This seven-day adventure combines luxury hotels, gourmet cuisine and professionally guided hikes into some of the world’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. What could possibly be better?
Begin in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a charming alpine resort town and symbol of style and sophistication that was host to the 1956 Winter Olympics. Basing yourself at the luxurious Cristallo Resort, we’d forgive you for wanting to spend your days simply gazing at the soaring peaks and soaking in the fabulous spa. But you’re here to hike.
Whether you choose a challenging trek or a leisurely walk, your private guide will introduce you to some of the best trails in the area. Spend two days hiking a loop around the Tre Cime and walking the Alpe di Sennes circuit for a wonderful range of scenery amid two natural parks – Dolomiti d’Ampezzo and Fanes-Sennes-Braies.
And don’t worry, when the walking’s done there’ll still be plenty of time to indulge in the local cuisine. Dinner at the highly esteemed and family-run Baita Fraina Resturant, where chef Alessandro creates the perfect combination of flavours from seasonal ingredients, is highly recommended.
Breathtaking Alta Badia
Next up is the region of Alta Badia. Known as “the heart of the Dolomites”, it’s a place where three cultures (Italian, German and Ladin) thrive among towering peaks and lush valleys.
While your luggage is seamlessly transferred to your next hotel, the elegantly informal Rosa Alpina, you can be soaking up the vistas of the Sella Massif or trekking to Lago di Lagazuoi, where clear waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni.
Take a day off the hiking and head out on a cycle trip through forests and meadows before stopping for a pre-packed picnic prepared by the hotel. For history enthusiasts, the entire region is a fascinating open-air museum paying homage to when the Italian and Austro-Hungarian fought high-altitude battles during World War 1. Take the cable car to the top of Mount Lagazuoi, where your guide will give you a unique insight as you explore the many tunnels and trenches that were carved into the mountainsides.
When not exploring, you’ll eat like royalty. Whether sampling traditional Ladin cuisine like turtres (a vegetable pancake filled with potatoes and spinach) or fine dining at Rosa Alpina’s three Michelin starred St. Hubertus restaurant, the gourmet pleasures are matched only by the scenery.
Why not extend this active culinary adventure by adding a stay overlooking the Grand Canal in nearby Venice, or spending a night at the opera in Verona?