ate too much. And that was because it was all so plentiful and delicious. Going to La Fenice in Venice was another highpoint. Altogether a wonderful trip. "
- Rosanne

Holiday Overview

Towering summits of Alpine limestone (some over 3,000m in altitPico Funchetta Dolomitiude) make up the dramatic peaks and magnificent landscape of the Dolomites. Our destination is the picturesque mountain village of San Cassiano, located at an altitude of 1,537 metres.

The village forms part of the municipality of Badia, a place of natural beauty situated at the foot of the imposing rock faces of Lavarella, Conturines and Lagazuoi. This is a favourite destination of hikers and alpinists, particularly those seeking the challenge of scaling the rugged rock faces. We are there for the hiking and wonderful mountain scenery, which should not disappoint.

  • Delightful Boutique Hotel in the Dolomites
  • Tranquil Guided Walks
  • Emphasis on Quality Dining and Wines
  • Experience the Breathtaking Alpine summits of the Dolomites
  • Learn About the History, Culture and Via Ferrata
  • Excellent Hotel and Location in Venice
  • Explore Venice at Your Own Pace
  • Enjoy the Company of Like-minded People

Venice

Following your five nights among the Dolomites, spend two nights in Venice at the 4-star Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli. This is an elegant and charming hotel overlooking the Grand Canal, which is away from the noise and crowded streets, yet close to San Marco Square and the Rialto area.

Venice is often described as the most beautiful city in the world. Some cities you visit for the galleries, some for the restaurants and some for the nightlife, but you visit Venice to stroll through the alleys, bridges and squares that make up some of the most elegant use of public space found anywhere. For a walk rich in architectural and historical significance, we follow the route from the Rialto Bridge to St Mark’s Square. Given that the best things in Venice are free, there should be little need to spend much on anything else.

Saturday 8th September: Fly to Venice and Transfer to San Cassiano

On arrival in Venice we are met by our agents and transferred by private vehicle to San Cassiano (via Casino) to the hotel. This 200km scenic drive through the mountains and villages of Casino should take just over two hours (although we can stop on the way for refreshments).

Check in to the hotel for four nights. Welcome reception with complimentary aperitivo, followed by dinner in the hotel’s Restaurant Salares.

Overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano.

Accommodation: Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

Meals: Dinner,

Sunday 9th September: San Cassiano - Piz Sorega

Breakfast in the hotel.

Starting from the hotel, and accompanied by Clemens Wieser (the owner of the hotel), we walk through the woods to Piz Sorega meadows - renowned for their profusion of flowers. From there, the path makes progress uphill – with frequent stops to admire the surrounding spectacular mountain views.

From Armentarola, we make our way to Malga Saraghes on the south-west on trail to the peak of Ciampai, turning left towards Bioch. After 300 metres we arrive at Baita Rumestluns, an attractive mountain hut (owned by the hotel) where you’ll find refreshing drinks and snacks prepared by the hotel staff, followed by a barbeque lunch.

After lunch, there’s a return by the Piz Sorega cable car, followed by the hotel’s shuttle bus back to the hotel. There is also the option to retrace your steps and walk back to the hotel. We have graded this walk Easy.

Relax at the hotel and indulge in their Spa, including indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, solarium, sauna and gymnasium. Optional spa treatments.

Dinner tonight is at an ancient farmhouse called Lüch Alfarei.

Overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano.

Walking: Three Hour Walk, 5km, walk, +/- roughly 500 metres

Accommodation: Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Monday 10th September: San Cassiano to Sas Dla Crusc/Santa Croce and Badia

Breakfast in the hotel. Please collect your picnic lunch from the restaurant after breakfast.

We are driven by the hotel shuttle bus to the start point of today’s walk at Hamlet Rudeferia.

The hike takes us through flower-filled meadows, pastureland and woods, passing along the foot of the Sas dla Crusc/Sasso di Santa Croce - an ideal vantage point for the Marmolada, Sella massif, Puez and Sass de Putia.

The unspoiled scenery, unique flora of the Dolomites, and glimpses of game such as chamois and roe deer make this hike an unforgettable experience.

From the village square in San Cassiano we head east along the trail walking gently uphill to the Maso Larjëi.

Walking through a larch wood, we arrive at the hamlet of Rüdeferia. From there we continue northwards to the edge of the forest, crossing mountain trail no.12, and walking towards the Forcela Lavarela Passage. Continue walking in the same direction up quite a steep incline.

Passing through the Alpine forest, we reach the pilgrimage site of La Crusc/Santa Croce (2,047 m), at the foot of the sheer rock face of the Sasso di Santa Croce. Here, we can expect far-reaching views over the forests and valleys of the Dolomites.

From Santa Croce, we follow trail no. 13, passing beneath the Santa Croce Church, towards La Villa. After 1.5 km we take trail no.7B, initially through trees and then across meadows, until, after about 40 minutes, we reach the hamlet of Oies. From there, we are met by the hotel’s shuttle bus and transferred back to the hotel.

This 10km walk should take around 5 hours and includes an ascent gain of 544 metres and descent of 734 metres. Altitude difference 544 metres. Grade Moderate.

Optional wine tasting in the hotel’s cellar, as well as fondue in the dining area.

Overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano.

Walking: 5 hours, 10 km +544/-734 metres

Accommodation: Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Tuesday 11th September: High Alpine Hike Valparola – Setsas – Pralongiá – San Cassiano

Breakfast in the hotel. Please collect your picnic lunch from the restaurant after breakfast.

The hotel shuttle bus will take the group to the starting point for the walk at the Valparola Pass about 7 km from San Cassiano.

This varied mountain hike across broad alpine pasture and flower-filled meadows offers breathtaking views of the Dolomite peaks of Conturines, Lavarella, Fanes and, to the north, the glaciers of the main ridge of the Alps.

We follow the marked trail no. 24, a route across the shallow grassy hollows surrounding Lech de Valparola Lake. The trail forks south-west and we make the climb up towards the southern face of the Piz Ciampëi, before reaching the saddle (the basin between two peaks).

Moving ahead, we pass wartime structures as we make our way across the initially treeless limestone flank of the Setsas, crossing steep, rocky ledges - following the gully to a stream. We continue through pine forest to a green plateau above the tree line, before heading across a steep slope. Downhill to the left, then westwards on a slight climb across a grassy ridge, we take the trail across the Störes meadows to reach the Ütia Pralongiá. From the Rifugio Pralongiá, we head north on trail no. 23. At the fork, we continue on trail no. 22 through flower-filled meadows to the edge of the trees and the Ütia Saraghes. Continue down through woods and meadows to the hotel in San Cassiano.

This 12km walk should take around five hours and includes an ascent of 266 metres and descent of 920 metres. Altitude difference of 313 metres. Grade Moderate.

Dinner in the hotel’s Restaurant Salares.

Overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano.

Walking: 5 hours, 12km, +266/-920 metres

Accommodation: Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Wednesday 12th September: Hike From San Cassiano to the Fanes Plateau

Breakfast in the hotel.

The Fanes-Sennes-Prags Natural Park has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, designated for preservation of its distinctive natural landscape. The unique atmosphere of Fanes, the flora and fauna of the Dolomites and the stunning scenery all make this hike an unforgettable experience.

The hotel shuttle bus takes the group to the start point for today’s walk at Capanna Alpina, with a return back to the hotel after.

From San Cassiano/Saré, we walk to the area of Capanna Alpina (1,729 m). From there the trail no. 11 moves eastwards, first on flat, rising to a steep climb up to the Col de Loćia (2,069 m). Continue up the valley through pine forests to a wide open plain - the Gran Plan. From here, after an easy climb, we reach the Tadega Pass where the trail forks off for Lavarella and Conturines. Continue walking in the same direction, reaching the Alpine pasture of Fanes with the Malga Gran Fanes (2,110 m) in view. Gentle climb up to the Lech de Limo lake (2,159 m), which is also the highest point of the hike.

A steep section tracks down to the Rifugio Fanes and Rifugio Lavarela. Between the two huts is the idyllic Lech Vërt lake, which mirrors the "Parliament of Marmots"* opposite.

Optional lunch at Rifugio Fanes.

This 14km walk should take around six hours, with an ascent of 563 metres and descent of 739 metres. Altitude difference of 622 metres. Altitude 2171 metres/1543 metres. Grade Moderate.

Dinner in the hotel’s Restaurant Salares or optional upgrade to the Michelin rated Restaurant La Siriola.

Overnight at Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano.

*The "Parliament of Marmots" refers to formations of dolomite rocks that create a magnificent natural arena. According to the legends of Alpe di Fanes, members of the ancient Fanes people inhabit caves within the rock.

Walking: Six hours, 14km, +563/-739 metres

Accommodation: Hotel Ciasa Salares, San Cassiano

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Thursday 13th September: Transfer to Venice

After breakfast in the hotel we transfer by private vehicle to Piazzale Roma in Venice and from there transfer by water taxi to our hotel.

Check in at the Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, Venice, followed by optional dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, Venice

Meals: Breakfast,

Friday 14th September: Exploring Venice

Breakfast in the hotel followed by free time to explore Venice.

Optional dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli.

Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli, Venice

Meals: Breakfast,

Saturday 15th September: Return Flight to UK

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to the Marco Polo International Airport by water taxi.

Meals: Breakfast,

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