Highlights of the Dolomites Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Italy
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TEI
Activity Rating - Mixed
Multi-Level

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8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
16 Min age

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

Trip Highlights

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

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.

Group

There will be one leader per walking grade.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
20

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Campitello
End City:
Campitello

Land Only Itinerary

  • 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

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. 

Single supplement from $155.00 USD

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

Airport transfers are carried out by private bus. Local transport is used on most days to reach the start of the walks. These costs may vary depending on your chosen departure - please allow approximately €64 for this. Please note that during peak times of the summer season, public transports in the area can be extremely busy and this could occasionaly cause delays to our journeys.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

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 12 to 22degC although 25degC 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.

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Campitello

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Campitello in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Campitello
Location end:
Campitello

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sturdy and comfortable walking boots (with good tread and ankle support)
Medium sized daysack (approx 35 litres capacity)
Waterproof jacket, trousers
Large capacity water bottle(s) (2 litres recommended)
Warm 2-season fleece (For June and September departures: the mornings can be fairly fresh so please pack accordingly including a thicker fleece or gilet)
Sunhat and sunglasses
Personal medication (e.g. drugs and blister treatment, not First Aid kit)
High factor sun cream
Warm hat and long fingered gloves

Optional Equipment

Walking poles
A knife and some plastic bags for packed lunches

Practical Information

Passport

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this.

Visa

Italy

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

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Money

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

ATM Availability

There are cash points in Campitello and major credit cards are accepted in most places we visit. We recommend having cash with you to pay for the lunches when eating in mountain huts.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For lunches not included allow approximately €10-€15 per lunch. You will need funds for snacks and drinks bought from local cafes.
Local transport connection with the walking programme may be by public bus or taxi and you should allow approximately €64 for this.

LOCAL TAXES: many Italian cities have recently introduced a tourist tax for non-residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax, which will be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay. It is usually between €0.50 and €1.50 per person per night.

Optional Excursions

Exact prices and details will be confirmed locally, but the following provides a guide to what is usually possible:

  • Self-guided cycling (there are bike hire shops in Campitello)
  • Via Ferrata (you can find local guides in Campitello)
  • Day trip to see the remains of Oetzi the famous 'ice-man' in Bolzano at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology: allow around €15 for travel and €10 for entry. Bolzano, the historical capital of Sud Tirol/Alto Adige, is an interesting town to explore.

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a reasonable starting point, we suggest a contribution from £15 (US$20) per person for the leader.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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