Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

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Trip code: 
CIS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Winter Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
3–14

Discover Italy's most impressive mountain range

On the northern edge of Italy's most impressive mountain range, in the Alta Pusteria Valley and just north of Cortina d'Ampezzo, lies the charming village of Villabassa. This area of the Dolomites is perfect for snowshoeing with routes leading into Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Trek along forest trails and old military tracks to the magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m), learning more about the impact of World War 1 in this area along the way. Our base for the week will be the superb Hotel Adler, situated in the centre of the town and one of the best hotels we feature in our entire programme. This 4-star accommodation provides the perfect place to unwind after a day’s snowshoeing, with Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing wellness centre.

Highlights

  • Walk surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Explore areas only accessible by snowshoes
  • Relax in a 4-star hotel with wellness centre

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star hotel in en suite rooms
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader
  • Snowshoes and poles provided

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
  • 7 nights at Hotel Adler
  • 5 guided snowshoe walks, with snowshoes and ski poles provided
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways, airport transfers (for group flights only)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Villabassa.

    Start at our hotel in Villabassa (approx. 1hrs45 from Innsbruck airport)

  • Days 2-4

    Three guided snowshoe walks.

    We walk wonderful routes in the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most iconic image of the entire Dolomites.

  • Day 5

    Free day

    Free day to relax at the hotel and enjoy the spa facilities or try downhill or cross-country skiing.

  • Days 6-7

    Our final two snowshoe walks.

    Forest trails and old military tracks take us to magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m). Lunch stops at picturesque refuges give us the chance to absorb fascinating history from the First World War.

  • Day 8

    End Villabassa.

    End at our hotel in Villabassa.

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

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Dinners are usually taken in the restaurant at Hotel Adler. Please note the meal on the evening of day one may be a cold buffet instead of a hot meal, this will depend on the arrival time of the flight. Dinner is not included on the free day, which may be an excellent opportunity to try the A la carte menu on offer at Hotel Adler. Vegetarians are catered for, yet as this area is renowned for its meats, please be aware that there may not be as much variety.

Pack lunches are provided by the hotel.

Weather

Throughout the Dolomites the winter months can bring extended periods of fine, settled weather. From Christmas through to the end of February average daytime temperatures range between +4º and -10º C in the shade. These temperatures can feel surprisingly comfortable, largely because the air is very dry, and you will often be on the move. In periods of unsettled weather the daytime temperature will rise to zero or higher, but it will feel much colder as the air carries much more moisture at these times. It can occasionally get windy, and the resulting wind-chill factor can be significant.

Is this trip for you?

Snowshoeing is offered at Grade 3, suitable for beginners, with good fitness levels, and intermediates. Expect to spend 5-6hrs in the mountains each day.

Certain walks are dependent on weather conditions and alternative routes may have to be chosen as necessary. The overriding priority on the trip is group safety and conditions are assessed daily by the leader. A route is chosen based on current conditions and the forecast for that day. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or Trip Notes) if they believe the risk to be unacceptable.

Snowshoes are adaptable to fit most trekking boot sizes, however if you wear larger than UK size 12 boots (US13 or EU47) please let us know at the time of booking. We will then be able to confirm if we can provide suitable snowshoes for you.

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Accommodation

Hotel Adler - 4 Star

Located on the village square, this quality hotel is one of the most comfortable we feature. The cosy bar is popular with locals, while the quiet lounge is warmed by a log fire. The hotel's other facilities include a lovely indoor pool and a wellness centre with sauna, steam room, solarium and small fitness centre. The well-known restaurant, run by head chef Helene Markart, appears in the Michelin Guide among others; the menu features a mixture of local and international cuisine. All bedrooms have en suite facilities, a minibar and TV. It is possible to upgrade your room if you wish for even more comfort. The hotel offers "comfort rooms", "superior rooms" and suites. Contact us for prices and availability. Single accommodation (available on request)

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Deborah Loach

    Dolomites snowshoeing February 2017

    One of the best holidays I have ever had. I was a little nervous about doing a first group holiday but this holiday was amazing. The group leader, Sara, was fantastic - very knowledgeable about the mountains, and many other things. She was very friendly and very interesting to talk to. The other members of the group were lovely people. The scenery was incredible and the walking was varied and perfectly planned. The only criticism was the dinner menu which was over complicated - would be much better to have 3 courses with a few choices. The breakfasts were fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the mountains to see amazing views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Perfect.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be pretty fit.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Lynda Samler

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    I have just returned from a marvellous holiday in the Dolomites. Perfect weather, amazing scenery, 4* hotel, excellent company, and an elite group leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many moments during the week. Just being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and snow in itself was inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This is my 3rd holiday with Sara Bull as the group leader. She excels as a leader, always going that extra mile for her group members. On this holiday I was the slowest, but the guidance and support was always there from Sara. Thank you for making it a very pleasurable experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not hesitate to holiday with Exodus. They are very professional. Try something new and enjoy the experience, and the satisfaction of achievement.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Looking forward to my next holiday with Exodus.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    John Hughes

    Winter Adventure

    The whole holiday went very well. Initially, snow was limited but that all changed on Tuesday when proper snow-shoeing conditions arrived. Our itinerary was flexible so that we were able to undertake the optimum walk each day to suit both the weather and snow conditions. Day 1 saw us walked up Monte Piana using crampons. On day two we ascended Seikofel from the KreuzbergpassPass using both crampons and show-shoes; lovely sunny day. Day three was snowy so we made our way to the Durrensteinhutte and along to Platzwiese using our snow-shoes once again. Day 4 was a rest day; we chose to take the gondola to Monte Elmo and sit in the sun whilst enjoying the views over the Sesto Dolomites, eating heartily and watching the skiers. All excellent stuff but the best was yet to come.......

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Days 5 and 6 really were fabulous; some of the best walks we have ever experienced. On day five we ascended Lutterkopf and strode out along the ridge to the summit of Durakopf at 2275m. The next day was the stiff climb up to the gloriously located Rossalmhutte (2124m) in the heart of the mountains. The descent was enormous fun with some off-piste routes cutting the corners off the zig-zags. Two wonderful days in lovely sunshine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was an absolute wonder. She looked after us all so well and made sure that we all got involved and that we acted as a group without constraining anyone who wanted to go faster (or indeed slower). She helped us all in many ways and gave us the encouragement to get the most out of a wonderful holiday in a beautiful and dramatic part of the world.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry about crampons and show-shoes. Both are easy to use and there to help you. Essentially it is just about walking in the snow and ice and being able to do so safely whilst making reasonable progress in winter conditions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The equipment provided is top quality and a great help.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Catherine Smith

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    A fantastic week of snowshoeing. Awesome in the true sense of the word! Awesome hotel, awesome views, awesome walks and awesome guide Sara! We were lucky to arrive after a decent snow fall so we had 5 days snowshoeing in pristine snow with beautiful clear blue skies.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was amazing and each walk inspirational in its own right. We loved the Narnia walk climbing up through the snow laden trees, Monte Piano summit had poignant moments as we thought about the WW1 trenches deep beneath the snow and the Wilderness walk up to Rossalmhutte had its own charm with views of a frozen waterfall. If I had to pick one, it would be the ridge walk combining 2 summits - Lutterkopf and Durakopf. The views were magnificent with the Dolomites to one side and the Austrian Alps the the other.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was truly wonderful. She was so professional and knowledgeable and yet wonderfully caring at the same time. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She really cared about making sure we had a great holiday and looked after each and every one of us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is definitely a trip book if you're considering trying snowshoeing. The hotel is really comfortable with great food and spa facilities. Sara is a superb guide and the routes she takes you on are spectacular! If you enjoy mountain walking and like the snow it is a must!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Pack layers! When climbing up hill you get very warm especially if the sun is out. However in the shade or when you stop it can get very cold!
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Susan Turner

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    Really lovely holiday Snowshoeing in the Dolomites. The hotel was very comfy, the scenery stunning, the trip leader couldn't have been better and the group were great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each walk was very different and all had their highlights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Sara, couldn't have been more thoughtful. She was there for us the whole time, tended blisters, provided additional snacks and ensured we all had a good time.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    David Collins

    Best trip ever!

    Spectacular scenery, great hotel and a guide beyond brilliant! Every walk was different with varying degrees of effort required but all great fun. If you like walking in the mountains and are looking for jaw dropping views then book this trip - you won't regret it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view from the top of Durakopf. A sight that will remain with me forever. All of the other views were only brilliant! Got told off for saying "wow!!" every 5 minutes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara is professional, caring, knowledgeable and fun!! She enthused the whole group and spared no effort to ensure everyone got the maximum enjoyment from every day's activity.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take layers. Conditions can vary so you need to be able to easily add or subtract layers. Sunglasses, factor 50 and, most importantly, a camera with lots of memory.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic group of people on this trip added to the enjoyment.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Kath & Pete Needham

    Fantastic holiday - snow and views

    Overall an incredible week - no 2 days the same and they just got better. Our fabulous guide, Sara, was enthusiastic and motivating; her knowledge of the area was amazing; nothing was too much trouble and she ensured everyone had the best time ever. It was fun as well as hard work but thoroughly enjoyable. So pleased that we went.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Shared experience of completing some amazing walks, climbing some big hills and seeing 360 degree views of amazing mountains. Days got better and better .... such inspiration to see such stunning scenery - scenery overload!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely fantastic, brilliant, enthusiastic, motivating, knowledgeable, fun, determined to ensure that everyone on the trip had a fabulous holiday. Thank you Sara!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book!!!! You will have a great holiday! Make sure you take layers to wear as it does get warm when the sun shines! Sun glasses and lip balm are a must!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great holiday - many thanks to everyone on the trip who made it such a fantastic holiday. :)
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Bob and Marion Ganthony

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    Almost perfect trip. The weather was magnificent, blue skies and sunshine pretty well throughout. The hotel Adler was excellent - comfortable beds, lovely food, good service, lovely swimming pool to relax in after a day on the mountains. The scenery is as magnificent as it looks in travel brochures. To top it all, Sara, our guide, was helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, organised, and everything else you could hope for a leader to be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two, for the same reason. Ascending Strudelkopf and, a couple of days later, Durakopf. Both tops have all-round views of the Dolomites and even the distant Alps. Both were well worth the climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara is superb.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for climbing. These are the Dolomites! But the effort is all worthwhile.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    sally vaughan

    Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

    Amazing week with perfect conditions. The area is beautiful and the walks are varied. Great equipment provided lovely hotel and our leader, Sara, could not be faulted

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Managing every walk - be prepared for some steep climbs and descents, each one is absolutely worth it

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was brilliant. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and incredibly talented. Nothing was too much trouble and she is passionate about her work. She even ran a stretching session at the end of the day to ease our aching muscles!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some challenging routes, all of which are achievable and worth every step. There was more ascents than I expected - go with a sense of humour ready for when you first fall over, getting up again is interesting fo the novice!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I can't fault this trip - everything was great, our group got on so well. Would highly recommend , definitely a happy moose :)
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Sandra Hounsham

    Fantastic snowshoeing and amazing views

    We had a really amazing week in the Dolomites, it was hard work but with huge rewards. Being in the mountains most walks started up, up up and ended down, down, down. But we had some truly amazing views of the Dolomites and Alps and the hospitality in the many Mountain huts was much appreciated. Hotel Adler was very comfortable and the staff were very accommodating for a variety dietary needs (vegetarians, nut allergies etc)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the summits of Lutterkopf and Durakopf where we were rewarded with astounding views of the Dolomites and Alps. Snowshoeing down afterwards in near perfect conditions - deep powder snow! Also the final walk was a steep climb up to Rossalmhutte which felt like a real achievement!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sara was fantastic and went above and beyond her duty to ensure we all had a great time. As two of the slower walkers we were not made to feel a burden and she spent her time equally with the whole group. Sara made sure everyone was organised for their free day - with bus timetables highlighted etc, she even got hold of maps that showed all the walks we did during the week which was fantastic!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long walks with steep ups and downs. Clothing - take layers so you can be prepared for heating up on the ascents and then cooling down when descending. If you go to Mexico City Restaurant on your free evening have the pizza not the mexican as the latter is very bland!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    On our free day we went on two toboggan runs (could have done three but ran out of time) 5km at Croda Rossa and 3km at San Candido, you need to rent out toboggans at each place and you need id (passport or driving license) to rent them.

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. 

 

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