The Majestic Dolomites

  • Starting location: Alta Badia
  • Ending location: Alta Badia
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This guided or self guided hut-to-hut walk takes in the 'best bits' of the 'Alta Via' and the majestic Dolomites.

The Dolomites striking pillared scenery remains unequalled anywhere else in the world and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The culture, cuisine and language of the South Tyrol and Alta Badia is different to any other, a mix of Ladin (an ancient alpine language still surviving), German and Italian.

If you are a mountain walker and nature lover then the Dolomites will appeal to you; with its vast expanse of flower-filled alpine meadows and magnificent evergreen forests that clad the hillside beneath towering snow-capped peaks and mountain cascades. The lunar-like landscapes of the high mountains contrast with the picturesque farmsteads and churches of the valleys and plateau. This guided or self-guided walk takes in the best of the 'Alta Via'.

What's included:

  • Bookings of all huts and hotels
  • Half-board (breakfast + dinner)
  • Detailed walking maps
  • Briefing with guide on arrival day
  • Guide for the duration of the trek tour (guided tour only)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks during meals (guided tour only)
  • Baggage transfers from hut to hut (guided tour only)
  • Lunches in mountain huts (guided tour only)
  • Return Venice Airport transfer (guided tour only)

What's excluded:

  • Fights
  • Travel insurance
  • Note that some of the included items are only with the guided tour

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at your hotel

Arrive in your hotel in Badia where you will meet your guide for a briefing. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 - Badia to Fanes National Park

  • 17km
  • 1650m with a descent of 900m

Start in Badia walking through the Passo S.Antonio to Santa Croce. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

Day 3 - Fanes to Lagazuoi

  • 12km
  • 1110m with a descent of 450m

From Fanes Natural Park to Lagazuoi through Forcella dal Lago. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

Day 4 - Lagazuoi to Paralongia

  • 13.5km
  • 650m with a descent of 1250m

From Lagazuoi to Pralongià passing through places where World War I was fought. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

Day 5 - Paralongia to Passo Gardena

  • 14.5km
  • 950m with a desent of 950m

From Pralongià to Passo Gardena via Corvara with dinner and overnight stay in a hut. There is an alternative difficulty level available today, depending on your energy.

Average – Distsnce: approx. 13 km. Ascent: 850 m. Decent: 800 m
Challenging – Distance: approx. 15 km. Ascent: 1.000 m. Descent: 950 m


Day 6 - Gardena to Refigio Gardenacia

  • 9.8km
  • 650m with a descent of 750m

Todays walk is through the lunar landscaped of the Puez Natural Park followed by dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

Challenging – Distance: approx. 14 km. Ascent: 900 m.  Descent: 1.000 m

Day 7 - Refugio Ghernacia to Badia

  • 5km
  • 10m with a descent of 750m

Today is the last stage from the Refufio Ghernacia down to Badia, walking across the Ghernacia plateau with it’s spectacular views of the Dolomites. It’s a  fairy tale ending! You will have dinner and overnight stay in an hotel.

You can choose to walk this stage at two different levels of difficulty.
Average – Distance: approx. 8 km  Ascent: 250 m. Descent: 950 m
Challenging – Distance:  approx. 11.5 km. Ascent: 350 m.  Descent: 1050 m

Day 8 - Depart

Transfer to the airport or you can extend your stay in this wonderful part of Italy.

Important information

The best walking season is from mid June to mid July and from the 20th of August to mid September, with August being particularly busy in the rifugios.  There is an average of 4 to 5 hours walking every day.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

These are the dates available where you will be part of a group of like-minded people with an organised guide.

Arrival date
June 17, 2017
July 8, 2017
July 29, 2017
September 2, 2017

Guided tour available dates

These are the dates available where you will travel by yourselves. These holidays are much more flexible in when you can arrange to stay. Pick the month you would like to arrive, then in the enquiry form tell us what your preferred arrival date would be.

Arrival date
17 June to 24 June
6 July to 13 July
29 July to 3 August
2 September to 9 September

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Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.


You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.


You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.


All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.


No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.


No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.


Terrain with no noticable incline.


The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.


Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.


Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.


Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.


Depending on your holiday, you may be staying in one type of accommodation or you may stay in many as you travel. For each holiday we list the standard accommodation included in the holiday.

There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

Financial Protection

At Footprint Holidays we are happy to be members of the Travel Trust Association or TTA and hold a certificate of general membership, our TTA membership number is Q5057. Guests can verify our membership status by searching our company name or membership number on the TTA website which can be found by clicking here and entering our membership number: Q5057.

Your financial protection is importance to us, hence our membership in the Travel Trust Association, ensuring your payments and any travel arrangements you make with us 100% protected in the event of any supplier failure.

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